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[at-l] Another newbie's first post

Welcome to the campfire.

Pull up a log & join in.

Hey, whoever has the smashmallows, pass em over.


BTW -- We are a group of friends who are rather like a campfire -- we tend
to talk about a lot of things and forget that new folk to the campfire
missed part of the earlier conversation.  So, we are not likely to bring up
a subject, unless something, or someone, brings it to mind.  And, at any
particular time, a member, with just the right answer for you might be off
list, hiking or whatever.

So, don't just sit back a listen, expecting subjects to just come up, or limit
yourself to the question/answers that come up currently.

There is an archive at




If you can't find enough discussion, or an answer there, ask a question.
If you don't get enough responses the first time you ask, ask again.  I
suspect some folk miss the questions, or hold off when they have no major
opinions on most of a group of questions, etc.

Also, IMHO, you tend to get better answers to single questions with an
indicator of the question in the subject line, rather than very broad
questions, which are hard for folk to get a hand around.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert" <infinity1plus1@yahoo.com>
To: <at-l@backcountry.net>
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 2:15 AM
Subject: [at-l] Another newbie's first post

Dear Present(Shelly) and Future Friends (I hope),

<< reading from sticker on shirt >> Hello, my name is Robert. My dear friend 
Shelly has told me to join the list in hopes of spurring me on to a thru-hike. 
I have little to no real hiking experience save the few trips I made in my 
younger years but have always loved it and have always wanted to hike the AT 
(even when I was a kid and thought it was just a trail in Massachusetts). Heck 
I thought the world ended at the New York border. I am recovering from a car 
accident at the moment, but I've had a huge boost to my morale upon deciding 
that maybe Shelly was right when she suggested that I think about following 
through on my "You know I've always wanted to hike the AT" comment. I have 
been reading the posts for a few days now, but hadn't wanted to comment until 
I'd introduced myself. Now to go back through the emails and find the ones 
that I want to respond to. or maybe I'll just ask Shelly to help me find a 
seat round the fire and wait for someone to bring up the topics again.
 second thought, and just off the top of my head. the best hot dog I ever had 
was the last one I had at Fenway Park. I was about 12 and my dad took me for 
my birthday, only about 4 months late (my birthday is Jan. 5 by the way). I 
know it probably would not rank on the hot dog meter for best in most cases, 
but the moment made it the best and frank-ly(pun intended) I think that's half 
the battle when trying to decide on the best. On that delectable note, I bid 
you happy trails for now.


Buddhist thought for the day: There is no way to happiness... happiness is the 

That just seemed appropriate for some reason.

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