End of Hike #8

As I've mentioned before, spending a few days reconnecting with old friends is a big part of what I love about being out here.  It was great catching up on old times with Kurt while chipping away at a little bit more of the AT.  I've now hiked over 196 miles with only about 2,000 more miles to go. As you can imagine, being in the middle of the woods for three days with a good friend allows you to discuss just about anything and everything there is to life. As Kurt and I hiked we traded many stories, observations, triumphs, defeats and concerns about our everyday lives. No matter how big or small our problems may be, the trail has a way to work on them so you leave for home with a smile on your face and hope in your heart. Another hike is in the books and it was indeed a great adventure.  Looking forward to Kurt joining me again soon...with 2,000 miles left, there are plenty more opportunities ahead.

Oh yeah....finally got to see a bear.

This was at the restaurant we stopped at in Cherokee to scarf down some burgers. Trip Advisor would have given this place half a star rating but they did have a stuffed bear in the lobby...not too shabby.