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Crazy Larry #1
02-22-2006, 19:51

Hikin' Nine to Five: The trail draws out hikers' creativity

Ruxtable composed the following parody of "Shenandoah" (set far from that river). The name of another river forced an absurd rhyme and a rather long stretch to the hiker's itinerary. This was posted at Atwell Hilton (New Hampshire) on Aug. 24, 1989:
Oh, four-wheel-drive truck
I long to drive you
twelve times the speed
I now am walkin'.
If I stayed out
Until September
I could get
Damn near to Scotland!
I'll walk instead
Till I'm half dead
And barely cross
The Androscoggin.
Another parody, another "river" — by Dancer, a hiker from Iowa whom I actually met on the trail, more than a hundred miles north of Eagle's Nest, Pa., where he recorded this on Oct. 21, 1996:
Row Row Row your boat
Down the Appalachian Trail River
Splash, squish, slip along
Merrily my feet do shiver.
(if I had my canoe — I'd make it quicker)
The trail name of the next contributor suggests that he, like the Rhymin' Worm, may have written more than one poem on his way through the Whites. This one was recorded on Mount Madison (New Hampshire) on Aug. 23, 1985:
Tundra Trail
From Mt. Washington to Madison
Is a dot-connecting tale
They provide the guiding cairns,
And you provide the trail.
Whichever rocks you chose to cross
Whatever path you drew
You may have cursed the blasted rocks
But you cannot knock the view.

— The Poetry ManThe range of styles of these poems and songs is limited only by the imagination of the hiker. The following Appalachian Trail "song" would not work very well as a song to hike to (maybe as a song to dance to, if you like that kind of dancing). It was posted at High Top Hut (Virginia) on May 13, 2000:
I got BUGS...
Bugs in my room
Bugs in my bed
Bugs in my ears, their eggs in my head.
Bugs on the ceiling, crowding the floor, standing,
sitting, kneeling, a few block the door.
And now the question.
Do I kill them? Become their friends?
Do I eat them? Raw or well done?
Do I trick them? I don't think they're that dumb.

Do I join them? Looks like, that's the one.
They're surrounding me I see.
See them deciding my fate.
That which was once, was once up to me.
I got bugs. One on one.
I'll stop now. I'll become naked.
And with them, I'll become ONE.

— Honey BearThe author of the above could have simply whined about the bugs. By creating a poem about them, the hiker vanquished those bugs and, at the same time, created an amusement for the next group to come through.

The data book is well known to all thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail. The fact that a hiker would compose a song about it says something about the passion and feelings that surround the subject. The next song, posted on Aug. 9, 1991, at Atwell Hilton (New Hampshire) is an annotation to another hiker's complaint about some trivial inaccuracy in that usually reliable reference work and contains the following introduction: "I truly can't believe it. I loved my data book so much I actually wrote a song about it once."
God bless my Data Book.
That's how I feel
It's beside me
To guide me
Warren Doyle
rolled it all
with a wheel.

From the mountains
to the prairies
to the privies
heaped with shi-i-it
God Bless my Data Book
I'd be lost without it!

In the second stanza, where the poet seems to degrade the spirit of the piece with a privy reference, he is merely referring to the place where many hikers do their reading.

I will conclude this brief anthology with a Robert Frost parody, posted on Aug. 27, 1997, at Old Job (Vermont) not far from Frost's home.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and I —
I took the one more traveled by
Because I didn't want to trample the vegetation
creating a second path...
The next hiker wrote in the margin, "This guy is a real pain in the ass." Well, the same could have been said of Frost, and probably was. From this distance, one can perhaps guess why the annotator said such a nasty thing about the trail poet, for the poem might have been a means of scolding another hiker about an improper hiking technique. He does sound arrogant, though, doesn't he?
Shelter registers with good poems and songs are spread very far apart — many days, many miles. Two years' worth of registers might not yield up even one good limerick. You might have to hike a long way on the AT to come across a masterpiece. If you're not into long-distance hiking but are still curious about the culture, the Dartmouth Outing Club archives, located in the Dartmouth College Special Collections Library in Hanover, New Hampshire, is a good place to go for further examples; another is the AMC Library at 5 Joy St. in Boston (http://www.outdoors.org/about/facilities/facilities-boston.cfm). A third source for songs and poems that I collected off the trail is the archive at the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) headquartered in Vienna, Va.

—Roger Sheffer teaches English at Minnesota State University, Mankato. A published fiction writer and a frequent contributor to Appalachia, he is currently at work on a book about the wit and whimsy he has found in registers along the Appalachian Trail.

02-23-2006, 10:55
Heres something my daughter sent me awhile back .

Walking, Strolling, Sauntering,
Meandering, Hiking, Walk-Abouts

Quotations, Poems, Quips, Wisdom, Links

Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo

Walking: Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes, Notes (http://www.egreenway.com/wellbeing/walk.htm)
Walking: Quotes, Poems, Songs, Sayings (http://www.egreenway.com/wellbeing/walking4.htm)

There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like
a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast.
- Paul Scott Mowrer

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.
- G. M. Trevelyan

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- John Muir

It is not talking but walking that will bring us to heaven.

- Matthew Henry

If you want to know if your brain is flabby, feel your legs.

- Bruce Barton

Thirteen Treasures Walking Qigong (http://www.egreenway.com/taichichuan/ttwck1.htm)

If you look for the truth outside yourself,

It gets farther and farther away.
Today walking alone, I meet it everywhere I step.
It is the same as me, yet I am not it.
Only if you understand it in this way
Will you merge with the way things are.
- Tung-Shan

Our way is not soft grass, it's a mountain path with lots of rocks.

But it goes upward, forward, toward the sun.
- Ruth Westheimer

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into

you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you,
and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like falling leaves.
- John Muir

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

(http://www.gardendigest.com/trees.htm)Quotes for Gardeners and Lovers of the Green Way

The longest journey begins with a single step.
- Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

Gardening is a long road, with many detours and way stations, and here we all
are at one point or another. It's not a question of superior or inferior taste, merely
a question of which detour we are on at the moment. Getting there (as they say)
is not important; the wandering about in the wilderness or in the olive groves
or in the bayous is the whole point.
- Henry Mitchell, Gardening Is a Long Road, 1998

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.
Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.
- Raymond Inmon

It's when you are safe at home that you're having an adventure.
When you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.
- Thorton Wilder

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive at where we started
And know the place for the first time.
- T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding

Meandering leads to perfection.
- Lao Tzu

Never have a path for walking on less than three feet wide.
- Martin Hoyles

The Walking Staff (http://www.egreenway.com/taichichuan/staff.htm)

A garden should feel like a walk in the woods.

- Dan Kiley, American landscape designer

Walking would teach people the quality that youngsters
find so hard to learn - patience.
- Edward P. Weston

I like long walks, especially when they are taken
by people who annoy me.
- Fred Allen

Walking - Bibliography, Links, Referneces, Resources (http://www.egreenway.com/taichichuan/walk.htm)

Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees. - Karle Wilson Baker

Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.
- Antonio Machado

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
- Robert Frost, Two Roads

Happy is the man who has acquired
the love of walking for its own sake!
- W.J. Holland

Some people like to make a little garden out of life
and walk down a path.
- Jean Anouilh

(http://www.gardendigest.com/simple.htm)Quotes for Gardeners and Lovers of the Green Way

He who limps is still walking.

- Stanislaw J. Lec

(http://www.gardendigest.com/see.htm)Quotes for Gardeners and Lovers of the Green Way

It is not talking but walking that will bring us to heaven.
- Matthew Henry

To find new things, take the path you took yesterday.
- John Burroughs

Like one that on a lonesome road
Doth walk in fear and dread,
And having once turned round walks on,
And turns no more his head,
Because he knows a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Walking and Tai Chi Chuan (http://www.egreenway.com/taichichuan/walk.htm)

As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest,
or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door,
that does not look like a door, opens.
- Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

If a walker is indeed an individualist there is nowhere he can't go at dawn and not
many places he can't go at noon. But just as it demeans life to live alongside
a great river you can no longer swim in or drink from, to be crowded into safer
areas and hours takes much of the gloss off walking - one sport you shouldn't
have to reserve a time and a court for."
- Edward Hoagland

Healthy Living
(http://www.gardendigest.com/health.htm)Quotes for Gardeners and Lovers of the Green Way

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
- Wallace Stevens

Singing the same song at a different tone,
In thoughts, destined to die, unknown.
Born unto a world not of our own,
We walked together, walking alone.
- Michael R. Anderson, Walking Alone (http://www.netpoets.com/poems/life/0004005.htm)

The place where you lose the trail is not
necessarily the place where it ends.
- Tom Brown, Jr.

It is a great art to saunter.
- Henry David Thoreau, 1841

My father considered a walk among the mountains
as the equivalent of churchgoing.
- Aldous Huxley

Of all exercises walking is the best.
- Thomas Jefferson

Walking around
an early spring garden--
going nowhere.
- Kyoshi

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.
- Robert L. Stevenson

The thorn tree just began to bud
And greening stained the sheltering hedge,
An many a violet beside the wood
Peeped blue between the withered sedge;
The sun gleamed warm the bank beside,
'Twas pleasant wandering out a while
Neath nestling bush to lonely hide,
Or bend a musings o'er a stile.
- John Clare, 1840

It has been said that there are landscapes one can
walk through, landscapes which can be gazed upon,
landscapes in which one may dwell... Those fit for
walking through or being gazed upon are not equal
to those in which one may dwell or ramble.
- Kuo Hsi

Don't think you're on the right road
just because it’s a well-beaten path.
- Author Unknown

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the
stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these
are some of the rewards of the simple life.

– John Burroughs

The contented person enjoys the scenery of a detour.
– Author Unknown

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
- Steven Wright

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going to
fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
- Eddie Cantor

(http://www.egreenway.com/months/index.htm)Quotes for Gardeners and Lovers of the Green Way

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
Chinese Proverb

I was the world in which I walked.
- Wallace Stevens, Tea at the Palaz of Hoon

Farewell we call to hearth and hall!
Though wind may blow and rain may fall.
We must away ere the break of day.
Far over wood and mountain tall.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

It's amazing how much time one can spend in a garden doing
nothing at all. I sometimes think, in fact, that the nicest part
of gardening is walking around in a daze, idly deadheading
the odd dahlia, wondering where on earth to squeeze in yet
another impulse buy, debating whether to move the
recalcitrant artemisia one more time, or daydreaming
about where to put the pergola.
- Jane Garmey, A Writer in the Garden

A fact bobbed up from my memory, that the ancient Egyptians
prescribed walking through a garden as a cure for the mad.
It was a mind-altering drug we took daily.
- Paul Fleischman, Seedfolks

Walking - Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Wisdom (http://www.egreenway.com/taichichuan/walking.htm)

Good walking leaves no track behind it.
- Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

Some do not walk at all; others walk in the highways;
a few walk across lots.
- Henry David Thoreau, Walking

Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation,
a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind.
Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility.
- Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.
But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin
air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle
which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green
leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes.
All is a miracle.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

I like long walks, especially when
they are taken by people who annoy me.
- Chris Howell

Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present
moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The
miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment…
- Thich Nhat Hanh


Sierra Nevada, California
Rock Creek Basin, Mt. Starr (12,870')
Mike Garofalo, Hiker

The more zigzag the way, the deeper the scenery.
The winding path approaches the secluded and peaceful place.
- Huang Binhong

Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can
substitute for putting one foot in front of the other.
- M. C. Richards

All paths lead nowhere, so it is important
to choose a path that has heart.
- Carlos Castenda

All walking is discovery. On foot we take

the time to see things whole.
- Hal Borland

It is good to collect things; it is better to take walks.
- Anatole France

(http://www.gardendigest.com/spirit.htm)Quotes for Gardeners and Lovers of the Green Way

Before supper take a little walk,

after supper do the same.
- Erasmus

It is good to have an end to journey towards;
but it is the journey that matters in the end.
- Ursula K. LeGuin

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an
unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the
medicine and psychology in the world.
- Paul Dudley White

When one walks, one is brought into touch first of all with the essential relations

between one's physical powers and the character of the country; one is compelled
to see it as its natives do. Then every man one meets is an individual.
- Aleister Crowley

It is solved by walking.

- A Latin proverb

It takes days of practice to learn the art of sauntering.

Commonly we stride through the out-of-doors too swiftly
to see more than the most obvious and prominent things.
For observing nature, the best pace is a snail’s pace.
- Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons


References and Links

Walking - Bibliography, Links, Referneces, Resources (http://www.egreenway.com/taichichuan/walk.htm)

Walking - Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Wisdom (http://www.egreenway.com/taichichuan/walking.htm)


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Hikes in Rain
02-23-2006, 13:49
"A Pack With No Frame", from the Big Spring Shelter log (hope this works!):

02-23-2006, 19:44
To the tune of Jimmy Buffett's " A Pirate Looks at Forty"

Appalachian tra-il
finally heed the call
through 14 states and all their borders
I will walk it all
from spring into-o fall
from spring into-o fall

From Springer I will walk
north unto the Spring
all the cool days and cooler nights
`till easter bells do ring
hear the birds sing
hear the birds sing

Planning out this walk
has tak-en its toll
now my friends run away each time I say
do I really need a bowl
gotta make my goal
gotta make my goal

Now all my gear's been bought
have read each book twice
just watch out for rattlesnakes and
be-ware the shelter mice
they'll steal your rice
they'll steal your rice

Glance at the calendar still over two months
In eighty-six days, I think I'll go nuts
but to the trail gods I pray
`till they take me away
get me through the approach trail
and boots please don't fail
and boots please don't fail

To Damascus by May
though my heals may be raw
have one too many in tent city
now I'm in Arkansas?
need a shuttle to call
need a shuttle to call

Katahdin's in Maine
August that's where I'll be
if they don't throw me in debtor's prison
over the AMC hut fee
work for stay please
work for stay please.

Sandy B
02-25-2006, 16:18
I met a lady hiker, trail name 'Song', she was on her last day of a SOBO at Hawk Mt shelter, (2nd Year?)Aug 05. Later I read some of her songs, The only one I can remember was 'Queen of the trail' to the tune of 'King of the road'. I wish I had written the words down, it was really good. I do remember it was witten for "Piney" another SOBO that I had met.
I have looked for them both on trail journals with no luck But someone here might know them and put some of 'Songs' songs here.

02-25-2006, 16:56
A thru hiker named Chino came up with a rap entitled "whiteblaze" that always got people laughing. I hoped he would put it on his trail journal, oh well.

johnny quest
08-16-2006, 17:10
something i wrote, inspired by hiking.

Stop and see what road your traveling.
Look down at your path of life.
Maybe wide and paved if things are good
Rocky with thorns if you are in strife.
Perhaps its flat, shaded and well marked
As far as your eye can see.
Maybe its all uphill and littered with rocks
Full of dropoffs, switchbacks and scree.
Theres no use in anger. Don't throw up your hands.
Don't look to the left or the right.
For this is your path. You cant trade it out.
And it will do no good to fight.
The terrain....thats hopeless. Against it you'll never win
You will only tire and fall
But put your shoulder square against the task thats at hand
To move forward...even if just at a crawl.
Because each new obstacle, hurdle or snag
It really is a blessing in disguise
For what doesn't kill us makes us stronger indeed
More discerning, perceptive and wise.
So make peace with your road, this path that your on
And don't be resentful of mine.
I've had as many deadends and deadfalls as you will
As many lost trails and impossible inclines
But if we keep plugging, and never give up
Then one day this journey will end
Our pilgrimage of life we will finally complete
And where our paths cross i will meet you... my friend.

08-16-2006, 17:20
Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open eye-
(So priketh hem Nature in hir corages);
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages
And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes
To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
And specially from every shires ende
Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende,
The hooly blisful martir for to seke
That hem hath holpen, whan that they were seeke.


08-16-2006, 17:38
Johnny Quest - this is exceptional.

Bfitz---you amaze me more every day!

My best poetry was written when I fell in love with someone who was unreachable.

I think I'll write a poem for Janet.

johnny quest
08-16-2006, 18:27
thank you so much. my poetry just seems to vomit out of me...cant say when or why. but most of it is much darker than this.
here is one i wrote after snowshoeing up in the colorado rockies around thanksgiving of 2004:
Silence, just the soft crush
of new snow under my snowshoe.
Nature drops its blanket of white.
The mountains sigh, the woods renew.

Silence, just hare and deer and I
to enjoy this first winters day.
God's blessings float down by the millions
in an intricate aerial ballet.

Silence, look up to the snow filled sky
and thank God in a clear deep voice.
A prayer of awe and thanks with eyes wide open
head thrown back in full rejoice.

08-16-2006, 18:51
I was inspired by the trash at Stover Creek SHelter to write this:

Hey, Dude, Pack out your trash
Take this shelter, and make it better
Remember to pack out all of your junk
Then you can say you've made it better.

Hey Dude, Pack out your trash.
LEAVE NO TRACE is the code you live by
The minute you pack out what you pack in,
Then you begin to make it better.

And anytime you feel the pain, hey Dude, refrain
You carry your world upon your shoulders
For well you know that it's a punk who leaves his junk
So making his world a little colder
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah

Hey Dude, don't let me down
I have found trash, I hope it's not yours
Remember to take it out to the road
Then you can start to make it better.

So let's pack out what you pack in, hey Dude, begin
You're waiting for someone to perform with
But don't you know that it's just you, hey Dude, you'll do
The trashbag you need is on your shoulder
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah yeah

Hey Dude, don't make it bad
Take a shelter and make it better
Remember to pack out what you pack in
Then you'll begin to make it
Better better better better better better, oh

Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Dude

09-03-2006, 08:41
I wrote this for my wife after we attempted Knife's Edge and got chased back down the Helon Taylor trail by thunderclouds rolling over Baxter Peak. We made it up once before in 2003 (probably because clouds obscurred most of the view :-). We went up again figuring if she could do Knife's Edge maybe she would want to do the AT with me. She is still mad at Katahdin and has sworn off overnight backpacking and mountains. Since I still intend to continue, I wrote this and gave it to her with a one half of a MizPah Coin for our seventh Anniversary.

Hiker’s Mizpah

You had to go up once to know yourself;
You went again to truly know your heart.
Pamola’s booming thunder, narrow shelf,
Was more than your desire to play the part.

You followed me on treks down woodland trails--
In rain, in sun, in forest dark with night.
We found the summit even as it failed
To thrill your heart, as mine, I wished it might.

Though different mountains seek we to climb,
Your path less treacherous than what I seek.
I’ll take a piece of you with me each time
I wander hidden vale or lofty peak.

We know our paths at times will have to part,
But in your care I’ll always leave my heart.

I know, sappy, and not nearly as funny as the others here...


Crazy Larry #1
09-03-2006, 08:53
keep it coming guys..................

09-03-2006, 12:08
Walkin' in the park just the other day, baby,
What do you, what do you think I saw?
Crowds of people sittin' on the grass with flowers in their hair said,
"Hey, Boy, do you wanna score?"
And you know how it is.
I really don't know what time it was, woh, oh,oh
so I asked them if I could stay awhile.

I didn't notice but it had got very dark and I was really
Really out of my mind.
Just then a policeman stepped up to me and asked us, said, "Please,hey,
would we care to all get in line, Get in line."
Well, you know, they asked us to stay for tea and have some fun; Oh, oh,oh.
he said that his friends would all drop by, ooh.

Why don't you take a good look at yourself and describe what you see,
and baby, baby, baby, do you like it?
There you sit, sitting spare like a book on a shelf rustin',
ah, not trying to fight it.
You really don't care if they're comin'; oh, oh,
I know that it's all a state of mind.

If you go down in the streets today, baby, you better,
you better open your eyes.
Folk down there really don't care, really don't care, don't care , really don't , which, which way the pressure lies,

so I've decided what I'm gonna do now.
So I'm packing my bags for the Misty Mountains
where the spirits go now,
over the hills where the spirits fly.
I really don't know.

-Led Zeppelin

09-03-2006, 13:34
keep it coming guys..................You asked for it.....

It's been a hard day's hike,
And I've been sweating like a hog
It's been a hard days hike,
I should be sleeping like a log
I have to get to the road,
So I can take off my load
To make me feel alright.

You know I hike all day
After a zero to make up ground.
And it's worth it just to know I can say
I'm gonna hitch-hike into town

So why on earth should I groan
I'll have a TV and phone
You know I'll feel okay

When in town, everything seems to be right
When in town, spending the whole blessed night
night, yeah

It's been a hard days hike,
I should be sleeping like a log
I have to get to the road,
So I can take off my load
To make me feel alright.

You know I hike all day
After a zero to make up ground.
And it's worth it just to know I can say
I'm gonna hitch-hike into town

So why on earth should I groan
I'll have a TV and phone
You know I'll feel okay

Pennsylvania Rose
09-03-2006, 19:09
Conneticut Yankee, '90, told me this one. Too bad I can't remember the rest:

Oh, we're hikin' on the Appalachian Trail
And in our sacred mission we won't fail
From Springer to Katahdin
Our feet will keep on ploddin'
And when we're through we'll drink beer by the pail