ok, we pull into the state park and i'm thinking that people have been waiting for us, we'll get some kind of award for driving so far, we'll get attention for having the vw van and, well, none of that happened. we were told to pull over, check in at the registration booth and then go to our campsite. barely a hello, we did get our free pink pct bandanas though.
just because you plan to hike a 2650 mile trail and show up to the pep rally for it, doesn't mean relationships naturally happen. i told myself as we pulled up, you will get out of this, what you put into it. i've told students that on trips hundreds of times and its really true. sometimes it felt like church, all of these people, but you don't really know anyone and that makes for awkward situations. there were numerous times that i would say hi to someone as i walked by and they didn't even respond. odd. maybe its because we drove up in a vehicle and parked with other 2010 hikers who were staying in tents and tarps, maybe they knew we were southbounders and didn't want to put too much effort into us?
then enter our campsite mates and new friends. they introduced themselves as tradja and bearbait. we instantly hit it off, they were another couple that were hiking the trail this year and we found out they had hiked the cdt (continental divide trail) together also, so we could definitely learn a few things from them. they were a pleasure to hang out with and we even got to drop them off at the border on sunday morning with the hope of seeing them again in southern oregon.