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  • The Golf thread

    StalkingTortoise - - Coffee Talk

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    The scoring sign for Tiger's threesome at #12 showed: Woods -9 Spieth E Fowler -1 One of the Tiger-Bots looked at it and loudly proclaimed "Oh... Tiger's in 9th place now and one of the other guys is in first." On the 13th tee, Tiger hit an iron on the short 385-yard par 4. The same Tiger-Bot informed the gallery that it must be a par 3 because Tiger hit an iron. Someone corrected her that it was actually a par 4 but she refused to believe it. After all, if Tiger hits an iron, it absolutely MUST…

  • The Golf thread

    StalkingTortoise - - Coffee Talk

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    I get disgusted with the TV coverage of Tiger... On #15, Tiger flat-out chunked his 2nd shot. The gallery groaned and Tiger hung his head as his ball came up well short of the green. When I got home and watched the TV coverage, the commentator said "Tiger chose to lay up with his 2nd shot." Don't get me started on the Tiger Woods roving gallery. Bunch of ignorant jagoffs idolizing a guy because he used to win a lot. Pushing & shoving to get to the ropes on each hole, then cheering & running to t…

  • The Golf thread

    StalkingTortoise - - Coffee Talk

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    Tortoise Wife and I attended the BMW Championship on Friday. Our first live PGA event. We watched TV coverage of the Thursday round and came up with a decent strategy to get a closeup view of the players. I'm not a Tiger fanboy but I think I got a pretty good picture on the #6 teebox. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4c A surprise was seeing Woodstock Vermont's own Keegan Bradley putting together a nice round. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4c Justin R…

  • Quote from Astro: “Quote from CoachLou: “Wednesday I was in Mizpah, Thursday Lakes, Friday Madison. Last year I ate lunch at Galehead, and then Zeeland. Army ant and I then spent 1 nite in lakes. The lasagna Thursday at Lakes was excellent! My bunk sucked , but my bunk was awesome at Madison,and so was the chicken Marsala was pretty good. I will stay in them all if I get the chance, it is worth every penny. And makes your travel thru that area so much easier ” ...Did think taking my pillow (2.7o…

  • Astro on the AT 2018

    StalkingTortoise - - Trip Report

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    Glad to hear it wasn't any worse than it was. Since I'm also reviewing ways to get back up to Franconia Ridge, may I offer a suggestion? What about taking the Old Bridle Path (shuttle stop) or Greenleaf Trail (both 2.7 miles) to the Greenleaf Hut, then continuing on 1.1 miles to the summit of Lafayette? Granted, you'll have to re-trace your steps on the AT from Lafayette to the Garfield Ridge Shelter (3.9 miles), but you might get those views that you missed the first time. In my humble opinion,…

  • I'm considering a return in September if I can get a kitchen pass from Mrs. Tortoise. My plan would be to park at the Liberty Springs Trailhead lot, take the AMC shuttle north to the Gale River Trailhead and return to the Galehead Hut for the night. Day 2 would be the challenging 7.7 miles between Galehead and the Greenleaf Hut. Day 3 would finish with the 1.1 miles from Greenleaf Hut back to the summit of Lafayette then the remaining 6.4 miles of the section. And around 0.9 miles back to my veh…

  • Quote from jimmyjam: “...Also the huts compost leftover vegetable matter which is later spread over the areas to be revegetated, which is good. ” The croo at Galehead said they do some composting. The croo at Zealand Falls said they do no composting and haul everything out. Maybe because it's an easy hump out to the closest parking area.

  • Before staying in the Galehead and Zealand Falls Huts last week, I really didn't know what to expect. So now that I have some experience, I'll share it here in hopes that it helps someone with their first visit to an AMC Hut. I reserved my bunk space months in advance, so I can't offer any tips for last minute or walk-in reservations. The croo The croo is the crew. Both huts had 5-person croos with one croo member having a day off. Bigger huts have bigger croos. One croo member is responsible fo…

  • Saturday August 10th The Zealand Falls Hut is a little different from the Galehead Hut. First, the bathrooms are in a separate building connected to the hut by a covered walkway. Next, they don't assign genders to the two bathrooms. There are two stalls in each bathroom and you might just be pooping next to someone from the opposite sex. The trick is to get in and out without being witnessed. The Croo announced the 06:30 wake-up time with a gentle ukulele serenade. Unlike yesterday, the skies we…

  • Nothing prepared me for the stunning views from the overlook just north of the Zeacliff Trail. Oh. My. Gawd. 20180810_144818-5K.jpg appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4cappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4cappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4c Today had to be one of the best days of the year to be standing on this mountain looking north towards the Presidential range. I reluctantly picked up my pack after gawking for 5 minutes and finished…

  • Friday, August 10th The Croo gently roused me from my slumber at 06:30 with an accordion serenade. 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep... just what I needed. Breakfast consisted of oatmeal, eggs, bacon, pancakes and coffee. I ate my fill then finished packing up. The weather forecast for today was promising - cloudy in the morning followed by clear skies and 112-mile visibility. Like I said, timing is everything. As I waited for Sox and Adam to arrive, I zipped on my pants legs and dug out my rain j…

  • So...what about Sox and Adam? They made it over Little Haystack, Lincoln, Lafayette and Garfield without a single view. Nothing. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4c They ended up camping about 2 miles south of the Galehead Hut. When it cleared later that evening, they were down below treeline and didn't get to see anything other than the immediate forest views. Timing is everything...

  • If you stop by the Galehead Hut, I recommend taking the 0.5 mile spur trail to the summit of Galehead Mountain. There is an overlook near the summit that provides views like this: appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4c And the view from the front porch of the Hut isn't too shabby. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4c Just before dinner, the skies cleared and the views into the Pemigewasset Wilderness actually improved. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb9…

  • Thursday August 9th I jumped out of bed with my midnight alarm and was pulling out of the driveway by 00:15. It rained from New Jersey to Massachusetts, but a large coffee and two Pepsi MAX sodas kept me focused. That, and the 18-wheeler that tried to compact my compact SUV into the concrete median on the Tappan Zee bridge. I made a quick stop for breakfast in Lincoln NH then pulled into the Gale River Trailhead parking lot by 08:45. Changed into hiking clothes, adjusted my poles and pack, then …

  • Wednesday August 8th While I was working a half-day, Sox and Adam started their hike up the Liberty Springs Trail. They camped at the Liberty Springs tent site and scrambled up to the summit of Liberty to catch some views before dinner. I went to bed at 20:00 in preparation for my red-eye drive to New Hampshire. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4cappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4cappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4c

  • The Plan Sox and his family were spending the week at their lake house in New Hampshire, so this section would require little effort from a logistical standpoint. Mrs. Sox agreed to follow Sox and his youngest son Adam to Crawford Notch to leave a vehicle then ferry then south to Franconia Notch for the start of their hike. My logistics were a little more complex. I would drive up from PA on Tuesday August 7th and spend a night with my friend Sue in Vermont before hitting the trailhead early on …

  • Astro on the AT 2018

    StalkingTortoise - - Trip Report

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    Gale River Trail Guide The trailhead for the Gale River Trail is about 1.4 miles off of Route 3 via a gravel forest service road. Lots of parking on a Thursday morning but not a spot to be found on Saturday afternoon. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4cappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4c Mile 1: Imagine walking on a treadmill set at a 5% incline through a nice deciduous forest. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b9cbfb94c53a9e783fd6cb4c Mile 2: Add in some …

  • Astro on the AT 2018

    StalkingTortoise - - Trip Report

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    Thanks. Ended up doing the red-eye drive to NH. At McDonald's in Lincoln for carb loading before I hit the trailhead.

  • Astro on the AT 2018

    StalkingTortoise - - Trip Report

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    My last option to complete the full section from Franconia Notch to Crawford Notch passed. Car is loaded and I'm hoping for an 11:00 departure for Hartland VT then onto the Gale River Trailhead tomorrow morning. I'll take lots of pictures on the trail up to Galehead.

  • rookie needs advice!

    StalkingTortoise - - Trip Planning

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    Quote from shamus_Smith: “Seeking input for an overnight on the AT. 2 hikers, fairly fit, reasonable outdoors experience. Planning on starting evening of 8/15, somewhere (approx 7pm) near the MD/PA border, hiking north.(presumably leaving our car here?) Wishing to spend the next day, 8/16, hiking at leisurely rate for the better part of the day. We want to make it back to our car early evening, before sundown (see question 2) I'm having a difficult time navigating all the various sites and maps …