This is a typical, quick iPhone snap I took in 2016. However, the inspiration for this post comes from a friend I met on my hike named Green Hornet, or @harperfendler. He's the guy that carried a wooden staff along the trail with the signatures of fellow hikers displayed up and down, with each day bringing a new name. A group of us, probably all featured on that walking stick, gathered in Daleville, Virginia that night at the Howard Johnson hotel. Over the years, I've come to find the Appalachian Trail as less of a hike and more of an "experience." I've found it in this picture, a representation of a pure, joyous, and unrelenting freedom; oftentimes maybe even a little too much.