I have two sons, Patrick (28 years old) and Dominik (25 years old). Patrick is married to Paloma Goncalves, a native of Portugal and Brazil, so I also have a daughter-in-law!
My family of origin consists of my mother, Shirley McLaren, who lives in Harrisburg, PA, my father, Tom McLaren, who passed away in December of 2012, my sister, Beth Durand, who lives in Paris, France, my brother, Mark McLaren, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and my sister, Debbie Shultz, who lives in Harrisburg, PA. I have 7 nieces and nephews: Mason, Claire, Hadley, Christophe, Reece, Zachary, and Hannah.
In April 2010 my son, Dominik, was confirmed in Saarbrücken, Germany. Click on this sentence to see some photos from that event.
Personal Life and Interests
Below are some other interests I have:
Adventures on the Appalachian Trail
In 1989, I hiked the entire Appalachian Trail (AT), from Georgia to Maine. The AT is over 2,000 miles long and typically takes 5 to 7 months to complete. I started my hike in late March, 1989 and finished in late September, 1989.
Only about 1 in 5-10 people who start the AT actually complete it (see Trail Completion ). There are many lonely hours, bad weather, and physical problems to overcome. On the other hand, there are glorious sunsets, fresh air, and many friendships made with fellow hikers.
This was truly the adventure of a lifetime for me (although I hope they'll be some more before it's all said and done...).
I enjoy sharing my experiences and reliving my hike from time to time, so please send Email if you'd like to know more about it. Below is a photograph taken early in the adventure. In April I was hit with about a half-foot of snowfall, and I slept with just a tarp over my head! This photo was taken at Carter Gap on April 6, 1989.