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Discussion in 'Travel Stories' started by Koala, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. Koala

    Koala sleeps 22 hours a day, eats chutes and leaves

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    In August, some friends I made in Australia were tramping the US a bit and we all met up where I'm from, in Upstate New York to go for a quick jaunt in the Catskills. I knew it would be a good time no matter what, but it turned into one of those trips where around every corner is something more amazing than the last!


    We planned to do an overnight camp, so after stocking up on a couple new items we needed and getting that nice 5 finger discount, we drove out past a bunch of colleges I'd only ever heard the names of before and entered the woods for a 1 night stay. We were to hike past Mud Pond first, and then sleep at a lean to at Trout Pond further down the path.
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    At Mud Pond, we found a canoe with a few makeshift paddles that someone had left behind! It was a little leaky but we did a perimeter around the pond anyway. It was still, still and sounds of the paddles hitting the boat and our laughs and yelps echoed back at us through the valley, louder than the noise we even made in the first place.
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    We continued on down the trail and after a few inclines and declines through the heavily wooded forest, we hit Trout Pond just before sunset, and much to our pleasure, another canoe! This one did not have as great paddles - just a giant branch and a heavy flat stone the size of the trunk of my body - but we breathed in the sunset toke afloat on the calm and still pond just the same.
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    Now what do you do after dark? Eat, of course. In our newly acquired collapsible cooking pot, we made elbow pasta with all sorts of veggies, and lots of crushed red pepper.
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    I slept like a damn baby (my friends, not so much - they kept thinking about bears!). It rained the whole morning so not much of a sunrise, unfortunately. But the rain drizzle matched my lazy mood, and I could not have been more thankful to be under a lean-to that night!
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    We made a breakfast of oatmeal and slowly got ourselves up and mozeying on down the trail......cause I had to be back to work my seasonal job by that late afternoon!!
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  2. bruises

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    YA ALL CUTENESS AAAWWWWWWW :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    Shadow Appreciated Participator

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    Looks beautiful.
     
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    Spider Tempura Hungry for Knowledge

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    Thats right, we have to lock up bikes, canoes and kayaks now when we go off to forage for food. I hope you returned the canoe when you were done "borrowing" it. It is possible that someone offgrid could have been using it to feed themselves. Entirely possible that it was their only canoe, its not the sort of survival gear that people pack extras of.
     
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    Koala sleeps 22 hours a day, eats chutes and leaves

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    Of course, I didnt claim it & drag it out the trail with me, lol @Spider Tempura

    One of the canoes was left by someone who recorded it in the log notebook/journal in the lean-to I slept in. Definitely used a lot by fishermen, Trout Pond is apparently actually quite full of trout :)
     
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    Koala sleeps 22 hours a day, eats chutes and leaves

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    This was a maintained backcountry trail so guess the canoes could have been owned by off-grid foragers but i think it's more likely they were brought in by fishers/hikers and left for use
     
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    Oh man as someone from Upstate NY I love seeing others come and appreciate the beauty!