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  1. Pork Rinds and Snickers -- the Breakfast of...

    Pork Rinds and Snickers -- the Breakfast of Champions!
  2. One snack I do like at this time of year -- when...

    One snack I do like at this time of year -- when I tend to want more salt -- is pork rinds. A little 2oz bag can deliver over 300 tasty calories!
  3. I have seen some of those Epic bars in the local...

    I have seen some of those Epic bars in the local stores...I'll probably give one a try. I'm trying to put a little more variety into my mid-day break -- it's been mostly jerky & pepperoni (along with...
  4. I've only had one version of pemmican, and that...

    I've only had one version of pemmican, and that was a hundred years ago. Do you have a recipe or a good brand recommendation?
  5. Every year for many years, my mother would send...

    Every year for many years, my mother would send me a "Fruitcake Confection" from Harry & David at Christmas time. Definitely NOT your grandmother's fruitcake -- this stuff is awesome! If I could keep...
  6. I do something similar to Tipi -- I use one of...

    I do something similar to Tipi -- I use one of those larger-sized mylar emergency blankets. It seems to be a good barrier against the moisture that builds on the floor...not necessarily from rain,...
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    Thanks for the link -- I'll check it out!

    Thanks for the link -- I'll check it out!
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    Actually looked at that -- won't quite work for...

    Actually looked at that -- won't quite work for me. Thanks for the tip though!
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    In Search Of....

    I'm wanting a DCF stuff sack of certain dimensions, and a couple of brief forays into the wilds of the internet hasn't been productive. There are dozens of providers to look through, but I'm hoping...
  10. Coronials.

    Coronials.
  11. I sure wish there was a "Like" button for posts...

    I sure wish there was a "Like" button for posts like this.

    Well said.
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    If hiker numbers significantly decrease this...

    If hiker numbers significantly decrease this year, as seems likely, it will.be interesting to see how certain seasonally overused areas look next year.
  13. Sharon Johnson (703-615-5612) is in Front Royal....

    Sharon Johnson (703-615-5612) is in Front Royal. Picked me up at Sky Meadows a couple years ago, drove me to Skyland resort to meet family. Delightful lady. Not certain she is still shuttling, but...
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    How funny for this topic to come up. I was...

    How funny for this topic to come up.

    I was always the history nerd in our family, and had talked with and learned a lot about my Dad's service in Europe. As such, I [quite happily] have inherited...
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    Pretty neato facts. I was fortunate to have...

    Pretty neato facts.

    I was fortunate to have talked quite a bit with my Dad (WWII/Europe) before he passed away in 2009 -- although he certainly wasn't chatty about it. But I did learn enough...
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    Like so many others, I've been asked if I carry a...

    Like so many others, I've been asked if I carry a gun with me...and like so many others, I say no and can offer different reasons for not doing so. Then they'll ask, "Well do you at least carry a...
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    I love that you mention this. When I first...

    I love that you mention this.

    When I first started getting into this AT hiking thing several years ago I started by going out and buying proper "hiking" footwear -- even though I had very...
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    John B, You are very fortunate to have so much...

    John B,

    You are very fortunate to have so much information about your dad's service right at your fingertips. Very fortunate.

    The two pins on the uniform lapels are called Distinctive Unit...
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    Good, I'm glad. It took maybe a week for me to...

    Good, I'm glad. It took maybe a week for me to notice changes, but some women get relief faster, some take a little longer. Sometimes the dosage might have to be dialed in, but I'm pretty confident...
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    This. I struggled for a few years with wicked...

    This.

    I struggled for a few years with wicked bad hot flashes, and was on a similar quest quest for the right sleep system & tactics to deal with the soaking and freezing at night. It's a unicorn;...
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    I took an old platypus bottle and cut the bottom...

    I took an old platypus bottle and cut the bottom 3rd off. (This is I suppose similar to the suggestion of re-purposing a Sawyer bag....) Folds to nothing, weighs nothing, and is in fact so much...
  22. I have sometimes felt almost the exact opposite...

    I have sometimes felt almost the exact opposite -- when planning a trip several months away, I've found myself falling into a mood where I'm asking myself "do I really want to do this?" I start...
  23. I see a difference between planning and...

    I see a difference between planning and over-thinking or obsessing about gear choices. Two completely different topics.

    In regards to the topic of planning, I guess I'd have to describe myself as...
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    Awesome post! Thanks for the smile, great way to...

    Awesome post! Thanks for the smile, great way to start the day. :)
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    Good. Or, I mean...just glad it wasn't me. Thanks.

    Good. Or, I mean...just glad it wasn't me. Thanks.
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