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  • Soap Opera on the AT?

    StalkingTortoise - - AT Specific

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    Quote from odd man out: “Quote from Astro: “This story keeps twisting and turning, makes you wonder what will happen next. wbir.com/article/news/crime/ar…c1-4484-b092-a171b34b374b ” I'm always getting guitars and machete mixed up. It's so confusing. ” I play a mean air machete.

  • REI garage sale

    StalkingTortoise - - General

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    I have not visited any of the Garage Sales but my daughter is a regular. She says that the SOP is to grab a pack or piece of luggage and stuff in as many 'interesting' items as possible before going to a quiet corner of the store to actually review or try on each item. Keep what you want and return the rest to the sale area. She has scored a few nice items for a fraction of the original cost. One item was an Osprey Porter travel pack / carry-on bag. It had one broken buckle, and Osprey immediate…

  • I reported on this deal in my trip report from the Sams Gap - Dennis Cove section. The owner of Doe River Hiker Rest / The Station at 19E is definitely a sleazebag based on his predatory practices at the 19E trailhead. A former used car salesman? That is believable. During my stay at Mountain Harbour, I spoke with hikers who were approached at the trailhead with a combination of a sell job for the Doe River Hostel and false information about Mountain Harbour. With that said, Mountain Harbour's s…

  • Question about PA

    StalkingTortoise - - Appalachian Trail

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    And the outfitters sneak into the woods at night with files and chisels to sharpen them. Gotta drum up new business any way possible... I don't think I ever want to hike the section from Wind Gap to Fox Gap again. Scratch that... I KNOW I don't want to hike it again.

  • Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “JJ, y’all always look like you’re having a blast. That’s just great! Hope to run into you one day. ” We always have fun. I wouldn't re-hike these sections if I didn't. I think it would be cool to run into you too. If you hike in VA let me know. ” I’ll be headed to PA for a few weeks this month for my grandbaby’s birth and I’m taking my backpack. Hope to get at least one night out in PA or Northern SNP. If I hike in SNP on th…

  • REI

    StalkingTortoise - - Gear

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    I'm on my 3rd backpack. Bought the first two on-line and never was able to adjust either to fit me well. Went to REI with a good idea of what I wanted and got a knowledgeable associate who convinced me to downsize. He loaded up the pack with sandbags and pillows then made all the right adjustments. I'm happier now even when I'm carrying 40 pound loads. When my daughter was ready for her pack, I took her to REI and they hooked her up with a pack that fits her well. She was able to try on several …

  • Whiskey Thread

    StalkingTortoise - - Coffee Talk

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    I gave the I.W. Harper an extended test-drive last evening. Funny how the flavor notes change with a clean palate. The cinnamon aftertaste was gone. This has to be one of the smoothest bourbons I have ever sampled. No doubt from the 15-year aging and the 86 proof. My wife even tolerated a few drops without making a face. I'll rate it a 'Sip'. At $60, it will be a slow sip to make it last.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

    StalkingTortoise - - Trip Report

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    Quote from Astro: “I made my reservations with the AMC this week. Will catch the shuttle to the Gale River Trail on the morning of 6/19. 6/18 Pinkham Notch Joe Dodge Lodge 6/19 Galehead Hut 6/20 Zealand Falls Hut ” Well darn. A Wednesday start doesn't work well for my hike over Franconia Ridge. This work thing is really getting in the way of my hobbies. Have a blast. And do not miss the scenic view loop trail north of Zealand Mountain.

  • Whiskey Thread

    StalkingTortoise - - Coffee Talk

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    After yesterday's Duke - UCF basketball game, I needed something to calm my nerves. Finished the Calumet Farm and then took a look at the I. W. Harper. The Calumet Farm seemed to mellow a bit in my decanter since my first taste 2.5 weeks ago. I enjoyed it neat without any ice or water, but I still think it's a bit overpriced. Onto the next contestant in 'Sip or Skip'! The first thing I noticed with the I.W. Harper was a pronounced cinnamon aftertaste. I'll hold off on my rating until I try it ag…

  • Whiskey Thread

    StalkingTortoise - - Coffee Talk

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    Visited my favorite liquor store in Elkton MD today. Couldn't decide between the two so I compromised and bought both. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…c2d20af9d049478c94ff09476 The I.W. Harper was highly rated in an article I read a few months ago, and the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (115 proof) won 'Whisky of the Year". I'll get to my first taste test after I finish the Calumet Farm.

  • I got jealous looking at my wife's new yak. Blue Mountain Outfitters gave me 10% off retail plus another $25 for buying a second yak. 2019 Wilderness System Pungo 125. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…c2d20af9d049478c94ff09476

  • Hiking Plans 2019

    StalkingTortoise - - Trip Planning

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    Quote from CoachLou: “I would love to get to the Smokies in the fall. ” That's my plan, just not this year. The way my vacation calendar is shaping up, I just might have the time to take two trips to New Hampshire this year. I'd love to run into Astro as I finish the Franconia Ridge section.

  • welcome to the cafe

    StalkingTortoise - - Coffee Talk

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    Quote from max.patch: “i like the literal video version where a sound alike changes the lyrics to match the music video. take on me was first song this was done to. youtube.com/watch?v=8HE9OQ4Fnk…8HE9OQ4FnkQ&start_radio=1 ” Pipe wrench fight!

  • welcome to the cafe

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    Quote from Astro: “You know you are getting old when the " old woman" sitting near you at the tire store has ZZ Tops La Grange as her ring tone. ” One of my Taiwanese colleagues had a-ha's 'Take On Me' as his ringtone back in 2003. We were traveling together in China and I burst out laughing the first time his phone rang. Didn't expect that. Then again, his 'western' name was Yngwie and he knew who Yngwie Malmsteen was. Strange times, they were... I really like Reel Big Fish's cover of 'Take On …

  • Quote from Astro: “Quote from StalkingTortoise: “Quit bitchin' about yer taxes! The gubmint is paying my daughter to go to school so all of your 'donations' are highly appreciated! ” My son too, then they have the nerve to tax me on it. ” Daughter is the one with the tax woes since she's on her own. The National Science Foundation pays her stipend, but they don't withhold any funds for taxes. - The first year of her graduate studies, she only received the NSF stipend from AUG - DEC, so her tax b…

  • Quit bitchin' about yer taxes! The gubmint is paying my daughter to go to school so all of your 'donations' are highly appreciated!

  • Hiking Plans 2019

    StalkingTortoise - - Trip Planning

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    Quote from Drybones: “...(how the heck do you spell ashville)... ” Asheville

  • Whiskey Thread

    StalkingTortoise - - Coffee Talk

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    I tried out yet another Manhattan recipe last night; 2 parts bourbon 1 part port wine (tawny port preferred) 3 dashes of bitters Now I have three 'favorite' Manhattan recipes. Smooth, tasty, and just different enough to keep things interesting.

  • With my REI dividend in hand, my thoughts turned to kayaks. But the Perception Tribute 12 that my wife test-paddled last summer was no longer listed on the REI website. A quick search on Perception's site let me know that this specific model was discontinued. Next step was to call the shop that recommended and then rented this model to my wife and I. They had three in stock and agreed to give me 10% off as part of their early spring sale that starts next weekend. So it was time to trudge through…

  • $277.84, mostly from REI Mastercard purchases. The accompanying sale and 20% off coupons are supposed to go live on the 23rd per an associate in the Christiana DE store.