Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >
Topic Options
#2300994 - 07/11/14 06:45 AM OT - Going Hiking
Sam S Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1415
Loc: Georgia, USA
I'm finishing up my week at Summerkeys now - having a great time. Then my wife will drop me off at Mount Katahdin and I will walk back to Georgia - I hope!

Follow my adventure here:
http://www.trailjournals.com/forrest14/

I will miss playing the piano - hopefully I can get back up to speed fairly quickly when I get home in 5 or 6 months.

There probably won't be anything profound in my journal, but if I know people are watching, I won't be as likely to give up and go home!

Sam

Top
(ads P/S)

Petrof Pianos

#2301000 - 07/11/14 07:28 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
earlofmar Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 1587
Loc: Australia
could you not get a hiking piano lol

5 to 6 months is a long time, are you wild camping along the way?
_________________________
I thought I understood endurance sport; then I took up piano
XXXV-6-XXX

Top
#2301002 - 07/11/14 07:39 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
wouter79 Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 3538
You mean, from Mount Katahdin in Maine to middle of Georgia?? That's about 2000 miles? Wow, you took half a year off from work?

What kind of route do you take? Hills or mainly flat?

Good luck with that hike!
_________________________

Top
#2301011 - 07/11/14 08:23 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Ragdoll Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/03/12
Posts: 672
Loc: Illinois
Quote:
There probably won't be anything profound in my journal, but if I know people are watching, I won't be as likely to give up and go home!


@@>>>>> @Sam S grin

Sam you have my profound admiration in doing this, repeatedly no less. Looking forward to your journal. I once hiked (really just walked) 185 miles and thought it was a big deal. Of course this was 20 or so years ago. Now I do 3-4 miles per day. smile


Edited by Ragdoll (07/11/14 08:24 AM)
Edit Reason: moved eyeballs
_________________________
Ragdoll

Just be yourself, everyone else is already taken.


Top
#2301012 - 07/11/14 08:24 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Sam S Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1415
Loc: Georgia, USA
Sorry, I should have given a little more info. It's the Appalachian Trail, 2185 miles. I'm going southbound, Maine to Georgia. Hope to done by Christmas. I hike and camp, but get off the trail every 5-7 days to resupply.

Sam

Top
#2301022 - 07/11/14 08:59 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
JimF Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 1718
Loc: south florida
Have a great thru-hike, Sam. I have always wanted to do it, having hiked bits and pieces of the AT many years ago. What trail name are you adopting?

Who knows, maybe you'll encounter a "trail angel" with a piano!!
_________________________
La Fille aux cheveux de lin - Debussy
Ma Mere L'Oye - Ravel
Mozart Sonata K545

Estonia L190 #7284





Top
#2301026 - 07/11/14 09:10 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
AZ_Astro Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/19/12
Posts: 462
Loc: Tempe, Arizona
Awesome, Sam S. Best wishes for a great hike!

I took two weeks off this summer for fishing in Montana. When I got back, I was very rusty at the piano. The first three days were very rough and I was disheartened. But my fingers started coming back first, then my memory. In a little over a week, I was back to where I was before the trip.

Enjoy the adventure!
_________________________
Kawai KG-5. Korg SP-250. Software pianos: Ivory II, Ravenscroft, Galaxy Vintage D, Alicia's Keys, et al.


Top
#2301034 - 07/11/14 09:34 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
wouter79 Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 3538
Maybe you can keep posting an occasional photo here wink
_________________________

Top
#2301046 - 07/11/14 10:09 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
jotur Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5532
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
I bookmarked you, Sam, and put it right next to my "walking tour" dream site so you'll keep me up for doing it!

I love reading journals, so I'm so glad you're doing it. A friend of mine, before there were online journals, did a long walk in middle America and then published her journal and I read it avidly. Then another friend more recently did a car/camp tour and I followed her for awhile. When I did my long trip in '89 I kept a journal, and sent friends post cards from every stop. One family posted them on a map of the US so their 4-year-old could keep track smile At some point I should finish collating the stuff from that journal. Online seems like a great way to keep it simple but regularly.

Have a great adventure! And thanks so much for letting us share it with the link.

Cathy
_________________________

Top
#2301051 - 07/11/14 10:30 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
KurtZ Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/13/10
Posts: 899
Loc: The Heart of Screenland
I know a professional cellist who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (2600 miles from Mexico to Canadian border). Some of his internet cello friends (including me) took our cellos to him at various points where the trail nears roadways so he could play. I drove over an hour to meet him near Santa Clarita in Agua Dulce. For my trouble I got a hamburger and a fascinating look into trail culture and the support system that aids the hikers of which I am an official "Trail Angel".

Have a safe trip Sam. Know that your piano friends are with you. Personally I look forward to following your blog.

Kurt
_________________________
I just wanted to be just "a" guy. That's enough of a life.

Top
#2301058 - 07/11/14 10:45 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Plowboy Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2308
Loc: SoCal
Good luck, Sam. It'll be fun. Never been on the AT, but have backpacked and peakbagged in the Sierra and along the PCT for a long time.

Don't worry about piano, though. You'll be amazed at the places you'll find one just sitting around. When doing the John Muir Trail a couple of years ago I spent some time on one in Red's Meadow. Last year, I played Bach on a piano in a Death Valley ghost town that probably hadn't been tuned, or regulated, in over a century. The action was a little rough.

What are you using for a pack? My girlfriend and I really like the ULA Circuit. Light, but rugged enough and carries really well. Are you going alcohol, canister, or stoveless?
_________________________
Gary

Top
#2301083 - 07/11/14 11:31 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
carlos88 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/18/13
Posts: 92
Loc: Colorado
I wits you the best on your 6 month journey - hopefully there isn't much snow and ice this year on the toughest mile part in NH. That's a wonderful picture with your brother on the journal.

There are a lot of magical places on the AT. I always loved the part in Hanover, NH, where you'd slip around the back corner of a baseball field, and suddenly were in a completely different world.

If you still need any PW computer volunteers for anything, I'd be happy to help.


Edited by carlos88 (07/11/14 11:32 AM)
_________________________
I'd rather play badly than not at all...

Top
#2301087 - 07/11/14 11:34 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Riddler Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 605
Loc: Florida
Sam, this is fantastic!

My father was a devoted hiker, and some of my fondest memories are of the hikes we took when I was a kid. He always dreamed of walking the AT, talked about it all the time. Sadly, he passed away in 1954, dream unfulfilled. In fact, I don't think he ever got more than 100 miles from home in his whole life. Different world, then.

It is inspiring to realize that after all these years, someone is living out his dream!

Good luck to you!

Ed
_________________________
http://edsjazzpianopage.blogspot.com/

My fingers are slow, but easily keep pace with my thoughts.


Top
#2301099 - 07/11/14 12:05 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
dynamobt Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 674
Loc: NH
What an adventure!!!! I am in awe. Best of luck to you, Sam on your journey. I know many people who dream of doing this. Few actually do it. So, Kudos to you!!! Don't worry. Your piano will welcome you home!
_________________________
1918 Mason & Hamlin BB





Top
#2301181 - 07/11/14 03:38 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Michael Martinez Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/22/12
Posts: 414
Loc: California
Have a great time through-walking the AT. I've got a coworker here who did 30 days on the PCT last September (starting up north and working his way South.) I personally do a lot of hiking/backpacking, but I'm not a long-distance walker.
_________________________
Music Educator, Computer Engineer, avid reader of literature, enjoyer of the outdoors
http://www.michael--martinez.com/music/

Top
#2301182 - 07/11/14 03:39 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Plowboy]
Michael Martinez Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/22/12
Posts: 414
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: Plowboy

Last year, I played Bach on a piano in a Death Valley ghost town that probably hadn't been tuned, or regulated, in over a century. The action was a little rough.


That would be fun to hear. You should have recorded it.
_________________________
Music Educator, Computer Engineer, avid reader of literature, enjoyer of the outdoors
http://www.michael--martinez.com/music/

Top
#2301314 - 07/11/14 10:12 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Turn-Table Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/30/05
Posts: 151
Loc: United States
Sam: Glad to hear you had a great time at SummerKeys! Have a great, safe hiking trip! How wonderful and lucky of you to be able to do that!

(I came back from Lubec with a weekend stay in Boston and arrived home literally a quarter to midnight on Sunday, and had to work the next day--couldn't avoid it, as our office was having a 4-hour training that Monday.)

Top
#2301342 - 07/12/14 12:27 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
PFred Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/19/14
Posts: 8
Loc: NorthEast PA, USA
Sam, This is good news for me, the fellow I was following in Trail Journals had to leave the trail in New York (NBound) last week because of knee problems. Now I'll be able to follow you. Here's a tune to start your journey: http://youtu.be/4rEJmkUmJlE Good luck, have fun Fred
_________________________
Roland HP504

Top
#2301495 - 07/12/14 11:56 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
casinitaly Offline


Gold Supporter until March 1 2014


Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 5028
Loc: Italy
Wow, that's one heck of a walk Sam!

Best wishes - stay safe!

I will look forward to reading you updates - you're in my favourites!

Take care!!!!!
_________________________
XVIII-XXXIV
Everything's too hard until you make it easy. Follow your teacher's instructions and practice wisely/much, and you'll soon wonder how you ever found it hard ;)-BobPickle
Performance anxiety: make it part of your daily routine and deal with it...Cope! zrtf90

Top
#2301507 - 07/12/14 12:44 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Rickster Offline


Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8535
Loc: Georgia, USA
That's a pretty long walk, Sam, but I'm sure you will enjoy the trip!

Be careful, and watch out for snakes, bears and extra terrestrials. laugh

All the best!

Rick
_________________________
Piano enthusiast and amateur musician: "Treat others the way you would like to be treated". Yamaha C7. YouTube Channel

Top
#2301533 - 07/12/14 01:25 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Charles Cohen Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/26/12
Posts: 1314
Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
Have a good time!

I've hiked some of the AT in New England, many years ago. The full Katahdin-to-Georgia trip should be wonderful.

. Charles

Top
#2302667 - 07/15/14 04:45 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012


Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17777
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Looking forward to reading your journal, Sam! Ever since reading "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson I've had renewed respect for you thru-hikers. I personally don't have what it takes to give up a comfortable mattress and flush toilet for that long! laugh
_________________________
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

Top
#2303173 - 07/16/14 09:34 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012


Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17777
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Here's a coincidence... I just read today that they're making a movie of "A walk in the woods", starring Nick Nolte and Robert Redford. ha
_________________________
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

Top
#2303187 - 07/16/14 10:27 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
earlofmar Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 1587
Loc: Australia
spooky
_________________________
I thought I understood endurance sport; then I took up piano
XXXV-6-XXX

Top
#2303433 - 07/17/14 04:25 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
wouter79 Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 3538
Sam apparently didn't want to tell yet that he's a movie star smile
_________________________

Top
#2304213 - 07/19/14 10:06 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Sam S Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1415
Loc: Georgia, USA
Thanks everyone for your well-wishes. I started on the 12th and have now completed the first major hurdle - the "100 mile wilderness" in Maine. I added a bunch of entries Nd photos to my trail journal (link in my signature). I have to do all this from my phone, so I can't respond to everyone, but thanks!

Sam

Top
#2304241 - 07/20/14 12:06 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
jotur Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5532
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Thanks, Sam! I've been checking in every day on your journal, and just finished reading the pre-hike pieces, so your timing is impeccable! Thanks for letting us go along -

Cathy
_________________________

Top
#2304287 - 07/20/14 06:23 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
torquenale Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 295
Loc: Italy
Best wishes Sam!
_________________________



Top
#2304313 - 07/20/14 08:35 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
JimF Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 1718
Loc: south florida
You go, Sam! Enjoyed your new journal entries... especially the beautiful pictures.
_________________________
La Fille aux cheveux de lin - Debussy
Ma Mere L'Oye - Ravel
Mozart Sonata K545

Estonia L190 #7284





Top
#2304576 - 07/20/14 10:22 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012


Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17777
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Ohmigosh. My feet hurt just reading Sam's journal! laugh What a terrific adventure. ...but one I'm happy to enjoy vicariously.
_________________________
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

Top
#2304578 - 07/20/14 10:30 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012


Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17777
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Ohmigosh. My feet hurt just reading Sam's journal! laugh What a terrific adventure. ...but one I'm happy to enjoy vicariously.
_________________________
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

Top
#2305379 - 07/22/14 01:24 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Ragdoll Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/03/12
Posts: 672
Loc: Illinois
Oh SAM ...

I hope you are Ok. I see no journal entry since Sunday. I truly hope you are just resting your feet and haven't been hurt or something. eek
_________________________
Ragdoll

Just be yourself, everyone else is already taken.


Top
#2305489 - 07/22/14 03:52 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
AZ_Astro Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/19/12
Posts: 462
Loc: Tempe, Arizona
I don't think he is able to post his journal daily. That's all.
_________________________
Kawai KG-5. Korg SP-250. Software pianos: Ivory II, Ravenscroft, Galaxy Vintage D, Alicia's Keys, et al.


Top
#2305526 - 07/22/14 04:57 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Greener Offline

Platinum Supporter until July 22 2014


Registered: 05/29/12
Posts: 1203
Loc: Toronto
Hello Sam,

I have and will continue to follow with much interest. Clearly, you are not a newbie to this. It is very inspirational. Next time I start whining on my second K of a two kilometer canoe portage, I'll be thinking of you and ... I will stop whining.

A very nice tribute to your Brother. Stay safe and best wishes for a great journey.

Top
#2307170 - 07/25/14 09:08 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Sam S Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1415
Loc: Georgia, USA
I've made it to Stratton Maine, 188 miles more or less. Only about 2000 miles left to go!

Uploaded more journal entries tonight. Cell phone access has been really bad, so sometimes updates will come in batches.

Its great that people are interested! It gives me incentive to keep going!

Sam

Top
#2307271 - 07/26/14 07:12 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
AZ_Astro Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/19/12
Posts: 462
Loc: Tempe, Arizona
Have read your journal entries with great interest and you have got me started looking into ultralight equipment!

How is the hammock holding up? From what I've read the Warbonnet is pretty comfy!

Is there plenty of water available or are you having to carry quite a lot? Average pack weight?

Feel free to respond to this after you get back to Georgia!

Best wishes.
_________________________
Kawai KG-5. Korg SP-250. Software pianos: Ivory II, Ravenscroft, Galaxy Vintage D, Alicia's Keys, et al.


Top
#2307421 - 07/26/14 04:45 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
torquenale Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 295
Loc: Italy
I'm following your journal Sam, it's great!
_________________________



Top
#2307444 - 07/26/14 05:39 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Monica K.]
TrapperJohn Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/11/08
Posts: 3575
Loc: Chocolatetown, USA
Originally Posted By: Monica K.
Looking forward to reading your journal, Sam! Ever since reading "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson I've had renewed respect for you thru-hikers.


Hey Sam - I second both above sentiments - "A Walk in the Woods" was both instructive and hilarious - read it several years ago -

My wife and I went biking at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in south central PA recently and met & talked with a group of hikers at the General Store there who were doing the A.T., which cuts right thru the park - we also talked with a "Ridge Runner", one of those who more or less patrol the trail along the way - he had some very interesting stories to tell...

I admire greatly what you're doing - I used to do triathlons and marathons, but they're a piece of baklava compared to what you're attempting - Good Luck!
_________________________
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin

Current favorite bumper sticker: Wag more, bark less.

Top
#2309234 - 07/31/14 07:57 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Sam S Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1415
Loc: Georgia, USA
Thanks for the kind comments everyone. I've made it to Andover, Maine. I'm a little tired (really?), so will take my second zero day (no hiking). I updated the trail journal.

I miss my piano!

Sam

Top
#2309239 - 07/31/14 08:10 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
CarlosCC Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 1366
Loc: Lisbon, Portugal
Wow, Sam S!
What an adventure! You are an hero!
Looking forward to read your updates thumb
_________________________

Youtube channel
Box.com MP3 records

Self-taught since 12/2009
Don't play what's there, play what's not there.

Top
#2309273 - 07/31/14 09:57 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
jotur Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5532
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Thank you again, Sam - I check in every day to see if there's news.

Cathy
_________________________

Top
#2309497 - 07/31/14 07:35 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
PFred Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/19/14
Posts: 8
Loc: NorthEast PA, USA
What you need is a little Piano Trail Magic. :-)
_________________________
Roland HP504

Top
#2311621 - 08/05/14 06:34 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Sam S Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1415
Loc: Georgia, USA
Made it out of Maine finally - about 300 miles to Gorham, NH.

Updated the journal - thanks for reading!

Sam

Top
#2311634 - 08/05/14 06:55 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
jotur Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5532
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Good for you, Sam! Shake that Maine dust off your feet! Onward!

Cathy
_________________________

Top
#2311726 - 08/05/14 10:30 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
AZ_Astro Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/19/12
Posts: 462
Loc: Tempe, Arizona
Great job, Sam. An auspicious start to an epic hike!
_________________________
Kawai KG-5. Korg SP-250. Software pianos: Ivory II, Ravenscroft, Galaxy Vintage D, Alicia's Keys, et al.


Top
#2311846 - 08/06/14 06:52 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
TrapperJohn Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/11/08
Posts: 3575
Loc: Chocolatetown, USA
Sam - above I mentioned that the AT goes right thru Pine Grove Furnace State Park in south central PA - I forgot to mention that there's a hostel there - don't know how accomodating it is (probably typical) but it is a large building with a roof and 4 walls! Also, the General Store there has great ice cream!

But you more than likely know all this already from your research...

Take care, and watch out for vicious critters (both 4 legged and 2 legged).

Trap
_________________________
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin

Current favorite bumper sticker: Wag more, bark less.

Top
#2311891 - 08/06/14 10:14 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Michael Sayers Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/15/13
Posts: 1129
Loc: Stockholms lšn, Sverige
Hi Sam,

I am enjoying the journal. As someone who is "trapped" in Sweden on the other side of the Atlantic - not really trapped, I'm just not up to long haul flights anymore - it is refreshing to read.

I'm sure you'll be fine when you get back to your piano. Life needs mixture and variety, not all as only pianistic pursuits.

Keep the entries coming . . .

Top
#2311892 - 08/06/14 10:17 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: TrapperJohn]
Michael Sayers Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/15/13
Posts: 1129
Loc: Stockholms lšn, Sverige
Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
Take care, and watch out for vicious critters (both 4 legged and 2 legged).

And also the no legs variety! I've had one or two close calls with snakes nestled up against the other side of fallen trees in U.S. national parks. It is very important to look in such places before one steps over!

Top
#2312662 - 08/07/14 09:03 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
mom3gram Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/26/08
Posts: 1133
Loc: New Jersey
Congratulations, Sam, on completing the first state on your journey. That is so awesome! I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures in New Hampshire.
_________________________
mom3gram

ALFRED'S ADULT BOOK 1 GRADUATE


Top
#2312838 - 08/08/14 08:10 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
WiseBuff Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/03/05
Posts: 807
Loc: Brighton Colorado
Sam
Your trek sounds like a lifetime dream. Stay safe and send us pictures and words of wisdom of course.
Just reading about your plan makes me want to get out hiking...used to hike the Rockies years ago.
You're an inspiration.
_________________________



Love to learn

Top
#2313541 - 08/09/14 06:35 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
casinitaly Offline


Gold Supporter until March 1 2014


Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 5028
Loc: Italy
Hi Sam,

I just got caught up with your last (6 Aug) post! Wow, what an adventure.
I'm enjoying reading about it, but I sure wouldn't be up for doing it!

I can see that it is tough on both you and Laurie to be apart for this long - particularly as you know it will be for several more months. I hope that you get a good amount of face-time in to help with this part of the trip!
I also hope Laurie is doing well.

I am enjoying learning about the traditions and terminology of the trail - and hearing about the people you are meeting and walking with.

Sounds like things are going pretty smoothly!

Wishing you all the best and hoping that it contues that way!!!
_________________________
XVIII-XXXIV
Everything's too hard until you make it easy. Follow your teacher's instructions and practice wisely/much, and you'll soon wonder how you ever found it hard ;)-BobPickle
Performance anxiety: make it part of your daily routine and deal with it...Cope! zrtf90

Top
#2313648 - 08/09/14 11:44 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
musdan Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/05/05
Posts: 1165
Sam thanks for taking us along with you. I don't know how you do it.

It helps to know that you have a lot of PW friends cheering you on.

Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your hike.

Top
#2315260 - 08/14/14 01:26 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
jotur Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5532
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
There's more posts!

Sam, even I'm missing Wrinkles, and I don't know him! I hope he's ok, even tho he's probably far enough behind that you won't run in to him again.

And I hope the wind dies down!

Cathy
_________________________

Top
#2315273 - 08/14/14 03:04 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Sam S Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1415
Loc: Georgia, USA
Thanks everybody! I made it to Franconia Notch, NH. Actually just Mt Lafayette, since the bad weather knocked me down. Will take a day off and resume Friday.

Thanks for reading!

Sam

Top
#2315351 - 08/14/14 08:54 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
barbaram Offline

Full Member

Registered: 09/06/13
Posts: 142
Hi Sam
I've just read your whole journal this week - what an adventure! I'm keen to do some multiday hikes in my future, but I don't think I'll ever take on something as challenging as this.

I do "get" your moral dilemma. If you were doing a section it probably wouldn't matter so much to you. But when your challenge is to complete the entire AT, can you accept leaving out a few miles of it? To me by the way, you will clearly have "done" the AT even if you miss a few trail miles in this way, but I totally understand that you might not want a shred of ambiguity about it.

A few years ago I was travelling overland through Patagonia by truck with a group. The area we were travelling through was pretty desolate and very sparsely populated. On the third day travelling this empty road (camping wild at night), we saw a speck in the dust on the horizon. As we got nearer, it became two specks, and then two people. When we were just behind them, one of the guys stuck out his thumb and we stopped to offer a lift. One of the guys got on, the other did not.
It turned out, they were two French guys who had been walking from the very southern tip of South America in Tierra del Fuego and were aiming for the northernmost tip at the Darien Gap. One of them was so fed up of walking through empty, dusty, windy scrubland that he decided to hop on our truck for 10k and camp with us that night. But the other one was determined to walk the whole route and would not take a lift.
A few hours later, the more determined walker arrived into our camp pretty disgusted with his buddy for wimping out and accepting a lift. I never heard if they made it to their goal...

Top
#2315705 - 08/14/14 10:41 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012


Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17777
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
I loved your King James parody, Sam. laugh

I agree with your decision to do the third option with the full pack. You don't want that asterisk haunting you years from now.
_________________________
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

Top
#2316967 - 08/18/14 02:30 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
TrapperJohn Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/11/08
Posts: 3575
Loc: Chocolatetown, USA
I vote for option 3 Sam (which is easy enough for me since I'm not hiking) but I think you're right about later remembering...

I forgot to mention that the AT Museum is also located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in PA - you'll find much of interest here, including some info about Earl Shaffer who was from this area and who - as you probably already know - was the 1st person to hike the entire trail in a single hike - this was way back in 1948 (when it was actually a tough trek to do laugh ).

Persevere!

Trap
_________________________
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin

Current favorite bumper sticker: Wag more, bark less.

Top
#2317896 - 08/20/14 09:02 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: TrapperJohn]
Sam S Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1415
Loc: Georgia, USA
I made it to Hanover, NH. 442 miles so far - just need to cross the river and I'll be in my 3rd state - VT.

Tomorrow I take a day off and go in search of a piano to play. Surely I can find one in a college town...

Sam

Top
#2317902 - 08/20/14 09:14 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
dynamobt Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 674
Loc: NH
You are a bit north of me, Sam. But I would welcome you to come play my Mason & Hamlin. I'm on the coast just south of Portsmouth. Too far? Probably if you are on foot.

Happy hiking!!
_________________________
1918 Mason & Hamlin BB





Top
#2317908 - 08/20/14 09:31 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
jotur Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5532
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
I was so relieved to hear that Wrinkles is still on the go. Congratulations on getting thru the tough part - you've earned some downhill/flat stuff smile

Cathy
_________________________

Top
#2317927 - 08/20/14 10:13 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012


Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17777
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Heck, I'm relieved to hear that SAM is still on the go! I was worried about that leg injury. frown Glad to hear that the trails are getting flatter and easier. thumb
_________________________
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

Top
#2317932 - 08/20/14 10:38 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
Plowboy Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2308
Loc: SoCal
Keep trucking, Sam. Good luck finding a piano.

I leave next week for Stehekin and going to hike to Manning Park with a friend who is finishing the PCT.

When you get ready for the PCT, you'll have to drop me a line. But one trail at a time!
_________________________
Gary

Top
#2319672 - 08/25/14 12:43 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
pianosNpreschooler Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/23/14
Posts: 8
This is my DREAM in a few years! Except I want to go NOBO from past the difficult part at the south. With my young son. I don't know if it will ever get done, but it's cool to hear about others hiking it. I know piano is at the top of the list of things I'd miss! I'm taking a week long break from it at the moment, and it's driving me nuts.

Top
#2320504 - 08/27/14 06:55 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
TrapperJohn Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/11/08
Posts: 3575
Loc: Chocolatetown, USA
Sam - glad you found a piano at Dartmouth - my wife & I drove thru Hanover when we vacationed in & explored NH several years ago - lovely little college town - I read later that it was rated by someone or other as one of the best places to live in America - can't go wrong in a state without a sales tax or an income tax, especially one whose motto is "Live Free or Die"!

But why did you take sheet music - I thought you had all of your Recital pieces memorized laugh

Carry On!
_________________________
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin

Current favorite bumper sticker: Wag more, bark less.

Top
#2321057 - 08/28/14 10:37 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
jotur Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5532
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Sam - I read this morning that Laurie's cat Fidget died frown I'm so sorry. Please pass on my condolences.

Cathy
_________________________

Top
#2321063 - 08/28/14 10:44 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: jotur]
Sam S Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1415
Loc: Georgia, USA
Originally Posted By: jotur
Sam - I read this morning that Laurie's cat Fidget died frown I'm so sorry. Please pass on my condolences.

Cathy


Thanks Cathy. The loss of a pet is tough enough without having to deal with it without me around to help. But we are coping. I've made it about 500 miles and halfway through Vermont and will regroup today and continue on south tomorrow.

Sam

Top
#2323405 - 09/02/14 11:01 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
jotur Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5532
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
A quote from Sam's Sept 1 blog - " there's always something." Amen, eh? laugh But, wow! 600 miles! Congratulations, Sam!

Cathy
_________________________

Top
#2323508 - 09/03/14 05:06 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
rnaple Offline

Silver Supporter until April 24 2014


Registered: 12/23/10
Posts: 2098
Loc: Rocky Mountains
Hope you're having a good time, Sam.
Just another person thinking about you.
_________________________
Ron
Your brain is a sponge. Keep it wet. Mary Gae George
The focus of your personal practice is discipline. Not numbers. Scott Sonnon

Top
#2323528 - 09/03/14 07:30 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: rnaple]
Sam S Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1415
Loc: Georgia, USA
Thanks everyone. I made it to Massachusetts. Next state: Connecticut. The New England states are starting to roll by!

Sam

Top
#2323842 - 09/03/14 09:07 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
TrapperJohn Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/11/08
Posts: 3575
Loc: Chocolatetown, USA
Hey Sam - I was shooting some trap at a gun club near Carlisle, PA (another beautiful, little college town - Dickinson U.) when I noticed a sign nearby locating the presence of the AT - maybe I'll see you walk out of the woods just as I dust off another clay pigeon one of these days - if you hear a lot of shotgun fire you'll know where you're at - and if I spot you I'll meet & greet you and take you to lunch at a tavern of your choice!
_________________________
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin

Current favorite bumper sticker: Wag more, bark less.

Top
#2325137 - 09/07/14 07:44 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: TrapperJohn]
Sam S Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1415
Loc: Georgia, USA
Thanks Trapper. The AT is usually pretty inconspicuous. Its just a footpath after all. When people see it for the first time, leading off into the woods, they are usually not impressed. But a footpath that goes from Maine to Georgia, even if it is only one person wide, is pretty impressive.

Anyway, I've made it to Connecticut! Journal updated, and I'm headed to NY next.

Sam

Top
#2325231 - 09/08/14 02:09 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
jotur Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5532
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
I swear, Sam, sometimes when you say something like "I twisted my ankle" my heart's in my mouth wondering if you're going to get to keep going. I'm impressed! And I'd love to be Maria McCabe some day smile

Cathy
_________________________

Top
#2327531 - 09/14/14 07:25 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: jotur]
Sam S Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1415
Loc: Georgia, USA
Originally Posted By: jotur
I swear, Sam, sometimes when you say something like "I twisted my ankle" my heart's in my mouth wondering if you're going to get to keep going. I'm impressed! And I'd love to be Maria McCabe some day smile

Cathy


Made it to Bear Mt NY. Over 1/3 done now, almost 800 miles. I walked through the ankle/shin problems, more or less.

85 year old Maria was quite the character! She had outlived 2 husbands and was joking about looking for #3!

Sam

Top
#2327542 - 09/14/14 08:20 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
earlofmar Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 1587
Loc: Australia
very impressive, sounds straightforward enough but I appreciate the hardships and the sheet commmitment
_________________________
I thought I understood endurance sport; then I took up piano
XXXV-6-XXX

Top
#2327670 - 09/15/14 08:55 AM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
JimF Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 1718
Loc: south florida
I'm still enjoying each and every journal update, Sam.

Hoping the zero yesterday eases the various aches and pains. You're a little ahead (south) of the foliage change, but that and other signs of Fall should catch up to you pretty soon.

Today you are probably going through NY's Harriman State Park, the part of the trail I hiked as a boy. I have so many memories of that section.

Onward to Harper's ferry. thumb
_________________________
La Fille aux cheveux de lin - Debussy
Ma Mere L'Oye - Ravel
Mozart Sonata K545

Estonia L190 #7284





Top
#2327800 - 09/15/14 06:52 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
mom3gram Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/26/08
Posts: 1133
Loc: New Jersey
Hey, you are in my neck of the woods now. I live in New Jersey, but very close to the Bear Mountain area. I've gone over that bridge many times.

Love following your hiking journal!
_________________________
mom3gram

ALFRED'S ADULT BOOK 1 GRADUATE


Top
#2327883 - 09/15/14 10:32 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
dpaws Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 39
My neck of the woods too. The AT goes near a glacial lake called Sunfish Pond about 6 or 7 miles north of the Delaware Water Gap. I used to hike up there in my college days and camp out by that pond. It's a really nice spot. Anyway, thanks for posting this. Best of luck and keep it going!
_________________________

XXXV

Top
#2329424 - 09/20/14 09:52 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
jotur Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5532
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Wow! A couple of days at 18, 18+ miles! That's packing them on. I loved the picture of NYC smile

Yeah, I hope the water stuff turns around soon. Having to pack a lot of must be a pain. That stuff's heavy!

Take care - it's getting in to fall now. Have you seen much in colored leaves?

Cathy
_________________________

Top
#2329753 - Yesterday at 07:46 PM Re: OT - Going Hiking [Re: Sam S]
TrapperJohn Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/11/08
Posts: 3575
Loc: Chocolatetown, USA
Still following your "walk in the woods" Sam...wishing you the best...hope your health, strength and determination remain steady ...if I were younger I might be wishing I were doing this too, but this is one time I'm glad I'm not younger...
_________________________
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin

Current favorite bumper sticker: Wag more, bark less.

Top
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >

Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
ad (Casio)
Celviano by Casio Rebate
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Piece ID
by IstvŠnE
09/21/14 10:14 PM
Pre purchase inspection
by mellie62
09/21/14 10:00 PM
Do Parents want to hear the truth anymore?
by chasingrainbows
09/21/14 09:28 PM
DEBUSSY- 'The terrace for moonlit audiences'
by Hal Freedman
09/21/14 07:49 PM
Baldwin PS2500 ram battery
by mooh320ps
09/21/14 07:47 PM
Who's Online
54 registered (bennevis, Altair, alfredo capurso, beet31425, 9 invisible), 881 Guests and 14 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
76281 Members
42 Forums
157681 Topics
2316085 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission