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    For lunch, I often had tortillas, cheddar cheese,...

    For lunch, I often had tortillas, cheddar cheese, and summer sausage. No cooking required, and all these items last a long time, even in summer heat. Almonds, too, and dried fruit are good.

    The...
  2. Last time I checked, it was 10 views per month...

    Last time I checked, it was 10 views per month for non-subscribers. Cookies keep track...
  3. Yes, indeed. You learn a lot about the world and...

    Yes, indeed. You learn a lot about the world and about yourself when you have to confront challenges in unacusstomed settings.
  4. nytimes: ‘No Shortcuts?’: A 40-Mile Rite of Passage for High School Freshmen

    A year after the pandemic canceled a nearly 50-year-old tradition, a New Jersey Catholic school brought back a mandatory hike across the Appalachian Trail....
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    I share Coffee's concerns about FB, and social...

    I share Coffee's concerns about FB, and social media in general. As to why WB is less active, I'd venture a guess that a lot of us are introverts, have already completed our AT thru or section hikes,...
  6. Thread: My DIY mini-AT

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    I love the idea. Coincidentally, I was cutting...

    I love the idea. Coincidentally, I was cutting maple saplings in my piney woods to use as garden supports for my tomatoes when the same thought occurred to me. Nothing grand, just a little path...
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    Thanks for posting this story, Dogwood. Loved it.

    Thanks for posting this story, Dogwood. Loved it.
  8. Thread: Fanny Packs

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    On my AT hikes, I use Gossamer Gear's Hipster for...

    On my AT hikes, I use Gossamer Gear's Hipster for my wallet, Tracfone, etc., etc. I wore it front-facing and it worked very well, so well, in fact, that I haven't carried a purse in years. When...
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    I've had the same problem sleeping with a CCF mat...

    I've had the same problem sleeping with a CCF mat on the ground, as I'm a natural side sleeper. In fact, I'm never really comfy on the ground, no matter what mat I use. But it works quite well in a...
  10. Thread: Riddle time

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    Correct! Somehow I've avoided popular culture for...

    Correct! Somehow I've avoided popular culture for most of my 7+ decades. And continue to avoid...
  11. Thread: Riddle time

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    an echo.....

    an echo.....
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    The only time I felt I had attained a semblance...

    The only time I felt I had attained a semblance of trail legs was toward the end of my longest section (Damascus to Amicola). It had nothing to do with speed or miles traveled. It was more the...
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    Well, to state the obvious, you are never going...

    Well, to state the obvious, you are never going to be any younger than you are today, so if you yearn to hike, plan it out and give it a go. I began section-hiking at age 60 and completed the AT at...
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    Am in complete agreement with you, Dan. Never a...

    Am in complete agreement with you, Dan. Never a moment of boredom for me, on or off the trail.
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    At one point, my husband refereed lacrosse. On a...

    At one point, my husband refereed lacrosse. On a particularly raw, wet, and windy early spring New England day, before base layers were a "thing", I suggested to the refs on the field, all men, that...
  16. Thread: Wild life !

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    Seeing wildlife has been one of the highlights of...

    Seeing wildlife has been one of the highlights of my AT section hiking. I've come across bears, rattlers, grouse, deer, a bald eagle, a moose, a skunk, a vulture, a baby ring-necked snake and...
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    No, don't feed the ponies. I was watching a small...

    No, don't feed the ponies. I was watching a small herd, with mares nursing foals, for a while, until they started to drift off. When I sat down on a nearby bench to eat a granola bar, in short order...
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    Years ago, I hiked that section southbound during...

    Years ago, I hiked that section southbound during a brutal heat wave. I remember having a little trouble staying on trail over those rocks. At one point, there was a ladder descent down an...
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    Have an invisible footprint

    Have an invisible footprint
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    27 across, perhaps?

    27 across, perhaps?
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    If you go, don't miss the Halloween displays in...

    If you go, don't miss the Halloween displays in Salisbury. Well worth a visit (as is the local grocery).
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    I met Rain Man when I section-hiked southern...

    I met Rain Man when I section-hiked southern Maine and like so many others, really enjoyed his company. Fittingly, it rained all day today in my neck of the woods, as if in tribute to this kind,...
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    Abol Trail. I ascended on that and descended on...

    Abol Trail. I ascended on that and descended on the Hunt Trail. Abol Campground is about 2 miles from Katahdin Stream Campground, and hitching should be easy between them, as is hitching to...
  24. There are major restrictions now at Sam's Point...

    There are major restrictions now at Sam's Point and Minnewaska, due to Covid.
    https://parks.ny.gov/parks/193/
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    Rain here too, pretty much every afternoon and/or...

    Rain here too, pretty much every afternoon and/or evening since late last week. Before that, hardly any for five weeks, and the garden was on life support. I'm less than an hour from Kent, but I'm...
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