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    Hammock the Batona

    Since we are talking about Batona, I've read some old posts that it might not be safe to leave my car at Ongs Hat for 4 days? I'd rather park there then Bass River.... but I would pick my car NOT being broken into.
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    Hammock the Batona

    Thanks All! Seemed like an obvious answer but I figured if I ASSUMED... I'd pay for it.
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    Hammock the Batona

    I'm hoping to finally hike the Batona Trail in the next couple months.... maybe summer if it comes down to it. My plan is to use a hammock for it. From what I've seen of some of the campsites in those areas, there seem to be plenty of trees. Any reason for concern specifically on the Batona?? I...
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    3 States Stone

    Could make it a hexagon.... didn't think of just turning it like JohnnyB! But that's my mechanical engineering background (college), if it isn't a complicated solution, it's not worth it. :D
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    Camp Site Reservations

    Good to know... and what a pain! I have been trying to do the Batona trail for over a year and just can't get the time. My latest is to do it between now and December. But who knows. But I'm glad you posted this so I'm aware.
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    Public Service Announcement

    Funny you should say that. I was in my back yard and I kept hearing them dropping on everything from the tree in my front yard.
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    National Flood Insurance Program

    LOL... yeah, I guess if it was viable, insurance companies probably would. I have a feeling flood insurance is like shorting stocks... you can make some profits, but the losses can go without limit! And to your point, people keep building in areas with a known danger! I'm sure even if the...
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    National Flood Insurance Program

    I don't disagree with your thoughts on insuring people in the flood areas. But aren't the people in these flood zones really the ones funding the insurance? I know if they are in the 100 yr zone they pay a few thousand. If they are outside of that, it drops to hundreds. We flooded with Irene due...
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    Solar Eclipse 2017

    Great report manumuskin! It sounds like I didn't have nearly the driving issues but my 10 hour drive down and back both took 13 hours. It wasn't crazy traffic but a 2-lane national highway gets clogged easily. I camped outside of Asheville, NC (reserved a month ago) and intended to drive down...
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    Solar Eclipse 2017

    I was planning to head SW from Asheville because it would be closer, but you bring up a good point about the smokeys. Either way, I'll be checking the weather for the next couple weeks! I'll just probably head more SE now depending on how things look.
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    Solar Eclipse 2017

    I'm heading down there to stay overnight near Asheville, NC Sunday night. Then just find someplace to go the next morning for viewing. I took off two days as well but I'm driving Tuesday. I'd have trouble staying awake that late driving.
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    Tick Ecology in NJ Pine Barrens?

    Sadly, there was a vaccine out there called Lymerix. But because of some scare of side effect that were later disproven and lack of a market, the manufacturer decided to discontinue it. Oh, and I think some of the scare brought in some lawsuit which didn't help. I think I read that it was 70%...