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  • I take back everything negative I’ve ever said about Girl Scouts. The girl has had a fantastic experience. Never in a million years would I think she’d be herding cows and working with the local cowboys to keep the cows contained. I think this experience could shape the rest of her life.

  • Grayson Highlands Info

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    Excellent suggestions, y’all. I’ve been wanting to try a truck stop shower. Seriously, it’s sort of a bucket list item...life experience!

  • Totally awesome. That’s taking adversity and turning it into a triumph. Made me cry.

  • jimmyjam on the AT 2019

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from jimmyjam: “And my 1st wife is a cardiologist NP. I consult with her too. ” Forgive me...I had a lol moment when I pictured you showing up for your appointment with your wife and your ex.Might not be a bad idea though. Take care JJ. ” First wife is married to one of my wife's cousins. Family reunions are interesting, but we're all on good terms. ” Glad to hear that...I hate hearing about families fighting after a divorce.

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    Thanks for all the info, JJ. I’m thinking about your first option...shuttling to Grayson Highlands and hiking 11.8 the first day. There’s no reason I can’t get up super early and be in Damascus by 8. Any suggestions on where to shower after the hike? I’ll have a 7ish hr drive to PA. Does M.R Outfitters have showers?

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “And my 1st wife is a cardiologist NP. I consult with her too. ” Forgive me...I had a lol moment when I pictured you showing up for your appointment with your wife and your ex. Might not be a bad idea though. Take care JJ.

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    Thank you for the info! What would you do if you had 3 nights? I wouldn’t mind a shorter first day, 11.8 mi after getting up very early, driving a few hours and catching a shuttle might be tough.

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    Quote from IMScotty: “JJ, Might not hurt to do further monitoring and get a second opinion. SS ” I second that. There are different types of cardiac Dr’s. If your cardiologist isn’t an electrophysiologist, you may want to consult one. They are the experts on the hearts electrical activity. Another suggestion is to write down all your questions before the appointment and ask the Dr to show you the EKG and explain exactly what’s happening with your heart.

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “You will do great JJ! You’ll probably feel better in the long run and be Super Hiker for many years. ” Thanks TJ. Part of me is wondering if it is all still from being on the dilitiziam for so long, that maybe it will stop in a week. Who knows?Anyway if you are still planning on hiking the Highlands next week or the one after, I'd be glad to share my notes on mileage/water/campsites if you want them. I'm still planning on rehiking that piece this ye…

  • jimmyjam on the AT 2019

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    You will do great JJ! You’ll probably feel better in the long run and be Super Hiker for many years.

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

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    The bear sat in the middle of the trail, staring at me. He wasn’t close (which is why the pic is blurry) but I saw him right away and stopped. I decided it was a good place to turn around after quickly snapping a photo. He was the second bear I saw this morning. The first one was in the overgrowth next to the trail and sauntered off when he saw me, only showing his backside. Here’s a better perspective of distance.

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    I let this one win too.

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    Had a staring contest with this guy today. I let him win.

  • jimmyjam on the AT 2019

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “TJ: Yes. Lisinopril. You and any other cafe members are welcome to hike the highlands with me. ” I’m looking at the third week of July or beginning of August.

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    Not bread but today I baked two apple pies and some mini chessecake tarts. The tarts are a new recipe that I’m trialing. After baking, the tarts went in the fridge for a while to cool. I took them out but couldn’t get them out of the pan, they were stuck. Four were ruined and had to be eaten straight from the pan (oh darn). Tried to brainstorm and figure out a different method but after they sat for a bit, they popped right out.

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “Well it's looking like my NH-ME trip is going to get scrapped. I've been on a med for PVCs for years and started getting too slow of a heart rate from it. My cardiologist took me off it, been one week, and put me on just Liprinosol for BP. I immediately started having dizziness from the low heart rate and feeling awful from I guess withdrawals after being on dilitiziam for 5 years. All kinds of awful symptoms: headache, shortness of breath, light headedness, hoarseness, dia…

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    Quote from Drybones: “got in about 27 miles this w/e, Standing Indian loop...the guy I hikes with weighed 326 the last time I hiked with him...209 today, lost 112 pounds since Feruary...the way I see it his pack weight was a -90. ” That’s great! I’m so happy for him.

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    Quote from Drybones: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “Took a 9 mile walk in Frozen Head SP...I love that park for a quick fix. It was hot and humid. A bandana dipped in spring water was a big help. It was real buggy. Bugs dont usually bother me but uncharacteristically, I sprayed sunscreen prior to the hike (found a full container in the street near my house). Sunscreen and sweat seemed to attract the buggers. I stopped for lunch, used a Natrapel Picaridin wipe, and they immediately disappeared. The la…

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Quote from Astro: “Slowly making my way through the Bigelow's. Lost a day moving my car to Shaw's in Monson. Did not feel comfortable leaving it for 3 weeks in Stratton. Should be a give some reports in a few days when I make it to Caratunk. ” You’re doin great!

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    Quote from IMScotty: “TJ, I have never seen Indian Pinks in the wild before, wow, they are beautiful. ” Thank you so much for ID’ing those! I wondered what they were, they were everywhere. I love the little bloom on top of the red stalk, the red looked like silk.