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09-28-2006, 16:26
I know we all like checking out trailjournals. If you were to nominate your favorite one, who's would it be? And why?

09-28-2006, 16:30
I enjoyed reading Bama's http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=126436
Her husband kept it up to date. Very few days went by without it being updated.

Speer Carrier
09-28-2006, 16:45
My favorite has been Officer Taco from last year. For me personally it was a good blend of straight journal (miles traveled, weather, people encountered) and interesting stuff.

He didn't write stream of concience. He had a format that was easy to read and coherent. He had a post for almost every day. He didn't babble on about the people with whom he was hiking.

I've read a lot of good journals but his happens to be my favorite

Speer Carrier
09-28-2006, 16:48
Of course, although not about the AT, its tough to top the journals of Lewis and Clark. Now there were a couple of guys who could write some interesting stuff.

09-28-2006, 16:55
This year? Bama was great....so was postcard (on his second). Banjoman.

A few years back, the family, mom, dad and 11 year old. Troll family. funny stuff.

SGT Rock
09-28-2006, 16:55
http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=3525 Cheesewiz

OK the journal isn't that great. BUT his mom is putting these great photo shows up for people to wach about his hike:


I love watching them.

09-28-2006, 17:05
I enjoyed Troll, Anchor, and Oblivious (http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=3002)from '05.

09-28-2006, 17:12
I really enjoyed following Red Dane's Journal. http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=3860

And I didn't hear about Bone Pac until after he was finished and you folks here at WB were discussing him, so I read his all at once and enjoyed it too.

Now that folks are pointing out other good ones that I haven't read, I can forget about accomplishing much for a few days! :D

09-28-2006, 17:16
I think I gotta place Roni (from Israel) up there. This guy has done some major hiking miles in the past few years with alot of trials and tribulations.

09-28-2006, 20:07
I enjoyed Funnybones! (http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=4028) trail journal. Very intertaining.

09-28-2006, 20:25
All of Stumpknockers journals are fun...he is my hero.

09-28-2006, 21:05
Excellent thread here---great thinking....
here's my choices:

Red Dane-she started the AT earlier than others, Cheesewhiz-whom I met at the PA Ruck, Funnybone (PCT), Skeemer -AT (from NE OH-yeah), Stumpknocker, MrsGorp/Yolanda Vega, Model T, Messenger, Marta-SOBO presently, Lion King, Redneck Rye (PCT), LWOP + Hammock Hanger (FT), Sidewinder (CDT), Spur & Ready (CDT).

Roni from Israel definitely has hiking credentials.

09-28-2006, 21:07
bone pac was my beddy bye story every night.his straight forward christianess was refreashing. he writes like an angry ned flanders!

map man
09-28-2006, 22:07
Yes, my favorite trail journal is not for the AT, alas. It's the 2005 PCT journal for Hidalgo the Infidel. He's got a great sense of humor, and the humor is often directed at himself, which to me is a sign of a mature intellect. He's pretty observant, and he writes very well. And for all you romantics out there, he proposes to his girlfriend on the trail (though maybe I shouldn't have spoiled that for you;) ).

09-28-2006, 22:31
If it's the same guy I hiked some with Hildago on the AT in '97. I'll have to check it out.

I like Roni from Israel's. Short, sweet, funny as ****, especially if you've been there and know what he's talking about.

Frolicking Dinosaurs
09-28-2006, 22:41
I enjoyed Troll, Anchor, and Oblivious (http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=3002)from '05.Also my favorite.

TJ aka Teej
09-28-2006, 22:52
I have the 'updated today' page bookmarked. I like reading the Katahdin entries.http://www.trailjournals.com/today.cfm

ed bell
09-28-2006, 23:00
Excellent thread here---great thinking....
here's my choices:

Red Dane-she started the AT earlier than others,... I met Red Dane at Carvers Gap. It was COLD that week-end, I think around 5 deg at Roan High Knob. She was hardcore yet very easy going. I need to check up on the journal. Awesome thread.:sun

Mike & Gloria Walsh
09-28-2006, 23:07
I vote for UPLOAD and Stitches but I also vote for BAMA too. Bama photos are great.

09-29-2006, 01:42
Brett (Social) and Bronwyn (Dandelion) for all you MinEsota Smith Fans check out their lastest pix

09-29-2006, 12:28
For the class of '06, check out "Bluebird". She sang in the talent competition at Trail Days and due to an injury, had to cut her Thru short. She was almost within sight of Katahdin. Seems like a great lady. (Plus, she mooned the cog!) :D

09-29-2006, 12:56
Marta (Five-Leafed Clover). http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=3277

She is very thorough on her experiences and the writing is humorous IMO.

I will check out some of these other nominees though.

Peace. :D

John B
09-29-2006, 12:56
I spend waaaaaay too much time reading trail journals. The majority are so repetitive that they seem interchangeable. That said, a couple stood out this year.

Red Dane was my favorite of all time -- I'd check her journal everyday for updates and went through withdrawl when she didn't post for days in a row. She was ALWAYS upbeat and cheerful, nice to everyone, and never once complained or bad-mouthed anyone -- I think that we could all learn from her attitude.

Overflow was just funny as hell. Her journal, especially during the first 1,000 miles, was filled with self-depricating dry humor. Some of her entries in the Smokies had me rolling from laughing so hard. I started following her hike from the very beginning, and at first I thought she'd be lucky to make it to Hawk Mt. But it took just a couple of entries of her laughing at her own mistakes for me to realize that nothing would stop her from completing the hike.

BonePac was really good and, if you're relatively young (I'm not), you can read it and learn a lot. The guy can do some serious miles and hiked with determination -- I admire that even though I could never keep up.

I agree with what someone wrote about Bluebird. She did a great hike and was always positive, and it really sucked that an injury kept her from completing this year with only 200 miles to go. And yeah, it was funny to see a +50 yr. old lady mooning a train.

Finally, UPLOAD AND STITCHES (husband and wife team) did a great journal. They did what I would call "reasonable days" in terms of miles (14-20 range) and you can learn a lot from their experiences. They have tons of pics, too, and did entries nearly everyday on the trail.

09-29-2006, 13:15
I enjoyed reading:

Upload and Stitches (fellow Michiganders!)
"THE" Bruiser (Michele Bolling)
Chardonnay and Cabernet (Erin and Lindsay)

Sad (but happy for them) that their journeys are over. What will I read now?

09-29-2006, 15:08
Prairie and Tigger 2002 gets my vote. good pictures

09-29-2006, 15:10
A good friend of mine, Nocona, always has amazing journals. She's a heck of a writer, and has done a number of different hikes, most of which are up on Trailjournals. Worth checking out.

Mr. Clean
09-30-2006, 09:16
Anchor, Troll and Oblivious from 2005
Marta/five leaved clover from 2006...go Marta!
Red Dane, Overflow, and Bluebird.

10-01-2006, 20:32
I have the 'updated today' page bookmarked. I like reading the Katahdin entries.http://www.trailjournals.com/today.cfm

I bet you do like reading the Katahdin entries!

I like your idea. It's a time-saving strategy to keep up with the progress of several hikers and their journaling as opposed to constant rechecking of the direct links for updates.:-? :)

In fact, that idea is so good, I'm going to steal it. You can have the credit for it, but I'm going to use it.;)

10-01-2006, 22:19
I didn't read all that many as I am a newbie this year. But of the ones I read I enjoyed Bluebird the most: http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=99607

Others I enjoyed were Tooth Fairy (Turtle2 on WB): http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=123663
and Gator Goat: http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=157372

10-01-2006, 22:42
Not on trail journals, but the only journal I read every entry on:

And then the hail came....


10-02-2006, 06:54
I also really enjoyed Red Dane's journal. She took everything as it came, and had a great attitude without ever being chirpy. :) I've also followed the journals of Bama, 42, Bluebird, and Willow from 2006. BTW - does anyone know anything about Snail?

Thanks for the recco on the Troll Family journal - it's great.