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    Thank you all for your sweet comments. :) We...

    Thank you all for your sweet comments. :)

    We did not see Otis at the jail, but then it was a Wednesday, and I think he only comes in for the weekend.
    It was nice to learn that Thelma Lou and...
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    Thank you sir, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

    Thank you sir, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
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    47002 The LAST White Blaze, appropriately a...

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    The LAST White Blaze, appropriately a double blaze since there's two of us. So many of them, and this is our LAST.

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    Matching shirts I ordered with the date 11-3-2020 (easy to find...
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    After the descent from Unaka, we camp near the...

    After the descent from Unaka, we camp near the Beauty Spot parking lot.
    I learned that Unaka is a Cherokee word referring to the color white. Back before the chestnut blight, it is estimated that...
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    The Barn, beloved by many, still stands in its...

    The Barn, beloved by many, still stands in its little valley. Condemned as structurally unsound, how long before it disappears from the landscape?
    I so hope that the materials are used to build a...
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    Hah! A tree with a square hole in it! 46988 ...

    Hah! A tree with a square hole in it!
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    Elevations in this section: 4000 ft, 5000 ft, 6000 ft. Looks like it'll be fun.
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    A feast for the soul. Makes you want to spread your wings...
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    Sideways picture of a little bridge as we climb...

    Sideways picture of a little bridge as we climb up the hill. It's chilly today, so you better keep moving if you don't wanna get cold.
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    Some of the last blooms of the season. Isn't it...
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    The LAST White Blaze

    We're done.
    As of 10:15 am Tuesday, November 3, 2020 we have hiked all of the Appalachian Trail.
    It took us 10 years.
    We started on our 20th anniversary and we finished on our 30th.
    Our first...
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    First week of September will still be warm, and...

    First week of September will still be warm, and possibly even hot. Last week of June is almost unbearable unless you're up in New England, at least for me. It's possible to have a cool week, but I...
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    Funny, our first AT section was ten years ago for...

    Funny, our first AT section was ten years ago for our 20th anniversary. Advice? Well, you can read a bunch of books, watch some videos, and hang out here on WhiteBlaze, but really the best...
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    When I read that the BS were allowed 2 matches, I...

    When I read that the BS were allowed 2 matches, I was wondering, What's the second one for? :D

    To be honest, I do sometimes use more than 1, but that's kinda rare.
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    I have 3 puffies. The warmest one is from...

    I have 3 puffies. The warmest one is from LLBean, with Downtek (water repellant down). I expect that other brands are just as good.
    I supplement with a separate down hood (the kind with ear...
  13. We've parked at Big Creek for hikes in this area.

    We've parked at Big Creek for hikes in this area.
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    for sure! haha

    for sure! haha
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    stilllife, either itinerary looks reasonable. I...

    stilllife, either itinerary looks reasonable. I haven't personally hiked Snakeden Ridge, but assuming it's typical for that area, it wouldn't be all that hard.

    Another option I'll throw out there...
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    I've been reading all these tips. We don't build...

    I've been reading all these tips. We don't build fires often, because they're so much work, and it's easier to just get in some dry clothes and snuggle in some down.

    Of course, if your clothes...
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    That's strange. Kinda resourceful thinking...

    That's strange. Kinda resourceful thinking however. No stove required if you're camping in a geothermally active area?
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    People have been complaining in the Facebook hiking groups about the terrible overcrowding in the Smokies. Hah! Big South Fork is about the same distance in the opposite direction, much fewer cars...
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    Generally speaking, I don't worry about snakes at...

    Generally speaking, I don't worry about snakes at all. On the other hand, the OP didn't say WHERE he was hiking. If it's an area that's seriously thick with snakes, then maybe a different approach...
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    Beautiful pictures!!
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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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