Noelle here:

I had lunch with Rosie today. She’s been following our blog and I’m so glad we were able to meet! What a wonderful thing when two strangers can become a part of one another’s lives.

We met for Mexican food, because well, margaritas and tacos.

What a wonderful time of getting to know one another and sharing our love of hiking. She brought pictures from her early days of backpacking, when she routinely carried 60 pounds! Bad A$$! I learned how she met her husband at a Sierra Club mountaineering class. And how they used to take their dog backpacking. He did have to carry his own food. 😁

Rosie showed me a picture of her oldest son on the trail. He was a toddler then and so adorable.

Meeting Rosie was the same as meeting another hiker on the trail. That quick connection among people who enjoy the same things. Thank you, dear one!

❤️

We also got to see our friends John, Donna and Rosie again in Tehachapi! We met for dinner at the Red House BBQ. So delicious and so good of them to drive out to see us again.

Donna restocked us on eggs! The hikers were incredibly happy!