Hair and Ramen on the CDT: The Saga of a Lady

CDT, PCT, AT* — Lyndsey, Elisha, and Kelly talk all about trails as L gears up for a long hike – should she carry a gun? Should she cut off her hair? What’s she going to eat? (Trick question: RXBars.) Should she bring a goat? Hold up, is Lyndsey considering cutting her hair off for the hike? Weigh in on that one in the comments, LadyBrainiacs. Kelly also recalls a related and traumatic experience at a Girl Scout cookie convention. And Elisha got lost along the way.

*Listen to find out what those mean, if you don’t know already.

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  1. Max Ledoux Coolidge
    Max Ledoux

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  2. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    Yes, carry a pistol in you pack, which in most states is legally different than carrying it on your person. Get a small .22 — clip fed. Keep the clip in a separate pouch or pocket. She can carry it for a number of legitimate purposes. No law enforcement type — where these trails exist — would question it.

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  3. Stad Coolidge
    1. Do NOT travel alone. Hike in a group, and with people you already know or are acquainted with.
    2. If you personally don’t feel comfortable carrying a gun, then don’t. If you carry a gun, make absolutely sure you know the laws in every location you’ll be hiking. If you don’t want to carry, make sure at least one person in your group does.  Reason?  Bears (animal predators in general), weirdoes, and criminals.  Also, the weapon should be of sufficient caliber to deal with a bear.  This means .44 magnum or better if a handgun, or a rifle such as . . . heck, look online or ask Kelly’s husband.  When my friends and I used to camp and hike, we were always armed.
    3. If you take a goat, make sure it’s a slow one. If no one in your party has a gun, all everyone has to do in a bear attack is outrun the goat . . .
    4. If you do cut your hair, not too much.

    Sorry if I sound too parental.  I have three daughters in their mid-twenties, and it’s hard for me to turn the “Dad” gene off.

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  4. Duane Oyen Member
    Duane Oyen

    Women should not cut off their hair unless they are trying to look a lot older.  BTW, heavy plastic eyeglasses frames do the same thing.

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  5. Stad Coolidge

    Duane Oyen (View Comment):
    Women should not cut off their hair unless they are trying to look a lot older.

    I think a lot of women cut their hair 1) after they get married, because they’ve snagged that husband, or 2) they work, and maintaining long hair is more time consuming than short hair.

    Both answers were true for my wife . . .

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  6. Duke-Upon-Watts MD Inactive
    Duke-Upon-Watts MD

    Is that the trail Lorelai wanted to hike in the Gilmore Girls Netflix season?

    ‘Asking for a female friend.

    • #6
  7. BillDoyle Inactive

    Always one of my  very favorite podcasts at Ricochet. The best chemistry this side of GLoP Culture  Of course I miss Bethany.


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