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“The weekend of October 5-6 we had 16 folks join us at Fall Creek Falls for another spectacular backpacking adventure! Jerry Hendrixson, Donna Colelli, Micheal Holt,Stan Ritter, Kent Kersten, Nancy Juodenas, Debra Browning, Dixie Taylor, Brian Zimmerman (Dodder), Phillip Brown, Father Goose, Mother Goose, Karl Brandenburg, Jim Robinson, and Mauri Carver were led by Katibug.
Things looked bleak at first because the ranger station attendant informed Katibug that the Upper Loop was closed due to a bridge being out. Katibug asked to speak to a ranger. The ranger granted permission for the group to proceed as planned with the understanding that if the creek was too high to wade across the group would hike out the same way
as they hiked in.
The hike into campsite 3 went smoothly except for Father Goose and Stan taking a wrong turn and hiking about 3 miles before they determined that they had gone the wrong way. They had an extra adventure!
Campsite 3 was overgrown since this trail has been closed for a couple of years. Getting water out of the creek was a challenge due to the bank being steep. We all enjoyed good fellowship around the campfire. Entertainment was provided by Dodder, aka tinman, with a game of ranchy trivia and cowboy poems. The party winded down by about 11 p.m.
On Sunday, the group split with 8 going back the way we came and 8 brave souls daring to cross the creek where the bridge was out. We all left around 9:30 a.m. By 1:15 p.m., everyone was back to the parking area except Dodder. At 2 p.m., Jim Robinson decided to go look for Dodder. After an hour went by, Katibug contacted a park ranger and reported Dodder and Jim missing. A full ranger search was implemented. Two hours later both missing hikers were located. Dodder had taken a wrong turn and ended up on the main road. Jim was located by a ranger on a jeep road.
Dodder has earned several new trail names! We have decided to dub him "hallpass!"
We all had a great weekend and are looking forward to our next big group hike Nov. 2-3 on the Fiery Gizzard trail followed by our Winter Backpacking clinic Nov. 9-10 at Hobb's Cabin sponsored by Bass Pro Shop.”
Dodder is Alive
“After that one wrong turn and 5 miles later I realized something was wrong. This will probably be my last post as the Dodder as FG will have me a new trail name by the end of the week. It was a great trip and I met a lot of new people. Now I'm ready fro the aftermath of my mistake. As much as I give it, I will be able to take it. I'm waitng on your post FG. Personal Thanks to JIm "LiteBoy" Robinson who WAS the only one who went in after me. Thanks Jim I do owe you.”
“*Scretching my head*How do you get lost (missplaced) at Fall Creek Falls?
Are you the "Tinman" that was at the Titanium Chef Cookoff last year at Fiery Gizzard?”
“Glad everyone ended up safe!”
“What Artex said! Looking forward to the pics!”
awww come on!
“LETS GIVE FATHERgee A HARD TIME TOo!”
awww come on!
“LETS GIVE FATHERgee A HARD TIME TOo!”
Negative on THAT Tinman
“Why did you think my name was the Tinman? And you know, that old coot Father Goose didn't even go after me. Of course he did say, "The old fart will emerge somewhere?" On the trip he offered me a fourth of a cigar. This was after I shared my very fine vodka and one of my last olives with him. I took a couple of hits on that GAR and didn't like it. Then, the big brute, got mad at me for not liking it and giving it back to him. I told him it was better than just chunking it in the fire. And, of course, he did take it back.”
“By the way, I contacted the ranger and braved his 2 mean dogs in order to get a search party going to find Dodder. And, if Dodder had not turned up when he did, we all would have been on the 6 o'clock news on channel 3! The ranger told me that channel 3 had already contacted them for a story.”
“Correction; I offered to cut my cigar in half BEFORE I lit it, but TinMan turned me down. After I had smoked most of it, he decided he wanted to try it, but it turned out to be to stout for the old pu$$y (it was a Puros Indios #2 Especial). Had he thrown it into the fire, he would never have been heard from again...
BTW, it WAS excellent Skye vodka. Thank you, TinMan. Oh, yeah. I call him TinMan because he absolutely refuses to bring fish or chicken in the foil pouches; he persistently packs cans. What would Y'ALL call the old coot? Nobody knows what the hell dodder is, anyway.
And another thing; the trails at Falls Creek Falls are VERY poorly marked. I was just glad to see my friend TinMan safe and sound (well, safe anyway...)”
“Damnit I can't believe I bailed on this trip. I talked to dodder today and he wouldn't even comment on it”
“Ya can't really blame him, Big Gulp...”
“I could tell over the phone he was all shook up about it. You could tell he was just sulking and hanging his head in shame.He told me I could find out all about it on TT. He thought for sure that he had just been blasted on TT. I told him that i've been on allday and hadn't read a thing about it. I tried to cheer the old chap up, but there didn't seem to be any hope in his voice left. I think this one has really done him in. He'll probably never even backpack again. By the way dodder if you get rid of your gear, let me have first dibs before you post it on the free gear thread. Good luck in life chap.”
“Sounds like quite an adventure! Are there any pictures?”
“I get first dibs on his hammock!!!”
“I want his ferrinno sleeping bag. You can have his footbag though. And katibug wants his little camp chair.”
“TinMan, ya old $hit, we love ya!!! Don't quit just 'cause yer a screwup, LOL!!!”
“Watch it Big Gulp! TinMan and I are still thinking of recipes for Trail Snack!!! Teriake chihuahua, anyone???”
“He'll be in a safe place while i'm out of town. he's through hiking until warmer weather.”
“Really, HOI!!! Does THAT truly descibe our buddy? I don't THINK so!!!”
“but wasn't fatherGEE the FIRST one to get lost??? see, he set a precident of loserness that dodder caught like west nile virus from a pidgeon......
can i have his pack?”
“I wasn't lost; I was temporarily disoriented. And I found my way back without help, TYVM!!!
I'll arm-rassle ya for the pack, LOL!”
“Oh, FG got lost? I'm not quitting. Who would bring the Rauncy Trivia game and be the moderator? Letsa put this name thing to a vote. You bring up the ideas of why FG. Lostpup,tinman,Rescue 1,dodder? By the way, that is what SoleMan was calling Mother Gooses tent set up. I will post pictures later. But since I take all the pics, I'm never in them. HOg, you are right on the Dodder. But we have held it in our hands..ha,ha. Also called the "Love Vine". No leaves just pretty little flowers....Oh, my.”
dodder's new name..
lost in space---DUH!”
i'm not arm wrastlin you!
“you big oaf!
well cut heads on the guitar for the pack![firin up ma amp]”
“Dodder, my Kennett Indian friend, you have been given a new official trail name by Mauri, Jim, and me which is "Hall Pass." We decided on that name while we were waiting for you to be found. By the way, the Smokies trails are well marked, so you should not get lost next weekend if you get a sudden rush of speed and want to take out ahead of the rest of us. Just save us some bunk space at the shelter when you get there. Oh, and another thing-you won't need to bring a chair on that trip because there is a long table with a bench built into each shelter where we are staying.”
There is NO WAY that I missed this. This is hysterical.......uh, FG you didn't mention the er, um "shortcut" that we took at South Cumberland last April did cha? Better to let sleepin dogs lie ya know.”
-note to self-
“Never follow Father Goose or Dodder in the future.”
Searcher-Why Didn't You Show Up?
“Well, let this be a lesson to you to make sure you don't miss another one of our trips. You really missed a good one this time!”
“LOL @ searcher! Shhhhh...that was no worse that the Sipsey trip, and we didn't get lost. Shucks, bro, we FOUND the correct trail for the rest of the group!!!”
“i see a pattern developing here....”
“That reminds me, FG, what was Mother Goose's reaction when you told her that y'all actually did find the tree on your first trip to the Sipsey?”
“Something like; 'Really? No $hit???'”
Are yous guys goin anywhere this weekend. I suddenly find myself free. This is our teams' only OFF week this season. It's now or November.”
Hey Father Goose -
“If offered, remind me to smoke the damn thing so that if I ever git lost; you'll come a searchin fer me. BTW - our sunday school class is gonna LOVE this thread. Dodder is our leader. Thank goodness that is not a literal term. Hey, maybe we could gain REAL use out of our GPS units if Dodder ever goes out again.”
“Oh yeah, and another thing. Noone seemed interested in my Hennessy Hammock last April. Why the sudden conversion. Huh, huh???”
“I am going to Pickett State Park this weekend for the Sierra Club Fall Meeting. You should come to it and get acquainted with all the folks who'll be there. We will be doing some day hiking on Saturday.
I sent you an updated hiking schedule that goes thru the end of December.
By the way, the reason why I recently bought a Hennessey Hammock is due to the fact that I have been losing weight. I have lost 16 pounds since you and I hiked together last. I tried it out last weekend and had a comfortable night of sleep. If I hadn't gotten cold in the night it would have been perfect. What do you use for insulation? I used a windshield refector but it didn't work.”
I have found that a partially inflated Thermorest is adequate. The worst night I have experienced was on that April trip. I think we hit 28 degrees and I was really quite comfy in my 20 degree bag with the thermorest. An old pro told me to velvro a ridge rest to the bottom of my thermorest to insure adequate insulation well into the low 20s. How cold was it on your trip and which HH did you get??”
“Searcher, you lyin' sack; as I(and several others on the April trip) recall, you complained of being COLD in yer hammock. :-D
But I have discovered that I don't sleep on the ground as well as I used to and I believe the cold issue can be remediated...
TinMan in Sunday school??? Has lightning struck yer church yet???”
“Why you old fart. I was comfy....kinda. Really, it was not bad....kinda. OK. OK. Remediate the cold.
Seriously, it was no colder than being on the dam# ground. We were all COOL that night. BTW, are you hitting the trail this weekend?”
“Nah, I have a wedding to go to this weekend (not mine, a friend's daughter). I've gone 4 out of the last five, I need a break anyhoo. I might go with bitpusher to the Smokies for a few days toward the end of the month. You interested? See 'Tired old farts in the Smokies' thread. If not, I'll prolly see you in November...with my new Hennessee Hammock!”
“I'm not sure if I can commit. It is still football season and I am still coaching my sons' team even though tonight he suffered a season ending injury while playing around in the yard. Lotsa stiches in the knee. Anyway, I feel obligated and committed to the team and completion of the season. Grant will be my "graduate assistant" as we finish the last month.”
“Sorry to hear about your boy. Heckuva way to end the season...:-(”
“THANKS. He's one brave, remarkable kid. Really a great attitude about the whole thing.
Funny thing is. In my experience as a youth coach...almost all serious injuries occur OFF the field/court. I have seen broken legs, arms, lacerations, concussions which occured while "being a kid" OFF the field. Never, knock on wood, one worse than the general boo-boo on the field.”
“on my oldest boy's team, one of the best players showed up to practice on monday with a broken toe. skateboard....”
“hey FG, it's not in the Smokies, it's on the AT in North Georgia. Still in the mountains though, it should be a good hike. I do need some people to go; all the original participants have dropped out...”
“OOps! Sorry about that, Chief...”
“No problem...It won't be quite as nice as a hike in the Smokies, but there are some good views in this section of the AT. Hopefully it won't be a strenuous as a hike in the Smokies either, lol...”
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