I've been camping with the same group of people consistently and I don't know if I've mentioned everyone's names or not so I'll do that now. Phil and AJ are both 25 and started the trail together; they met while in Samoa in the Peace Corps. Don (trail name Happy Pappy) is 60 and is a pastor from West Virginia. Bobby (trail name Muffin Man), 35 (I think?), is from Texas and worked for Marriott. Justin (trail name Shepherd...the one with the dog, Daisy) is 31 and from Indianapolis and decided just about a month ago to quit his job in business and hike the trail. Ever since the night we were all camped at the old cheese factory we have basically been sticking together. For the most part we hike at our own paces and meet up at night, although we see and pass each other frequently on the trail and sometimes stop for lunch together. It's a pleasant crowd and I've been enjoying my time with them; I don't know how long we will all stick together but it's nice for the time being.
There are lots and lots of people out here so the shelters have been pretty crowded; most people congregate in the same areas at night but get spread out in the daytime. It's comforting to see familiar faces and to run into the same people day after day. This experience so far has been incredible and I can't wait to see what will happen during each new day.
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