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    https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/ the smokies...

    https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/

    the smokies permit website has an interactive map that clearly shows the reservation boundary. 49 is not in the reservation. as far as fishing license goes, i...
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    If a forecast is off by several degrees, the...

    If a forecast is off by several degrees, the meteorologists barely blink. I don't think they could be any more precise unless they had someone on site with a thermometer. Personally, I'd prepare...
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    You bring up an important point. I didn't read...

    You bring up an important point. I didn't read the whole article (really long), but enough to get the gist. Several times the strong independent female solo hiker (or perhaps the author) implied...
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    Inspiring is right. I bought a shirt that says...

    Inspiring is right. I bought a shirt that says "we don't stop hiking because we get old, we get old because we stop hiking."
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    I watched this video on Facebook and there were...

    I watched this video on Facebook and there were comments that every time he tried to bend over to grab a rock, the cat responded aggressively.
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    Pretty sure they meant Mecca, which is the...

    Pretty sure they meant Mecca, which is the spiritual center of the Muslim world, as Harpers Ferry ATC office is the administrative center of the AT hiker world.
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    We heard a loud scream while camped on the Forney...

    We heard a loud scream while camped on the Forney Creek Trail in the Smokies several years ago. Sounded like a large animal. It was dark, and we weren't going to exit the tent to look around, but...
  8. Definitely hike Grandfather Mountain! We did it...

    Definitely hike Grandfather Mountain! We did it a couple months ago, and it was awesome!
  9. Ron Brown has shuttled us in that area at least 3...

    Ron Brown has shuttled us in that area at least 3 times. He's very knowledgeable and reliable.
    706-669-0919
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    Excellent time of year to be in Georgia, and it...

    Excellent time of year to be in Georgia, and it will feel SO NICE marking off that first state or section!
    Have fun, and stay safe.
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    Somebody shared an update video...

    Somebody shared an update video on the Hiking the Smokies FB group page. I made a couple of comments, which I've pasted below.




    My daughter and her family stayed to fly kites and watch the...
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    I have no doubt that if Max Patch were in your...

    I have no doubt that if Max Patch were in your neighborhood, you would do the same.
    :sun
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    I think maybe we will spend some time this...

    I think maybe we will spend some time this weekend (or next) picking up trash at Max Patch. It's a bit of a drive (about 2 hrs each way) but most of that is on the interstate. Maybe we can make a...
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    My parents would always attend church on...

    My parents would always attend church on vacation, and I've done it a few times also. And I've visited churches in tourist areas, and learned that a LOT of the attendees were visitors - presumably...
  15. Pretty much anybody with a computer and a little...

    Pretty much anybody with a computer and a little bit of cut-n-paste craft could make a 2000-mile certificate. My husband and I will finish the trail in early November, after ten years. ATC has...
  16. Another helpful site for newbies is the ATC's...

    Another helpful site for newbies is the ATC's site, www.appalachiantrail.org
    People who are unfamiliar with the AT/backpacking/etc can learn a lot just by reading everything on the site.
    Their...
  17. Welcome to WhiteBlaze, jshev! It's been...

    Welcome to WhiteBlaze, jshev!

    It's been several years now since we did the NJ section of the AT. Even though I don't remember all the details, I can assure you that there are places to camp that...
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    You should probably clarify what you're looking...

    You should probably clarify what you're looking for. I looked at your profile to see that you're a guy, so you wouldn't be interested in my 15 Big Agnes bag. Unless maybe you're buying for two?
  19. The only lake is Fontana on the southwestern...

    The only lake is Fontana on the southwestern border of the park. There are plenty of trails in that area, and of course there are creeks all over the park with trails nearby. You could also set up...
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    Long ago, soon after I joined WB, I started a...

    Long ago, soon after I joined WB, I started a discussion that touched on similar things. Why so many views, but so few replies? Why do some members rarely post? Why are there so many inactive...
  21. Thread: GSMNP hiking

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    Haha, yes you did! In addition to WhiteBlaze,...

    Haha, yes you did!
    In addition to WhiteBlaze, there's also a good Facebook group, Hiking the Smokies. Look 'em up if you're interested.
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    I've trimmed a lot of loose material off, and...

    I've trimmed a lot of loose material off, and what's left is discolored, but firmly attached. No way I'm pulling that off!

    Most of our days are low mileage. I'll definitely try to baby it, but...
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    Y'all are too funny. I mean too punny. :p

    Y'all are too funny.
    I mean too punny.
    :p
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    Well, I suppose I did intentionally make it sound...

    Well, I suppose I did intentionally make it sound gross. It is kinda gross honestly. But I'm a girl who walks around our little "farm" in bare feet sometimes. I have dirty feet a lot.
    I figure...
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    The nail looks better. I soaked it for half an...

    The nail looks better. I soaked it for half an hour then trimmed most of the loose material and cleaned underneath as much as I could. The soreness is less. Im hopeful that I can live with it like...
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