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  • Quote from StalkingTortoise: “When I did a 4000-mile motorcycle trip in 2014, I provided the link to my map and had several people following the tracking. It worked perfectly. Too well, as my wife got panicky if I pulled over on the side of the road for more than the tracking interval. She would text me to see if I was OK. ” is this where you user name comes from?

  • Trail Days 2021

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from Astro: “Quote from jimmyjam: “Anybody going? It looks like I am. I plan on being there around noonish and staying Saturday night. I have a room in Abington and have extra room if anyone wants to go. ” That sure is tempting. But I would probably be better off hiking to get back in shape for this summer, than the 20 hours I would be driving in the car. ” 20 hrs! Yikes! It's only 4.5 for me, but realistically 5.5 with stops. ” Only 10.5 hrs for me. But we will be in…

  • whats the weather where you are?

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    Quote from LIhikers: “The temperature is 78 at my house right now, wow. I guess it's time to dig out the shorts. ” Gor to the 80s. Wearing shorts

  • welcome to the cafe

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    Quote from LIhikers: “foxnews.com/media/us-largest-f…energy-scam-maine-corrupt If the article is correct it sounds like you can kiss Maine good bye. I wonder if the ATC will have anything to say about this. ” If it's on Fox News, it must be true. youtu.be/DL0uAnPCs3k

  • Quote from IMScotty: “Quote from odd man out: “Up to now, all my overseas trips are with my wife who doesn't backpack so we see lots of museums. But we probably put in 5 miles in the Uffizi ” What? No David? ” David is in another museum, The Academia. It's actually quite small so you can get through that one pretty quickly. Many people go just to see David, but we rather like their room of paintings too. A few nice Perugino's. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…de75ff0cc722c174e43e0f79b appalachiant…

  • How not to use bear spray

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    Seems obvious, but not to everyone, I guess. Enough people were spraying it on their tent (thinking it was a repellent) that Tom Smith published a paper showing bear spray residue actually attracts bears. It is after all made from peppers (food). But that shouldn't keep you from using it correctly. As Smith puts it, I like chocolate milk shakes, but I don't like it sprayed up my nose. backpacker.com/survival/bears/…s-on-the-bear-not-on-you/

  • Quote from max.patch: “...I'm sure most of my time on any international trips would be spent on more intellectual pursuits specific to the area with some day hikes thrown in. ” Up to now, all my overseas trips are with my wife who doesn't backpack so we see lots of museums. But we probably put in 5 miles in the Uffizi appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…de75ff0cc722c174e43e0f79bappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…de75ff0cc722c174e43e0f79bappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…de75ff0cc722c174e43e0f79bappalachiant…

  • I should have added Isle Royale. That is also on my short list for next trips (along with Grand Canyon). The international trips are less likely to happen very soon, if ever. The exception is Sweden. The combination of easy logistics and spectacular destination makes it hard to resist. And the Northern Circuit Route on Killimanjaro would be much preferred over the Lemoshu route.

  • Not done any. My picks of these would be GC R2R, Kilimanjaro, Mt Blanc, and New Zealand. I would add trekking the Mountains of northern Sweden, and the Khumu/Solukhumbu region of Nepal (already read those guidebooks).

  • Baseball Thread

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from max.patch: “Arizona beats Atlanta 7-0. Officially Madison Bumgarner pitches a no-hitter. Unofficially Something doesn't make sense... ” Gotta pitch 9.Tradeoff of playing 7 inning double headers. ” So the woman who pitched a 7 inning perfect game wasn't perfect?

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

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    I remember them from when I was growing up in MD. They must have been the great grandparents of the current brood. I checked out the range map and we seem to be too far north to see many of their midwest cousins. Maybe we'll meet them while traveling.

  • Quote from LIhikers: “Any long term reviews of the In-Reach Mini from any of you folks? What do you like and dislike about it? I've got a little money burning a hole in my pocket and am considering using it to buy a Mini . ” I too am interested. I was wondering if the tracking feature can be turned off to maintain battery life. I'm not really so interested in where I have been, miles covered, etc..., Cell phone apps can do that. I really am only interested in it for its communication features an…

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “I saw two black pelicans fly over while I was dog walking this morning. They must have been lost, as I am at least a 100 miles from the oocean. ” Last week we saw a flock of white pelicans and the closest ocean was the Jersey Shore about 660 miles away. But we were about 1/4 mile from Lake Michigan.

  • And In Other News

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    So Google has figured out I'm interested in the Grand Canyon and puts GC "news" stories on my homepage for me to click on. This morning brought me to a story on things to do at the GC. In addition to the usual hiking and camping, they suggested taking one of the hot air balloon excursions over the canyon. It said that many trips will set down at the bottom of the canyon so you can explore before flying back up to the rim. Intrigued, I clicked a link to find another article about CG balloon rides…

  • Grand Canyon April 8 - 14

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    The other problem with RtR is that by the time the NR opens, the bottom is brutally hot (and I'm not available after mid Aug). My best window of opportunity given my work schedule is the first week of March or May. But given the climate change from rim to bottom, I have to get a three season bag, which I don't currently have.

  • Grand Canyon April 8 - 14

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    The hermit loop is definitely on my bucket list, but there are so many options. Would also want to go down the SK. Is hiking out Hermit reasonable? Would also want to camp at BA, and drink, eat, and/or sleep at PR (yes I know I am in permit hell territory). Have not considered Grandview Trail or the Tonto from there to SK. Will have to reconsider based on your recommendation. Then there's the RtR option, but the logistics of that are challenging. I was at the NR 10 years ago and it was heavenly.

  • Grand Canyon April 8 - 14

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    I definitely want to do a multi day trip there. Are the walk up permits only good for one night in a corridor campground? Also I heard one if the bridges had been closed indefinitely. Has that been opened again?

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    Quote from IMScotty: “That would be an interesting search, of all the perfect games ever pitched, which one had the fewest number of pitches? I don't know if that makes it 'more perfect', but it should be good for bragging rights anyway. ” In MLB, now that you can do an intentional walk with no pitches, the "perfect" game would be zero pitches. You intentionally walk each batter with no pitches and then pick them off first without pitching to the plate. I'm not holding my breath. I read an artic…

  • 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…