Mad Tom Notch 3 - July 29 2019

"You made a lot of people happy today." That's what a day hiker said to me when she returned to the parking lot late in the afternoon. It's really amazing how a simple snack we take for granted can brighten the day of a long distance hiker.

Yesterday's topic of conversation on the trail was the Trail Magic generously sponsored by my sister who donated the loot to feed and water 32 happy hikers with cold drinks, fresh fruit and cookies. Once gain, watermelon was the big hit. Many have told me theie unexpected treats are just what they needed - right place, right time.

Among the 32 were hikers from Israel, Wales, Ireland, The Netherlands and New Zealand. Looks like the Appalachian Trail has a good worldwide reputation.