Happiness and contentment in life come from the merging of Opportunity and Talent. My Dad had Talent but no Opportunity so could not find a way to learn to play the Violin. I had Opportunity but no Talent -- I lack the physical ability to complete a Thru Hike of the Appalachian Trail. I failed to learn this lesson even after numerous section hikes, but in the Spring of 2013, after 41.6 miles hiking in MD and PA, I learned the lesson that Dad had in mind when he told me to "hike the Trail." This Blog is now about the Merging of Opportunity and Talent more than it is about hiking the Appalachian Trail, but I still plan to include snippets of the Trail in the Blog. It's about Chasing the Trail of Life. I hope you enjoy my posts.

COMPUTER TRESPASS---RCW 9A.52.110---Computer trespass in the first degree.

(1) A person is guilty of computer trespass in the first degree if the person, without authorization, intentionally gains access to a computer system or electronic database of another; and (a) The access is made with the intent to commit another crime; or (b) The violation involves a computer or database maintained by a government agency.

(2) Computer trespass in the first degree is a class C felony.

This Blog is Dedicated to my Dad. Although he never accomplished his dream of learning to play the Violin, he did construct and play a Dulcimer at an Elderhostel.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

First Shake Down Hike with Pack

Today I went on a "Shake Down" Hike. I filled my pack with most of the items I'd be taking with me for a three night hike. I had a liter of water and food in the pack. The only items missing were my medications and vitamins. I had about 18 pounds total. I'd like to reduce that to 16 pounds, so I'll be looking at each item I'm taking and trying to determine if I can reduce the weight.

We hiked nearly three miles at Panther Creek State Park. Then we drove over to Gatlinburg and hiked the Gatlinburg Trail from the Sugarlands Parking lot into town, a two mile trail, plus an additional mile in the city.

We went shopping at NOC Outfitter in Gatlinburg and then ended up at BassPro in Kodak/Sevierville.

My pack worked great.

I found a pair of La Sportiva Mountain Running "Wildcat" hiking shoes at NOC. Then I found a Black Diamond Spot headlamp on sale.

Now to 'lighten' the rest of my load. With a trip to REI tomorrow and more hiking.

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