We have met some incredible people on this journey. The conductor on the train to Yosemite was a real character. He had been a Firefighter in New York and had been on duty on 9-11. He showed us photos from that day and told us his incredible story. We found it extremely moving and a few of us were close to tears. The bus driver who took us from Yosemite valley to Tuolumne meadows for the start of our trek turned out to be an ex-air force test pilot and a world authority on the mycorrhizal fungi of the Western states. Beat that.