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    This is a well know phenomenon. I've made meals...

    This is a well know phenomenon. I've made meals that taste wonderful on the trail, but are mediocre at best when I make them at home. Can't blame the cook on duty. Same cook.

    Also, you are not...
  2. We had some Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a very...

    We had some Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a very nice dry white wine from that town, while we were there.
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    From what I have read, I don't think independent...

    From what I have read, I don't think independent travel in the Hunza valley poses significant hazards. It is quite distinct from the surrounding areas. Remarkably, you can also safely travel through...
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    I certainly know the Anapurna Circuit. It has...

    I certainly know the Anapurna Circuit. It has traditionally been the most popular trek in Nepal, but it has become less popular recently due to road construction that has greatly reduced the roadless...
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    Glad to see love for some love for international...

    Glad to see love for some love for international treks. I've researched some extensively.

    I'd start with a coin flip flop hike. Go to HF and flip a coin. Heads north, tails south. When I get to...
  6. I take pics of interesting trees. This one is on...

    I take pics of interesting trees. This one is on the AT in SNP. But I agree that to think they were all navigation aids is a stretch.47173
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    We were further south on the Maui coast, down by...

    We were further south on the Maui coast, down by Wailea. Perhaps the difference there is more stark as Haleakala has a bigger rain shadow than the mountain on the north side. This Google Maps image...
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    The resorts are fun for what they are. My wife...

    The resorts are fun for what they are. My wife and I went to a cocktail lounge in a resort lobby and ordered a rediculous drink overflowing with fruit and little umbrellas while watching the tiki...
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    I did the hike to the waterfall at the lower...

    I did the hike to the waterfall at the lower section of Haleakala NP as well as the 7 pools area. Very nice. Waianapanapa State park just before Hana is also nice. I did some rock scrambling on the...
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    Yes. For just 25$ you get the fun of having...

    Yes. For just 25$ you get the fun of having baggage handlers break your poles AND you get to run back to the check-in counter, wait in that line again, run back to security, wait in that line again...
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    Agree with Miner. You can argue with the TSA...

    Agree with Miner. You can argue with the TSA saying the poles are walking aids. Then you can loose your poles and be a jerk at the same time. Your choice. Going back to check them with your bag...
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    There are different opinions and experiences with...

    There are different opinions and experiences with this. But there are a few facts that are not opinions.

    1. The TSA specifically says the hiking poles are not allowed on as carry on items. ...
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    Make sure the bag is long enough to hold trekking...

    Make sure the bag is long enough to hold trekking poles, if you have them. They can not be taken on the plane. Curiously, matches can be carried on but not checked. You already know fuel has to be...
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    Check out the Fizan poles on Drop. Probably the...

    Check out the Fizan poles on Drop. Probably the lightest aluminum poles on the market. Their unique locking mechanism is simple, reliable, and easy to many brain. The mechanical nism is entirety...
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    While you are at the farm store, you could also...

    While you are at the farm store, you could also pick up some bag balm.
  16. I have a 40 deg rated quilt for summer or...

    I have a 40 deg rated quilt for summer or shoulder season. Quilts are nice as you can use the many ways to adjust to many temps. I'm likely to wear a lightweigt base layer too, just so I don't have...
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    The view from crater rim on the Halemau'u trail...

    The view from crater rim on the Halemau'u trail on Haleakala is amazing. We just did a day hike to the rim, but the trail continues into the crater from there. Overnight stays are possible with...
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    The lime juice is what keeps it from turning...

    The lime juice is what keeps it from turning brown. The low pH inhibits the polyphenol oxidases. And it tastes yummy.
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    I always go by the fact that if it tastes just ok...

    I always go by the fact that if it tastes just ok at home, it will be AMAZING on day three.
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    So many. One memorable experience was in 1984....

    So many. One memorable experience was in 1984. Wife and I were in Maui taking a day hike on the Halemau‘u Trail in Haleakala NP. about a mile from the trail head you get to an overlook at the rim of...
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    When you search Pictured Rocks, you will see...

    When you search Pictured Rocks, you will see those three campgrounds which are the drive in campgrounds. What you have to do is select the Back Country Permit option. When you get to that page, click...
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    Except the article is from the UK, and in British...

    Except the article is from the UK, and in British English, chips are called crisps, so for them to call them crisps would be like us calling them chips, so by calling them chips they are not calling...
  23. Thanks for your insights on this trek.

    Thanks for your insights on this trek.
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    I grew up in Beltsville. Had lots of friends in...

    I grew up in Beltsville. Had lots of friends in Riverdale, College Park, and Hyattsville. Haven't lived there since '79. My summer job in college was driving a delivery van all over DC area. Never...
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    My Evernew bags seem to seal tight to the Versa...

    My Evernew bags seem to seal tight to the Versa Flow.
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