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  1. I've been hiking on this trail regularly and will...

    I've been hiking on this trail regularly and will do a thru-hike once I am done with spring semester of school... I've enjoyed the sections I have pieced together so far.
  2. I got a friend down there who I thru-hiked with...

    I got a friend down there who I thru-hiked with back in 2009... great guy. If you send me your email address, I'll pass it his way and see if y'all can come up with a game plan?
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    Alas, I am now educated in ticks, Godzilla El...

    Alas, I am now educated in ticks, Godzilla El Ninos, and Exxon's thoughts on climate change :cool:

    Thank you for clearing up my confusion!
  4. I was 19 when I thru-hiked and I ended up with a...

    I was 19 when I thru-hiked and I ended up with a nice little trail family... (a dozen or so folks I came to know very well). They ranged in age from 20 to 75. I did zero meticulous planning and...
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    Ticks in December!?

    I went for a local hike today and the woods were crawling pretty good with ticks. Christmas is at the end of next week and these dang things are still roaming around looking to suck blood & spread...
  6. On my most recent hike these were the songs I...

    On my most recent hike these were the songs I listened to most:

    -Up on Cripple Creek (The Band)
    -Song to Woody (Bob Dylan)
    -Alabama Shakes (Always Alright)
    -Once In A Lifetime (Talking Heads)...
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    Hiker Hostel is a great place to start a...

    Hiker Hostel is a great place to start a Northbound thru-hike. I really enjoyed their services and thought that it was a great deal, including the pick up at the bus station & drop off at the...
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    Rent a vehicle and go National Park hopping......

    Rent a vehicle and go National Park hopping... Start in Wyoming, hit the Tetons, head over to the Wind River Canyon, which has world class packbacking... after WY... move to Utah and hit Capitol Reef...
  9. Woody Guthrie- This Land Is Your Land But,...

    Woody Guthrie- This Land Is Your Land

    But, that's only when I get off trail (into towns, hostels, etc)... while on the trail, I prefer Mother Nature's soundtrack of loons, owls, and the ever...
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    This thread was just sent to me... I am deeply...

    This thread was just sent to me... I am deeply saddened to find out about the Mayor's passing. During my hike, he was the trail angel of all trail angels... Butch, Bill, and Dick allowed me to...
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    I owe a few more reviews... I hit a few spots...

    I owe a few more reviews...

    I hit a few spots in Franklin, NC. I got hung up there, because I had to do a series of phone interviews while in town and didn't trust cellular service in Northern...
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    I felt guilt for not doing this delicious burger...

    I felt guilt for not doing this delicious burger more justice... for those of you planning to hike thru Fontana in the next year or so... this is a must-get. It is loaded with pulled pork, bacon,...
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    A few Southern AT restuarant reviews

    Jumping from thread to thread, but as promised in my last post, I was planning to add a few more reviews... (also see this list of favorite AT restaurants for many more options...

    MI RANCHO...
  14. Rating my town experiences on my section hike...

    I reckon this may be moved to a different category, but I decided to attempt to post it under "general"...

    Anyhow, here are my thoughts on a few hostels, restaurants, and trail towns I experienced...
  15. I came down with Lyme during my 2009 hike......

    I came down with Lyme during my 2009 hike... things hit the fan while going through the Lemon Squeezer. I ended up falling asleep on the side of a road (which I have no real memory of). Thankfully,...
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    The best metaphor I heard while hiking is......

    The best metaphor I heard while hiking is... "It's like putting an ice cube in a furnace", this triple crowner went on to say that it doesn't really matter what you consume as you long as you eat...
  17. I met him right outside of one of the Waysides in...

    I met him right outside of one of the Waysides in SNP... we chatted for what seemed to be 2 hours on the side of the trail. Great guy... ending up interviewing me, which was a unique experience. ...
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    FWIW, I went my entire 2015 trek without...

    FWIW, I went my entire 2015 trek without purchasing a Snickers bar. I got a few via trail magic, but I stuck to Kind Bars, Clif Bars, and primarily trail mix.

    I didn't notice much of a...
  19. I ended up doing this in both National Parks,...

    I ended up doing this in both National Parks, there are a few places where there were garbage cans at the gaps, frequently only a few miles from where the trash was. It's not hard to do. I'm sure...
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    In 2009, I thru-hiked in a Carolina Panthers...

    In 2009, I thru-hiked in a Carolina Panthers jersey... nobody really cared... the Panthers were pretty mediocre. Had I worn that jersey during my recent section hike, it would have been a different...
  21. The Good The Bad The Ugly... Fall section hike

    My faith in humanity has been restored... as it always is following a walk in the woods! I wrapped up a 30-something day southern AT section hike a few weeks back and am just now slowing down...
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    Heading off for the Trail today

    Thanks to everyone who welcomed me back to the WhiteBlaze family. It's been too long that I've been away from the hiking community & the Trail. Looking forward to my hike.

    I'll report back in...
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    LOL. My dad is a life long Browns fan... it's...

    LOL. My dad is a life long Browns fan... it's brutal. We also pull for the Pittsburgh Pirates, which has had a reverse of fortunes of late, but typically pretty painful. Sunday was the epitome of...
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    No beating folks over the head... just throwing...

    No beating folks over the head... just throwing my two pennies into the ring. All worth the same amount in my book... If somebody wants to eat kale chips instead of Doritos... all good. If somebody...
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    I'm going to keep pounding the Snickers. Perhaps...

    I'm going to keep pounding the Snickers. Perhaps someday I'll pay for it, perhaps not. Everything in moderation... I can't tell you the last candy bar or soda I've had off the trail, but when I'm...
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