The privies are basically an outhouse with some screening around it, so you can at least get a little privacy. There is a big bucket next to them full of wood chips, and after you "go", you throw a scoop in. Believe it or not, this somehow keeps the odor down. Believe me, it works.
Sitting down at the picnic tables is a real treat - much better than sitting on the ground at our age. Just a lot better for cooking and eating, as you can imagine, so we usually work a shelter into our schedule, either at lunch time, or supper, or both. The shelters also have shelter journals, where we make a dated entry, and it's entertaining to read what other have written. You can also keep track of other hikers that you know, by looking at their entries - are they a day ahead? Are they taking a zero day in the next town?
- Steady and F100