I scurried out of the marshy bog the other day, chased by a swarm of mosquitos. Suddenly I was stopped by a reporter. She was covering a story on the Shays Rebellion monument that apparently had been restored recently, but when she learned that I was thru hiking the AT, she wanted to interview me for the local newspaper (and she offered me to use her bug spray so I couldnt say no!) Now that I think about it, if you are a thru hiker you must have been there at least once where people were utterly fascinated by what you were doing, and wanted to ask you strings of questions and take pictures with you. I always found this odd and amusing at the same time. You are just a regular person doing what you enjoy, yet people treat you differently. Like that time in Harpers Ferry when I was surrounded by a group of boyscouts, and had to answer their questions for nearly an hour. What happens if you run out of food, where do you take showers and do laundry, what happens when your phone dies...things like that. One of them asked me if I had to hunt for food which left me chuckling for days after that. One thing I realized though as I was talking to people is that there are a lot of discrepancies between their vision of thru hiking and what it actually involves. Maybe its partially due to the fact that certain movies and books have romanticized the idea of thru hiking rather than the actual process of doing it. Nonetheless I think its wonderful that people are wanting to learn more about thru hikers. Anyways, Massachusetts is going great so far. I passed by some really beautiful overlooks and ponds. The terrain overall is similar to that of New York, but its got its own New England charm. I cant wait to get to Mt. Greylock tomorrow. A few days ago on top of the Lions Head overlook in Connecticut, I saw the two peaks of Mt. Greylock far far away over on the horizon, pointed out by some local hikers. They said that they used to call it the Saddleback Mountain back in the days. I might stay at the summit until dark to see the tower light up!