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Old 08-11-2009, 02:09 AM
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So... I had just begun to tell the story....

... and a finger touched a wrong button on the laptop ... and ... gone! a "sign" that too many details aren't called for.

Hummingbird hovering inches from my nose!

Lush green, even ferns (!) ... and a ground squirrel eating almonds from my finger tips... except I pulled back, uncertain that she'd not bite them. I doubt that she would, but we are (she and I) almost new to all of this.

Hummingbird ... is she in or out of the tent? I am uncertain. But it turns out to have been a shadow of hummingbird on tent wall(!).

Lush, green... stream flowing... water filtering (!) testing new equipment -- all of us virgin at parts of this.

Bears! Are they the ones snapping twigs outside in the coal dark Chupacabra night?!?

Ears, alive to every dream of terror! Blowing my cover as the wilderness wise one, the former wildland firefigher!?!

Partner of thirteen years -- divided from me by sleeping bags that don't zip together.

Partners of thirteen years, holding hands.
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:24 AM
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Well, I don't know what you had written before, but this was very nicely written and beautiful to read.
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:16 AM
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Invest in zip-together sleeping bags for the next excursion.
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:40 PM
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Yes!

I love backpacking. I live in Michigan and there's an abundance of beautiful places to hike and camp. The space age water pump is all that my arsenal is missing. My first real backpacking trip was to Isle Royal in Lake Superior, Michigan's only national park. Breathtaking. There's nothing like being miles away from civilization and surrounded by natural beauty.

The greatest lesson I've learned from backpacking is that the harder the journey is, the sweeter the destination becomes.

Great. Now I have to plan a trip. Thanks.
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:55 AM
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Default Off to Yosemite!

I do research there... off for another wonderful trip.
It will involve a bit of bushwhacking.... So Excited!

I am bringing Ouroboros with me - he will be my research "assistant"

Have a great weekend everyone!
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Old 08-15-2009, 03:43 PM
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What sort of research do you do / are you doing, Red?

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Catfish,

Glad I could be inspirational!

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Everyone,

I don't think I mentioned previously that I FORGOT THE SPOONS! on that backpacking trip Kevin & I took. I'm so embarrassed! Yes, there were no forks, either. We tried whittling something to eat our dinner with, but it didn't work out so well... especially with night creeping in soon. Hard to whittle a good spoon in less than half a day.

Before we left we sat down and discussed the matter of what may have been forgotten. Our packing was too hurried, however, as I had engaged in too much preparedness procrastionation. We went over broad catagories... food, shelter, toiletries, water, etc., first aid, etc. But it was too hurried. Next time I'll have a proper list prepared!

The good part of it is that I've come to appreciate spoons like you cannot believe! What an elegant thing a spoon is!

Luckily, the car wasn't too far off. (the shame!, driving for spoons & forks!--the next morning) We had ourselves a wimpy first backpacking trip together (and first in decades), and that's OKAY. Next time will be more daring and adventurous ... and VERY soon. Either next weekend of the following one.
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:29 PM
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I just stumbles across this event.

polycamp

Maybe next year.
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:45 PM
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Thanks for the heads-up on that, Fish. I'd love to participate in something like that closer to where I live in New Mexico / Southwest. It'd have to be something REALLY special to take me that far from home.
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:05 PM
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Had a regional orphan Burn (for those Burners not going to Burning Man) this past weekend. My son failed to pack the tent poles so I was looking at having no tent (somebody else picked them up for me as they headed out to the burn), then the cot died under me Friday night. Was still a great burn. The effigy was of Domo and he burned spectacularly.

Ya might want to check out your local Burner scenes. Lots of poly folk involved. Burner culture is highly inclusive, so you'll find straight folk, bi folk, gay folk, trans folk, ravers, rockers, kinky folk, vanilla folk, old folk, young folk..though we're a bit short on Christian and Muslim fundamentalists (and I just don't understand why! ;-D).
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:19 PM
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... I study rare plants and the impact climate change will have on them. I am working on developing better computer models to predict where species will go as a result of climate change.

fun fun!
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