“Mr. Sunshine”, Missouri, USA

“At this point, it’s not even about finishing the [Appalachian] trail; it’s about making these connections in life that would have never been able to be done if I didn’t fully immerse myself in this amazing community. I’m “southbounding,” [hiking the AT south, from Maine to Georgia] so only 300 miles or so into this, and the [northbound] people I’ve met here are 1800 miles in. I’m able to sit here and learn from their happiness, and see that even though you’re that far into the AT, you can still be happy with this trail. It’s just nice to know that it’s not going to wear you out, but make you a better person. It’s really inspiring for south-bounders to see and be around that.”

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