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  • Other Hobbies and Interests

    Traffic Jam - - Coffee Talk

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    Quote from odd man out: “Quote from Astro: “I believe both MO and TN touch 8 other states (will have to get atlas out and double check tomorrow). Easy way to remember the TMNTs is that they are in alphabetical order (DLMR). ” Yes you are right about TN, forgot there was a tie. As for the TMNT, a few years ago on our trip to Italy we spent 4 days in Florence going to all of the major art galleries, so that's how I remember them. Also in "The School of Athens", Raphael painted both himself and Mic…

  • Re-inventing Yourself

    Traffic Jam - - General

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    Go for it, what’s the worst that can happen?

  • MLK VII

    Traffic Jam - - Trip Planning

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    Wish I could go.

  • Whiskey Thread

    Traffic Jam - - Coffee Talk

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    I sampled two varieties of Belle Meade bourbon this evening, the classic and the Cask Strength. Both are delicious...smooth with hints of smoke and caramel. They are pricey though. A little too pricey for me. The distillery is in Nashville, very close to my girl’s new apartment...perfect for a visit and free sample!

  • Took a walk today

    Traffic Jam - - General

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    Yesterday, Time Zone and I met for a day hike. We met in Tellico Plains and visited Bald River Falls which was amazing. All of the rain created quite a sight. We did a loop hike on Bald River Falls Trail and Cow Camp Trail with a short road walk back to the car. We then drove up to Unicoi Crest and hiked a few miles on the BMT. I think it was his first BMT hike(?). I was excited to introduce TZ to the BMT and it was nice to see my hiking buddy. Plus, the sun was shining...it was a great day.

  • 2018 Hiking Miles

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    Geez, I don’t know. Maybe keeping track of mileage needs to be my New Years goal since I don’t have one this year.

  • Whiskey Thread

    Traffic Jam - - Coffee Talk

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    I’ve seen the Larceny but don’t think I’ve tried it...will add to the list. Currently working on some George Dickel, yum.

  • Beer on the AT

    Traffic Jam - - Supplies & Town Stuff

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “How come it shows a new post here from 19E but when I open it the last I see is 2014 from TJ? ” First posts have to be approved by a moderator. You can see it on the home screen but not when you go to the forum. Anyway...it’s obviously someone plugging their business so I’m unsure whether to approve it or not. Not that others haven’t advertised their business here...ahem. Since there isn’t anyone around to give me direction and I like beer, guess it’ll get approved.

  • welcome to the cafe

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    Holy cow. I just saw on FB that Rasty got married! Congratulations!

  • Quote from Troplop: “@Astro Thanks for the feedback. I've done a decent amount of trail running and the idea to wear trail runners sounds great, I hadn't considered that and was leaning more towards hiking boots. Gear is going to be very difficult for me to gather, as I'm pretty unfamiliar with backpacking gear/essentials. The only thing I'm pretty set on is sleeping in a hammock with some sort of shell/cover, as that seems to be by far the lightest/easiest to set up. Any good resources for gear…

  • Foothills Trail hike

    Traffic Jam - - Trip Planning

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    I stepped in a whole bunch of shyte behind the Sloan Bridge picnic area...a consequence of the government shut down...and right next to a stream. Man, was I pissed.

  • Sorry, can’t help myself....but have you considered the Benton Mackaye Trail? It starts at Springer, can be hiked in three weeks or less, and you get the satisfaction of completing a BMT thru hike.

  • Took a walk today

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    Yes...the pictures are beautiful. Makes me wish I was a better photographer (but not enough to want to pick up another hobby!)

  • Foothills Trail hike

    Traffic Jam - - Trip Planning

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “Spent a few days on the FHT. Rained a lot, had fun...but I’m over the rain. Need a little sunshine. ” Any pictures? ” A few. The rain made me reluctant to get the camera out

  • Foothills Trail hike

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    Spent a few days on the FHT. Rained a lot, had fun...but I’m over the rain. Need a little sunshine.

  • whats the weather where you are?

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “Rain here. Second wettest year on record. 60 some inches of it. ” I’m over it.

  • Sleeping Bag

    Traffic Jam - - Sleep Systems

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    One more thought...>(only one). Not all down is equal. Be very careful if purchasing an inexpensive, untreated, down bag. It is likely to be inferior Down from China that does not perform the same as quality down. In fact, as TZ discovered, some very legitimate businesses are falsely advertising their sleeping bags (whether synthetic or down) then shipping bags that have very different measurements and ratings. Again, sorry for throwing you under the bus TZ.

  • Sleeping Bag

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    There is a lot of debate about treated vs non-treated down. I can’t spout statistics and such. But after reading (a lot), there are several reasons I chose untreated down, I believe that a bag with treated down will not last as long as a down bag, nor does it retain its loft over a period of time. My Big Agnes bag is downtek with 650 FP, has been in use for 4(?) years and seems to have lost a good bit of loft. I’ll take some measurements when I get home. I read that treated down is stiffer and s…

  • Took a walk today

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    Quote from max.patch: “ignored the "the woods are closed!" sign along with more people than i expected and hiked 5 miles at kennesaw mountain. nice weather today; sunny and 50 degrees. ” That’s great, sounds like you’re doing better?