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04/26/2010 08:05 PM

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Tom83404
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Anytime I get some extra money is a good day. I got paid by the National Institute of Mental Health today for my involovement in their study AND I got a surprise check from the 401K from my last job that I wasn't expecting.

This was great because I had enough to finish outfitting myself for my backpacking trips...I even had enough to buy supplies to make my own dehydrated meals and some beef jerky...enough for at least my first 2-3 day trip...Yea!!

Now all I need is for the weather to cooperate and melt the snow in the highlands.

I can't wait to get up there and backpack 20 miles away from anyone and hopefully take some magnificent pictures.

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04/26/2010 08:29 PM
Joy75
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That's real nice for you. Enjoy your trip!!

04/26/2010 08:52 PM
pinnacle4
 
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What fun! I can feel the peace already. I'm jealous!

04/26/2010 11:22 PM
DarkestDepth
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I am definitely jealous. But unexpected money is always the best to come across. Good luck with the backpacking trip.

04/27/2010 03:07 AM
ApRiLGeTsAngry77

Tom, I never knew you backpacked. How cool! I would like to see some of your pictures when you have them available. Smile

04/27/2010 03:58 AM
uppitywoman
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What a blessing! I'm glad that happened for you. You will have to post photos from your trek.

04/27/2010 10:23 AM
Tom83404
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For those who want to see a sampling of my pictures up to date you can see them here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tbanneck/sets/ 72157623432123063/

Enjoy!

As for the backpacking...ya. I find the only way to get decent pictures of wildlife is to get far enough into the back country that there isn't any other people (or very few). The trick is to not be eaten by a Grizzly Bear...but to that end I have a lens that allows me to capture them on film from about 1/8 of a mile away and I carry a airhorn to scare them away, 4 bottles of pepper spray to blind them and only if all else fails and I find myself in a hand to hand combat with one, a very long, very sharp knife (which I pray I never have to use).

The challenge for me is the weight of my pack. My pack weighs about 40 pounds which is pretty standard but I have to also carry 20 pounds of camera equipment so at around 60 pounds, my pack is on the OMG heavy side for a 20-40 mile hike.


04/27/2010 10:38 AM
santos63
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I would love to go backpacking, but it would kill me with fibro pain, and I'm terrified of snakes. I think it would be naive of me to think I could go backpacking in the desert and not see a snake. Wink

04/27/2010 10:39 AM
Dit
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Tom good news you got some extra $ and you are using it well.

I just looked at all your pictures, they are "amazing" i love the wildlife, you must be at such peace when you do your backpacking. I love nature too and going way out in the wilderness, i've done it and saw Moose, Deer, Mink, Porcupine. We call it bush camping.

My favorite pics are of the Bears, Buffalos, Squirels, and especially the Wolves.

Thanks so much for sharing them with us.Smile


04/27/2010 10:50 AM
YorkieLove
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My pack weighed about 50 pounds and I did fine on a 50 mile back packing trip. I think you'll be OK with 60 pounds. Do you have a satellite radio you can take with you? You definitely shouldn't go alone.

My husband is looking at a job in Ceour d'Alane (?). I'll let you know if he gets it.

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