The Ultimate Adventure Report

I see. That's too bad.

I like them because it reminds me of when I used to live in SoCal.
I think I'm not a fan because of the hype I received for it, only to try it three times at three different locations and come away disappointed every time. A number of Californians have argued it's the best burger on the planet. I will fanatically argue that a Five Guys burger is a million times better.

While we're on the topic of great burgers, I was in Norwalk CT and asked around for a burger recommendation only to be directed to a hole in the wall Mexican restaurant. I felt odd going to a Mexican restaurant and ordering a burger and fries but it turned out to be one of the best burgers I've ever had.
 
Everyone's tastes are different, and I get how it can be over-hyped - which always leads to disappointment. Five Guys is a good burger, but I prefer In-N-Out fries. And, no milkshakes at Five Guys, either. :(

That being said, from a corporate point of view, In-N-Out is a great company. They treat their work force very well, like family. They are not the stereotypical corporation, and I like doing business with good companies.

So, good, bad or indifferent, I'm going to get my fix - it's been 2 long years!
 
That being said, from a corporate point of view, In-N-Out is a great company. They treat their work force very well, like family. They are not the stereotypical corporation, and I like doing business with good companies.
That's very good to know. That alone is enough that I may give them one more try... Someone has clued me in on a secret menu item that sounded good. I'm with you on Five Guys shakes, sawdust and almond milk I believe.

If you find yourself in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan hit up Brgr. The best milkshake I have ever had and darn good burgers too.
 
A month in Texas and all I have to show for it is a sunrise photo from a parking lot.

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Spent most of my free time looking at real estate in San Antonio, there might be a relocation in my future.

Came back to Georgia and put the Sequoia in the woods for the afternoon.

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Hoping to get a little camping in this weekend followed by a brake system overhaul on The Tree next week and getting the lift kit installed. Then it's back to Austin and San Antonio for a follow up interview.
 
Wow, no updates since February and since abandoning social media and my web hosting services the first several pages of this thread are beyond broken. Work and life have gotten in the way of any sort of outdoor adventures over the past year. Things are changing though.

A brief update. I've spent the last several months in and out of Texas, Florida and California. No hiking, no camping and minimal motorcycle time. Bought a house just outside Atlanta though. That means a bigger garage and a huge climate controlled shop. Lots of plans for both of these.

All of that working and moving brings me to this week. Sitting in California this morning I find myself at the beginning of a new adventure. I took a promotion late last week to manage all of my company's projects in the Western United States. This means tons of time west of the Colorado river. A little freer work schedule as well should mean more time to get out and explore. Very excited about this. With the amount of time I'll be spending out west I'm considering stashing a motorcycle or Jeep somewhere to have an adventure vehicle at my fingertips. We'll see how that pans out.

I'm going to work on fixing the images in the beginning of this thread. Looking forward to ARV in a few weeks to reconnect with friends.
 

kw247

Adventurist
Gallowbraid,

My dad and I camped next to you at ARV 2016. We missed ARV 2017 due to going on an Elk Hunt but heading back this year. Look forward to meeting up again. Congrats on the promotion and new adventures that will bring. I enjoy reading your reports.
 
Gallowbraid,

My dad and I camped next to you at ARV 2016. We missed ARV 2017 due to going on an Elk Hunt but heading back this year. Look forward to meeting up again. Congrats on the promotion and new adventures that will bring. I enjoy reading your reports.
It'll be great to see you guys again! Looking forward to hearing the awesome hunt stories!
 
Started re-uploading photos at the beginning of this thread and update a little more in the here and now as well.

October had us settled in our new house and me on my way to Kernersville NC for a project. Conveniently the Appalachian Rendevous was right down the road. I was able to break away from work for a bit to join in the fun, see old friends, meet new friends and do all the things that a Rendevous is good for. Kernersville and Asheboro had some nice sunsets too.

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Hauled the motorcycle up with me and got to take advantage of some well rained on FS roads.

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The Rendevous was quite wet and a little cold, but nothing the prepared couldn't handle. Enjoyed some hammock camping off the motorcycle and a great sunrise on the final morning.

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New Years Eve seemed like a great day for a hike so I called up a friend and we struck out for Pine Mountain Trail in Cartersville. There are several trails around GA named Pine Mountain Trail, and there's a Pine Mountain near Columbus GA as well...just to make things confusing.

This particular trail climbs to the top of a ridge and on a clear day you get a panoramic view of Lake Allatoona and even the Atlanta skyline. Today however it was rainy and overcast so when you got to the top you had visibility of about 15 feet. Just a panoramic view of grey. Still a great hike and I'd recommend it should you find yourself in the area.

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This apparently is the view from the top on a clear day (from the alltrails.com site):

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I'm going to wait for a cold clear winter day and head up again to take in the view.
 
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