Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
A good reason for other AT hikers not only to be respectful and to feel appreciative, but to express that gratitude to service providers. A genuine, kind "Thank you" is cheap but sometimes worth millions, especially to such little old ladies, et al, who don't have to put up with dirty, smelly AT hikers (even good ones).
Fully agree with this too. A thank you goes a long way. For much of the trail, being appreciated for their generosity is the only thing the owners want in return.