Hello from the States

Discussion in 'Intros & Welcomes' started by BlueTrain, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    Greetings, all. I discovered this interesting neck of the woods a few weeks ago and figured it was time I signed up. I wouldn't describe my self as a true ultra-light backpacker and in fact, I haven't been getting out that much lately, though not because I don't want to. Other things just keep popping up.


    I don't know if it's appropriate to post photos here but this is me on Skyline Drive in Virginia last winter. Actually I think it was last spring. We were up there to spend the weekend at a lodge the first weekend it opened last spring. There was still a foot of snow on the ground. I loved it; wife didn't.

    I think that's Old Rag Mountain in the distance. Most of my outings away from home in the last twenty years have been in the Shenandoah National Park, where the photo was taken or in George Washington National Park, which parallels SNP about 30 miles to the west. But I'm also fortunate in having a lot of undeveloped more or less natural area beginning at our back door and I try to get out there every week. I see just as much wildlife back there as I do anywhere else. There are deer, foxes, groundhogs and beaver, although the beaver are very difficult to spot. Haven't seen any bears yet but I figure it's only a matter of time.

    We visited the U.K. a few years ago and covered much of the country from London all the way to Edinburgh, where I could finally understand the language and by which time I had mastered the skill of driving a six-speed manual on the left-hand side of the road. Didn't have the opportunity to do any hiking, only lots of walking. We spent time in Cropredy but missed the music festival. Only got lost once.

    I probably don't have much to offer the other members here but I'm still open to learning something and maybe I'll even improve my English.
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  2. rorymax

    rorymax Section Hiker

    Hello and welcome BlueTrain.

    Last edited: Dec 23, 2014
  3. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Hi BlueTrain, Welcome :)

    Not all of us are UL fanatics :D -going UL in UK's unpredictable wind and rain can be a bit problematical :confused: - not that some folks don't try ;).
  4. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Great to have you here BlueTrain

    I hope you enjoy your stay
  5. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Hi Bluetrain:)
    Welcome to Trek-lite!
  6. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Hi and welcome hugggeeeeeeeeeeeee cat an all :D
  7. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    Welcome to TL bud :)
  8. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    welcome mate
  9. 7wave

    7wave Trail Blazer

    Welcome Bluetrain. Improve your english? Is it not your mother language?
  10. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    My mother language? Well, yes, I guess so but I'm not English. And I really did have trouble understanding people in England. But on the other hand, I also have trouble understanding my mother-in-law.
  11. jinch

    jinch Ultralighter

    Welcome onboard, BlueTrain.

    p.s. I'm more than willing to do a mother-in-law trade. I'll make sure mine is bubblewrapped and I'll post her by sea so you've got a good month or so to prepare the welcome party.
  12. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Welcome to the forum Blue Train

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