I remember reading this post when it came out and did not dare comment at the time but...I did find very unexpected love on the trail two years ago, nearly to the day in the southern part of PA. It's amazing what you find even when you're not looking! I was sitting talking to a crazy ass thru-hiker (and not crazy ass in a good way) when along frolicks this young dark headed thru hiker who barely took the time to stop and say hi (eh, now I know it's because he's just a crazy go go go hiker who loves to do 40 miles a day). He says hi to me and the wacko and then floats along. Then a couple of miles later I run into this Aussie again - we have a short talk and go on our ways to meet later at the same shelter. Again, short conversations (he was a quiet sort really), next morning we're both off seperately on our ways. A couple days later he walks into Doyles while I'm sitting there eating with a look on his face of "what the %$&!" wondering how the hell this section hiker who was behind him, got ahead (keep in mind he does huge mileage)...well, I skipped a part because the crazy ass thru-hiker (sorry I don't remember his name) was a bit freaky and I didn't want him to catch up to me. So, for the next couple of days we hiked together and got to know one another and had a connection that can't be easily explained. After a couple months of whirlwind romance and misunderstandings we parted. After about 20 months of (as it turns out both of us) stalking (in a light not scary way!) we have met up again and have found ourselves to be head over heels in love (obviously I've skipped alot of details but we'll save that for the movie version). The AT was always a magical special place for me being born and raised in NH but now I can't "thank" the magic of the Appalachian Trail and the aura of the community enough. Before I met this special person I always felt a bit lost and uneven and now finally that we are together again, my life is complete. We've got plenty more adventures to explore together but I hope will make it back to where it all started. Sweetie...if you're reading this...I love you!