[pct-l] The Innocence of Youth...was hiking with Yoshi

Reinhold Metzger reinholdmetzger at cox.net
Sun Jan 9 06:23:16 CST 2011

Yes Melanie,
A t that age they have a mind of their own.
This reminds me and takes me back to a time when I was about your 
daughters age.
I was somewhat of a rolling stone when I was young and rolling around 
the country from here to there.
Then the Viet Nam War broke out, the adventure urge got the best of me 
and I enlisted in the USMC.
Well anyhow, to make a long story short, my best buddies father was very 
concerned that his son might get killed and wrote to him...."Son, come 
back, just come back, choose any car you want when you come back, just 
come back".
We started thinking and decided he will choose a Corvet and we will do 
the Route 66 stuff leaving a trail of broken hearts from one coast to 
the other.
Well anyhow, to make a long story short, it did not wind up quiet that 
way....after we returned from Viet Nam my buddy got stationed on the 
East Coast and met a girl named Karen, I got stationed on the West Coast 
and met a girl named Karen....END  OF  STORY.

It's probably better that it ended the way it did.....saved the women of 
America lot of grieve.
Aaaaahhhhh.........the innocence of youth.

BTW.....that is how I got into backpacking....in the USMC backpacking is 
a way of life, not a hobby.

JMT Reinhold
The innocent on.

On 1/8/2011 2:13 PM, Melanie Clarke wrote:
> Yoshi seems great, then when I heard he was "a salty sea dog (pirate)" 
> I thought he was even "cooler"!  He is in good company with all the 
> scalawags on this site (I mean YOU, Reinhold).  Brick can barely keep 
> us all under control.  Anyway, I told my 20 year old about him and 
> asked if she wanted to hike with them and she just kind of gave me 
> that "what ever" look that 20 year olds give, when their mothers want 
> to plan "play dates" with them.  She is not 8 years old any more and 
> she sets her own agenda right now.  She thinks I'm old!!!!!  My 20 
> year old thinks Japanese men are the most beautiful creatures on 
> earth, in her words, "they are so hot!".  There are not a lot of them 
> here in America.  My daughter would resent me if I tried to be a match 
> maker but if Yoshi knows any 19 to 25 year olds, let me know!  She 
> plans to major in Chemical Physics so he better be a science major. 
>  Keep in mind she would roll her big Manga eyes if I tried to 
> "arrange" anything so it would be a long shot.  I talked her into a 
> 100 mile out and back hike from King's Canyon, over Forester, to 
> Whitney and back 1.5 years ago.  I could barely keep up with her and 
> we completed it in less than 4 days!
> Melanie
> On Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 8:59 AM, Reinhold Metzger 
> <reinholdmetzger at cox.net <mailto:reinholdmetzger at cox.net>> wrote:
>     Melanie,
>     If you have a chance to hike with  ''YOSHI''  jump on it.....he is
>     one of the nicest guys you could possibly hope to meet on the trail.
>     Ooohhh yes,.....be prepared to consume some of his world famous 
>     ''JMT Bread''  and coffee.
>     You can always hike the PCT, but the chance to hike with 
>     ''YOSHI''  may come but once in a lifetime.
>     Let me warn you....''YOSHI'' is also a good looker.
>     JMT Reinhold
>     ----------------------------------------
>     Melanie wrote:
>     Dear Yoshihiro,
>     I'll consider that and even ask if my daughter wants to come along.
>     My 3rd daughter (20 years old) is taking Japanese and is pretty
>     good at the language and alphabet characters. She loves the Conan
>     the Detective series, Death Note and other Japanese anime' She
>     watches all these in Japanese.
>      Hiking with you and your wife might be a good "immersian program"
>     for her to master the language.
>      She is a strong distance runner so maybe we could all help you
>     carry your wife's things.
>      I am thinking about doing the first part of the PCT this year but
>     we'll see how things work out.
>      I live near San Francisco Bay area.
>     Melanie
>     -------------------------------------------
>     On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 3:44 PM, Yoshihiro Murakami <completewalker
>     at gmail.com
>     <http://mailman.backcountry.net/mailman/listinfo/pct-l> /wrote: //
>     Dear Melanie /
>     /If you hike JMT in August, there may be a chance to drink a
>     coffee //with us ( me and my wife ) .
>     If I was JMT , I must start VVR with 80 //pounds total pack
>     weight, because my wife cannot carry any stuff //except her
>     sleeping bag and mattress. //
>     I have also 4 years until retirement. /

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