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MLK 2021

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Wildlife Sightings Today

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Knead Bread

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Empire State Trail

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GSMNP Road to Nowhere

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Christmas 2020

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18 Best Hikes California to Maine

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  • LIhikers -

    Replied to the thread MLK 2021.

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    Quote from IMScotty: “Great report LIHikers. Sorry to hear that Tora is showing her years. Sounds like you saw plenty of people on your hike. Would you say MLK weekend was more crowded this year than in the past? ” Definitely more crowded than in…
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    Replied to the thread How to Die in the National Parks.

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    Quote from IMScotty: “When I was there I saw all sorts of clowns climbing over the railing for the perfect 'selfie.' People have no clue how slick wet algae covered rock can be. ” Yup. And playing in the water.....right upstream from 2000 ft water…
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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “It’s been two weeks since my second vaccine so I decided to have an antibody test today. It showed up IgG positive within seconds. The lady told me I could rip off my mask and run through the Covid unit. It’s such a…
  • IMScotty -

    Liked Traffic Jam’s post in the thread Corona Virus and the Trail.

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    It’s been two weeks since my second vaccine so I decided to have an antibody test today. It showed up IgG positive within seconds. The lady told me I could rip off my mask and run through the Covid unit. It’s such a relief, especially after…
  • IMScotty -

    Liked Traffic Jam’s post in the thread Other Hobbies and Interests.

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    I attended a Zoom webinar by the Handweavers Guild of America called Vistas Along the Appalachian Trail. It was a juried event where weavers submit their work and a jury selects the top three winners... like at a state fair. It didn’t win but I love…
  • Traffic Jam -

    Replied to the thread Corona Virus and the Trail.

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    It’s been two weeks since my second vaccine so I decided to have an antibody test today. It showed up IgG positive within seconds. The lady told me I could rip off my mask and run through the Covid unit. It’s such a relief, especially after…
  • Traffic Jam -

    Liked Trillium’s post in the thread New Year Goals.

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    Quote from Trillium: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “I set goals instead of making resolutions... maybe it’s the same thing but psychologically, it works better for me. :) I usually have something in mind but this year I haven’t thought about it. This…
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    Liked LIhikers’s post in the thread MLK 2021.

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    Kathy and I have been working on the Long Path between New York city and Harriman state park in day hikes. So on Saturday we drove north and at about 12:30 parked the car on the side of a road right where the Long Path goes into Harriman. From there we…
  • Traffic Jam -

    Liked hikerboy’s post in the thread MLK 2021.

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    me and lou found a nice stealth site off of a ridge on the Overlook> We were treated to a beautiful sunrise MOnday morning
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    Replied to the thread welcome to the cafe.

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    Quote from Dmax: “Love the mittens Bernie!appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…ddb99792885c33c84ab34d1ee ” The mittens are great! Hand knitted by a teacher.

News

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    I found this interesting. It's a survey of the number and cause of deaths in all US National Parks (except the newest one) over the last 10 years.

    outforia.com/danger-parks/

    The deadliest overall is the Grand Canyon, with by far the most medical (heart attacks trying to hike out?) and lots of environmental (heat stroke?), second to Denali (opposite of heat stroke?).
    The most likely way to die is by falling. Yosemite has a big lead here with 45 - enough to get it #2 overall. Way behind in the 20's are GC, SEKI, Zion, and the Tetons.
    GSMNP is #3 overall, thanks to lots and lots of fatal car accidents, almost 3X as many as the second in that category, Death Valley (what is there to hit in DV??).
    The third most likely way to die is "undetermined". Not sure what that is. I guess sometimes they don't bother asking the dead person what they died of.
    SEKI, Yellowstone, Denali, Mt Rainier and RMNP round out the top 8.

    BTW, for all of you worried about being killed by wild animals, they…
  • New

    I wore the jacket around the neighborhood today. It was 45° and the wind was out of the NW at about 20mph. So it felt a lot chiller that it was. I'd say a real feel of more like 30° or less. The jacket does a great job of not letting the wind thru because of the non- sew thru design, elastic cuffs and the below the waist length. I wore a ls cotton pullover and a cotton "wife beater" T under that. I was warm.
    The jacket has a nice feel, great fit and nice deep hood. I'm 6' and usually hoover around 160 lbs, so I'm what I would call a slim athletic build. I'm normally a large in most things but I went by the reviews I read and followed the size chart on EEs website and ordered the medium. Perfect with room to layer underneath without being binding. It compacts well as you can see in the picture, if I was to use both hands I could get it smaller. Not as compact as a similar down jacket but very very close. The workmanship on the jacket is excellent. I'm very happy with my purchase.
  • New

    Not on the AT, but close. Wondering if anyone knows of this place?

    Just saw this story on Atlas Obscura.

    It seems there was a plan to build a road all the way across the southern end of GSMNP along the north side of Fontana Lake as part of the deal to build Fontana Dam back in the 40s. Only about 7 miles of road was built from Bryson City into the park where it goes through a half mile tunnel and the dead ends. Curious.
  • New

    I don't know what the usual MLK group is doing this weekend. Kathy and I are putting our packs together for our very own MLK, 2 night trip to Harriman State Park. We don't have a plan for which trails or places to camp we'll use, that'll be decided on the fly.

News

  • Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus
    Weight - 16 ounces
    Weight w/Pegs - 18.125 ounces
    Material - 30D Silnylon
    Features - A no-frills tarp with a no-see-um skirt perimeter. Uses a single trekking pole set anywhere between 40" (100cm) to hug the ground or 49" (125cm) to provide great ventilation.
    Pros - Weight, Ventilation
    Cons - The setup is slightly confusing. There are 6 points to attach with pegs. Two of those point must be pegged first and are very difficult specify in dark and/or windy…
  • Winter Linville Gorge

    On February 27th, 28th and 29th I did a two night out and back trip from Wolf Pit Road trail-head to Table Rock mountain and back. In typical cafe fashion I planned this trip while driving 80 mph east on I-40 heading back from the Smokies. I stopped at a McDonald's to borrow some free Wifi to get a picture of a the trails and away I went. Going up Wolf Pit road in my 2002 Honda Accord was risky with the amount of ice and snow on the road. The final hill going down to the…
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park

    On February 25th and 26th I did a nice loop in the Smokies from Big Creek Ranger Station parking lot to Deep Gap along the AT south of Mt. Cammerer fire tower. There was about 6 to 8 inches of snow while going up. I stealth camped due to the amount of snow coming in and the next day went down the Big Creek trail. Overnight there was another 6 to 8 inches of snow and freezing fog.

    appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…ddb99792885c33c84ab34d1ee
  • Chicken Jambalaya

    5 grams - Freeze Dried Chicken
    7 grams - Dehydrated Chopped Onion
    5 grams - Dehydrated Leeks
    2 grams - Freeze Dried Celery
    5 grams - Freeze Dried Bell Pepper
    56 grams - Rice (Real or Instant)
    2 grams - Dehydrated Green Onion
    7 grams - Creole Seasoning
    7 grams - Dehydrated Diced Tomato
    7 grams - Tomato Powder
    7 grams - Chicken Stock Powder
    1 gram - Black Pepper
    1 gram - Salt
    28 grams - Dried Chorizo Sausage
    14 grams - Olive Oil
    8 ounces - Water

    Calories - 680
    Dry Weight -…
  • Nestle Nido and Breakfast Essential Based Milkshakes

    Nestle Nido is a full fat powdered milk which when combined with water makes a high calorie milk. I add Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials to add flavor and additional calories.

    Chocolate Latte

    1/2 Cup - Nestle Nido
    2 Packets - Chocolate Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials
    2 Packets - Folgers Instant Coffee Singles
    16 Ounces - Water

    Calories 580
    Weight 4.5 ounces

    1) Combine dry ingredients in zip lock bag
    2) Mix with water and…