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  • White Mountain Facebook Rescue

    IMScotty - - Trail Health

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    We had an interesting hiking incident take place up here this week. A hiker got in trouble on Franconia Ridge in the Whites and for some reason thought the first call he should make looking for help should be the the local hiking page "Hike the 4000 footers of NH!" His post was, “send help, stuck by cairn on Old Bridle in alpine between hut and Lafayette Summit. Wind took map and compass, white out conditions.” Needless to say this caused quite a bit of excitement in the FG group. The thread app…

  • Candlepin Bowling

    IMScotty - - Coffee Talk

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    Quote from odd man out: “I've heard of candle pin bowling but never seen it or done it. However I do remember duck pin bowling when I was growing up in the DC area in the 60s and 70s. I even recall the local TV station would broadcast duck pin tournaments. Because the balls are smaller, it's good for young kids. ” Yes, candlepin is fun for the whole family, from toddlers to grandpa. That said, it is wicked difficult to be consistently good at, at least for me. When I was growing up the local TV'…

  • Candlepin Bowling

    IMScotty - - Coffee Talk

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    Duckpin is even rarer than Candlepin. I believe there is one duckpin lane left in the Boston area, although there are still several in Rhode Island. Duckpin has ten-pin style pins (candlepins are straight), but you throw three smaller balls like in candlepin (I think the balls are a bit heavier, though). I tried duckpin once, but candlepin will always mean true bowling to me, and I think most New Englanders. In duckpin the lanes get swept of deadwood between every throw like in tenpin. I think t…

  • Candlepin Bowling

    IMScotty - - Coffee Talk

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    Interestingly, the Simpsons modeled their bowling alley on the place I actually bowl, the Wakefield Bowladrome. See below... appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…591f60e7c41b08fd068d23545 appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…591f60e7c41b08fd068d23545 It is a great place, 1950's retro. Unfortunately the owner seems to be slowing down. I know my days of bowling here are numbered.

  • Candlepin Bowling

    IMScotty - - Coffee Talk

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    Next week is my bowing leagues Christmas party. I'm the guy who arranges for the pizza delivery, brings some extra cold ones for the guys, and stuffs the envelopes with cash prizes, and gets a few bottles of cheap wine so that everyone goes home with something. Candlepin bowling is a charmingly New England thing. Three balls, little balls, the dead wood stays in the lane. It is the most frustration sport I've every played. I suck as a bowler, I am one of the worst in my league. But I work hard t…

  • Took a walk today

    IMScotty - - General

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Kathy and I, along with our dog, took a walk on the Nassau/Suffolk Trail this afternoon. We started around 2:30 and hiked out for 2.5 miles, turned around and hiked back. Even though this is a suburban trail we only passed 1 person. We did see quite a few people on a near-by, paved, bicycle path and no one on the dirt mountain bike trail. All 3 of these trails are on a narrow corridor of government land. The sky was completely overcast so it was a gray day but the temperatu…

  • Route of Parks Trail, Chile

    IMScotty - - Other Trails

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    A new long trail has just been opened in Chile... afar.com/magazine/chile-opens-…necting-17-national-parks Looks absolutely spectacular. I think they are still looking for their first thru-hiker if anyone is game

  • Sleeping Bag

    IMScotty - - Sleep Systems

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    Quote from CoachLou: “I had some communication with him after that hike. They were planning on a thru with Coyote. Then she got Lyme, then they were expecting a second pup! He does post at ToS anymore and I don’t go on his antique Mercedes site........ haven’t heard from or of him in a while ” They must have been sucked into the dark vortex of parenting It should spit them back out in another 20 years.

  • welcome to the cafe

    IMScotty - - Coffee Talk

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    On this day in Massachusetts history.... massmoments.org/moment-details…mail&utm_campaign=eMoment If you ever wanted every detail about the least important historical event that ever happened, here it is.

  • Quote from Wise Old Owl: “I am so glad as a group you took a little notice on the article! Occasionally I feel a little ignored. This article impacted me so much I drove for an hour into Maryland to pick up 2 pounds of White Lilly and I am not a southerner. We have made two batches and my wife is clearly confused. both batches were baked and turned out well and were not hockypucks. We are adjusting the recipe. My thoughts are to adjust the recipe to Scones eventually. Huge thanks! CANT WAIT TO A…

  • Thanks, I learned something here. I always thought a biscuit was just something you could use for hockey if you couldn't find a puck.

  • ATC Map Sale

    IMScotty - - Maps and Navigation

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    I have my full set of guidebooks. Depends on the section, but most of them have interesting information on the history and ecology of the area around the trail. Makes the extra weight worth it for me.

  • Kevino, what you suggest is doable, but aggressive as others have stated. You should expect your mileage to be lower in this section than what you experienced on the JMT. The JMT may be high altitude, but once you get use to the altitude it is comparatively easy walking. The positive side of the AT being in less a more developed part of the country is that you have lots of options. As Astro suggested, if your pace exceeds expectations, you can hike a bit further down the trail, if your mileage i…

  • welcome to the cafe

    IMScotty - - Coffee Talk

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    Listening to 'Alice's Restaurant' makes me thankful for my friends on the 'Group W' bench Socks, where are you man? The bench is not the same without you

  • welcome to the cafe

    IMScotty - - Coffee Talk

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    In the 1980's, when my brother was a young lazy bachelor, he discovered the discount rack at our local 'Caldors store.' Caldor was pretty cheap stuff to begin with, but the discount rack had the items that no one would buy. Rather than doing laundry, he just kept buying new, cheap clothes to wear. "When you are getting shirts and pants for a few dollars each, what's the point of laundry," he figured. These cloths were as ugly as hell, lots of dated disco looking polyester, but he did not seem to…

  • Country

    IMScotty - - Mountain Mike's Jukebox

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    For Roy.... R.I.P youtube.com/watch?v=GQIAcztYjbc

  • welcome to the cafe

    IMScotty - - Coffee Talk

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    Quote from max.patch: “Quote from SarcasmTheElf: “Quote from max.patch: “Quote from SarcasmTheElf: “Quote from max.patch: “Quote from max.patch: “Quote from SarcasmTheElf: “Quote from max.patch: “Quote from SarcasmTheElf: “I genuinely don't understand the appeal of that highly invasive piece of superfluous technology. Any time I enter a home that has one, I attempt to order 5000lbs of cream corn. ” invasive?alexa doesn't speak unless spoken to. and then she does what you ask her to do. all in al…

  • Sleeping Bag

    IMScotty - - Sleep Systems

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    Quote from CoachLou: “ That was the night Surebridge Shelter roof was leaking.....on me!!!! And we heard that baby Coyote in the morning! ” Oh, I always thought that was ELF, howling at the moon

  • whats the weather where you are?

    IMScotty - - General

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    When I was growing up, Massachusetts still had real Yankees. Unfortunately, the snow whimp-ification around here has been increasing year-by-year. I'm going to have to move to northern New England soon to escape people like this... youtube.com/watch?v=i6zaVYWLTkU

  • Sleeping Bag

    IMScotty - - Sleep Systems

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Has anyone warned TJ about the morning problem you get from being in a warm, comfortable sleeping bag when it's freeeeeeezing outside? I have a hard time making myself climb out into the cold to get the day started--- brrrrrrrrrr ” One year 'Mr. Coffee' came the MLK weekend. The smell of fresh roast made it a bit easier to get our of the bag.