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12/15/17 8:55 A

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That looks like a fun Christmas outing!

40 miles...keep it up, you're almost there!



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Beautiful pictures as always Marty!

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12/12/17 11:30 P

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Your photos brought back some outdoor memories of mine Marty. I spent a week in Vancouver, back in 2001. Stayed at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, which was perfect, because it was within walking distance to Stanley Island. Biked around it and hiked through it. Spent a day hiking around Grouse Mountain and them some time around the Capilano Bridge. From there it was up to Whistler.

Thanks for the memory jog.
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12/11/17 6:47 A

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Unfortunately I still havenít finished my Appalachian Trail ... I have about 40 miles to go..

Saturday up and out the door. A day trip into Vancouver to shop, eat and to look at the Christmas lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We were home by eight pm, and I was in bed, dead to the world by 8:30.















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12/10/17 2:38 P

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Did you finish your Appalachian trail challenge Marty? Maybe you need another challenge if that one is done?

It does get harder to get out when the weather turns, and the daylight gets shorter.

I was able to hit my local trail yesterday, some icy spots, but it was nice to be out!

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12/8/17 11:27 P

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Where I have been? A couch potato... that where.
Sorry to say that for the month of November I rarely got over 3000 steps a day. There was a couple of exceptions but not many.
December hasnít been much better yet either..
Today I did get off the couch, not a lot of steps, 6876 so far, but I did get off the couch.









Letís hope this is the beginning of me getting off the couch



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11/29/17 8:58 A

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That's some great mileage, Michhiker!



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11/28/17 10:36 P

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Very cool MichiganHiker! Keep on "Trekkin'"

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11/28/17 12:03 P

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I did end up hiking the Mason Tract this past weekend. It was nice and it was a new place to explore, but I'm not sure I'd go back. Too much spray paint on trees, a dirt road parallels the trail from start to finish. Had some nice views of the Au Sable river though and some places with very nice habitat. Scared out some ruffed grouse and got to watch some golden crowned kinglets for a while. 16-17 miles total.

Where next? I"m not sure. I'm thinking of going to Lake Michigan and hiking some dunes just for some extra challenge.

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11/16/17 12:03 A

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Great you're hitting the trails. It's my favorite way to exercise. I enjoy lengthy backpack trips as well.

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11/15/17 8:34 P

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Happy trails where ever you decide to go! emoticon

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11/14/17 8:53 A

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I am thinking of hiking the Mason Tract here in MI this weekend. I have never hiked it and it's the habitat I feel like hiking in. Or I might go further north. Haven't decided. Snow is expected this weekend so I guess it depends on that too.

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11/13/17 9:35 P

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Beautiful!

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11/12/17 11:08 P

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McGee and I took to a trail yesterday.








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11/8/17 9:13 P

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Yeah, that's great!

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11/7/17 10:58 P

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Awesome that you got in two hikes.

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11/7/17 9:07 A

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Did some awesome hikes over the weekend at two state parks. One was off trail and the compass and Google maps came in quite handy.

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11/5/17 1:00 P

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Sunny and perhaps a little less windy today...I'll have to get a walk in soon!

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11/4/17 6:11 P

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Beautiful pictures Marty!



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11/4/17 10:02 A

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Thanks, Trailtrodder!

Love the fall pics, Marty!

We have had quite the winds the last couple of days....it's blowing the fallen leaves all around! emoticon

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11/1/17 10:29 P

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November 1, 2017
Activity: 13,619 steps (6.3 miles)

Appalachian Trail
Done: 2,057.0 miles
To-Do: 145.0 miles



















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10/31/17 11:16 P

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October 31, 2017 (Today)
Activity: 11,250 steps (5.2 miles)

Virtual hike of
Appalachian Trail
Done: 2,050.7 miles
To-Do: 151.3 miles

Well since Camp ended I have barely got any steps in. I took the car to the garage today, walked home and enjoyed a hike near the golf course
I must really force myself to walk... Dalhousie used to force me, now all he wants is a walk to the bottom of the third floor Condo to the grass area at the entrance.

Monday we took him out

Today sights...


















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10/31/17 12:51 A

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Wow Kayotic, that's awesome.

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10/30/17 9:45 P

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Boy did I get some trail time...over 6 hours, and 19 miles worth! (part of it was on the mountain bikes). I could have used more trail snacks and more water....note to self!

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10/29/17 11:17 P

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Will be hiking Sand Run tomorrow or Tuesday. It'll still be wet and miserable, but we'll see. I'll have camera in hand.

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10/27/17 9:24 P

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What a pretty trail!

Our nice weather is supposed to last into the weekend, so hopefully I can get some trail time in!

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10/26/17 11:38 P

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Jan and I got in our hike today along the Cuyahoga River.








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10/26/17 11:27 P

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Virtually

October 26, 2017 (Today)
Activity: 19,308 steps (9.0 miles)

Appalachian Trail
Done: 2,028.6 mi / 4,369,501 steps
To-Do: 173.4 miles




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10/26/17 12:25 A

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Hiking the Glen Trail and Highbridge Trail along the Cuyahoga River.

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10/25/17 11:30 P

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Last group has left the camp at lunch. Camp is over... cooking staff party dinner tonight









October 25, 2017 (Today)
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To-Do: 182.4 miles




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10/25/17 9:08 P

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The finish is near for that virtual hike, Marty! emoticon

We've had pretty nice weather lately, I walked in to work on Sunday...just had to get some stuff done. It was a nice walk through the park though.

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10/23/17 9:48 P

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Appalachian Trail. Virtually hiking as I work my last week
Done: 2,001.1 miles
To-Do: 200.9 miles

23, 2017 (Today)
Activity: 21,421 steps (9.9 miles)





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10/16/17 9:41 P

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Did you get that hike trifecta DreamerSpiritt? Bet you have some nice fall colors this time of year... emoticon

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10/15/17 11:57 P

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I'm not sure yet.

I'm thinking of starting early one day, doing Mount Wachusett as a sunrise hike, driving to Mount Watatic for a mid-morning hike, and finishing things off with an afternoon hike up Mount Monadnock.

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10/14/17 11:28 A

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I may be "hiking" in to work today...it's been awhile since I've enjoyed a "trail commute"! emoticon

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10/13/17 11:01 P

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So how are you planning to celebrate Marty after you finish your virtual hike of the AT?

I am both uplifted and humbled through running. There is something very theraputic about the rhythm, the time reflecting, and the racing heart. It fills my life with euphoria and pain. As I run my journey, I try to embrace both.


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10/11/17 10:21 P

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Virtually hiking the Appalachian Trail

October 11, 2017 (Today)
Activity: 30,307 steps (14.1 miles)

Appalachian Trail
Done: 1,925.8 miles
To-Do: 276.2 miles

The end is in sight...



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10/7/17 1:23 P

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Well, my last post here went missing...seem to be having a lot of "spark" troubles here lately (timing out).

Marty, glad you are still getting out, despite being busy!

TrailTrodder, one of my rattlesnake sightings was in Zion...but generally I see more lizards than snakes as well!

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10/6/17 11:22 P

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Elizabeth, I was hoping to see a few snakes on my Utah backpacking trip, but nothing but lizards made an appearance.





Planning on a 2 day hiking trip to Hocking Hills ,Ohio next week to capture the fall foliage scenery.


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10/5/17 5:58 P

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New helpers this fall and the stress is gone

two program staff on wolf shirt Wednesday with chef Marty

Been so drained and busy for such a long time.
But soon Camp will be done.













Everyday working has kept me virtual walk of the ....
Appalachian Trail
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To-Do: 320.3 miles

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10/3/17 8:49 P

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I've seen a few rattlesnakes while hiking, it does give you pause! Glad you were able to keep your distance!

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Yeah, that was my thought also. It was interesting they were along the same path.

Got out today and put 4 miles in on a trail close to the house. Came across a pretty big diamondback rattlesnake! Luckily I saw him and was able to stay far away. Kept me on edge the rest of my hike!

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I'm not sure a bear would stalk a deer, they are more opportunistic from what I hear, and even heard that some grizzlies are turning vegan (eating berries since they are so abundant rather than meat) in some areas.

Love the Utah pics, it's been a few years since we've been there, lovely place!

We did a local hike yesterday, even though my legs were so sore from the weeks workouts, we ended up with about 8 miles or so. It was a beautiful day!

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Utah is definitely on the list of places to see! I need to take a week one of these years and make the drive!

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So true Ronda. I'll make it back out there again for sure.

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Utah has some beautiful country to explore. It's hard not to take a ton of pictures. emoticon

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They were for sure made by a big bear. The dog paw next to one is a 70lb boxer! I though it was interesting I saw some bear prints right along side some deer tracks. I wonder if it was coincidence or if the bear was stalking the deer. Who knows! We also saw a couple kinds of bird tracks and coyote tracks.

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Just back from my Utah hiking adventure. Took advantage of the photography opportunities so hundreds of images were taken. Hard to choose what few to share here. Did a little more exploring on the trip and it required a little trailblazing. Now that this trip is over, we'll be sitting down and choosing our next one. ..... With the changing of the season, hope your hiking opportunities will continue. I'll post a few more photos in the blog section. Hope all is well everyone.

Delicate Arch


Dawn on the Desert


Trailblazing


Hiking the Rochester Panel


Just 4 of the more than 700 I took. .... I saved close to 300.




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Those look like some big prints!



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Had a little cool down here in So Cal over the weekend. Headed out to one of my favorite spots in the desert to hike. There was a pretty good storm/ flood up the canyon a couple weeks back which resulted in a lot of mud flow down the canyon and the upper canyon to be closed for the time being. The mud has dried leaving evidence of the critters we share our trails with. The prints will be there until it rains again and they get washed away. We are warming up this week - up to 95ish so back to the mountains Saturday. Either San Gorgornio area or San Jacinto, not sure but either area will be beautiful!





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a photo from John Day Fossil beds hike:



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I may hike Monadnock this weekend.

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We did a couple of hikes in the John Day Fossil Beds national monument in Oregon, really beautiful country. We managed to get the hiking in before the place was covered in smoke!

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Tahquitz Peak in the San Jacinto Wilderness





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Hope to get in some hiking this week, we'll be road tripping!

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I did hike a couple different trails in Fairplay, CO this past labor day weekend. I can't post pics on this thread for whatever reason but will post to team wall.

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Marty, hope you get to feeling better, have missed seeing your posts

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That would be a drag! But if everything is secured and there are no restrictions from the airlines or TSA, then it should be OK. Have a great trip! It sure sounds like a fun time!

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I already had it planned that I wouldn't pack any fuel canisters, but my small "dragonfly" stove is a concern. I don't want to lose it.

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TrailTrodder, I have not flown with a back pack but I have had guests that did. I don't think they had any particular issues, but I'd check the airline restrictions on what you can pack in your checked luggage. You probably can't check some things like fuel cannisters. Also make sure the buckles are not loose (could break in flight, that would be a bummer) and zippers are well fastened. I use twist ties to put them together (in case TSA wants in, they don't have to destroy a lock).

Marty, sorry to hear your woes, hope things get better for you soon!

We've been hiking the past few weekends, it's really been nice hitting trails other than the ones around the house!

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Appalachian Trail virtually hiking
Done: 1,617.0 miles
To-Do: 585.0 miles

Summer is over... this has been a long hot stressful summer at that. Long hours, working with complete idiots and becoming sick for the last two weeks with a flue, not to mention knee pain.

I'm off for five or six days now. Was semi planning a road trip. But this didn't happen as we are just so exhausted and engery less. Sixty days left before the new fall season ends and I'm off either permanently from camp or six months if we go back next spring. The next 60 days I only see three or four off days on the calander .. remember my relief cook quit and the owner said he was not replacing her... I have to work because he was / is angry with me. I see some issues arising because I'm not sure if I'm willing to push through this. In the past I have, but motivation and "love" for my job is no longer there.
Let's see how I feel after this rest.

My steps have been cut down because of knee pain, I wonder if I'll finish my virtual walk of the Appalachian Tail before the end of camp?





I miss walking with him so much. These days he doesn't walk anywhere, outside for a quick business happening and then back inside... and I must add some days he doesn't make it outside in time. Old age is claiming him rapidly now...



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Leave for the Utah backpack trip next week. Our "old geezer" hiking club will be at it for seven days. We've been doing this every fall for the last seven years. We pick a wilderness area and go for it.

Anyone have any experience flying with just a backpack? Any problems checking it in?

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12 miles is a lot in a day with a pack on. You may want to look into a beginner trip with a 2-3 mile start, and do a day hike once you've hit your sleeping spot if you want more miles.

We may hike tomorrow....have errands to run today.

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For myself I find poles essential for downhill with a pack on. Mine broke too on a back packing trip last year. Poles are not as durable as I thought they would be.

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I'm going to try to keep my next backpacking trip under 12 miles per day. I think I can do that with a lighter pack.

My new trekking poles came in the mail! I busted my old ones on my last hike (a blessing, truthfully. Without them my body would've been what got busted up.) I'm hoping to try them soon, but I don't know when that'll happen. I'm working 7-day weeks until mid-September.

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My husband & I do a back packing trip once a year, I try to keep distance shorter, 4-6 miles is plenty for me with a big pack. We also have a "dip" filtration system, well worth the money.

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I agree, the lighter the pack the better. Water filtration works great as long as there are water sources on the trail, not always the case in my area...



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Looks like you'll do okay. Just do your best to keep your pack at lowest weight possible. That always works best for sure. ..... Happy Hiking!

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I've been meaning to get a filtration system! It just hasn't been in my budget though. I start a new job at the end of the month though, so maybe after a few pay cycles I can get one.

I do carry iodine tablets with me, and the area I was hiking had lovely streams and clear mountain springs about a mile from where I turned back.

My problem is that I'm really bad at estimating my water needs. I seem to drink more than most people, so a 32oz bottle might last me an hour on the uphill. Next time though... I will not overpack!!! I think I kept things (aside from water) to a minimum (tent and stakes, rope and bear bag, food, first aid kit, meds, sleeping bag, socks, undies, sweater, poncho, rain cover for pack, headlamp and batteries, cell phone, iodine tablets, toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, deodorant, hand sanitizer, tp, trowel, trekking poles.) Whew, that's a long list! But all essential gear, for sure.

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Hi Dreamerspiritt, Awesome that you are backpacking and getting in some good miles. The trick to filling a backpack is keeping it lightweight. May I make a suggestion that would ease your problem with carrying water. There are good water filtration systems that allows you to just "dip and drink". I've backpacked for years and I carry a 32 ounce filtered water bottle with me. I have filled it up with the most nastiest looking brown water from a stagnant pond and the fastest flowing clear rivers and instantly drank away. I have never been sick. There are also filtered pouches that you can squeeze the water through the filter into whatever container you cook with. Check on line for hiking water filtration systems. There are good ones out there. I use Sawyer products. Hope your next adventure will be a little less stressful. Keep it up. Hiking is an awesome way to help one reach healthy goals.

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My fiance and I tried backpacking! Just an overnight trip along Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, a few things got us caught up along the way (my fiance suffered a bout of nausea on the trail, we severely overpacked water and the weight slowed us down until we dumped some, and surprise showers made the terrain a bit slick). In the end we had to turn back, as we realized there'd be no way for us to reach our tentsite by dark. Still a good hike though! ~13 miles, with a pretty heavy pack strapped to my back. I'm definitely going to try to get another actual backpacking weekend in before winter hits the mountains. This time I'll pack less water, and keep the trek a bit shorter.

I'm definitely proud of my accomplishments though. Mt. Lafayette is not an easy mountain on the best of days, so when you add some drizzly weather and a heavy pack, it's amazing that I could do it!

I took a little spill on my backpacking excursion. I came out completely unharmed, but my poor trekking pole got bent. I want to hike again soon, but I need to stick to easy trails until my new trekking poles come in the mail. Maybe I'll hit up one of the nearby monadnocks, or take a trip up to the Belknap range.

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Much awesomeness EDISCSKI. Glad you got to summit. Sounds like it was a good weekend. Hope you get your photo added, I'd love to see it.

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Well, when I tried to post a pic it changed my profile picture, but that's the summit of Gray's peak.

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We did make it to summit of Gray' s peak on saturday but did not try Torrey's, it was fairly steep looking & we were tired out from one summit. I would post a pic but I don't see how to do that.


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My Utah backpacking trip will be from Sept.6th - 21st. until then I'll be hiking various trails around my home.

Would love to hike in your area someday Kayotic. Sounds wonderful.

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Nice hikes going on out there!

We got to a small section of the PCT today, and hiked around Mt Judah and over to Donner Peak. Lots of blooms to be seen!

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Thanks Ediscski. Enjoy your Colorado hiking adventure. Hope you get to climb up both those peaks. I enjoy hiking Colorado and have done so many times. Stay safe and happy hiking!



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Have fun in Utah trailtrodder!

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I have not posted in a long time but have been doing a lot of hiking. Planning to hike my 2nd & hopefully 3rd 14er peak this Saturday. Gray's & Torrey's peak in Colorado.

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We're meeting up with another backpacker who lives in the area around Moab. He's a good friend of one of my hiking buddies. Driving from central Kansas to Grand Junction, Colorado the first day. We'll camp that night at Island Acres State Park. Next morning we're driving to Moab. There was a mention of Boulder Mountain area. We'll be hiking for 8 days so we should be able experience some trail dust.

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Where in Utah? I've been to Zion hiking a few times, and other parks in that area as well, so beautiful!

We hit a local trail the other day, the Ophir trail. Only 4 miles, but it was good to get out! And we made it back before the thunderstorms!

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It is a nice hike Kayotic and yes, it's pretty green.

Have just booked my flight to catch up with my hiking buddies to backpack in Utah. We're known has the "Old Geezer Hiking Club" and we're all retired. We choose a wilderness area to hike every year and it's usually in August, but this year it will be in September. The taste of new trail dust will be a welcomed taste. .... LOL.

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trailtrodder, that looks like a beautiful hike! so green!

Marty, sorry you are not feeling well, hope you find some relief soon!

We're back from Seattle, I ended up with a lot of sciatic pain...so have seen the nurse practitioner, started on a short course of steroids and physical therapy...hope to get this settled, but it's not stopping my walking, (walking is helpful for this, so there's that) so I'm still hitting my 10K + steps per day goal. Mostly just around work and the neighborhood. Maybe I can manage some trail time this weekend though!

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Hiked the ledges today. Rugged and awesome, scenic and interesting.







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Glad to see folks are getting out!

We're home again, I'll be recovering from our trip and getting ready to get back to work tomorrow...

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Date Steps Miles Calories Notes
Jul 28 17,396 8.1 1,273
Jul 27 15,249 7.1 1,116
Jul 26 13,078 6.1 957
Jul 25 15,866 7.4 1,161
Jul 24 16,579 7.7 1,213
Jul 23 15,606 7.2 1,142
Jul 22 15,789 7.3 1,155
Jul 21 17,086 7.9 1,250
Jul 20 18,107 8.4 1,325
Jul 19 16,230 7.5 1,187
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To-Do: 838.6 mi / 1,806,249 steps

July 27, 2017
Activity: 15,177 steps (7.0 miles)

I'm been trying to walk less... my knee still hurts, but it seems I still get 15,000 steps in a day.



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Set a goal to hike all of the Metro Parks here in Medina, County this year. Here we go. I've already hiked six and I believe there is 26.

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We took a nice stroll to the Space Needle the other day!

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Haven't been hiking in a while. I did get in 2 short walks down the street with the puppy yesterday and today.

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Last night at 9:30 the relief cook calls camp and quits.
The owner comes over to the cabin very angry with me, somehow this is my fault.
He just demands I am cooking today, and he is not replacing her.

I knew she was quitting but had promised the person who told me that I would not say anything. I was prepared to cook today assuming she just wouldn't show up like two weeks ago.

What to do? Tell the owner three days ago that I had heard she was quitting or keep the confidence of the person who had told me?

Today the owner figured out I knew in advance and asked me about it? I said I did hear rumours... then he was upset I didn't give him notice..


Well I cooked today on my day off...
was able to talk to the owner a little ... he seems a little more calmer..
But still there are issues!

When he came over last night .. he said I would be happy she quit... I was struggling with her.. she was stealing from camp ... I know it without a doubt but can't prove it. I told the owner several times but he didn't believe me.
It was also so stressful when I was off and to come back to work because she would use ingredients up in a day that I would use for several meals.
She was used to cooking for fancy high class clients... we are a camp with a much lower budget. She couldn't understand that or just outright defied my suggestions on what to use.
Either way.. I am so happy she is gone. However I need time off... How is this going to happen?

Well we see what the next few days bring about.



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I've been getting lots of steps doing yard work, so not a lot of "hiking/walking" miles lately, but I did manage a little walk around the neighborhood yesterday! emoticon

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Last night while visiting my mom. Her birthday was yesterday ..19 July She turned 81






While I was sitting in the chair my left knee frozen and began to burn and then pain.. good thing the hospital was in the same building. So to the emergency department I went. It just happens that my family Doctor was on duty. He prescribed pain medication and gave me a needle... it hurt .. It really Hurt !
Chromosome?

So today I tried to take it easy however I still got...
July 20, 2017
Activity: 17,974 steps (8.3 miles)

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We are very smoky today, hope the fire is not too near, and gets extinguished soon! I've been working outside the past few days clearing up the yard, would like to continue that without breathing in the smoke!

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July 18, 2017
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Just a little smoke in the air from all the forest fires burning



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Sounds like they like your cooking Marty! I'd like one of those grilled cheese... emoticon

Runswithdeer, I'm sure you'll make it one day! Any chance of trying later in the year? My first trip up there was in September, I think.

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A second try at Mount Whitney, alas, conditions were unbelievable! So much snow-pack the trail was covered from about Lake Mirror to the trail crest. Maybe next year!!

I am both uplifted and humbled through running. There is something very theraputic about the rhythm, the time reflecting, and the racing heart. It fills my life with euphoria and pain. As I run my journey, I try to embrace both.


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This day certainly ought to go down in the books.
This morning I was called into the office... would I be interested in cooking for a wedding?
His friends and neighbor wants to have their reception here at camp and for me to cook for it.
This is not part of my salary... it is for next June... so I guess this means I still have a job next year.... and it is on a Saturday... not asking our relief chef to do it...

Then just before lunch the nursing home, phoned me. Asked about funeral arrangements for my mother, nothing is on file... this created a flurry of phone calls to Kingston Ontario.. where she will buried when that time comes. But legally no one has power of attorney.. so no one will talk with me.
So phone calls to a lawyer... I made arrangements for a lawyer to go visit my Mom tomorrow to discuss a new will and giving my brother and I powers of attorney. Then it was phone calls to my mother helping her understand why a lawyer was coming to see her.. Then a phone call to my brother in Kingston to explain this all to him.

Meanwhile I was cooking 300 grill cheese sandwiches....

Afternoon... food order had to be organized and sent in... and I had to order the food for the wedding I'm doing this Saturday.

So the Day is done...
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