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Posted: 09-Apr-2008, 08:29 PM
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Hubby and I went hiking this evening up a mountain and then walked on a ridge and down another mountain. Wow! I can really feel it in my legs! We didn't see any wildlife, but seen some wild flowers starting to peep out. I love walking in the woods, we have plenty near our home. I don't like to go in the summer months so much, I'm always afraid I'll see a snake and I'm not to fond of those reptiles!
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Haha, they won't hurt you if you don't hurt them. Anyways, it's good you can get out and hike, both places where I've been recently are too snowy, the snow followed me from Jackson to Estes Park!


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I don't "hike" as a lot of people would do, but I have started into a new Hobby called Geocaching. You need a GPS, which can you set you back $100 or less, and you go to the website http://www.geocaching.com/, and find the "caches." When you find the cache, inside there will be a Log book to write in your caching name and write it in the "log" book. It is a way that I go out into the wild, and get exercising with my dog.

A good of source for information would be the Podcacher Pod-cast. you can find it at http://www.podcacher.com. They have a history of Geo-caching and stories from people that search caches. A Cache could be a large box such as a "ammo box," to as small as a key-holder, or even smaller items than that.

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Hi roll1959,

I went to the Geocaching site and it's an interesting place! I see from the upcoming calendar of events that this is worldwide - although there seems to be several places in California who are going to host events.

Thanks for giving us the info - I have a couple of GPSs that I use on my boat - perhaps I should put one to work on this! smile.gif

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quite interesting indeed, I'll have to test that out as soon as our snow leaves, along with letterboxing.
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Anyone here who hikes in areas where wild animals abide? I just moved to Tucson, Arizona and love to hike. However on some of the local trails bobcats, Mountain lions and coyotes have been spotted. Never had to deal with these critters back in Ohio. Any suggestions? Are they just as scared of me as I am of them?


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Posted: 22-Sep-2008, 09:45 AM
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Most critters of the types mentioned donít care for human sent and will avoid you if they can. They also tend to be nocturnal in areas where there is much human presence. Unless sick or cornered, coyotes and bobcats wonít attack. State Wildlife Agencies tend to know where current activity and sightings of larger predators have been reported. If you check with them, theyíll usually pass that information along.

It is a good idea, though, to get familiar with the signs, scat, feeding and domestic habits of predators in your area. Situational awareness (keeping your eyes and ears open moment to moment for indications) of the activities birds and other animals around you will go along way toward staying clear of surprise encounters. Keep in mind that desert predators tend to drift from one region to another based on preferred food supply, so old neighbors move out and new ones move in. It can be a little unnerving until you tune in a bit.

There may be some hiking clubs in your area where you can tap the experience and wisdom of seasoned back-country people, but be wary of recent transplants and wanabees. Some people hold a Disney Perspective of wilderness environments. Iím pretty sure Tucson has regular guided State Parks excursions. The casual information from qualified State Guides can be invaluable. High altitude desert is one of the most beautiful terrains on the planet (I envy you your location), but also one the most formidable. Make sure any advice you take is accurate and balanced with the realities of the land.

I know a number of rock and gem hunters in Arizona, Nevada and Southern Cali. Most have had enough close encounters to convince them that carrying a sidearm is warranted. Itís very seldom that any of them need to use them, but the one time itís called for, theyíre real glad they had them. Some areas restrict firearm carry, but most public land is open to it. It doesnít make you a hunter or desecrator of wildlife, it just makes you the one that walks away.
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Posted: 22-Sep-2008, 10:00 PM
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Ross, WOW thanks for all of the info. I have checked out some local groups and think that's the way I will go. Looks like there in enough hiking an camping here in Arizona to keep me occupied for quite some time. Thanks again.
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This happened October 4, 2010. I wonder what this winter is going to be like?

Allyson Virden, resident manager at the LeConte Lodge atop Mt. LeConte is reporting the first snow of the year in the Smokies. On her "High on LeConte" blog, Ms. Virden is reporting that the mountain received 3 inches of snow on Monday morning, and another half-inch overnight.

She also stated that this is the biggest first snow since 1979.

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It's that time of year again - time to pump up the tires and clean the chain.

I do road biking on the week ends and can't get enough - mile after mile I'm in another world - kind of how I imagine sailors feel.

Only do solitary riding - I like the peace and quiet.
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I'm new to the topic, so I'm gonna jump right in.

My dad, my dog Gordon and I went hiking a couple of weeks ago at Dupont State Forest (Brevard, NC). It was a beautiful day for hiking and we had a blast.


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I just finished hiking through a cool (40 degree F) cave, I can call it hiking because there is 888 stairs going steeply up and down it. The tites and mites inside made it worth the effort!



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I live on Vancouver Island BC Canada and l think its one of the best hiking places in the world. We have so many trails, some easy, some hard to the extreme all enjoyable. I particulrly like mountain hiking, best views, most wildlife and less people. Laclawiesegamay

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