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  • And In Other News

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    Lol...reminds me of the painting that self-destructed, right after selling for 1.4 million.

  • Fishing

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    I spent the morning fishing and hiking in the Smokies. It was fun and frustrating. I parked next to a stream and found a great spot to eat an early lunch and play with my Tenkara rod. It started with my line getting caught on an overhanging limb because I forgot to check what was above me. Shortly after, the hook got caught on something under a rock. I had waded into the stream, barely managing to stay upright on the slippery rocks, and had to go knee deep to retrieve it so decided it was safer …

  • Other Hobbies and Interests

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    That’s great JJ! It looks like you have a new hobby.

  • Hiking & Biking

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    Gravel riding this evening was awesome! It was quiet and peaceful...no other cyclists. Evening is a great time to be outside, the animals are active and temps are pleasant. I saw a turkey and an owl flew right in front of me and landed in a tree, the first owl I’ve seen in a long time.

  • Thought For the Day

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from odd man out: “Quote from max.patch: “I like Waffle House but I don't know if I'd trust the grits from the one in Toledo. ” I don't eat grits in any circumstance. ” What????? Not even shrimp and grits? Shrimp and grits is really shrimp with andouille sausage in yellow grits- it's got to be yellow grits. ” With hot sauce.

  • welcome to the cafe

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “Got my new hammock rigged up, I love it. Listening to the birds sing. No cicadas yet. The only thing missing is a glass of wine...BRB. ” From time to time my wife, Kathy, talks about getting a hammock but so far hasn't. I think she's overwhelmed by the choices. ” Is she Interested in one for backpacking or recreation? The backpacking set-ups are overwhelming to me. Not so much the actual hammock as the rain flys, the underquilts and how everything f…

  • Hiker Rescues and Fatalities

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    Quote from IMScotty: “So if I understood all this, he was out for more of a walk with the dog than backpacking / camping. Would not expect him to get too far afield.. ” I know... it sounds a little odd. I wonder if the dog got loose, he chased it and got lost.

  • Fishing

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    Quote from CoachLou: “Do not put a fly on. Just put a 6' leader on. You are not casting the fly, you are casting the line. The fly follows a good cast. When you follow thru stop the rod at 10 o'clock, and let the line unfurl. Did you find that video yet.......Lefty Cray.........he really makes sense of the cast so you can figure it out. ” When you say Leader, do you mean line or tippet? My line is 10.5’ the rod extends to 10’, and my tippet is 3’. It felt a bit short, I wonder if I need a longer…

  • Hiker Rescues and Fatalities

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    This is close to home. The Cumberland Trail goes through the Laurel Snow area. I’ve been very concerned about this missing hiker. wbir.com/mobile/article/news/l…ff-43bb-afed-a986d8ee15c6

  • Fishing

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    Quote from Time Zone: “For those interested, the latest Backpackinglight podcast (#38) is on fly fishing with Tenkara. ” I enjoyed it.

  • welcome to the cafe

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    Got my new hammock rigged up, I love it. Listening to the birds sing. No cicadas yet. The only thing missing is a glass of wine...BRB.

  • welcome to the cafe

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    Speaking of hammocks, I’m waiting for a new one to arrive. It’s just a casual hammock from Grand Trunk. I’m not sure how my tree straps will attach but guess I’ll find out soon. I’ve been thinking about hammock stands, does anyone have one?

  • welcome to the cafe

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    Good luck with your recovery, Scotty! I love what you wrote about being in your hammock and enjoying the night sounds. I can hear those owls and coyotes. Spending time in a hammock is like a meditation and always helps to quiet my mind and make me feel relaxed. It’s become a daily routine during good weather.

  • welcome to the cafe

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    Quote from IMScotty: “Quote from LIhikers: “that caught me totally off guard ” That's why I did not put it in joke thread ” Funny! Surprised me too, lol.

  • Other Hobbies and Interests

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    I’m a little further than round 2 but not much. The pattern requires a very specific manipulation of the yarns to create a double knitted (reversed color) effect. It’s very tricky and this pattern is double knitted brioche which is even harder. It’s slow going.

  • Other Hobbies and Interests

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    Although I’m not competing, I’m attempting to knit the next round’s pattern and it’s extremely challenging, It’s this (see pic ) on steroids. In 2 days, I’ve made it through two rows. Between knitting and practicing for a Scots-Irish festival, I’m a bit stressed these days. Need to go hiking.

  • Anish gives tips on training

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    As I get older, the goal seems to be how do I maintain my current level of fitness and not digress.

  • Other Hobbies and Interests

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Unwilling to give up while spots were still open, I ripped out my sock to the mistake (they said I only had to correct one) but couldn’t finish. All the spaces on my team filled up. ” Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “Knocked out in round two. I finished in plenty of time, even though I’m on the second fastest team. There is a mistake in my socks. The little triangle near the heel is supposed to be garter stitch and I did stockinette. Ugh, it was a stupid mi…

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

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    Is anyone else as excited about Brood X as I am? I can't wait!!!!

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “Knocked out in round two. I finished in plenty of time, even though I’m on the second fastest team. There is a mistake in my socks. The little triangle near the heel is supposed to be garter stitch and I did stockinette. Ugh, it was a stupid mistake. ” Well hell! I think they're beautiful, they're artwork. ” Talking about art, I couldn't pass up some sock yarn that I found called El Capitan Stardust. When knit, it looks like El Capitan at night. It …