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  1. There aren't many Rules but unfortunately for some, I will need to point them out. 1. Please Be Respectful to Everyone and you won't find yourself in hot water. 2. Please, No Spamming, Flaming, or Harassing Anyone. 3. Know that "Warnings" may or may not be given, it depends on how badly I think you acted. 4. Know that If you don't think young children should read your posts, then you probably shouldn't put it on here. 5. And, if you don't care and think you should be able to say or do as you please, then leave now because your getting banned is probably imminent. 6. Please Be Kind, Courteous, and Considerate to everyone. 7. Please DO contribute to any and all discussions. 8. Please DO share your knowledge and Insights. 9. Please DO share your expertise.
  2. This hiker is truly unique in every way. He's laid back and is privy to a part of society I've never had the privilege of knowing. He taught me a few good lessons about people and hopefully my cynical side keeps them. A very polite and insightful person he is. He also completed the trail in 2016, kudos to him! It didn't take him long to get a trail name change to The Dude and believe me, he IS the DUDE!
  3. I never really formally met him in 2016 but I did pass him on the trail a number of times but then one could also say he passed me as well, lol. I did get to formally meet him at Trail Days in 2019. His unique voice and style of talking was a big indicator that I know him. He's a very knowledgeable hiker and has some of the PCT done if I recall correctly. In 2016 we typically were in the same campsites-shelter areas. Again, he is a super nice guy.
  4. I met Smoke Jr. on my first day, April 4th, 2016. He had stopped slightly ahead of me. I stopped because I thought I was dying, lol. Smoke is a nice guy, very personable. He completed the AT in 2017 and from my understanding is walking it again this year (2019). I heard he was at Trail Days this year, I looked for him but never was able to locate him.
  5. It's a simple principle and often can carry a negative aura so one has to pay attention as to how it is used. The positive part of HYOH is for you to well, hike you own hike meaning to basically you do your own thing out there. The hike is about you, no one else and you should always remember that. Not everyone will agree with you or the way you conduct business on the trail, but you do you. If you want to run the entire trail for "your" AT experience, then you run it. If you choose to stop at every sight there is to see, then stop and smell the roses. Hike your own hike. The negative when let's say that you are asking for help, and-or someone is offering some advice and you're being a Richard or Donkey about it... Yeah, you're going to get the negative "hike your own hike" comment. The lesson is, don't be a Richard or Donkey on the trail. There will be a lot of people who may push their beliefs off on to you. My suggestion is to listen to them but apply what you feel will better your hike. Ridge Runners are the worst and get nasty about it when you disagree with them. I've had that experience first hand. At one point in my hike, I was considering doing water blazing, it seemed like a lot of fun. A Ridge Runner just all in my rear about it not being a "Real through-hike" and was seriously mad about my considering doing such a thing. I thought the arrogance of this turd! I replied asking him what year did he complete his through-hike and he replied back somewhere in the early '70s. I laughed at him, and said "Then you haven't actually done a "real" through-hike! The trail has been changed dozens of times from its original form by the time the 1970's came around. Unless you hiked the original trial, then you've not really done a through hike, it was some offbeat variant version, just like the rest of us. Needless to say, I was a bit irritated with this individual and commented, "Hike your own hike!" and walked away. Look over these jerks! What the AT has to offer it gives to us individually and you won't get it walking someone else hike. Just an FYI, I did agree with him. My intent was to do the water blaze and then get a ride back to where I got off the trail and keep walking. However, the jerk didn't give me the opportunity to explain myself or my thoughts.
  6. I met Copper at the big deformed tree in Northern Ga, possible just over the NC line. He was with some friends who were acting silly and he was laughing at them. I saw him off and on up until I quit and he was always upbeat and fun to talk to. I forget what country he was from, I think it was the Netherlands. He came here to hike the AT. Again, a super guy! This picture was taken at Trail Days in 2016. If I recall correctly that was a tent he bought and was very excited about the 2 or so pounds he just dropped by switching out tents.
  7. I met Judge after having some issues on the trail, he and I share a particular background and hit it off at the GA-NC state line where he was resting. He offered to take a picture of me with the state line sign. He's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet and a great hiker. Most of the time, because he walked faster, we would walk together for a bit and then he's take off and I would meet him at a predetermined location. I was fun hiking with him. We split after a while, he walked much faster and honestly I held slowed him down a lot. If there was anyone who deserved the trail name "Bear Bait" it was me. I spent to much time stopping and looking around as well. I would stop and take pictures or just rest to just enjoy a good location. We met in 2016, I'm sure he's completed the AT by now.
  8. One of the most intelligent individuals I had the pleasure to meet on the trail was a guy with a couple of trail names, but Raging Rabbi was what I knew him by. He was one of the most insightful people I think I've ever met. I enjoyed talking to him and I hope he finds his path in to either psychology or some other relative field. I don't know his life circumstances, I do know that he was an interesting person. He has to propensity to make this planet a better world, and I hope he acts on it. BTW, he either lost or was stolen an URN on the trail somewhere in Georgia, if someone locates it, please try to find him. It's his fathers ashes, I know he'd like to have them back.
  9. My first attempt at the AT started April 4th, 2016. During this time I met a lot of interesting people and topping that list was a Hiker named GIANT. GIANT had walked the trail in it's completeness 3 times and by all accounts was a wealth of knowledge. I met him on the first night at the first camp site on the trail. He was helping another hiker out by doing an on the trail shakedown. The other hiker, Smoke Jr, listened and took in the information as intently as any student could. On the same token, there are things we all care more about, mainly because of price, that no matter who tells us, we don't need, we will hold on to. Such was the case with Smoke Jr. Through the next couple of weeks I learned a lot about Hiking, the Do's and Don'ts, the What's and Why's, the what to do and what not to do's. Again GIANT was a wealth of knowledge. One of the biggest lessons I learned from him is the lighter your pack the better. Hidden in that lesson is the reality that to become an ultra light hiker, you have to learn and earn it. By this I mean, when you start out you can spend hours online researching everything just to find out on the trail it's not for you. What is acceptable as carry weight right now, will be different next year. Learning what you want to do without takes time and in that time you weigh its value to you, to your needs, not someone else's. Eventually some things that are important, you will readily accept doing without. It's just a learning and acceptability curve and it takes time. GIANT holds a special place in my hiker friends list and although I may never see him again for various reasons, he, in my eyes has reached and earned the title of YETI. And, by what ever names he is going by this year or the next, if you have the chance to learn from him, absorb everything, it's worth it.
  10. Trail 2017 This was my first trail days and as you can imagine, to hear that David Miller, aka A.W.O.L, has a stand there was exciting! I guess I walked the area 3 times before I realized where his stand was. It was the one everyone was basically standing around looking in to, lol. I finally got my turn and folks, this guy is as genuine and humble as they come. Simply put he's one of the nicest people ever I've ever met. Quiet and Humble is how I would describe him. Between his book, "AWOL on the Appalachian Trail" and his Appalachian Trail Guide I used while on the trail, he is a legend! His AT guide is currently the most used guide to help hikers navigate the trail with reasonable confidence of knowing where they are and locations of Shelters, Streams, Towns, and just pertinent information to help a hiker out. It's an easy to follow guide and has a lot of good information. I looked for a personal website for him but all I can find is stuff for his business, which I will respect and everyone else should to. Main Website: https://www.theatguide.com/
  11. I added Patrick in to this section even though he is not a hiker, he is by all accounts and Super Trail Angel, who supports Dixie by making her brands knives. What little I know of knives was expanded 10 fold while talking to him. He is very knowledgeable and a very competent knife maker. He explained how he makes his knives, the metals he uses, and let me tell ya, this one man show is an incredible person and knife maker. I found him to be just like Dixie, genuine, very personable and easy to talk to. He cares about his product and the people he deals with, My next knife, hopefully a Homemade Wonderlust, will be from him. Here are some links to him and his product: Main Website: https://mtknives.net/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mtknivesnet/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/PatrickRoehrman Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MTKnivesNet Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mtknivesnet/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mtknives/
  12. Trail days 2019 Trail days was really special this year in a number of ways. It kind of marked my commitment to again get back on the trail in 2020 and actually put forth a better and more informed approach in completing the trail as a thru-hiker. It also allowed me to meet the hiker I have spent literally hours watching on Youtube. On Facebook I'm a member of a number of clubs and I share her videos quite often with people who are asking various questions about hiking. The detail and forethought as well as her personal experience makes her, I believe, one of the most qualified people for seeking answers or opinions from. Her trail name is "Dixie." Jessica Mills aka trail name "Dixie" is an internet wonder and on many different medias of the internet. When or if you have the pleasure of meeting her I can assure you that the person you see on the screen is exactly the same person you will meet in person. I arrived at her stand just at the time she was working on leaving to go grab something to eat. Not wanting to bother her, I struck up a conversation with the guy who makes her brand names knives, "Homemade Wanderlust" His name is Patrick Roehrman, who is equally just as nice and polite. He initiated the meeting because I would never impose myself in that manner. I have the utmost respect when it comes to people and their privacy, especially celebrities. It's safe to say, I'll never be "THAT" fan. Any way's, he introduced me to her and we spoke briefly and I was able to get a photo with her, It was awesome! When chances come around with my daughter, I use Dixie as a role model to show my daughter that women are indeed strong and can do anything they want through hard work and perseverance. I'm grateful that I have someone like Dixie to present to her (my daughter) to hopefully open her eyes to how strong she can be. Here are the links I have found that you can find Dixie. Website: https://homemadewanderlust.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homemadewanderlust/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/homemadewanderlust/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/homemadewl Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQhqmV26773qZhzqJz4VFcw

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