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Discussion: Pushing your limits

in: bl; bl > 2020-05-06

May 7, 2020 11:32 PM # 
Nothing like being forced to deal with reality to make you, Beth and the dog to rise to the occassion!
May 8, 2020 1:12 AM # 
One does what's req'd. Our situation was 'easy' tho it didn't seem like it at all at the time. Being in a quandary out-of-doors brought up the older female AT hiker (today, in a conversation) who got off trail in ME woods on a pit stop, wrote the story of her last days in her diary and was found two years later. Didn't remember detail but the story sketch is one of those unforgettable ones. You must know it well. And would have walked right by the spot where she left the trail.
May 8, 2020 9:01 AM # 
Ah, that's a sad story. Geraldine Largay, age 66 when she got lost in the Maine woods while taking a pit stop off the Appalachian Trail in July 2013. She had been hiking with a friend for several months on the AT, starting from West Virginia, but the friend had to leave the hike in New Hampshire due to an ill family member. Ms. Largay insisted on pressing on alone, even though her friend described her as anxious, and terrible at finding her way. She was otherwise tough and competent, managing to live for another month or so at a campsite she made that was later found to be a mile or two off the trail. Weeks of searching by hikers and helicopters didn't find her; her remains were found two years later by a logging surveyor.

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May 8, 2020 10:11 PM # 
Great. I'll try the Globe - they always leave me high & dry after tantalizing me to bits. I get NYT digitally.

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