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Lost and Found

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Offline ds9writer

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2017, 09:13:53 AM »
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.

Several years ago, as my son and I were driving on Old Ore Road at night (!!) back to McKinney Springs CG, we saw something in the road - it was a nice pair of Ray Bans - which he still wears to this day!  A little further down the road, we found a Go Pro case (no camera) and a couple other Go Pro parts.

We imagined that a dirt bike hit a few bumps and stuff bounced out of someone's pack... 
You don't travel to see different things,
You travel to see things differently.

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Offline dprather

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2017, 11:25:07 AM »
Once, while doing the OML between the Juniper Canyon/Dodson trailhead and Homer Wilson, my amigo and I found a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli.

The can was really fresh and had not been there long at all.  We wondered if the can had been jettisoned by someone who hadn't got the memo about the weight of canned food.  We even tsk-tsked about the very sketchy nutritional quality of the "food."

Not wanting to leave the can on the trail, we took it.  We sorta planned to open the can, dump the "food," crush the can and haul it out with us.

We did some of that.

Arriving in a few minutes at the Dodson's place, we opened the can and ate every bit in the comforts provided by the Dodsons.  I would never eat that stuff under any other circumstances, but it was the greatest tasting ravioli in the world at that point.  Go sodium!  It was our unintended trail feast, and every time we pass that spot we talk about it.

PS: to any and all federal employees who are monitoring this site for infractions, we did crush the can and haul it out.



Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2017, 12:06:54 PM »
Arriving in a few minutes at the Dodson's place, we opened the can and ate every bit in the comforts provided by the Dodsons.  I would never eat that stuff under any other circumstances, but it was the greatest tasting ravioli in the world at that point.  Go sodium!  It was our unintended trail feast, and every time we pass that spot we talk about it.

 :icon_lol:  :icon_lol:  :icon_lol:   Totally understand. Henceforth, every time I pass Dodson Spring, I will secretly think of it as Chef Boyardee Spring.
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Offline Jimbow

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2017, 04:27:17 PM »
I started carrying a Gerber mini with a scissors. I can't believe how much use I get out of a scissors instead of a blade.
Everything is in walking distance if you have enough time.

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Offline strawhouse

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2017, 08:01:51 PM »
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.
One OML trip after spring break, the 3 of us going CCW came upon a heap of stuff at the elephant tusk intersection on the Dodson.  We assumed someone was struggling to make it to Homer and abandoned much of their load.

Included in the pile was: a pillow, sandals, a complete electric beard trimming kit with case, a book, and much much more.

Later, as we got to the top of the hill after Fresno Creek, we found a dehydrated Lasagna meal and a machete.

The lasagna was delicious.

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2017, 10:23:21 PM »
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.
One OML trip after spring break, the 3 of us going CCW came upon a heap of stuff at the elephant tusk intersection on the Dodson.  We assumed someone was struggling to make it to Homer and abandoned much of their load.

Included in the pile was: a pillow, sandals, a complete electric beard trimming kit with case, a book, and much much more.

Later, as we got to the top of the hill after Fresno Creek, we found a dehydrated Lasagna meal and a machete.

The lasagna was delicious.

Wow!  :icon_eek:  Nothing like a nice beard trim after a long day on the trail!  :eusa_doh:

I found a GPS unit in the Dog Canyon area one time. Took it to the ranger station and turned it in.
  Bill
Bill - In San Antonio

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2017, 10:42:01 PM »
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.
One OML trip after spring break, the 3 of us going CCW came upon a heap of stuff at the elephant tusk intersection on the Dodson.  We assumed someone was struggling to make it to Homer and abandoned much of their load.

Included in the pile was: a pillow, sandals, a complete electric beard trimming kit with case, a book, and much much more.

Later, as we got to the top of the hill after Fresno Creek, we found a dehydrated Lasagna meal and a machete.

The lasagna was delicious.

Wow!  :icon_eek:  Nothing like a nice beard trim after a long day on the trail!  :eusa_doh:

Trimliness is next to oddliness. I somehow always manage to forget to bring mine.   ;)
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Offline dprather

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #22 on: June 17, 2017, 07:55:16 AM »
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.
One OML trip after spring break, the 3 of us going CCW came upon a heap of stuff at the elephant tusk intersection on the Dodson.  We assumed someone was struggling to make it to Homer and abandoned much of their load.

Included in the pile was: a pillow, sandals, a complete electric beard trimming kit with case, a book, and much much more.

Later, as we got to the top of the hill after Fresno Creek, we found a dehydrated Lasagna meal and a machete.

The lasagna was delicious.

Yes, but how was the machete?
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline strawhouse

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2017, 03:14:34 PM »
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.
One OML trip after spring break, the 3 of us going CCW came upon a heap of stuff at the elephant tusk intersection on the Dodson.  We assumed someone was struggling to make it to Homer and abandoned much of their load.

Included in the pile was: a pillow, sandals, a complete electric beard trimming kit with case, a book, and much much more.

Later, as we got to the top of the hill after Fresno Creek, we found a dehydrated Lasagna meal and a machete.

The lasagna was delicious.

Yes, but how was the machete?
Not sure it was even sharpened.

I was unwilling to carry the extra weight up Juniper Canyon, but one of our party was.  I think his grandson got it.

 


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