On Oct. 26 in Harpers Ferry, W.V., Dale Sanders crossed off yet another goal he set for himself by becoming the oldest man at age 82 to complete a “walk through” of the Appalachian Trail in the same year. It took him just seven months. Never staying once in a hotel, having to brave the elements only mountain life can provide, and meeting so many wonderful people along the way.

As Dale finished the 2,190 mile trek with his family waiting with excitement, he was already thinking about what comes next. For “The Most Interesting Man in the World” contender, it didn’t take him long to decide what his next adventure would be.

“I think if I am in good health and spirit I will paddle the Missouri River system, which is almost 4,000 miles from Montana to the Gulf of Mexico,” said Sanders, who is no stranger to breaking world records. Dale has earned the oldest man to canoe down the Mississippi River at age 80 from source to sea in 2015. He also has held the world record for spear fishing and holding his breath in the 1950s. In 2003, he canoed 700 miles from Lickskillett to Memphis.

“What adventures I’ve had,” Sanders said adding, “It’s been a personal experience for a great cause.”

While Dale heads out to prove age is just a number, he also brings awareness to a condition so many young people suffer from daily. Juvenile Diabetes is near and dear to Dale, as his sister’s granddaughter, Anna has Type 1 Diabetes. Dale raised over $23,000 for the cause and has talked to people he has met along his travels about what affects millions of people in the world.

Dale is a Logan County native. He grew up on his family farm in Lickskillet with his parents, Thomas Lee and Lucille Sanders and his two sisters, Judy Sanders Silvy and Dr. Elaine Sanders Bush.

“I graduated from Olmstead Class of 1954,” said a proud Dale. You can tell by talking with him that although he has traveled all over the world, home in Lickskillet is where his heart is.

After graduating from high school, Dale began his journeys by hitchhiking to California where his uncle lived. While there he hung Sheetrock.

“Uncle James was my hero. I stayed with him for awhile and then got homesick and came back,” said Dale.

It wasn’t long after returning that the United States Navy became home for Dale, showing him places he only dreamed of. After traveling around with his job for 37 years, Dale moved from Italy in 1989 to his current home in Bartlett, Tenn. with his wife Meriam and their three children. Dale served in the Parks & Recreations Division for the Navy, having always been an “outdoors” kind of guy.

“I can remember growing up in Lickskillet I used to always be outside. Growing up on the farm, I spent most of my time in Whippoorwill Creek,” he laughed.

What causes a man to continually strive to conquer his own existence or push that next barrier in front of him? For Dale it’s simple. Life is not meant to sit through.

“You must keep moving. In order to be happy you have to have a formula. And everyone has their own formula,” said Dale. “For me to really be happy, I need to have a positive spiritual life. I’m not talking about extremes. If you want to be happy and healthy you have to be active. And I’m not knocking the gym, but I mean get outside.”

One of the things that Dale says has helped push him through life was being bullied as a child in middle school. Dale was the smallest boy in his class. He said he can remember being picked on, but said it has given him a strength all these years later to overcome obstacles.

“Back in the 50’s bullying wasn’t even talked about. No one made a deal out of it. No one cared, it just happened,” Dale said.

It wasn’t until Dale found his talent in acrobats that kids saw he was special and quit picking on him. But Dale never forgot those days.

“I try to tell this story to show that bullying is a real thing. And for those who were and are being bullied, you can draw strength from it,” Dale added.

Dale has had a great life so far and says he hopes to have many more memories to share. He hopes to supply inspiration to others and leave a mark in this world by living a life of appreciation, hope, and above all kindness.