Just Passin' Through
by Winton Porter
Winton Porter had succeeded nicely in the outdoor retail business. His family liked living where his work took him. He did not open his door to strangers at mignight. He wore clean clothes every day. He did not eat Snickers bars for breakfast. But like many people, he stared out the window a lot, wanting something different. So that's why he cashed in his 401K and ransacked his bank account to become a backpack-purging, tent-selling, hostel-running, first-aid-dispensing, lost-kid finding, argument-setting, romance-fixing, chili-making shopkeepr deep in the Georgia woods, smack on the Appalachian Trail. With humor and grace, Porter captures the daily reality show of his family's new life at the store. Among the parade of people who are just passin through, some show up once and others appear again and again.