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  • Baseball Thread

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    Would a more perfect game be 21 pitches, all hit for ground or fly outs?

  • Guide Books

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Does anybody here use the Guthook app as their guide? I'm torn about using it because when we're out hiking I just want to put the phone away and leave it out of sight and mind. I'm considering trying the app this summer when we hike NY and NJ as a section NH before going to Maine. ” I had the app on my lat section hike in SNP. But in the NP, I really didn't find it necessary. I occasionally would look up my location, but it just confirmed what I already knew with my map. I…

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from jimmyjam: “appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…142002f8d0349e1f90e85825b ” Awesome!!!It is on my list. ” On a Facebook group I follow, someone asked which people liked better, Grand Canyon or Yosemite? My reply was that I visited both about 10 years ago (plus or minus). Since then I have followed a GC Facebook group, read the GC web page many time, planned detailed hiking itineraries at the GC, checked out all transportation options to the GC, poured over online maps of …

  • Guide Books

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    When I have done section hikes, I just copy a table of data from one of the on-line sources, such as this one: summitpost.org/appalachian-trail-mileage-chart/593282 Then I paste that into a spreadsheet and edit to make my own Data book for the section I am hiking. Of course as a section hiker, I don't really need the resupply info, but the water sources, road crossings, etc. are nice to have. I also use something like Caltopo or Open Cycle Maps to make my own custom maps. All free to support my …

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “Just had another siting of the neighborhood hawks in my backyard. He landed on the fence and as we were watching him, he jumped down to the ground and grabbed something and flew and landed on the birdhouse. It looked like a little mouse. Whatever it was he tilted his head back and gobbled it up before I could get my phone. Crummy picture right after he swallowed his snack. That bird house is about a foot tall on a 4x4 for reference.appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…142002f8d03…

  • Hiker Rescues and Fatalities

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    This one involves a search and one peculiar headline, but no rescue or fatality. New River Gorge NP Not a Good Place to Fake Your Death

  • Introduce Yourself

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    Quote from max.patch: “Quote from odd man out: “...and thread drift is tolerated. (Hidden Content) (Hidden Content) ” So...what do you think of Aaron Rodgers? ” Did you see Final Jeopardy on Monday? "Who wanted to kick that field goal"? What he should have asked is "Who did NOT want to kick that field goal?" Then he could have counted it as correct because that could be interpreted as interpreted as "Who is Aaron Rodgers", but since you are only required to give the last name: Who did NOT want t…

  • Introduce Yourself

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    ...and thread drift is tolerated. (Hidden Content) (Hidden Content)

  • Bought a new pack

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    Somewhere I have a picture of me wearing my first "pack". I think it was 1967. I was 8 years old and had a frameless, khaki colored, canvas rucksack. My dad took me out for a weekend on the AT in MD. I recall starting from Washington Monument St Park and hiking to a nearby shelter (Ed Garvey, maybe?). My father was a pretty serious backpacker with state of the gear (for 1967, that is). I'm sure he carried most of the load.

  • What's For Dinner

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    We always have ham for Easter. Having grown up in the central Atlantic region (MD), I've always found ham from other areas to be disappointing (especially MI). Today's was not so bad. What was extra special was the Grasă de Cotnari I had been saving. It's a late harvest noble rot white wine from the Moldavia region of Romania. Had to have it special ordered as none of it wine shops carry it. It is not expensive. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…142002f8d0349e1f90e85825b

  • Netflix

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    Saw an interview with a chef who runs a Michelin star seafood restaurant. He had some interesting comments about how he how he tries to have environmentally friendly and healthy seafood. Most customers are surprised to find this is includes farm raised food since most people assume seafood farming is bad and wild caught is better. He countered this by showing the evidence of the environmental damage of overfishing, and how fishermen are faced with ever smaller catch limits due fishery abuse. He …

  • Baseball Thread

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    Quote from Astro: “FWIW, I knew that, but the spoiler for instance confirmation was nice. ” Not surprised. Your the baseball expert here.

  • Baseball Thread

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    Quote from max.patch: “2019 population 4,598. Wonder what's in their water. You're the trivia expert around here -- did ya know it? I certainly didn't. ” No I did not know that one.

  • Baseball Thread

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    I honor of opening day, I offer this trivia question about a remarkable baseball statistic that came up on my trivia calendar today. Despite Ken Griffey Jr's prodigious career total of 2781 hits, he is still 850 hits short of the record for career hits by all left handed outfielders born on November 21 in Donora PA, that is held by whom? (Hidden Content)

  • Wildlife attacks

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    Quote from roadrunner: “...However, Black bears, like any other animal, can be habituated to humans, to the point of losing all fear and then they become dangerous... ” This is also a myth, although it is still a bad idea. bear.org/myth-when-bears-lose-…me-more-likely-to-attack/

  • Bought a new pack

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    I dream of eating an entire bag of potato chips with no guilt.

  • Corona Virus and the Trail

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    I got dose 1 today. My plan is to pretend to have severe symptoms so I can get out of housework and have my wife will pamper me for a couple days.

  • Corona Virus and the Trail

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    Quote from roadrunner: “Florida just opened up shots for anyone 50y/o, so I'll probably be getting my shot earlier than expected. ” SO did MI. I'm scheduled for Wednesday.

  • Socks

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    I wait til they have holes before claiming a replacement, but I wear them everyday so for everyday use, being thin is not a big deal. If I were going on a long or rugged hike I'd bring two of my better pairs or get a new one.

  • Bought a new pack

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    I'm convinced that varying water up front is great for load distribution. It is well known that having your center of gravity over your spine is ergonomically best way to carry heavy loads. Indigenous people in Nepal, Africa, and Central America all use some method to transfer weight to their heads. I've not seen a backpacker try that method yet, but by putting your water bottle in front, you shift your COG closer to your spine. I also can't a couple of 1 L water bags, used for my squeeze/gravit…