As always, we met and saw some great people from all walks of life on our hike. From NOBO's, SOBO's Traditional Flipper Floppers, various versions of a Flip Flopper, LASHer's, SASHer's, Day Hikers, Half Ganners with a full twist...oh wait... that is competitive diving!

And meeting people in the hiking community is and always has been special because even though there are various reason why we hike, one thing for sure is that we have a common thread of loving the outdoors and adventure; Kindred Spirits. Here is an array of our fellow hikers and a bit of their back stories.

First day out we met "Fire Shine" and Liz who were on a 7-day Hike. And they probably had the most enthusiastic attitude of anyone we met!

First night out we stayed at Hightop Hut and met Tim (an ICU doctor at UVA), his son Tim and Grayden a friend on a 3 day hike. Dr. Tim definitely needed some downtime from a stressful job and it was great he was sharing it with his son.

This is "Dirt Fox", a Thru Hike Flip Flopper it was heat exhaustion...but we saw a dozen or so Amish women out for a "stroll" on the AT.

"Goblin", a Thru Hike Flip Flopper. Doesn't he look like a young Ozzy Osbourne?

Trevor, ex-military, doing 65 miles in the Shannies.

This is "Scurvy", a Thru Hike Flip Flopper. Sandy particularly liked his head band!

"Water Doc" from Maine. A SOBO thru hiker.

"Thumper" (not the rabbit) a SOBO thru hiker

" Locomotive" (Thumpers hiking partner) from The Netherlands. Her trail name? She got it because she is a constant and steady hiker that can hike all day long!

"City Slicker" a Flip Flopper going SOBO. Dudes got some bright red hair!

"G.O." from Wisconsin. A thru hike Flip Flopper that will flip to Katahdin once he gets Harpers Ferry.

Met "Possum" (on the left), a section hiking Grandma of 6 from Georgia, and "Bear" a SOBO section hiker from New York at Rod Hollow Shelter. Would you say that one person was happy about her picture being taken and the other.....not?