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Kathy A Handyside (earlymusicus) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Southeastern Michigan
About Me I'm getting back into backpacking after several years' hiatus. All my gear was circa 1979, so I've been gradually replacing it with lightweight new equipment. I will be retiring in 4 more years and then plan to do all the trails I've dreamed of doing. I also love xc-skiing and mt. biking. I plan to move to Oregon for retirement. Besides the outdoors, I love early and classical music;I play Baroque recorder and harpsichord. I'm a bookworm, I enjoy writing and quiet get-togethers with close friends.

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Re: Waste
Being unemployed for 3 1/2 years taught me how to manage food and instilled in me a sense of guilt about wasting food. I learned how to fix food (casseroles, lots of beans/rice, soups)that allowed ...

In Chaff » We Americans Waste / Throw Away Half Our Food -- Say it ain't so!
August 30, 4:34pm

Re: Looking for Dehydrated-Meal-in-Freezer-Bag Cooking Advice
Hi Seth - Check out They have cozies and all kinds of stuff, including the book "Freezer Bag Cooking: Trail Food Made Simple" by Sarah Svien Kirkconnell. Highly recom...

In GEAR » Looking for Dehydrated-Meal-in-Freezer-Bag Cooking Advice
August 30, 3:44pm

Re: Selling/Donating Older Gear?
How about giving some of it to homeless people? They can always use sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and if there's a place to pitch it, a tent for shelter. The scouts get plenty of help. There ar...

In GEAR » Selling / donating older gear?
August 30, 3:28pm

Re: Ultralight Table - Oops!
Well, Backpacker magazine said it weighs 8 ounces, but on the Snow Peak website, they say 12 ounces. It looks like a really cool little table, though.

In GEAR » Ultralight Table
August 23, 2:25am

Re: Ultralight Table
Snow Peak now has a table called the Ozen Solo Table that weighs 8 ounces. It folds up, too.

In GEAR » Ultralight Table
August 23, 2:23am

Re: Where?
No, no argument. I was just wondering what happened to Ryan Jordan. I always enjoyed his articles. He did some good trip reports and videos.

In Chaff » Where?
August 20, 9:12pm

I'm kind of behind things, I guess, but I have to ask: where is Ryan Jordan? Where is Alan Dixon? Why was the online store shut down? Is it my imagination or are there fewer articles now than b...

In Chaff » Where?
August 20, 5:55pm

Re: Romney/Ryan 2012
I don't understand all the screaming on the part of the GOP about spending money. During the Bush administration, the Republicans spent money like mad - two unpaid-for wars comes immediately to...

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 20, 5:53pm

Re: Dream Trips
I'm with you, Ben! I'd rather hike. I get enough of cars and driving, living as I do near "Motown."

In Chaff » Dream Trips
August 20, 5:24pm

Re: Shameful and Irresponsible Dog Owner?
Where are the people-eating bears when you really need one? Too bad this sorry excuse for a human didn't run into one!

In Chaff » Shameful and Irresponsible Dog Owner?
August 20, 5:21pm

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