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    • chief wrote:

      Wise Old Owl wrote:

      "corpses are hazardous waste" If they are Cremated they are not.
      never said they were. heck, I've got some ashes of an old friend somewhere in my house. never knew what to do with them, she didn't exactly leave instructions.
      I just wouldn't recommend snorting them like Keith Richards.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      chief wrote:

      Wise Old Owl wrote:

      "corpses are hazardous waste" If they are Cremated they are not.
      never said they were. heck, I've got some ashes of an old friend somewhere in my house. never knew what to do with them, she didn't exactly leave instructions.
      I just wouldn't recommend snorting them like Keith Richards.
      nah, she was more a boozer than a doper. her mother distributed her ashes to her closest friends, i'll never forget receiving that package in the mail a week or so after her funeral. A little box wrapped in pink ribbon and bow that rattled when I shook it. Dem Bones!
    • montana mac wrote:

      When I was a kid (many years ago) I remember camping at the Spruceton Lean-to - Haven't been their since then - does the shelter still exist?
      Hmm. there are three lean-to's that are in easy hiking range of the Spruceton trailhead, and I don't know which one you might mean. (I'm guessing that you don't either.)

      The closest is Diamond Notch, which is about 1.2 miles from the trailhead and 0.3 miles from the waterfall in Diamond Notch - I'm guessing that's the shelter you're talking about. It's popular with mountain bikers and Devil's Path hikers (it's right on the old carriage road, now used as a MTB trail, and only a quarter mile off Devil's Path). It's within earshot of the brook. Just past the shelter to the south, the trail rises abruptly through some strangely shaped rock outcrops.

      Farther up the Devil's Path, right on the trail, a mile south of Hunter Mountain summit, there's Devil's Acre lean-to, right by a spring on a rare level patch. It's just below the 3500 foot mark, and the setting is all low plants, grasses and shrubs because all the broadleaved plants are struggling to survive while somehow the balsams haven't seeded there. The patch was leveled artificially before it was state land, and once had a stationary steam engine to haul logs down a long cable incline to Stony Clove. Until a year or so ago, it was pretty grim because of water leakage, but it now sports a new cedar roof. It has a reliable spring and tasty blueberries in season.

      The third, John Robb Memorial, is on the Spruceton bridle path about 2/3 of the way up Hunter. near the spring and the junction to where the trail turns off toward the top of the ski lifts. This is the newest one of the lot, built in 2009. The previous lean-to was in woods on the opposite side of the trail (and too close to the trail). The new one is in a fantastic spot, on a ledge with a flume-like walk down to it. It has a great view of West Kill Mountain and the Spruceton valley, and a nice array of tent sites (also with good views) nearby. The big disadvantage is that the shelter faces west, into the prevailing wind, so it seems that all the weather blows right in the front of it. I've been up there on snowshoes with a group that brought a big tarp to hang across the front of it, and once we had the interior shoveled out, it was great! We even got a period of calm wind in the evening, rolled the tarp up and enjoyed a roaring fire until it was time to bank it down and turn in.

      There aren't a lot of lean-to's that aren't there any more and haven't been replaced, but there are some. The pair that were once on the top of Slide Mountain have been gone for many years, along with the fire tower. (Camping above 3500 feet is now forbidden.) The lower Rider Hollow lean-to, built by the CCC in 1935, fell victim to arson in 1994. The lower McKenley Hollow lean-to was destroyed in a flood in the late 1990's. I hear there was once a shelter near the Denning trailhead, but I don't know anything more than that. Several that have gone too far to salvage (Mink Hollow, Batavia Kill, Elm Ridge) have been demolished and rebuilt at sites near the original ones. I'm guessing that Michael Kudish's book might have more information.
      I'm not lost. I know where I am. I'm right here.
    • Astro wrote:

      chief wrote:

      Wise Old Owl wrote:

      "corpses are hazardous waste" If they are Cremated they are not.
      never said they were. heck, I've got some ashes of an old friend somewhere in my house. never knew what to do with them, she didn't exactly leave instructions.
      I just wouldn't recommend snorting them like Keith Richards.
      Keith had real issues...
      Why question the intentions of a road-crossing chicken?
    • I was duck hunting in Arkansas last week with my son and I told him if I died during the trip to take what he wanted off my body (I recommended the fleece lined pants and my Filson jacket for sure) and push me off in the river. That would be a good pirate burial and save everyone a lot of money.

      My wife survived a house fire as a child thanks to her Grandmother (who did not survive the fire) so there will be ZERO cremations around here.
      If your Doctor is a tree, you're on acid.
    • Rude Dog,
      Welcome to the Cafe!
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Jake Ace wrote:

      Tin Man wrote:

      Jake Ace wrote:

      Tin Man wrote:

      I plan to become a force ghost.
      so I gotta ask, what’s a force ghost? Oh, and did ya even get your luggage? That blows!
      I think you have me confused with StalkingTortoise. I haven't left Western CT since mmm August and I went North ... in my Jeep ... to canoe ...
      aye, right you are...but you knew that already :D
      And to answer your force ghost question... It is an actor who plays a Jedi in Star Wars, asked to be killed off because they are sick of playing a Jedi, but are open to coming back in a cameo role, looking ghostly because only their body is dead, they can still appear and talk to those who are stupid enough to listen.
    • Tin Man wrote:

      Jake Ace wrote:

      Tin Man wrote:

      Jake Ace wrote:

      Tin Man wrote:

      I plan to become a force ghost.
      so I gotta ask, what’s a force ghost? Oh, and did ya even get your luggage? That blows!
      I think you have me confused with StalkingTortoise. I haven't left Western CT since mmm August and I went North ... in my Jeep ... to canoe ...
      aye, right you are...but you knew that already :D
      And to answer your force ghost question... It is an actor who plays a Jedi in Star Wars, asked to be killed off because they are sick of playing a Jedi, but are open to coming back in a cameo role, looking ghostly because only their body is dead, they can still appear and talk to those who are stupid enough to listen.
      oh! a Zombie.
    • Jake Ace wrote:

      Tin Man wrote:

      I plan to become a force ghost.
      ...Oh, and did ya even get your luggage? That blows!
      Singapore Airport 01:20 Sunday morning

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      Caught hell from security for taking a luggage selfie in the secure area.
      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Winding Stair Gap NC, Max Patch to Franconia Notch NH and the Gale River Trail to Crawford Notch NH.
    • First time I moved to Brazil we had several duffle bags along with suitcases. So customs pulled us aside and told me tonstart unlocking all of them. While I am focused on doing that my wife takes out the camcorder and starts videoing my 10 month old daughter. I hear some commotion and look up and see a customs guy going nuts trying to tell my wife to shut it off. And then they let us go without even checking our bags. I assume they figured anyone foolish enough to start videotaping in a customs area must be innocent. :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Jake Ace wrote:

      Tin Man wrote:

      Secret Service didn't seem to mind when I took this selfie with The President...
      musta been the glasses, prolly thought you were “on the job” :thumbup:
      Actually they observed he was looking in the wrong direction all the time. The sun, the girls butts, scary clowns, oh and that occasional squirrel. Clearly diversions.
      Why question the intentions of a road-crossing chicken?