--Helen Keller (1880-1968) Blind & deaf author and educator.
I started to say that we ran into some interesting thru-hikers up at the Overmountain Shelter. But "Interesting Thru-Hiker" is an oxymoron. You never meet a boring person on the trail. Each has a story to tell and a reason for undertaking the arduous six-month-long 'walk in the woods.' Two of these hikers are from Minnesota (Crusty and Little B), one from Louisiana (Grahams), and the final hiker from Virginia (Cheerio). We decided to take some chocolate 'trail magic' with us to the shelter, expecting that we would run into some hikers in need of some sugar. We enjoyed hearing their about their backgrounds and experiences along the trail.
The view from the shelter is fantastic - so remote and tranquil. It's one of the most unique and loved shelters along the 2,200 mile trail. Click here for more photos of the shelter from a previous visit and for directions to "The Barn."