We always stop for a moment at the place where the AT runs through Mountain Crossings, which is were the Walasi-yi building is located. It was completed in 1937, the same year as the Appalachian Trail. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the building as a dining/dance hall and inn. It is now a shop for hikers and tourists. The ground floor of the inn contains a hostel for thru hikers on the AT.
We overheard a couple of hikers talking about heading north on their thru hike. I knew that heavy rains were about to hit the area followed by super cold temperatures. I checked the AT journals last night and one of the guys had realized the rain was not going to let up. He dropped off the trail until a later date.