Day 120

The Brown Family Reunion

July 24th, 2010

They saw me passing by and invited me over for breakfast. There will be well over 100 attendees, and huckleberry ice cream, by this afternoon, but a walkin' man must keep walkin'.


  1. What don’t Green’s go with Brown’s?? Good that they saw you and invited you in. To bad you didn’t stay with the Browns for a spell. I think Green and Brown would’ve gone really well together. : )

  2. Jeff says:

    Does green and brown make black? Matt nice picture….and let me see, no…no…..shaking my head no….
    Yes…we have no Clamato…..Beer maybe…clamato…NO. Hay matt whats for breakfast…hay matt what ya got.

    • I bet the huckleberry ice cream was good for getting that Clamato taste off the tongue.
      Looks like a pretty day Matt!

      • Craig ( NC!) says:

        Matt on a second thought:
        you said “but a walkin’ man must keep walkin”… I also read where you said your in it for the experience.
        So I must ask you, at this point are you hurried, focusing on the finish line? While I know time is against you as for winter or bad weather… I could think of a lot of worst things than to get snowed in with a cute Montana gal or generous family. You seem to be more hurried now a days… A half day’s lost walk vs. the experience of having a afternoon of with 100 new friends and huckleberry ice cream (hey at least it wasn’t clamato icecream)
        Now I am asking what’s the rush? You ahead of schedule… your in some of the most beautiful country in the world seeing what most of us, dare to dream.. or is it kinda getting old?
        I can’t imagine what is like to be out there in “BFE” and getting dozens of strangers a day coming up to you like they know you and interacting time and time again, photos, autographs, questions etc etc, at some point pushing that cart up the side of the freakin rockies and having to stop your pace on a upgrade for the 10th time that day must get bothersome to a point… I know once you’ve stopped for even a sec… it’s so hard to get started again (puuuuuuuuuuuush!)
        I miss your interaction(s) here, and even the smallest of things (like those little broken toys you’ve photoed and put up are still a big deal to many of us). Don’t lose sight of why you started this trek…and the reason you chose to bring us along.
        Your meeting great people along the way it seems… and I dare say while you didn’t NOT set out to be some kinda celeb, you are kinda a folk hero to many. (though you never asked to be)
        I am cheering you on here… but at the same time asking/wondering if you rushed yourself along and missed that ONE, the one life experience (life changing even) because you were in a hurry ….that one reason you set out on this trip in the first place……………. then?
        Remember, sometimes you have to stop and smoke the roses.
        I love ya bro.
        Stay Safe.
        (‘lo Jeff)

        PS. I’m gonna email you with the same question.

        • marcus says:

          um, craig……matt interacts with those here on a daily basis, with photographs and witty captions, soooooo… can you miss his interactions? must be the brutal heatwave that’s hittin NC that is cookin’ yer brains!

        • Bill in MA says:

          I have to second that thought, and hope that by sharing this adventure with so many that you have not forgotten for whom you are truly walking. You.

          Thank you.

        • hks says:

          Hi Craig,

          Its always better to give than to receive, try it sometimes. I saw your poem and a few other posts similar to this one. Please don’t take it the wrong way, I think your acting a bit “needy” here. Needy: marked by want of affection, attention, or emotional support
          When you fly, I am sure you don’t go chatting with the pilot. So think of Matt as our pilot, taking us to new places and introducing us to new adventures everyday with terse commentary when needed.

          • Craig ( NC!) says:

            Yes, NEEDY a term my ex-bi-polar girlfriend would throw out to anyone that worried about her for more than a day.
            My Reply from Matt!

            Re: Brother Matt, Greetings from NC (I have a question)
            Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:14 PM
            From:”Matt Green”
            View contact details
            To:”Thunder Bird”

            I don’t feel rushed; I’m just moving at the pace that keeps me happy. I do like walking, remember!

      • Allison in TX says:

        I’ve spent the last couple of evenings catching up on Matt’s amazing journey- truly awesome, and a great “waste” of time for me :)

        in response to Craig, I wonder if Matt knew he needed to make good time to get somewhere safe to sleep? I don’t know, it was just the first thought that came to mind.

        anyway, I think this is really awesome, and I’m looking forward to following the rest of the trip, best wishes!

  3. John in MI says:

    Matt, you have way more willpower than I have. Huckleberry ice cream? I’d wait a week for that (regardless of the mission.)

  4. Lori says:

    OH-H-H-H-H… huckleberry ANYTHING is to DIE for!!! Be sure you get ya some huckleberry ice cream or shake or something before you get out of Montana & Idaho.

    • Yeosaph Ferguson says:

      Lori, I’m with you. I cannot over emphasize to Matt the importance of huckleberries to the lifestyle in Montana this time of year. My favorite way to them is in a huckleberry pie of cobbler with huckleberry ice cream. Slow down there and the savor the berries!

  5. Don in Tennessee says:


    You have the sign “WE MAY NEVER MEET AGAIN”, so why not slow down just a bit and really get to meet some awesome people from SMALL TOWN AMERICA!. I am sure the huckleberry ice cream is homemade – real berries, lots of sugar, whipping cream, condensed milk – might put an ounce or two back on you that I know you have lost. HUCK- you might even like it and FINN – ISH IT!!!

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      Don’t forget the eggs!

      • Don in Tennessee says:

        Candice in Alabama

        You are so correct.

        Do have to have them ther egs to complete the recipe-and to really complete the recipe add “Junket” ice cream vanilla mix. This stuff is hard to find but really makes the ice cream much better.

        The spelling of ther and egs is on purpose.

  6. Yeosaph Ferguson says:

    Besides Lori, I’m in total agreement with Don and John (and perhaps Allison is right too when she suggests that Matt is more concerned to find a safe place to hunker down). As for Marcus, I have to differ. There is more than a grain of truth to what Craig posts. I am not affected by that heat wave mentioned, so that can’t be the reason I too feel a change in perspective in Matt’s travels. This would be expected on such an endeavor, especially of an easterner and city boy crossing the desolation of The Great Plains with fewer encounters of the human kind, It’s not a criticism just a shared feeling.

  7. deanna valenti meyer says:

    We have huckleberry here in the Vancouver, WA area too…I agree…it is AWESOME stuff. I love the fact that we have so many fruit options here. Everything that isn’t a tropical fruit grows here (apples, pears, berries, cherries, watermelon, etc.)…guess that’s why I love it here so much. Mmmm…the thought of homemade huckleberry ice cream…


  8. Gigi says:

    The Browns look like a happy bunch of people. Bet the breakfast was as delicious as the huckleberry ice cream. Oh the stories they would tell about Matt Green who came to the Brown reunion .. and it would be pass on from one Brown generation to another :-)

  9. Im From up north in MT I sure wish Matt would pass through my town…Id defently ditch work to meet him LOL abyways Matt Looks like your moving closer,deeper in to Bear Country so please be careful but im sure there are lots of ppl in the mountains at this time,,I was just in the rockys today and its busy with tourist camping every where…Goodluck with the rest of the trip and im looking forward to more pictures godbless matt

  10. Candice in Alabama says:

    I’m assuming that Matt shared breakfast with them – but just couldn’t spare a day to wait for the huckleberry ice cream.

  11. Barb V from Michigan says:

    Matt, I love “meeting” these people you’ve encountered along the way. Thanks for introducing them to us. You’re touching so many lives and I’m sure making lasting impacts to all who meet you, including the Hobo Nation.

    Hobo Nation, unless we’ve walked in Matt’s shoes (boots), let’s withhold judgment as to whether or not he should be spending more time with these people. It sounds to me that Matt is spending plenty of time with those he meets and especially with those who invite him to share a meal. Matt is giving us snippets of his journey, and I for one am grateful for the abundance of self and pics/vids he’s shared with us so far. Instead of berating Matt for not taking the time to stop and smell the roses, let’s encourage him in his walk, which must be a physical test of endurance in and of itself.

    In sticking with a theme I’ve picked up on while following you: Walk on, Matt!

  12. Janine says:

    No huckleberry ice cream?!?! Travesty!

    Thank you Brown family for being so generous with Our Matt! You rock!

  13. Crystal says:

    Just had to said it was nice to meet Matt. I was one of the member at the Brown family reunion. And yes the huckleberry ice cream was great.

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