One of the great things I find about this site is the friendships that develop across the miles. There are people on here I have never met but that I count as friends. Rain Man, from all the way over in Nashville TN is one of those. Growing up in this area, he regularly comments on my camping trips and freely offers his advice and experiences. This weekend, we finally managed to get together. He was in the SC upstate to visit family over the holiday and we met at our brand new REI store, then headed over to Appalachian Outfitters, and then had lunch. I long to put some time into the AT but have yet to do so. Rain Man is just a couple of football fields short of 1000 miles. It was great to be able to pick the brain of someone who's been there and done that.
Rain Man, I thoroughly enjoyed our visit and look forward to hanging on some trail with you some day.