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    Default Damascus, STILL the Friendliest Trail Town

    Like Lone Wold said, For those that bashed Damascus and skipped Traildays this year based on rumors, you really missed out.
    From the locals to the police force, the courtesy extended to all of the visitors this past weekend was amazing. The Vibe was incredible and everyone had a great time. Thank You Damascus!

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    I agree, Damascus is a great town!

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    Another big thumbs up for Damascus, the naysayers and detractors don't have the first idea what they're talking about. Trail Days was great this year! The locals and merchants were friendly and helpful, no problems that I noticed. I'm definitely looking forward to going back again next year! See y'all there.
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    I had a ball! Thank you Damascus and all of you that pitched in to make it a great time!
    "every day's a holiday, every meal a feast"

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    I was impressed with the foot clinic. don't find that very much.

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    I don't know how to start so I will just jump right in...

    I have been a backpacker since the 1970's and have always loved it.

    I've wanted to come to TD since I first heard of it. Work and other things conspired against my going. Work is sucking out my soul. My wife injured her back and can no longer sleep on the ground. Rather than go alone (and leave her alone which I feel is just WRONG) I have been not getting out. She keeps insisting it is OK and that I should get out on the trail. I've finally started to listen.

    I decided on the spur of the moment that "This is the year I go to TD!" I went online and printed all the info I could find. I nearly changed my mind when I realized just how FAR the drive was going to be! In the end I packed my gear into the jeep and started the long, over night drive.

    I arrlived a bit before the official opening of tent city and was a little down. After the long drive I was over-tired and just wanted to put up my tent and catch some sleep! Nervously, I walked up to a police car and asked, expecting to be given a hard time for being early. His response was "Oh, we're just setting up! Come on over to the table!'

    This was the pattern for my whole stay. Everyeone was extrordinarily friendly and helpful! From the policemen who were not bullies but genuinely friendly individuals to the waitress who brought me a second soda with my lunch without asking.

    I am not an outgoing person. I find it very hard to just walk up to a stranger and strike up a conversation. It's just my nature. That being said the whole TD experience was so favorable that I relaxed ehoungh that when handed some maracas around the drum circle on Friday night I did not hand them back or pass them on, I played them for hours!

    Thanks Damascus, you're a great town!

    BL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaco Taco View Post
    Like Lone Wold said, For those that bashed Damascus and skipped Traildays this year based on rumors, you really missed out.
    From the locals to the police force, the courtesy extended to all of the visitors this past weekend was amazing. The Vibe was incredible and everyone had a great time. Thank You Damascus!

    Maybe the problem dopers were scared away. They seem to be chronic complainers that feel entitled to special treatment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz_Lightfoot View Post
    I don't know how to start so I will just jump right in...

    I have been a backpacker since the 1970's and have always loved it.

    I've wanted to come to TD since I first heard of it. Work and other things conspired against my going. Work is sucking out my soul. My wife injured her back and can no longer sleep on the ground. Rather than go alone (and leave her alone which I feel is just WRONG) I have been not getting out. She keeps insisting it is OK and that I should get out on the trail. I've finally started to listen.

    I decided on the spur of the moment that "This is the year I go to TD!" I went online and printed all the info I could find. I nearly changed my mind when I realized just how FAR the drive was going to be! In the end I packed my gear into the jeep and started the long, over night drive.

    I arrlived a bit before the official opening of tent city and was a little down. After the long drive I was over-tired and just wanted to put up my tent and catch some sleep! Nervously, I walked up to a police car and asked, expecting to be given a hard time for being early. His response was "Oh, we're just setting up! Come on over to the table!'

    This was the pattern for my whole stay. Everyeone was extrordinarily friendly and helpful! From the policemen who were not bullies but genuinely friendly individuals to the waitress who brought me a second soda with my lunch without asking.

    I am not an outgoing person. I find it very hard to just walk up to a stranger and strike up a conversation. It's just my nature. That being said the whole TD experience was so favorable that I relaxed ehoungh that when handed some maracas around the drum circle on Friday night I did not hand them back or pass them on, I played them for hours!

    Thanks Damascus, you're a great town!

    BL
    i know lots of nutjobs who swear by their hammocks. (jk guys, you know i love you) you should look into it for her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nufsaid View Post
    Maybe the problem dopers were scared away. They seem to be chronic complainers that feel entitled to special treatment.
    Nah even the "heads" were in good spririts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nufsaid View Post
    Maybe the problem dopers were scared away. They seem to be chronic complainers that feel entitled to special treatment.
    The chronic dopers were there...the whiners weren't!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Adams View Post
    The chronic dopers were there...the whiners weren't!

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    Stop posting from work

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    I am interested in learning more about this Foot Clinic someone posted about

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaco Taco View Post
    Stop posting from work
    I have to slack somewhere...it won't be at the party!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaco Taco View Post
    Nah even the "heads" were in good spririts.
    Head? Who said head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mother's Finest View Post
    I am interested in learning more about this Foot Clinic someone posted about

    peace
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    at the freee health screening they checked bp, blood panel, body fat, and feet. The form asked if you wanted to talk to a dr. Since I'm not currently hiking or having problems, I didn't venture over to the foot treatment area, but I'm sure they treated their share of feet. I had infected feet after my first outing.

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    From my corner of Damascus Trail Days was great. All I had was one problem hiker that kept using the phone and would not get off when others wanted it. He finally got the message.

    What is funny though is all weekend these hikers would come and say hi to me that I apparently had met before expecting me to totally remember them. I do not know how many times I explained to someone that hikers just become a blurr after awhile.

    However I do enjoy meeting each one and seeing them again and sometimes someone will come by that I remember because I experienced a connection to them before.

    I did not get around much because I worked all weekend but I had fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vonfrick View Post
    i know lots of nutjobs who swear by their hammocks. (jk guys, you know i love you) you should look into it for her!
    I bought a Hennessy Hammock while there. I just got finished doing a test setup in my back yard. I showed it to her. All I can say is "There's hope!"

    BL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz_Lightfoot View Post
    I bought a Hennessy Hammock while there. I just got finished doing a test setup in my back yard. I showed it to her. All I can say is "There's hope!"

    BL
    There you go man. Thats what its all about

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Adams View Post
    The chronic dopers were there...the whiners weren't!

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    Yep, not all dopers are bad people.

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