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<<< Stopped by the hollow on Tuesday to see how Rusty was doing. He had been
diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and as a result of that, and the
lack of donations to keep the hollow open, he had decided to close it down.
The good news is this - - He went to his church and received an anointment
and laying on of the hands. He has since been re-examined by the doctors and
found to have NO cancer invasion remaining.
Rusty is back in business. 24 / 7 / 365
He is back with a passion for life and his zest has increased even more about
It's an Appalachian mountain, back-to-basic farm experience that shouldn't be
Hot tub, sauna, darts, basketball, small bore rifle range, ping pong, horse
shoes, swimming, or just basking in the sun and reading a neat book from his
library are a few of the things a weary hiker can do while taking respite
from the trail. And all of this without being exposed to the hustle & bustle
of townies! He does make town trips for PO and Krogering if you need.
Last year, Rusty went into the hole financially. He had to sell his van to
keep the place open for the year 2000 hikers. Too many folks think he buys
all those supplies with eggs and goats milk. His only income is from
donations and tee-shirt sales. So remember to be generous. He's too proud to
charge a fee like most other stopovers on the AT, but that's not an excuse
for us to take advantage of a very benevolent friend.
Rusty has been a friend of thru-hikers (approximately 12,000) for 19 years.
Let's support him properly in his endeavors to help us enjoy a fantastic
If you need directions - just ask. >>>
On Trailplace, there were 15-20 immediate replies to the posting in the
"open" forum. They expressed interest in the situation and some requested
Rusty's address to send donations or directions to stop by on their thru
hike. I posted an addendum to the original letter that stated Rusty had given
me specific permission to disseminate his address and directions to the
hollow on the Internet. Providing that information, I also included some
admonitions to help enhance a visit to the hollow.
About a week later, I went back to the forum to see what additional replies
may have been made. GONE.
The entire thread was missing. Writing a private E-mail to WF, I queried him
as to what might have happened to the thread.
<<< I removed it. Rusty gave me explicit instructions not to list his address
on the Internet and I am honoring that request. Rusty has caused me a lot of
heartache over the years and I would just as soon not have to get involved
with him over this. Thanks. WF >>>
Even though those 'instructions' were many years ago under different
circumstances, and Rusty has since rescinded that request, WF chose not to
have compassion on a benevolent friend and maintainer of the AT. Further, he
chooses not to allow anyone else to discuss Rusty in a supposedly open forum
on Trailplace. Is there a hidden agenda here? Could there be a hint of
jealousy on somebody's part due to the 'donations' involved? Is there a taint
of bitterness evident in these actions?
Do you think that a lack of community co-operation is a little strange on a
webpage that purports to be there for the sole purpose of disseminating all
available information pertaining to a thru hike on the AT?
Or do you feel a great deal of censorship is employed with only the
webmaster's volition allowed to reach us poor, uneducated hikers via the
Personally, I believe WF uses the "interactive page for thru hikers" as more
of a bully pulpit when the mood strikes him. When a particular cause suits
him, WF promotes it and even threatens expulsion from the forum if you don't
participate in his letter writing campaigns, etc.
And, God forbid if you were to disagree with his viewpoint in the open forum!
No one that I know, would disagree that an immense amount of information is
available on Trailplace, but at what cost. Your first Amendment rights are
still intact, but not on WF's nickel!
Easter is supposed to bee a celebration of life and rebirth, so what better place to bee than in the woods in the springtime, listening to the harmonious twittering of avians, the cacophony of babbling rivulets, the chortle of insects as they awaken and dust off their tiny winglets, the massaged sigh of leaves as they are carressed by cooling breezes, creating their life-giving chlorophyll so that our eyes and spirits may bee filled with awe and rapture by their verdant splendor.
As Hamlet pondered, "To bee, or not to bee", I choose to bee...to bee filled with mental orgasmic ecstacy, to drink from the fabled flask held by mirthful nymphs, to set sail upon the Sea of Enigma with the aspiration of attaining some new definition of self, to pontificate, witness, and learn from the teachings of yore, to look into the soul of the forlorn mermaid and see what cross she bears, to dine at the table of my forbears, to share a conch of mead with Zeus and Hera on Olympus.
For these and other reasons I choose to hike on Easter Day.
A few of us in the chatroom were poking fun at those who oppose killing shelter mice. To begin with, rodents seem to have thrived several million years without any help from us humans. Secondly, the mice can carry diseases such as the Hantavirus. Anyway, someone jokingly said that perhaps it would be okay to kill the mice if you ate them. Someone else suggested a certain way of preparing them, and soon we were all suggesting our favorite mouse dishes, and "Mouse Recipes" was born. Here are the ones I remember. If I'm forgetting any, or if you have a new one, please let me know.
Chocolate Mouse Mouse Tracks Mice Cream Mickey Teriacki Mick N Cheese MOS - Mouse On A Shingle Rodent Surprise Mouse Helper Mice & Rice Minnie Wheats Mice Krispies Rat-A-Roni Snap, Crackle & Squeak Cereal Chunky Mickey Mice Cream Mice-Ka-Bob (on a Leki) GORP - Good Old Rats & Peanuts Ratuccini Alfredo (with a nice Micecatel) Squeak On A Stick Mouse Under Grass Tom & Jerry's Mice Cream Mouse Nest Soup
The following is a list of our visitors who have been "booted" from a certain trail cybersite that is administered in Hot Springs, NC. Congratulations to those who have had the nerve to speak out and disagree, and who have "paid the price". If anyone else has been "booted", and your name is not listed here, please let me know.
The Appalachian Trail is about 2,000 miles long and there are 2,000 pounds in
a ton, making it a 1:1 ratio. That means for every pound of weight you carry
for the whole distance it's like moving 1 ton for a distance of 1 mile, or a
ton-mile. A single ounce is like moving 125 pounds for 1 mile.
On a daily
basis you can figure your load in pound-miles, or total pounds moved for a
distance of one mile. Pound-miles provides a constant for comparing gear
loads and you can use the chart below to see how weight reduction can affect
your hiking distances. Happy Hiking!