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In 1970 I hiked the Appalachian Trail through Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a college friend. The trail was filled with adventures that I look back on with nostalgia.

Meet Drop Dead, one of ten thru-hikers we met along the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington State’s Goat Rocks Wilderness. He is wearing a necktie, just in case of a job interview along the trail, though he has so far hiked nearly 2,300 miles along the trail this year without landing that elusive job. Or meet Bookworm, another thru-hiker who loves to read his Kindle while eating a cold dinner, night after night after night … Or Hercules, widely known along the trail for hiking 62 miles in 24 hours so that he could gorge himself at Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge.