We have met some interesting people along the trail. It’s a whole different culutre. Here are some that we have met so far.
Tigger – she is walking with Z-Coil shoes, the ones with the springs in the back. She kind of bounds down the trail.
Mousey – she walks about 5 miles a day and started March 26th or so. She just got into North Carolina 3 days ago. She had a very heavy food bag and the cord that was holding it up catastrophically failed. Ooops. Someone had extra cord to give her.
Suds – he is from England, but working in Mexico City as an english teacher. He is called Sudss because he has packed in a beer for every day. He is an funny guy.
Squid Billy – a former Navy guy he actually hiked a trail in Alabama to get to the AT. He is tiny and has a pony tail. He was an interesting character.
Airman – A sweet older man that was section hiking.
Fozzie – named because of a brown fleece he had, had a great sense of humor and was clausterphobic, but welcomed us to the shelter anyway.
Texas Pete and Wishbone – A son and mother hiking together (not sure our mom would like to hike this!). He is carrying a Mandolin and plays in the evening. Renee missed her guitar. Maybe she should get a backpacking guitar. 🙂
Atlas – former army, had a bad back, but still carried a heavy pack. He snored and talked in his sleep all night. We got no sleep that night!
Reaper – his trail name, instead of a menacing meaning, actually has something to do with reaping souls – sharing the gospel along the trail. It’s pretty cool. We have kind of looked out for eachother on the trail. In some ways he has become a brother, and somtimes our sherpa. He hangs our bear bag and protects us (being ex-army) and we feed him from our left-overs. He isn’t too impressed with Alison’s baking skills however. She says it’s the recipes and not the baker, but he eats it anyway. His hiker hunger has definitely kicked in. He keeps us entertained with all his endless information. He is from PA and married.