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Nationally acclaimed blind hiker crosses eastern Carolina

By Ellen Bacca
Published On: Jun 14 2013 05:59:23 PM CDT
CROATAN FOREST, CARTERET COUNTY -

Trevor Thomas made history for being the first blind person to complete the entire Appalachian trail unassisted. Now, five years later, he and his unique dog are moving through eastern Carolina.

Thomas has been hiking for over two months since he began the Mountain to the Sea trail. The trail begins in Swain County and crosses the tallest mountain peak and sand dune in the eastern United States.

Thomas has completed several hikes before this one. He and a team completed the 2,654 mile Pacific Crest Trail back in 2010. To learn more about Trevor Thomas, click here.

Thomas' black lab Tenille has been hiking with him through his North Carolina trek. According to Thomas, she is the only known guide dog that can actively switch from leading him on trails, to sidewalks while in cities.

Voting for the Humane Society's Hero Dog Awards is taking place through July 30th. Tenille has been entered into the guide dog category. If Tenille gets enough votes, she will raise money for the charity Thomas has chosen, which is Guide Dogs for the Blind. To vote for Tenille, click here.