While spending some time in the Shanendoah mountains in Virginia I met Tommy, a 25-year-old Piano instructor from the northwest currently living in New York city. I met Tommy at one of the mountain overlook spots where the road and parts of the Appalachian Trail meet. As he approached I was in in the middle of getting that mediation selfie (in an earlier post) and asked me if I needed any help. I laughed and asked him what he was doing out there all by himself. He explained to me he had taken 10 days off to hike part of the Appalachian Trail to clear his head and gain some fresh perspective. For the next several hours we sat on this rock looking out across the mountains and discussed life, culture and travel. We talked about where we’ve been and where we want to go. We talked about our dreams and our most important relationships. We shared stories and our time, and laughed at the people we used to be. Before we knew it we had jumped into #hotelprius and drove across dozens of miles of mountain roads still continuing to get to know each other and stopping at breathtaking overlooks along the way. We ate burgers and chicken fingers at the visitor center and shared a delicious blackberry shake. We hiked and trekked through streams to get close to 80 foot waterfalls and discussed the pros and cons of teleportation and superspeed. By the days end, we were no longer strangers, but friends who felt we had known each other for years and were just catching up. I am honored and privileged to have spent the day in the Shenandoah Mountains with Tommy and can only hope he has walked away with the same level of appreciation and fresh perspective as I have, and that hopefully our paths will cross in the future again -literally.