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  • Quote from max.patch: “Quote from LIhikers: “You know, as many times as I've heard people give warnings about the 12 Tribes, I've never heard of anyone with a first hand, bad, experience with them. ” if ya flew in the 70's -- they gave ya a flower for a "donation". youtube.com/watch?v=iijPvIiDbL0 ” I had a long layover at Ohare in the late '70s. I entertained myself for several hours by talking to all the wako cult members.

  • A Tragic Prelude

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

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    Not sure I've ever seen a wood duck around our neighborhood. For water fowl it's mostly just Mallards and Canada Geese. Herons too.

  • whats the weather where you are?

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    That' All ice and sleet. Global warming is in the Arctic. I guess they are having a freakishly warm spring. BTW, that's the house where the duck perches. Not there doday. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…48b00bc2d7c477d58fb7d00af

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

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    We have a Mallard Duck that has been perching on the top of the roof of the house out our back window. Is that seem odd to you? I don't expect to see ducks perching on roof tops, but he has been there every day this week, in exactly the same spot every day.

  • whats the weather where you are?

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    We are having an ice storm tonight. Suppose to get over 1/2 " of ice. Ug

  • Campmor might be in trouble

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    I didn't even realize that Campmor was a brick & mortar store. I only know it from its very low-tech mail order catalog. We have very few outfitters (i.e. backpacking stores) in our area (no REI). There's a Dick's and Eddie Baure at the mall, but I don't count them as "outfitters". There is a Moosejaw downtown and a couple of reasonable local companies in adjacent towns. Since my goal as a backpacker is to carry as little gear as possible, catering to my needs is a really crappy business model.

  • Exposure

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    Quote from IMScotty: “OMO, Wow, thank you these. I had no idea. Another beautiful hike to add the my ever growing queue. ” it is certainly one of the top hikes in the north central US. I hear MN's NCT is great. Also on my list. The remarkable thing about PRNL is that each third is so different. Starting from Grand Marais you hike along a creek, past a waterfall, through a northern forest past a pond, past the world's biggest fresh water dunes, and then to a lighthouse. Then you hike a 12 mile lo…

  • Exposure

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from odd man out: “And to wrap up our tour of PRNL death traps, it was at our last campground that I encountered one last way to fall to your death. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…48b00bc2d7c477d58fb7d00af ” What is that? Privy? Trash Can? ” privy with a view

  • Astro on the AT 2018

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from SandyofPA: “I hiked over Moosilauke in the tail end of a storm with 70 mile gusts. My trekking poles were the only way I was upright enough to move forward. Never so happy to get below treeline and slither down along Bonnie Brook. Going over the Kinsmen after that was enough to decide it wasn't safe to solo hike, so I went home. That was in 2014 before they found Inchworm's body, which was in the back of my mind while crawling over the piles of rocks they call a tra…

  • Exposure

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    And to wrap up our tour of PRNL death traps, it was at our last campground that I encountered one last way to fall to your death. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…48b00bc2d7c477d58fb7d00af

  • Exposure

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    At several points along this section, the trail runs right along the edge. At least you have a choice. As you can see there is a path on either side of the large pine trees so you can walk left or right. I walked (Hidden Content). My hiking partner on this trip was a retired wildlife biologist for the state DNR. He is a moose biologist and spent much of his career tracking the Moose in Michigan's UP. It was at this spot where he pointed out a tree hanging over the edge of the cliff. He said it w…

  • Exposure

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    A little further on the cliffs get taller. Many are up to 200 feet vertical drops into the lake. For many, the highlight is Grand Portal Point. Here the coast juts out into the lake and you can walk to the edge and be surrounded on nearly all sides with the Lake 200 feet down. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…48b00bc2d7c477d58fb7d00af Of course I had to do it. It's the McAfee Knob of Michigan. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…48b00bc2d7c477d58fb7d00af

  • Exposure

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    If you look at the background of the previous photo, you will see some outcroppings that you hiked past a few minutes earlier (if you are hiking E to W). From there you almost certainly took this picture. If you Google "Spray Falls", this is the picture you will most likely find. However because you were focused on the pretty waterfall, you probably didn't notice that the little tree on the edge where you are going to take your closeup picture from is situated so that there will be about 1 foot …

  • Exposure

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    So I creep up to the edge, put my foot right at the base of the tree, look over the cliff and get my waterfall photo. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…48b00bc2d7c477d58fb7d00af

  • Exposure

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    After the beach, you get to the eponymous cliffs where you can really get into trouble if you want. One of the first attractions is Spay Falls, where Spay Creek comes to a spectacular end plunging 70 feet into Lake Superior. However if you want to get a good closeup look at the falls, you have to get right up to the edge of the cliff. Fortunately, the NPS has conveniently placed this small tree right on the ledge to give you a false sense of security. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…48b00bc2d7c47…

  • Exposure

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    After the dunes you come to Twelve Mile Beach, which is (Hidden Content) As such, there is no good place to fall to your death here. But the campsites at Beaver Creek are pretty awesome. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…48b00bc2d7c477d58fb7d00af

  • Exposure

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    Exposure, as in trails that have give the opportunity to fall to your death. For those who want to talk about exposing yourself, well, we know who you are... For a good place to hike if you want the thrill of almost falling to a watery grave, I can recommend Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The Lakeshore Trail runs for 45 miles from Grand Marais to Munising. The first part of the trail follows the Grand Sable Dunes. From here you get a nice view looking down this …

  • hiking plans 2015

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “I just got the all clear from my orthopedic surgeon. Hike On! Bbbllllrrrrrrttt!!!!!!! ” yeah. My plantars fasceitus had been bugging me since last fall. It's finally settling down. Now if the weather warms up I will be out of excuses for not hiking.

  • Shoes and Socks

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “My only complaints about the Altras is lack of a real toe bumper. I made my own but they always fall off after 50 miles. The other complaint I have is I found my foot wanting to slide sideways inside the shoe when there is a cross slope. ” In your OP from 1.5 years ago, you said the Cabela's inserts helped the side slippage. Do you still use these? I replaced my worn out Lone Peak 3.5's with some new 4.0's about a month ago. I have a birthday coming up and my family will so…