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Hike Friendly......

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Offline Casa Grande

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« on: May 02, 2006, 09:12:45 AM »
After my last trip to the park, Sarah and I passed a total of 5 hiking parties.  Of the 5 hiking parties (with about 4 to 5 hikers per party), only TWO recipricated a happy "HELLO" back to us!  Now, WTF?  Are these people from the northeast or what?  Nose to the ground, not even a grunt back!  

Come on folks, your sharing one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the world.....be friendlier!

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2006, 10:10:36 AM »
it has never kappened to me, but i can relate to the sentiment !!!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006, 12:20:54 PM »
I don't remember anytime that, while hiking anywhere in the U.S., fellow hikers didn't at least say Hi back. While hiking in the park in April, I spent almost an hour talking with a retired couple from Brownsville. I've found just about everyone in BIBE is pretty friendly.

I probably would have kept saying hello, getting louder each time, until I got a response, good or bad.

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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2006, 12:33:15 PM »
Hmm....that's strange. I've never run into unfriendly people in BIBE, but then again, I don't usually run into many people at all. I talked with a nice couple (from the northeast, of all places  :) ) for about 30 minutes in Pine Canyon.

The most unfriendly people I've run into were at Rocky Mtn NP on a short hike/walk I did. I was on my way back to the TH, and I ran into a at least 6 groups (in less than 0.5 miles) of very serious, p*ssed off looking people on a mission to get somewhere fast.

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2006, 01:40:39 PM »
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Now, WTF?  Are these people from the northeast or what?

Why do you think I moved to Texas!!! :lol:

Growing up I hated it, people just aren't nice to each other there....

I've encountered a few unfriendly hikers in various places. Prolly constipated I guessed...... :roll:

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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2006, 02:38:24 PM »
Quote from: "MuleEarMick"

I probably would have kept saying hello, getting louder each time, until I got a response, good or bad.


actually, one of the parties I said it to them about 3 times while they passed by us as we were sitting on some benches along the trail....the woman in the front finally responded everyone else acted as if I was about to mug them..... :twisted:

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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2006, 02:39:43 PM »
Quote from: "MuleEarMick"
I've found just about everyone in BIBE is pretty friendly.


me too..that's why on this trip i was taken back by their lack of social skills...oh well, whatever, can't change their ways only your own....

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Lemming_of_the_BDA

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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2006, 02:47:08 PM »
Maybe you encountered a hearing-impaired field trip.  :roll:

I've occasionally encountered a person who won't return a "Howdy", but it's certainly the exception.

Seems like the remoteness and the isolation would cause folks to be a little friendlier, more glad to have some human contact.

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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2006, 02:49:44 PM »
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WTF?  Are these people from the northeast or what?  


Reminds me of John Lithgow in "Terms of Endearment". He chastised the cashier for being rude to Debra Winger.
Her response?? "I didn't think I was treating her badly".
Lithgow: "Then you must be from New York". :lol:

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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2006, 05:28:40 PM »
I can't remember a group of hikers that didn't reciprocate a greeting to me in  the Park : !
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2006, 06:30:02 PM »
I really think it has something to do with the socio-economic characteristics of being from Texas.  If I recall correctly, doesn't Tejas translate to Friendly?  Anyway,  I think you are onto something there David.  Some kind of motto or something about "Texans Hike Friendly" or "Smile Your in the Presence of Greatness - a Texan".   "This is Texas - Hike Friendly Damnit".  If you have ever been out of the great State of Texas, then you will know from experience that most others are not freindly.  Heck, I'll strike up a conversation with anyone anywhere - but in other states just saying hello or howdy will often times get you strange looks - maybe it's a degree of trust.  People just don't trust other people.  They don't know how to be freindly.  As my work collegues in other states say "Damn Arrogant Texans".  You know, kinda like "Drive Friendly the Texas Way" - sans DFW, Houston, etc.

Found it!  I'll edit the post.  The Motto of Texas is Friendship.

MORE than you will ever want to know, there will be a test on Friday regarding this.  Study Hard.  Those that don't pass have to swab the toidys in the Basin during July.

http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ref/abouttx/symbols.html

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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2006, 07:35:59 PM »
Great idea, Shane.  I'm going to start marketing a sticker that says "HIKE FRIENDLY",  suitable for applying to one's backside.  For women with a particularly attractive backside, I'll send an extra one free in exchange for a photo of the sticker in action.

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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2006, 08:18:01 PM »
The only time I can think that I didn't get a "Howdy!" back was when the other hikers were from overseas and didn't speak the language, and that was at the Grand Canyon, now that I think about it. In BB I've had some very pooped hikers kinda grunt but it was because they were tired, not really grumpy...I guess. Interesting thread!
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BigBendHiker

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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2006, 06:17:47 AM »
Quote from: "David Locke"
After my last trip to the park, Sarah and I passed a total of 5 hiking parties.  Of the 5 hiking parties (with about 4 to 5 hikers per party), only TWO recipricated a happy "HELLO" back to us!  Now, WTF?  Are these people from the northeast or what?  Nose to the ground, not even a grunt back!  

Come on folks, your sharing one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the world.....be friendlier!


Had that happen to us once (last year on the Pinnacles Trail).  Said hi and nothin' in return.  Thought it odd, too.  I always like saying hi to them or reciprocating if they offer first.   Plus, I always like to ask where they are from, how was the trail (particularly if they are coming down and we are going up), etc.  


BBH

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Lemming_of_the_BDA

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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2006, 07:36:10 AM »
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Quote from: "David Locke"
After my last trip to the park, Sarah and I passed a total of 5 hiking parties.  Of the 5 hiking parties (with about 4 to 5 hikers per party), only TWO recipricated a happy "HELLO" back to us!  Now, WTF?  Are these people from the northeast or what?  Nose to the ground, not even a grunt back!  

Come on folks, your sharing one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the world.....be friendlier!


Had that happen to us once (last year on the Pinnacles Trail).  Said hi and nothin' in return.  Thought it odd, too.  I always like saying hi to them or reciprocating if they offer first.   Plus, I always like to ask where they are from, how was the trail (particularly if they are coming down and we are going up),[/i] etc.  


BBH


If I'm coming down and they're going up, I think the most asked question is "Is it worth it"?
My answer is always the same: "HELL YEAH" :!:  :!:  :!:  :lol:

 


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