I have been resting at Standing Bear Hostel, just north of the Smoky Mountains National Park border. I had been highly concerned about coming to this hostel because a review I’d previously read had mentioned a staff member who was drunk and abusive when another hiker who I happen to know stopped by the hostel. However, I had mail coming to the hostel that needed to be picked up. I’ve been incredibly relieved that the problematic staff member is no longer employed there. Instead, I enjoyed a quiet day around the hostel visiting with some fellow hikers. I also took advantage of the hostel kitchen and made fried rice which I shared with some others. I hadn’t realized just how much I missed cooking for other people until I got the chance to share this.