One thing I did forget to mention: If any of y'all get a chance to hike/hang with VegaMike, take him up on it. VegaMike is a fun guy, a good hiking partner and a pretty good all around guy. Mike, I'd be more than happy to hike with you again, my friend. Happy Trails, buddy.
Thanks for the kind words, y'all. It was a great trip and we had a great time. Next long trip: The Smokies in the spring!