Recently, six members of our club completed a week-long section hike of the Georgia AT as "Slack Packers". During most of the hikes, the group walked with a section backpacker named Brian from Colorado, with everyone thoroughly enjoying each other's company. At the end of the ODATC group's planned hike around seven miles from the NC border, a group photo was taken that included Brian using his camera. Once he returned to Colorado after finishing his planned section hike of the AT, Brian contacted the group via email and mailed them the photo. The email text and picture are included below. The ODATC members participating in this hike were Alex Alexander, Bill Beck, Jim Henry, Jim Hunt, Larry Kidd, Jim Metz, Bill Tennant, and Jeff Samuels.
Dear Larry and the rest of the Gang,
I just wanted to thank each of you for the kindness you showed me on my hike. I truly enjoyed the company and the conversations and I very quickly feel welcomed into your group.
As an update, after my one rest day, I hiked 18 and 15 miles and made it to my goal in North Carolina just past Albert Mountain. Camping those two nights went well, but were no competition to slack packing.
I hope you are all well and our paths cross again. Attached is the group photo.
P.S. Planning to eat grits tomorrow morning with a dab of butter....