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    18 days of increasing insanity & 1 little Cascade cure

    Day 1: Break my toe while I'm getting ready for a long weekend of backpacking. Don't cry when it breaks, don't cry when I re-set it. I figure "it's just a toe" and I plan to get a couple hours sleep and head out for the weekend.

    Day 2: Wake up at 2:00 am, can't get my foot in my boot... Now I cry

    Spend the next week hobbling around. Every night I try to get my boot on. Each day my temper gets shorter and my mood gets more foul. By day 6 people at work are asking "when will you be able to hike again?"

    Day 8: Get my boot on and head out for a walk around the block. Get down the stairs and about 100 feet down the road. Nearly cry again! Back home, boot off. Mood REALLY foul. For the next few days I contemplate cutting the side out of my hiking boot to allow the toe to be free so I can hike.

    Day 13: Put my boot on to go to the supermarket (I will hike this weekend!!). Foot swollen by the time I get home. (guess I won't be hiking)

    Day 16: Fmax feels so bad for me (and will do anything to improve my mood) that he escorts me along a blistering mile long hike, I have to wear oversize shoes! Woo Hoo! At least I'm in the woods. Mood improves a little.

    Day 17: Get a regular soft-sided shoe on for work. Co-workers are much happier now.

    Day 18: I had a shoe on, I must be OK to hike. But I know I can't walk in my boots yet. Thanks to Guinness (not the beer, the VFTT member) who left a pair of approach shoes in my car that are a couple sizes too big, I'm able to head out on a trail. I take off after work, drive 3 hours up to Keene (gas at Stewarts is now $2.49 ) and to the Cascade trailhead. Jump out and am surprised to see the log stairs heading down. Then I realize, "I've never been on this trail without snow cover" (6 months and 10 days until winter). Trail is in great shape but I quickly learn how to plant my foot, and how not to . I decide that since I'm "only doing Cascade/Porter" I need to do them quickly just to prove that I'm tough. I did make good time up and could feel the nasty temper and foul mood escaping with every breath. The views were great but the wind was pretty powerful so I didn't spend long on the summit. Coming down was tough on the toe. I headed over to Porter and through some pretty deep mudholes but you can easily stay up on the logs that have been placed across. On top of Porter I think "maybe I'll spend the night and do the Dixes in the morning." Then I sit and take off the shoe to check things out on the toe. Hmmm, maybe I'll go home. Besides, people at work deserve to see me in a better mood. Took me longer to get down than it did to get up but still did the round trip in 3.5 hours. Mood is back to normal and I didn't scream at any drivers all the way home. Who'd have thought that Cascade and Porter had such healing properties??

    Looks like I just might made that GRIAD hike in a week and a half.

    Life is good!
    TMax
    Going where the wind don't blow so strange
    Maybe off on some high cold mountain range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMax
    Keene (gas at Stewarts is now $2.49 )
    If it's that cheap, I'll drive up and refill to save a few bucks!
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    I think terri was referring to the ice cream!

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    Tmax, you need to get a book of outdoors oriented crossword puzzles.

    2.49 = typo for 4.29?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMax
    (gas at Stewarts is now $2.49
    They're selling gas by the Quart at Stewarts now?
    What am I doing on this damn computer.... I should be out on the trails!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil
    Tmax, you need to get a book of outdoors oriented crossword puzzles.

    2.49 = typo for 4.29?
    Great avatar, Neil. We have something similar posted in our physics lab!
    Last edited by Dr. Dasypodidae; 06-12-2008 at 08:30 PM. Reason: typo

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    I guess I just had a Freudian typo!!! Obviously, $4.29 is right. Hope nobody made a special trip for the sale!
    TMax
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    Maybe off on some high cold mountain range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMax
    For the next few days I contemplate cutting the side out of my hiking boot to allow the toe to be free so I can hike
    Didn't have the guts to just amputate, huh?

    Matt
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    Great report but the question is: How did you break your toe?
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    Senior Member TMax's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1ADAM12
    Great report but the question is: How did you break your toe?
    I'd love to tell you it was some amazingly difficult slide climb that resulted in a lost shoe... but no such luck, I wasn't even outside! At least I wasn't on Big Slide .
    TMax
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    18 days of insanity Tmax?........big deal, I have had a whole life of insanity.

    My HMO does not cover a hike to Cascade Mountain. It only covers a hike with JayH or HarryK, and that is like getting the ebola virus.
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