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    I was going to dress up like a 70's hiker and...

    I was going to dress up like a 70's hiker and trick or treat at a popular trailhead. See how many Cliff bars I can collect :) Too bad my wool knickers no longer fit :(

    Actually, my hiking partner...
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    So much for it being quiet. Shelter over double...

    So much for it being quiet. Shelter over double capacity means a lot of people without reservations and permits. What's this world coming to?
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    The thing about bear spray is you don't have to...

    The thing about bear spray is you don't have to have really, really good aim.
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    With this hiking season coming to a close, we can...

    With this hiking season coming to a close, we can reflect back on how COVID affected hiking this year.

    For me, it canceled my trip to Florida in April to visit my 97 year old dad for his birthday...
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    While SOME thru hikers continued on, especially...

    While SOME thru hikers continued on, especially those who started in March and before the virus became wide spread, most went home. Very few thru hikers made it to NH from what I could tell.
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    When I hiked in Glacier, they made me buy a can...

    When I hiked in Glacier, they made me buy a can of bear spray. Okay fine. But the only place I could really carry it was on the back of my pack. Lot of good it would do me carried there. Oh, could...
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    The only time I've seen rattlers on the trail was...

    The only time I've seen rattlers on the trail was early summer in PA during the morning hours. They would be out in the sun trying to warm up. I just step over them like a stick. My hiking partner at...
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    The park isn't too bad except for the lack of...

    The park isn't too bad except for the lack of water. However the 18 miles south of the park is a beast and is apply named "agony grind". Not recommended on a hot, muggy summer day.
    If you thought...
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    That looks as good a hike as any. Sounds like...

    That looks as good a hike as any. Sounds like your just passing through and want to spend a night in the back country. Be sure to stop at all the tourist pull offs through the park while your there. ...
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    The ATC may not have made up their mind yet about...

    The ATC may not have made up their mind yet about the festival or doing registrations. It will likely depend on how it goes this winter.
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    It was a very long time ago that I spent a summer...

    It was a very long time ago that I spent a summer in Yellowstone. Back then it was hard to get a permit for a single person, they preferred a party of 4, but generally would be fine with 2. Grizzly...
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    I was assured the mutt had all it's shots. They...

    I was assured the mutt had all it's shots. They looked like a well off couple from Mass with an expensive dog from a breeder, I believed them.
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    TNhiker works for a news paper. Apparently there...

    TNhiker works for a news paper. Apparently there are a lot of vicious dogs in Tennessee. Of course, the number of people bitten by dogs which don't result in death is much greater. Hum, apparently...
  14. Or beg. I once watched cars for an hour come to...

    Or beg. I once watched cars for an hour come to an intersection, stop, turn onto the main road in the direction I wanted to go in and buzz right on by me. So, I finally had a moment of inspiration...
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    The nice thing about food weight is that it...

    The nice thing about food weight is that it steadily decreases as you go on and you probably don't have to carry a full liter of water, at least not all day. It doesn't make a lot of sense to go to...
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    That's a pretty strenuous section of trail. With...

    That's a pretty strenuous section of trail. With the short hours of daylight getting in the miles you expect might be difficult, but what do I know?

    Not carrying a full week's of food is nice,...
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    Gyp's tavern. That's the place I was thinking of.

    Gyp's tavern. That's the place I was thinking of.
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    There's a bar and grill about 100 yards off the...

    There's a bar and grill about 100 yards off the trail at a road crossing. Forget exactly where though.
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    Bear spray would not have helped in my situation...

    Bear spray would not have helped in my situation this time, but other times it might have been handy to have. This of course was not nearly my first encounter with an unrulily dog.

    It's been...
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    But then, what happens in the general population...

    But then, what happens in the general population this winter will determine how it affects the various aspects of the trail this spring, from travel to resupply to closures. Thru hiker season starts...
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    I wait until after Christmas when the gift packs...

    I wait until after Christmas when the gift packs go on sale for half price.
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    Compared to Maine, GA is a cake walk. 2.5 MPH...

    Compared to Maine, GA is a cake walk. 2.5 MPH average should be easy to obtain.
    Not sure they really have a bug season, but I've only been there in the spring.
    Spring is the best time, May is...
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    It all depends on how much snow central Maine...

    It all depends on how much snow central Maine gets this winter and how fast it melts. Late May is iffy for Baxter to open. June 1st is a safer bet, but you will likely have to deal with raging rivers...
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    The Budge inn at Buena Vista charges by the hour...

    The Budge inn at Buena Vista charges by the hour :) The Buena Vista motel is a bit more respectable, but it's a very long walk to the Food lion, which is also up hill on a busy road. It's not an easy...
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    In July, it might not last too long. In the cool...

    In July, it might not last too long. In the cool fall, no problem. That's pretty close to "refrigerate after opening". If you don't eat it all on the trip, then of course refrigerate it.
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