We met in Dalton, Mass at "The Bird Cage" Hostel. Storyteller was more than half way done with his thru hike, and a lot hairy than he appears in this photo (2nd from the right). I sort of helped him retrieve his lost camera--a subject I was sensitive to, having lost 2 within the past two years--and that's where our friendship began to bloom!
After the trail, Storyteller went to Helen, GA, a town not too far from the trail, and began to build acastle! Oh, I just love saying that.
I called him up when we were passing through and Storyteller and his two housemates, Andrew and Sam, became the perfect hosts to us. We didn't thoroughly explore Helen, which was described by the 2009 Thru Hikers' Companion as a "Miniature Gatlinburg," but I recommend a visit. It's a small city with a population around 400 that revived itself when it took on the appearence of a German town. Now, its a hot spot for many tourists, the estranged hiker who thought they were hiking the Appalachians and not the Alps, and some castles.
We visited Storyteller, and his housemates at their project, which is still in its beginning stages. The castle is called the "Uhuburg," and is sure to be crazy awesome when they complete it. Storyteller (Ben), Andrew and Sam, thanks for everything.