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first thanks for the forum and the chance to be here. i am a 51 year old native floridian and have lived in the apalachicola nf my entire life other than one tour in the MC. i have backpacked or hiked with my brother my whole life but didnt realize it until recently, we just thought of it as being forced to walk because either we were to young to drive or there was no roads where we wanted to go. up until recent history i have been extremely active outdoors exploring on foot and by canoe and running & biking the forest service road i live on but when my first grandson came along my lifes purpose instantly became about being with him, no more scuba, no more motor cycling, no more hunting. he and my younger grandson are with me on average three days a week and are able to do some short slow hikes and my wife and i are looking forward to some over nighters. i know nothing about hiking or camping gear except what i have learned over the years from sears, monkey wards and china mart and with the exception of my stoves which i built, packs and sleeping pads that is where 99.9% of my gear has come from so moving into dual mode with my wife is gonna call for some re-grouping, not because she would insist on it but because i want her to enjoy it as much as possible so she will share the enjoyment of it with me for as many months per year as possible, and belive me after six years of life revolving around grandchildren we are in serious need of some quality time together. Oh, and i can be long winded sometime but i will try to control that here.
thanks to you all, i have really enjoyed what i have read here.
smithcreek (aka earl )