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    While searching for something else, I found this reminder I posted on last years planning forum:

    As we approach the dates for the hang, one reminder to those driving:
    Along some of the roads to the park, and especially the park roads themselves, can be very tricky, especially to those not used to driving on mountain roads, in the snow. The road in the sun can be dry, very dry. A few feet away, in the shade can be a VERY slippery sheet of ICE!! Many times this Ice can be in a curve.
    So, a brief Primer for driving on the ice & snow, this is not all inclusive, but can be a start: Drive SMOOTHLY! Break SMOOTHLY! Do not accelerate or brake hard, in fact, do not let off the gas too fast. Turn INTO a spin. If your car doesn't have anti lock brakes, practice GENTLY pumping them to come to a stop if you slide. This should go without saying, but TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING, Cause honestly, you don't need the distraction.
    Consider turning off your radio (stereo, CD Player, MP3 player, etc) & having your passengers limit talking. The views along here can be heart stopping, if you MUST see one, find a place to pull over safely, stop, & THEN look!

    I also posted:
    For those still "On the fence" here is some Incentive for going: NO biting insects, Minimal chance of Hyperthermia, Fewer other hikers so solitude is likely to be easier to obtain, good possibility of snow, GREAT food at the potluck on Sat, & (Provided you packed properly) Great food the rest of the time The chance to fully test your cold weather gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctari View Post
    Usually hearty stuff, like: Chili, Jambalaya (aka JIMbalaya), Thick hearty toasted sandwiches, etc.
    I'm bringing Scotch eggs which are hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage & baked. They take 1 Lb sausage per 1/2 dozen eggs. One is a meal for a decent breakfast, 2 & you may fall asleep on the way to work, but they can be eaten whenever.
    You are responsible for your meals the rest of the time, remember: This is NOT the time to have a low calorie low fat diet.
    Ahh - thanks Doc. I'll think on some good Polish food to bring.
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    I've been watching this thread and I am now pretty sure I can make it to this. This will be my first group hang. I will be coming with my hiking pal Elijah. I make some pretty good dirty taters. Would taters be a good addition or is there something else that is needed? Looking forward to Mt. Rogers in Winter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latch View Post
    I've been watching this thread and I am now pretty sure I can make it to this. This will be my first group hang. I will be coming with my hiking pal Elijah. I make some pretty good dirty taters. Would taters be a good addition or is there something else that is needed? Looking forward to Mt. Rogers in Winter!
    Taters are GOOD!!
    Just cause I'm nosy, what is in Dirty Taters? Or would it be more fun to be surprised?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctari View Post
    Taters are GOOD!!
    Just cause I'm nosy, what is in Dirty Taters? Or would it be more fun to be surprised?
    Taters n onions cooked till brown and slightly crisp. That's what we call them in our family. I thought it was a universal term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latch View Post
    Taters n onions cooked till brown and slightly crisp. That's what we call them in our family. I thought it was a universal term.
    UM, YEA,,,, Bring one batch for everyone else, AND the same amount for me. I LOVE THAT STUFF! OOH OOH OOH: on top of 2Q's chili & covered in Jimbalya,,,, I'm going to need a bigger boat,,, er Bowl!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctari View Post
    UM, YEA,,,, Bring one batch for everyone else, AND the same amount for me. I LOVE THAT STUFF! OOH OOH OOH: on top of Darby's chili & covered in Jimbalya,,,, I'm going to need a bigger boat,,, er Bowl!
    Doctari, you are confused, I usually bring Brats from The Weeping Radish. I'm not sure who brought the chili.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darby View Post
    Doctari, you are confused, I usually bring Brats from The Weeping Radish. I'm not sure who brought the chili.
    Yea, remembered the Brats soon as I hit send, but as I couldn't remember who, I figured editing would be lame. Hey, I'm getting senile, so am allowed. Now, , , , what?
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    I may be back in. I've decided against SoRuck and most of the drunken idiots that come along with it. If I don't have to work and don't have class, (starting EMT basic course next month) I'll be there on Friday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    I may be back in. I've decided against SoRuck and most of the drunken idiots that come along with it. If I don't have to work and don't have class, (starting EMT basic course next month) I'll be there on Friday.
    WOO HOO!!!!!! YEA!!!

    Be good to see ya again dude!
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