It's taken me forever (like 6 weeks or so) to get around to the postscript of this Spring's trip. Crazy! I finally made it through the pics of the AT section hike and have updated the link on the Appalachian Trail page under "Old Droppings" accordingly. That will get you to the Google Photos album. … Continue reading Spring 2018 AT Section Hike – Some Final Thoughts
Katadyn's BeFree Filter: Great...but... Deep Woods and I each used a Katadyn BeFree this time around, filtering nearly 40 liters apiece over the course of the trip. Not enough to give a fair evaluation, especially considering that nearly all sources filtered from were clear and gunk-free. No issues whatsoever though. Flow rate was great. Certainly better … Continue reading A Bunch Of Thoughts On Gear After the Spring 2018 Hike
Day Nine: Boots Off Hostel to Campsite near Turkeypen Gap. 13.1 mi We were up early again to try and knock out as much of the day's hike before the temps got the better of us. Downed some coffee and donuts while listening to a thru hiker who just arrived tell of how he had … Continue reading Spring 2018 AT Section Hike: Days 9-11
Day 6: Mountain Harbour Hostel to campsite at Slide Hollow. 9.6 mi After over-indulging ourselves (well, okay, I was the only one to over-indulge) in the AYCE (All You Can Eat) breakfast at Mountain Harbour, we resumed our walk north. Mountain Harbour is an awesome place to stay and I highly recommend it to anyone … Continue reading Spring 2018 AT Section Hike – Days 6-8
Day Four: Ash Gap Campsite to Overmountain Shelter. 9.0 mi There was a lot of anticipation leading up to this part of the trip and it didn't disappoint. The forecast was in our favor as we started up the trail. First stop was the site of the former Cloudland Hotel near Toll House Gap. The … Continue reading Spring 2018 AT Section Hike: Days 4 & 5
Deep Woods and I finished the AT section hike a day early, adding a few miles to each of the last three days to beat a storm system moving in. Additionally, Deep Woods got a text that a close friend had just passed away so he needed to get back home ASAP. To make things … Continue reading Spring 2018 AT Section Hike: Days 1-3
A brief update on what's been going on and what we have coming up. No more news as of yet from SLU with respect to the results of the evaluation for DBS. I have an appointment with them next month and I imagine that they'll tell me that physically I'm a candidate but mentally I'm … Continue reading Countin’ The Days…
Regardless of all the "To Be Determined" stuff from my last post, I figured that one way or another I'll still be backpacking. I'm always keeping an eye out for, and mulling over ways to shed ounces off what I'm ultimately having to move up the trail. Naturally, if you're carrying around extra POUNDS of … Continue reading One Filter to Rule Them All?
MRI and consultation with the neurosurgeon at Saint Louis University Hospital to determine if I'm a candidate for DBS have been bumped out to January. For now I'm just doing some research and compiling questions prior to the consultation. As I mentioned in the last post, I have a lot of reservations about moving forward with … Continue reading SERENITY NOW!!!
While waiting for an opportunity to hit the trail again, I’ve been busy redoing things here. A new theme and simplified design. The favorites page, or “Fragrant Droppings”, as well as the accompanying albums have been updated. Don't expect professional quality photos. It's merely our way of keeping track of some interesting places we've been and … Continue reading A Fresh Face…With Some New Bags