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    Shining Rock "escape the heat"

    Made it there and back in one piece! Awsome weather, tuff hiking (for a fat old guy). Definately THE most beautifull views and trails I ever remember hiking through.
    Gave my daughter her trail name. She kept wanting to slack pack here and there.... being an English Major (big word skool) she wanted to go "Sans Pack". So she's "Sans _______" fill in the blank. Usually "pack". Kind of weird but aren't we all.
    We got to eat wild blueberries. People drove trucks to Ivestor gap and set up like a tailgate party and were commin outta the bushes with buckets full. A ranger told me about a "Cranberry Bog" ..... yes, in the south! I thought they only grew way up north but 5500' will do that. It was just below a small spring.... mmmmm just had to try one. Also got to eat an apple from that tree at the south end of deep gap. Tasted like Granny Smith but just a tiny bit tart, delicious.
    2 Boyscout troops and a church group and a couple dozen others at Shining Rock Gap the first night. Ugh. The second day hike made up for it. The Narrows and Stairs Mt. are georgous! Tuff hike though. If only there was water somewhere up on Stairs it would be a great place to camp.

    Used my new backup hammock. The primary is the Speer.... still the best one. The backup used to be a Wal-Mart "Kalisto". I got an ENO double. It's BIG. I guess ok for a backup but it's not handy as the Speer package. Maybe if I get some whoopie slings and one of those bug nets Shug shows in his video.
    I'll try to put up some pics but it's the first time. If you wanna see more pics my facebook has em. Mark Jenner .... Get out more!
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    Last edited by diesel; 09-11-2010 at 08:45. Reason: add my facebook for more pics

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    Nice report Diesel. Great to see Father & Daughter still hiking together as we become more "experienced". Blueberries, cranberries, and appples? WOW! Sounds just like a hike meant for breakfast! . . . Speaking of which, I'm hungry !

    Glad to hear it was a good trip. . .
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    Sounds like a great trip for both of you. Nice place!
    I went to Facebook to see your other pictures but there were 89 Mark Jenners
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?...05#!/?ref=home


    Maybe this works? not sure how to do a link to my facebook homepage.

    Oh yeah. Finally blew out my best old pair of hiking boots.... guess I'm shoppin.

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    Looks like a fine trip! You will never regret spending time with your daughter. Good on ya!
    Terry

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    Love picking and eating fresh bluberries. Learned something new as I did not know carnberries could grow this far south.

    Sound like it was a great trip
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    the like just took you to the log in page....
    Peanuts

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    I live just an hour away and I can't believe I haven't made it back there this year!!
    Well.....guess I'll have to make it a priority!!
    "Is this the best you've got?!!" (Shortoff Mtn., Linville Gorge 2010)

    "Life is tough.....it's even tougher if you're stupid!".....(John Wayne)

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    I had no idea you could drive a truck to Ivestor, that would really diminish that beautiful place for me especially with the crowds they tend to bring.
    "The mountains are calling and I must go."
    John Muir

    “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
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    I love Shinning Rock. Unfortunately I have not been there in years
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    "The mountains are calling and I must go."
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