Butler, 52, lives in a hillside home that overlooks acres of rolling pastures in Ashe County. He willingly uproots himself for weeks at a time to work and travel. Trained in family and emergency medicine, Butler is a doctor for Project USA, which provides medical care for American Indians.
The idea of reaching the highest points in each state took root when Butler was a high-school student in Colorado. A teacher casually mentioned that it was something he would like to do. At that point, only one person had accomplished the feat.
Ã¢â¬ÅIt stuck in my mind,Ã¢â¬Â Butler said. Ã¢â¬ÅIt came to me in the late Ã¢â¬â¢90s that if I had the time, IÃ¢â¬â¢d take it to get all 50 high points.Ã¢â¬Â