It’s July and we drove from Tallahassee, FL where we were living to Castleton, VT for the Biennial Meeting of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Over a 1,000 hikers were there for the week-long celebration of the nation’s longest footpath. All the activities took place on the campus of Castleton University. We stayed in one of the dorms. On a break we got out and hiked a segment of the Appalachian Trail / Long Trail in the nearby Green Mountain National Forest. Sandra thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2001 and likes to participate in their activities.