Thank you for all the nice comments. I read every comment and am aided by your positive feeback. I am having breakfast at the Gathering Place with about 10 other CDT hikers before I head back to the trail this morning. Even more showed up after I took the photo.
The community of CDT hikers is another positive aspect of this journey. They represent young and older (like me!), U.S., Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Korea, and more places.