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Re-inventing Yourself


Blue Jay La Fey




Why most of America can't make great biscuits.



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  • Blue Jay La Fey -

    Replied to the thread Re-inventing Yourself.

    Quote from AnotherKevin: “Original poster is a helicopter mechanic. For real. ” Thank you, I wondering where that came from. Now I can answer: yes but, you'll have to fix it yourself. I would love to watch that.
  • CoachLou -

    Replied to the thread MLK VII.

    My friends, I am officially pulling the plug on the cheesecake being at Big Hill Shelter. The main issue being the hike out and drive home Sunday. This does appear to be the general feeling of folks here, ToS and HBs FB page. I will post this on ToS in…
  • jimmyjam -

    Liked max.patch’s post in the thread Final hike.

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    Quote from Trillium: “Quote from LIhikers: “My wife and I have told our sons that while we'd like our ashes scattered on a hiking trail of their choosing. I've been told that leaving a monument, is in most places, considered abandonment of private…
  • jimmyjam -

    Replied to the thread Why most of America can't make great biscuits..

    I'd have one of those biscuits in each hand. They look mighty tasty.
  • jimmyjam -

    Liked odd man out’s post in the thread Why most of America can't make great biscuits..

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    Look what I got for Christmas from my daughter in Raleigh. So I finally got around to making a batch. They look great. I used this recipe: southernliving.com/recipes/buttermilk-biscuits They are definitely fluffy. Don't know if it is the flour, the…
  • IMScotty -

    Replied to the thread MLK VII.

    Laz, what you are saying on the brunch reservation makes sense. As to if I will be there, I will let you all know tomorrow. I'm not giving up yet. S
  • 1azarus -

    Replied to the thread MLK VII.

    hello all. i've revised my plans to include lots of day hikes and snow shovelling over the weekend, in mixed weather, without driving to Bear Mountain! Sunday morning just sounds too crappy to drive home, and Sunday night sounds too cold to be, well,…
  • AnotherKevin -

    Replied to the thread Re-inventing Yourself.

    Quote from Blue Jay La Fey: “Quote from max.patch: “can someone land a chopper in your back yard and have you shade tree mechanic it? ” If you mean motorcycle yes, although I don't weld. If you mean flying car no. ” Original poster is a…
  • Blue Jay La Fey -

    Replied to the thread Re-inventing Yourself.

    Quote from max.patch: “can someone land a chopper in your back yard and have you shade tree mechanic it? ” If you mean motorcycle yes, although I don't weld. If you mean flying car no.
  • IMScotty -

    Liked Drybones’s post in the thread welcome to the cafe.

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    Quote from max.patch: “not gonna start a gymnastics thread for what will probably be the only post ever in it... saturday night. perfect 10. i don't know how she does the things she does. youtube.com/watch?v=4ic7RNS4Dfo ” On a scale of 1-10 I'd give…


  • New

    There are times in life when people decide they need or want to change.
    I'm considering that now.
    While I love the work I do, and enjoy my present job, I may give it all up if I can't get the time off I want this summer.
    The problem is I don't know what I'd look to do after we finish the hike that we want to do in that time that I want off.
    I've never seriously considered anything other than aircraft maintenance. But if I quit my job to go hike, my post hike possibilities are endless. First I'd have to decide if I'd retire (stop working at a paid position) or not, I could do a volunteer thing. Then, in what field. Sometimes I think it would be nice to work with people and not machines. I'm not even sure how I'd narrow down the choices. And of course there's the age thing to consider. Who would hire a 67 year old with no experience in a position they are applying for.

    Have any of you ever made a radical change in direction of your life?
    Any advice you could send my way would be…


  • 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.

  • 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…