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  • Hiking & Biking

    Ewok11 - - General

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    Quote from max.patch: “at stone mountain park in atlanta the speed limit is 25 mph. there are a couple good sized hills in the park. if ya speed ya get ticketed -- and that includes bicyclists. that's the only place i've personally seen a bicyclist ticketed for speeding. ” I think I would be too afraid to ride a bike at Stone Mountain. The last time I was there, the people I was with were just sure they knew a back way to get there faster. They didn't. We ended up having to park in Stone Mountai…

  • Hiking & Biking

    Ewok11 - - General

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    For clarification, I don't think the majority of drivers in Southeastern Idaho are jerks and I detest some of my fellow cyclists. I think most people are legitimately ignorant to the rules of the road and a good many are distracted. It happens when I'm on foot and in my car too. I almost hit a guy on a bike because he darted out in to the crosswalk as I was turning and he didn't have right of way. I was almost squished while on foot when I was in the middle of a crosswalk where I did have right …

  • What Are You Reading?

    Ewok11 - - Books

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    I'm working my way through Bernard Cornwell's, The Saxon Tales series. If you've watched The Last Kingdom series on Netflix or I think the BBC, it's based on Saxon Tales books. So far I'm enjoying the books.

  • Hiking & Biking

    Ewok11 - - General

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    I don't begrudge anyone whatever kind of exercise they're getting, indoor or outdoor. I'm in Idaho where the whole concept of the "Idaho Stop" started, in a town with bike lanes and still people don't get it. I tried zigzagging through neighborhoods but man oh man, I always seem to hit trash day. So, regular traffic, plus trashcans, plus street-side parking and it just isn't worth the stress level. I applaud the people who make it work. I also think the city I live in doesn't do a very good job …

  • Hiking & Biking

    Ewok11 - - General

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    I haven't been by here in what feels like forever. New job of three months and I think I'm finally over the jetlag portion of adjusting to the hours. I decided since my commute each direction is only 3.23 miles from door to door that I would start biking or walking most days. I tried biking twice and after way too many people almost running over me and one situation where I had to hastily ditch my bike, I've gone to just walking. The problem here isn't even that they can't see me. They can. Ther…

  • Took a walk today

    Ewok11 - - General

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    I took a walk today and couldn't have asked for better conditions. The snow line has jogged up to above 6000 feet in most places and the majority of the lower trails in the are are clear and dry. It was beautiful 70 degree, blue bird day here in SE Idaho today. I believe the name of the trail I was on is locally known as Wiggle Worm. It was a nice three-ish mile loop up and back and I really enjoyed being able to get out in the fresh air and sunshine. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7f6a286f2c72c…

  • Quote from SarcasmTheElf: “WOO, with due respect, your last post was a little hard to understand. By my interpretation I think the summary of what you meant was "be assertive with the range instructor beforehand, make sure they understand your level of experience and possible needs and be sure they are can assist and are willing to accomodate before paying for the range time." If that's the case the I certainly agree. ” This I understand and agree with. I meant no disrespect and clearly said tha…

  • Hiking Plans 2018

    Ewok11 - - Trip Planning

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    I don't have any plans just wishes and hopes. 2017 was a year of drastic change for my household. We said goodbye to the Army and moved half way across the continent for my husband to attend school and now we're navigating life as broke college kids again. I thought I left that life behind 15 some-odd years ago but it's worth the sacrifice for my husband to get the education he desires and deserves. It just means that funds are somewhat limited, so adventures are as well. My wish would be to fin…

  • I don't think I entirely understand Woo's post above this one but that's probably just me. Bo Peep - Keep an eye out for gun stores, ranges and instructors (preferably certified ones) offering ladies night events. It might seem cliche but you might also find yourself more comfortable in a group of women.

  • Quote from Dan76: “Accompanied a lady friend (a LEO) to a gun shop a while back, not that she needed my advice. However waiting for several minutes for service, she motioned for me to join her at the counter. Almost immediately we were approached by a salesman intent upon providing service to me. Despite my assurances she was the customer, he continued to address me. She than casually flashed her badge and told the sales guy he just lost a sale as we departed. ” Quote from Bo Peep: “I went to a …

  • Took a walk today

    Ewok11 - - General

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    Thank you all for the concern. Luckily, I live with a medical provider, so I know that I just have a regular old cold that goes away and then comes back before my immune system has had a chance to recover. I think since we are in a fairly small town now it has less to do with circulation issues in Walmart and more to do with people congregating there and just being unsanitary. It doesn't help that one of the companies I broker for, owns a large portion of the cough and cold medicine brands. So, …

  • Took a walk today

    Ewok11 - - General

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    I figured it was time for my monthly check in. I still haven't managed to fully kick this horrendous chest cough. I've narrowed down the culprit to the local Walmart. My job requires me to be in and out of various stores in the area on a daily or weekly basis. I can go anywhere with the exception of Walmart and I'm fine. Every time I go in that store I leave with what the employees there have dubbed "the Walmart Funk". I'm going on about two months now of being sick off and on. ANYWAY, with that…

  • Took a walk today

    Ewok11 - - General

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Ewok, those are some great photos, you've got a good eye for picture taking. Do you use a camera or are they just from a phone? Hope you feel better soon. ” Thank you! I have a Nikon D3100 camera. I have no idea what I'm doing with it half the time but sometimes I get really lucky and the picture just kind of takes itself.

  • Took a walk today

    Ewok11 - - General

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    I finally took a walk today for the first time in what feels like forever. It almost never works out that my husband and I both have a weekend free at the same time and that the weather is pleasant to boot. Aside from the fact that I've had some kind of upper respiratory crap going on for the last week and I probably coughed enough to scare off any wildlife within earshot, it was a great day. We hit up a few local trails. One was a super short, approximately 1.25 mile end to end with key hole lo…

  • The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

    Ewok11 - - Trip Planning

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    Quote from rhjanes: “Quote from LIhikers: “I got to see the partial eclipse through a welding helmet. Am I the only one who thought "so what?" ” I used a full welding helmet also. I think it depended on how much percentage was covered. We were around 80 percent. The 10 minutes either side of the full effect, the birds got quiet, light was sort of like 10 minutes before dusk. It was "neat" but not near worth the HOURS LONG!! OH MY!!! news coverage..... I was in a full eclipse up in Alaska and tha…

  • The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

    Ewok11 - - Trip Planning

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    Quote from Dan76: “Idaho residents capitalized in a similar fashion. ” There's still a steady flow of southbound traffic on I-15 this morning but at least it's moving. It was taking people upwards of three hours to make it from Idaho Falls down to Pocatello, yesterday evening. That's a 45 minute drive at best on a normal day. I wonder how many of the people who were consistently saying for days, leading up to the event that none of the predicted crowds had showed up, were enjoying the taste of t…

  • The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

    Ewok11 - - Trip Planning

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    If I remember, I will walk outside and NOT stare at the sun. I really wanted to get a filter for my camera so I could take pictures but buying one was way out of my budget and all the rentals were scooped up months ago, so alas, I will just enjoy not working that day and might remember to walk outside.

  • Beer

    Ewok11 - - Coffee Talk

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    Quote from Dan76: “Quote from Ewok11: “Anyone familiar with Boise? I have to be there for a few days next week for work and would take any recommendations for a good place to get a beer and a bite to eat. ” Been through a few times but not overnight. First time I found a pizza/microbrewery on the outskirts of town that was worthy of a return visit. However the facility was vacated several months later upon return. Therefore no recommendations at this time. However if traveling along the Wasatch …

  • Beer

    Ewok11 - - Coffee Talk

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    Anyone familiar with Boise? I have to be there for a few days next week for work and would take any recommendations for a good place to get a beer and a bite to eat.

  • whats the weather where you are?

    Ewok11 - - General

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    I think this week is the first time (not today just this week) that the temps have been below 95 degrees in the last two months. We've also gotten the first measurable rain in that same amount of time. Earlier this week we got a whole 2/10 of an inch. It's lightly raining tonight, so maybe it will add to the total. Thankfully, the slightly cooler temps, slightly higher humidity and small amount of rain have helped with containment efforts of the 53,000+ acre wildfire right outside of town. It wa…