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    Default Grayson Highlands Get-Together...Come Pet the Ponies!

    I'm organizing another get-together to celebrate returning to the trail after a too-long hiatus. It consists of a group hike up to Thomas Knob Shelter in the Grayson Highlands (and back) with a celebratory picnic (BYO) at the shelter. This hike is open to all, and a great way to meet other WBers!

    If interested, please either sign up here or PM me

    (Of course there'll be trail magic bags for all!)


    Grayson Highlands Hike & Thomas Knob Shelter Picnic

    Friday, October 16, 2014 10:00am to ?
    Hike: approx. 6mi loop from Massie Gap Parking Lot

    Attendees:
    Teacher
    Gumball
    Moose717
    Hikermom
    Grampsb
    Last edited by Teacher & Snacktime; 07-16-2016 at 11:02.
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    Wobbles will try to be there;-)

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    Very tempting, but such a long way to go for a weekend.

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    Are you passing through 2014 on your way up to the shelter?
    "Sleepy alligator in the noonday sun
    Sleepin by the river just like he usually done
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    He can call for his tea
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alligator View Post
    Are you passing through 2014 on your way up to the shelter?
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    The year? Yeah, probably....trying to relive it at any rate! Are you joining us?
    ...the maddest of all is to see life as it is, and not as it should be. Cervantes

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    please dont pet the ponies....


    from the park's website.........


    "Visitors should not approach, feed or pet the ponies. They bite and kick when they feel threatened, and human food is bad for them."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNhiker View Post
    please dont pet the ponies....


    from the park's website.........


    "Visitors should not approach, feed or pet the ponies. They bite and kick when they feel threatened, and human food is bad for them."
    I was using the phrase strictly metaphorically, as in "come enjoy nature's beauty".
    I NEVER pet the ponies! (ok, maybe once in a weak moment )
    ...the maddest of all is to see life as it is, and not as it should be. Cervantes

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    I was using the phrase strictly metaphorically, as in "come enjoy nature's beauty".


    yeah.....i figured that much, but didnt want someone to get all excited and actually do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNhiker View Post
    please dont pet the ponies....


    from the park's website.........


    [FONT="]"Visitors should not approach, feed or pet the ponies. They bite and kick when they feel threatened, and human food is bad for them."[/FONT]
    sometimes you can't avoid it. when i'm pickin' blueberries and they're in my face i pet them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    sometimes you can't avoid it. when i'm pickin' blueberries and they're in my face i pet them
    Yeah, they tend to be pushy
    ...the maddest of all is to see life as it is, and not as it should be. Cervantes

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    Hey, wanted to introduce my wife to hiking and hikers! How hard is this hike? Sounds like a fun day hike to me. Hike On!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Many Moons View Post
    Hey, wanted to introduce my wife to hiking and hikers! How hard is this hike? Sounds like a fun day hike to me. Hike On!!!!
    It's not too difficult. I'm a really slow hiker so it took me a couple of hours to get to Thomas Knob when I last tried. The terrain is fairly easy, and the scenery is spectacular. (Made me feel like I was in a John Wayne movie!) Come on along. It will be fun!
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    I should be able to make it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampsb View Post
    I should be able to make it
    Excellent! I'll update the list, and look forward to meeting you!
    ...the maddest of all is to see life as it is, and not as it should be. Cervantes

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiptoe View Post
    Very tempting, but such a long way to go for a weekend.
    I don't believe it's even a weekend, but a "mere" dayhike only.

    Quote Originally Posted by TNhiker View Post
    please dont pet the ponies....


    from the park's website.........


    "Visitors should not approach, feed or pet the ponies. They bite and kick when they feel threatened, and human food is bad for them."
    I don't know if a fresh red apple is human food but I carried one into Mt Rogers back on a 1997 backpacking trip (see below) and the little motard pony wanted it bad enough to bite me on the right butt cheek to get it. It happened as shown below, taken right before the bite. We talked (me and the pony---his name was Jimmy by the way) and we came to an understanding. (Check out my old 1980 North Face Backmagic backpack leaning against table).



    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher & Snacktime View Post
    Yeah, they tend to be pushy
    See my comment above.


    Fast forward to 2011 when I was camping on Wilburn Ridge and a mom and her pony kid came up and stuck their heads into my tent. Fun was had by all. I suppose and assume they would tear food a food bag left unattended??


    The kid pony showing some interest in Hilleberg tent products.



    I call this my Hippie Pony---You don't have to worry about eating your trail snacks or red apple as he just won't be able to see you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher & Snacktime View Post
    I'm organizing another get-together to celebrate returning to the trail after a too-long hiatus. It consists of a group hike up to Thomas Knob Shelter in the Grayson Highlands (and back) with a celebratory picnic (BYO) at the shelter. This hike is open to all, and a great way to meet other WBers!

    If interested, please either sign up here or PM me

    (Of course there'll be trail magic bags for all!)


    Grayson Highlands Hike & Thomas Knob Shelter Picnic

    Friday, October 14, 2014 10:00am to ?
    Hike: approx. 6mi loop from Massie Gap Parking Lot

    Attendees:
    Teacher
    Gumball
    Moose717
    Hikermom
    Grampsb
    When is this?
    Wayne


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    Duh. I said I was old and slow. Y'all have fun. I'm too far away.
    Wayne


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    I'm a maybe. new grandson on the way about that time too.

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    Ok. I'm not insane. Using Tapatalk. The date and time is in some invisible text color. It showed up in the quoted text earlier. Now it's gone.
    Most bizarre.
    Wayne


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    Quote Originally Posted by jpolk84 View Post
    I'm a maybe. new grandson on the way about that time too.
    Well, maybe it will work out you can come, but congrats!




    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    Duh. I said I was old and slow. Y'all have fun. I'm too far away.
    Wayne
    Sorry we'll miss you. but let me know the next time you're on the trail!
    ...the maddest of all is to see life as it is, and not as it should be. Cervantes

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