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"Heading into the largest national park in the US (check out the new shiny shoes)! " Stovetop~Friday, April 06, 2001 
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Throw Back Thursday in Honor of the National Park Service's Birthday, 99 Year Anniversary this week.
Stovetop's 2001 Appalachian Trail Photos : GSMNP Entrance - Friday, April 06, 2001
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Little Crater Lake on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
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All National parks will be fee-free on August 25 in honor of the National Park Service's 99th birthday.
http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
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"Wildcat" the trail chaplain for the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church in  Maryville, TN featured in hometown news, Sunset photo at Zealand Cliffs from his trail journal.
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http://www.thedailytimes.com/community/trail-chaplain-hikes-two-states-with-to-go-along-appalachian/article_1e538845-31ec-5676-90bf-b0ca6e9242c3.html
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The National Scenic Trails Act was passed in 1968. ‪#‎TBT‬
The Tuscarora Trail was built west of the Appalachian Trail in a wilder area as an alternative route for the AT because it was feared that development would cause the closure of the AT before the The National Trails System was created. Tuscarora Mountain and trail sign pictured.
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I'm doing a giveaway on my blog that I think might interest people.  Two articles coming up talk about the Madrone tree (Arbutus menziesii) and proper technique for using a firesteel.  

So I am giving away a hand-made (not by me) Madrone Burl firesteel.  

The random drawing is for Bushcraft Newsletter subscribers.  So you do need to subscribe to the free Bushcraft Newsletter to participate.  Everyone is welcome to enter.  But because of my limited budget, I can only ship the prize to addresses in the United States.  

The winner will be announced August 30.

Hope you are having a great weekend!
It's time for another giveaway! Why? Because it's fun! When I do a giveaway, I try to link it to articles appearing on the site. This month we will talk about one of my favorite trees: the Madrone (Arbutus menziesii). It's a fascinating tree and I can't wait to tell you all about it.
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Identifying wild edibles can be intimidating.  It’s natural (and reasonable) to feel apprehensive when you’re starting out.

This easy project teaches you how to make a yummy dessert using a plant found in many household gardens.  You will have a chance to practice using plants for food, without the need to make complex plant identifications or learn special processing techniques.
Identifying wild edibles can be intimidating. It's natural (and reasonable) to feel apprehensive when you're starting out. So I want to give you an easy project to try. Something comfortable to ease you into wild edibles. This article will teach you how to make a yummy dessert using a plant ...
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Centaur and Scribe on the FINAL PEAK of the Colorado Trail!!
Near the Taylor Lake, 12,264 ft. Friday July 31, 2015.
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Appalachian Trail  - 
 
Can you spot the White Blaze??
Some are harder to find than others!
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Good flush of chickens there! Great edible.
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Appalachian Trail  - 
 
The Lakes of the Clouds Hut turned 100 today
Th!e hut sits on the southern shoulder of Mount Washington and can house up to 90 guests, not bad for 5040' above sea level.
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Sparky's 2011 Appalachian Trail Photos : Lake of the Clouds hut - Monday, August 29, 2011
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"I took a minute and some deep breaths and continued walking to the famous sign on the mountain. As I approached, trying to keep myself composed, it was quiet. Completely quiet. When I walked up and was able to place my hands on the sign, I cried. They were tears of joy. It was knowing how far I've made it. It was knowing how difficult this journey has been. It was knowing the sacrifices I had to make to get to this point. I put my head on the sign and just tried to fathom what I just accomplished. It was surreal to see the sign, let alone touch it and take my picture with it. I always knew that someday I'd see the sign in person. I just never knew when, and surely didn't think it'd be now. It was truly an unbelievable feeling."~ Not Yet July 28, 2015 on Mt.Katahdin
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.....and now for the walk back
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