[at-l] HATT: Re: AT Tag Team Hike

Tom McGinnis sloetoe at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 22 07:50:25 CST 2013

My boys and I were on the HATT Hike, heading across the north end of the Smokies to meet up with POG and Dee at Clingmans. We cruised along in the rain, happily trenching out the bigger puddles with walking sticks, and watching/listening as the water drained out. (The boys were 6 at the time, and already very comfy on trail...
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/backpackingwithchildren/photos/album/1621260742/pic/1761089657/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc )
The part that I didn't expect was, 3 months later when Stitches and I were strolling this same section (to meet POG[!] at Davenport), the trail was entirely free of puddles. It just shocked me that our little effort would actually have a lasting effect. Coollllll.

I don't want to mutilate Dee & POG's remembrance of meeting up with the boys near Clingman's, but as I remember it, near that south-facing open slope, the boys are headed downhill and are spotted by Dee & POG (and Simon, right?!?), who conclude "Hmmmm. Tiny kids gamboling down an open slope like mountain goats. Could it be other than...." and who then inquire directly of the boys,
"Hey, which one of you is Pokey, and which one is Gumby?"
and they COMPLETELY shocked the otherwise unflappable boys, who apparently forgot that the people they were going to meet, might actually be expecting them. HA! Cracks me up to this day....

who also, long ago, made great friends with glucosamine/chondroitan...

--- On Thu, 2/21/13, Peter Fornof <pfornof at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
I still take it also. No arthritis pain at all. I remember talking to you about that. Good to hear from you.
On Feb 21, 2013, at 9:10 PM, Martha Federle wrote:
I remember you as being the one who saved the quality of my life when you told me about glucosamine & chondroiton.  I was suffering from severe arthritis as well as bursitis when I had to avoid my thru hike attempt, and I'm taking G&C to this day!

I remember the problems encountered in the Smokies that year.  It's good to hear from you.


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Fornof <pfornof at sbcglobal.net>

I sure do. I was on the Smokies Team. 

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