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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:27 pm 
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A few comments on the movie, A Walk In The Woods. I don't know how many times I've watched it. The views/vistas are incredible, great storyline and music. A favorite is Nolte's portrayal of Katz. Slight dings: They never use their hiking poles and their beards don't grow.

I ended up ordering the book and it arrived today. Pretty sure the only way I'll ever visit the AT is in my head through this story and the story you are writing here for us.

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Well, you'll be pleased to know the last bit of New Jersey trail sent us out with a big f-you! And then New York was like, "Welcome ta Noo Yohrk!" while punching us in the teeth. This section has been absolutely demoralizing. I bit it twice today, and my wife took a nasty tumble kneecap-on-slate that was so bad we had to pull off today.

The trail taketh, but it also giveth. She hobbled .8 miles down a mountainside and another .25 into the Village of Greenwood Lake. The lady at coffee shop we just happened to visit hiked the entire trail in '94 and LOVES hikers. She wouldn't accept our money, even after I tried stuffing a twenty into her tip jar (she gave us coffee, juice, two cookies, and arranged a ride to a hotel so we could recover). The hotel she got us into? LAKESIDE ROOMS. Literally. It's so beautiful. Yesterday and today we were staring down at this beautiful and perfect lake, and now we sitting a few feet from the water.

I don't know. I've spent so much time feeling spiteful toward others, and here I am in supposedly the most asshole'ish part of the country and we've been treated so kindly I'm forced to start believing in the goodness of people again...

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Just so we're clear. I'm not enjoying this. At all. Lol.

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eta: My daughter just posted her own hiking pics to her Instagram account! It's working! She's been reading my wife's updates, and I think she got motivated. This is the same girl who just a mont and a half ago told me she'd NEVER hike on purpose.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:43 pm 
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That is one gruesome trail. Hope Mrs. Cam’s knee is okay.

Wasn’t that supposed to be crossing the road?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:45 pm 
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I think there's a revelation in this post. I'll note that.

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Well, you'll be pleased to know the last bit of New Jersey trail sent us out with a big f-you! And then New York was like, "Welcome ta Noo Yohrk!" while punching us in the teeth. This section has been absolutely demoralizing. I bit it twice today, and my wife took a nasty tumble kneecap-on-slate that was so bad we had to pull off today.


Sorry you guys got beat up. Don't like the sound of Mrs. Cam's injury. At all.

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The trail taketh, but it also giveth. She hobbled .8 miles down a mountainside and another .25 into the Village of Greenwood Lake. The lady at coffee shop we just happened to visit hiked the entire trail in '94 and LOVES hikers. She wouldn't accept our money, even after I tried stuffing a twenty into her tip jar (she gave us coffee, juice, two cookies, and arranged a ride to a hotel so we could recover). The hotel she got us into? LAKESIDE ROOMS. Literally. It's so beautiful. Yesterday and today we were staring down at this beautiful and perfect lake, and now we sitting a few feet from the water.


Lawd, sounds like you met your reward.

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I don't know. I've spent so much time feeling spiteful toward others, and here I am in supposedly the most asshole'ish part of the country and we've been treated so kindly I'm forced to start believing in the goodness of people again...


There's your revelation. You busted through a stereotype! Now you know something about what I mean when I use the phrase "East Coast Heart". I'm happy to read this epiphany.

Gorgeous pics!


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Just so we're clear. I'm not enjoying this. At all. Lol.

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eta: My daughter just posted her own hiking pics to her Instagram account! It's working! She's been reading my wife's updates, and I think she got motivated. This is the same girl who just a mont and a half ago told me she'd NEVER hike on purpose.

HA!


That's amazing! I think both of you guys are modeling traits/characteristic/practices (channeling MG) that your kids will be strongly influenced by. Well, obviously your daughter already is. I think that you're influencing us here on MormonDiscussions.com who are reading your posts.

I imagined that the journey would be sweaty and grueling. I don't think I appreciated just how tough it was until I read your posts. I don't think anyone can fully appreciate the challenge unless they're out there doing it.

Looked up Greenwood Lake. Yeah, that's pretty. I wish you could see those places in fall. There's nothing like the fall color back East!

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I wanted to mention a little something. When I was a kid (6-8 years?) we camped all up through there and into Canada twice. Maine, NH. White Mountains, Old Man of the Mountain, Niagra Falls. I remember some of it and parts of Canada, and going through the border. I still have a bit of the Native American stuff that I bought going through there and my little pocket knife. We tent camped and often in primitive sites. Built our own outdoor kitchen and that sort of thing.

I've hiked a lot in my life but NOTHING like you are doing! I'll be happy to see pics you share of the area when you get there!

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We is taking the day off. My wife's knee is giving her difficulty. She doesn't have range of motion back and it's a problem getting around out here.

I don't really have anything to update. It's hot. We're tenting. New York pizza is delicious. Bear Mountain state park was packed with every kind of human imaginable, all of them playing ____ ty music. We took a sidebar trip to West Point which was neat. We're losing weight*.

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* Protip: If you want to lose weight just eat less. Hiking is a ridiculous way to go about it. When we get off the trail I'mma do that so I don't have to do this anymore.

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We is taking the day off. My wife's knee is giving her difficulty. She doesn't have range of motion back and it's a problem getting around out here.


Oh my. I hope she heals soon. :eek:

I don't really have anything to update. It's hot. We're tenting. New York pizza is delicious. Bear Mountain state park was packed with every kind of human imaginable, all of them playing ____ ty music. We took a sidebar trip to West Point which was neat. We're losing weight*.

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Yeah, you bet it's delish! Jersey pizza is the same. Although there are places that advertise "East Coast Pizza" out here, none of it comes even close. On the boardwalk you can pay something like 10 bucks for a large pizza about the size of your table. Not joking. And they're displayed (for slices) and brought to the table on stands. It's so darn cool. So pretty I have pics of them. Homesick again.

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* Protip: If you want to lose weight just eat less. Hiking is a ridiculous way to go about it. When we get off the trail I'mma do that so I don't have to do this anymore.


But...you are still seeing different parts of the country and meeting a goal. Even if you didn't make it to Katahdin, you still spent your summer hiking the AT. That's praise and pride worthy in my book.

Of course my book would be sitting in a cool home with all my stuff while you guys are in humidity and in pain, so...easy for me to say. You guys take care of yourselves. Do what you can when you can and try to enjoy the in between resting and sight seeing out there.

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Have you guys seen droves of fire flies at dusk there? One thing I miss about living back there on a summer night.

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Hey Cam,

Everything okay on the trail?

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You can't tell we're taking another rest day? One can only eat so much artisan ice cream in Salisbury, CT before the siren song of ____ posting on the Internet beckons...

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You can't tell we're taking another rest day? One can only eat so much artisan ice cream in Salisbury, CT before the siren song of ____ posting on the Internet beckons...

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Got it. Is your wife’s ankle holding up okay?

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You can't tell we're taking another rest day? One can only eat so much artisan ice cream in Salisbury, CT before the siren song of ____ posting on the Internet beckons...

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Got it. Is your wife’s ankle holding up okay?


Yeah, she's all healed up. We we took a zero yesterday and were getting back on the trail today, but we have rain here, the World Cup is on, and we just decided to take another day off... probably more for a mental break than anything else. The trail gets pretty tedious because it's the same stuff every day. Sure the terrain varies, but it's still granite rocks, hills up, hills down ash/oak/maple/pine trees, the same wildlife, and bugs. I call it the hamburger effect. Sure hamburgers are great, but if you eat them every day they're just buns, condiments, and patties and you lose your appetite for them.

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Been watching the cup myself. Pretty exciting so far. Hope the weather improves and you get a little more scenic variety.

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So if you're trying to get into shape I recommend getting a Fitbit. I just earned my snowboots badge (walking 45000 steps in one day), my 747 badge (climbing 4000 stories), and Serengeti badge (walking 500 miles). They're pretty great for reminding you to move, tracking calories, tracking everything, really. Super helpful tool to add to one's weight loss kit.

Western Mass is pretty. We pitched our tent two nights ago in a spot called Sages Ravine. Google it! We also passed by a monument marking the last battle site of Shay's Rebellion. Google it! We'll hike tomorrow and then get a room to avoid a thunderstorm on Thursday.

Oh, I read an article about people not moving around enough. Apparently it's worse than smoking. I believe it. I'm super tired, but aside from trash talking on the Spirit Paradise forum I've found my mood has really lightened, and my resting heart rate has improved (78 to 69). I suspect exercise improves more than one's waistline.

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So if you're trying to get into shape I recommend getting a Fitbit. I just earned my snowboots badge (walking 45000 steps in one day), my 747 badge (climbing 4000 stories), and Serengeti badge (walking 500 miles). They're pretty great for reminding you to move, tracking calories, tracking everything, really. Super helpful tool to add to one's weight loss kit.

Western Mass is pretty. We pitched our tent two nights ago in a spot called Sages Ravine. Google it! We also passed by a monument marking the last battle site of Shay's Rebellion. Google it! We'll hike tomorrow and then get a room to avoid a thunderstorm on Thursday.

Oh, I read an article about people not moving around enough. Apparently it's worse than smoking. I believe it. I'm super tired, but aside from trash talking on the Spirit Paradise forum I've found my mood has really lightened, and my resting heart rate has improved (78 to 69). I suspect exercise improves more than one's waistline.

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Western Mass is gorgeous! And I totally agree that exercise improves more than the waistline. I’ve been trying to get a chronic cough fixed for months now, and the reduction in ability to exercise has played hell with my mood.

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Have you seen an ENT specialist? For some reason I think a chronic cough could be related to sinus drainage; my sister was a ENT tech and shared various stories about people's ailments...

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Have you seen an ENT specialist? For some reason I think a chronic cough could be related to sinus drainage; my sister was a ENT tech and shared various stories about people's ailments...

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Currently seeing a pulmonologist. Had my sinuses drilled 30 years ago, which worked wonders for infections. Current diagnosis is something like atypically presenting asthma. Just finished up fighting with my heath insurer over coverage, so there should be a miracle inhaler waiting for me at the pharmacy any minute now. Fingers crossed.

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Hi, it's your stalker. :lol:

According to one of my trusty maps, I think you're more than half way to Katahdin.


https://www.summitpost.org/appalachian- ... art/593282


It's possible I'm totally brain fried from calculating some other stuff over here for hours on end, all. day. long. (kmn), so don't take that as gospel. :eek:


Here's the other map I use to stalk follow your guys' journey. It's got the elevations and everything.


https://nps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webapp ... d25453e4e0

If anyone wants to follow Cam and Mrs. Cam's journey, try those maps. Come stalk with me. :lol:

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Currently seeing a pulmonologist. Had my sinuses drilled 30 years ago, which worked wonders for infections. Current diagnosis is something like atypically presenting asthma. Just finished up fighting with my heath insurer over coverage, so there should be a miracle inhaler waiting for me at the pharmacy any minute now. Fingers crossed.


Do you know what kind of inhaler you are getting?

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It’s beclomethasone dipropionate. You have any experience with it?

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It’s beclomethasone dipropionate. You have any experience with it?


I lost my whole entire reply! Damn! Back on the horse...

No, I don't. I can tell you a couple of things though. If you were using an albuterol inhaler prior, that itself could have been causing you problems. I will tell you why.

There are 4 types of albuterol inhalers: Ventolin HFA, Proventil HFA, Xopenex HFA and Proair HFA.

I was prescribed the Proair HFA about 5 years ago for seasonal allergies. In the past year or so, I found I was using it more and more and more and more until I was blowing through one inhaler per month! I thought I developed asthma, COPD, reactive airway or some other wasting disease. I was in a cycle of coughing and using the inhaler every 2 hours. I kid you not!

Guess what it was? The propellant in 3 of those (including Proair HFA) is ethanol. Ethanol can CONSTRICT the airway. I was allergic to it in the anaphylaxis sense. The only one that doesn't use ethanol is the Ventolin inhaler.

Since I packed up my research and took it to my health care professional, had a lung function test that proved I was okay, and requested a switch to Ventolin, I have gone off all allergy meds. I only use Zyrtec and Ventolin on occasion. I can breathe freely and my singing voice has come back. It's amazing.

I was better in 2-3 days once the irritation in my airway was resolved.

I can tell you that your new inhaler contains a corticosteroid. Those can cause bone loss when used regularly and long term. If you are having to use it regularly, it might be advisable to have a DXA scan and a follow on scan in two years just to see how that is going. You don't want to end up with some other ____ diagnosis down the road. I know tons of people (all ages) in that situation from one of the support groups that I work on. It's a long story. I'm totally fine but it took me 3 years (of stress and hell) to find out I was totally fine so I stayed with the group to help others avoid the same situation that happened to me. Again, it's a long story not worth the telling right now.

But...think about if you were using one of those 3 albuterol inhalers because it could have easily been the cause of your pulmonary distress.

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