Saturday, February 17, 2007

Scott Staats and Frank Staats Thru-Hikers

There's a piece in the 16 February 2007 issue of the Bend (OR) Weekly by Scott Staats titled "Appalachian Trail - An Outdoor Appetite".

Scott writes about his 1982 thru-hike with his older brother Frank.

Or, more specifically, writes about how they ate their way from Georgia to Maine.

As he says, "Although we hiked through some of the most scenic areas on the entire east coast, endured every kind of weather imaginable and were bitten by just about every type of insect that flies, jumps or crawls, what I remember most is the food, or rather the lack thereof."

There follow a series of vignettes that mostly only a long-distance hiker would really understand. The AYCE Pizza Hut in Cloverdale, VA; the Half-Gallon Club; the 3 steak dinner two weeks into the hike; the hour-long yogi-ed meal with three other thru-hikers at a picnic ground in Pawling, NY.

Good stories.

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