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bigsilver
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04/14/2015 06:43PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
I have decided that this weekend will be my first solo overnighter. I have been dealing with a very stressful couple of months at work and have only been getting a few hours of sleep a night. This weekend down here in Tennessee is going to be high in the mid 70 and lows in the mid 40 and raining. I am loading up the new solo boat with a couple of days of provisions, hammock, up/tq, tarp, axe, bushcraft knife and find me an island a few miles from anyone. Man I can't wait!

 
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04/14/2015 07:18PM  

Go for it bigsilver, a solo is the best medicine for a troubled mind and soul. Don't be surprised if if you stay out an extra day or two. The tough answers may just magically appear.
 
04/14/2015 07:52PM  
Go for it! Get out there, get a little exercise, a lot of sleep, and hopefully the "static" will fade away.
 
OBX2Kayak
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04/14/2015 07:53PM  
Have a great time ... and don't worry about the banjo music.
 
bigsilver
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04/14/2015 08:07PM  
quote OBX2Kayak: "Have a great time ... and don't worry about the banjo music."

Haha. Oh I left out the Glock 20 and the Benelli shotgun I will have. I mean it is turkey season and we have plenty of drunk rednecks!
 
04/14/2015 08:40PM  
Have a good trip and be safe, If I wasn't getting ready for my trip in 24 days, I'd be doing the same thing, I love the early season for solo camping.
 
04/14/2015 09:11PM  
Sounds like you have the solution. Early enough yet for no bugs? Campfires and cool weather. Can't beat that for relaxing in the evening. Unless you add a little spirits. Then it's perfect.

10mm....your making my trigger finger itch...
 
04/15/2015 06:45AM  
Have fun!
 
04/15/2015 11:53AM  
quote housty9: "Have a good trip and be safe, If I wasn't getting ready for my trip in 24 days, I'd be doing the same thing, I love the early season for solo camping."

+1
 
bigsilver
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04/15/2015 09:33PM  
Ok everything is packed! If I can sneak out of work a little early tomorrow solo over nighter is going to turn into a two nighter. I would like to think everyone on the solo forum for giving me the encouragement in this post and through the other pictures and post.
 
04/15/2015 10:53PM  
Tennessee has lots of lakes. I crossed it a couple weeks ago and spent the night camping at Land Between the Lakes. There were plenty of lakes that appear part of the TVA flood and power projects. Where are you headed? Dogwood and plum should be blooming.
Enjoy. Such a great unwind.
 
bigsilver
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04/16/2015 05:36AM  
I am heading out to Watts Bar lake but where I am going it would be considered the Clinch and Emory rivers that start the upper end of Watts Bar. Tennessee is nice, from my house with in 30 mins I could be on three different lakes, add an hour to that and I have my pick of 10 lakes.
 
IceColdGold
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04/16/2015 02:45PM  
I may get out for my first one night solo this weekend also. There is a small island on the river delta near me that is pretty isolated. The island is a bout 100 feet across, open, grassy with oak trees on it, and it sits about 15 feet up off the river. I can be there is less that 1/2 hr from my house. Should be fun.
 
bigsilver
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04/18/2015 10:57AM  
Couple of pics







 
barracuda
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04/19/2015 06:29AM  
Wow! Looks like it was a perfect get away. Makes me get the itch for an early season solo.
 
04/19/2015 02:02PM  
Nice picture's, looks like you had a great time.
 
bigsilver
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04/20/2015 07:18AM  
I had a wonderful time, however I did learn one thing... I really enjoy fiddling with gear. Right now I think I need to turn this into a monthly trip. I failed to take a picture of the loaded canoe but I had a weeks worth of load just to see how the solo boat would handle the weight. Also made a few gear related decisions while I was out there. I need to order a general area/cook tarp (I was thinking a CCS 10x16), I need some more 2.2mm lash it rope, and I need to get some compression waterproof stuff sacks for my down quilts.
 
04/20/2015 07:38AM  
Do I hear another gear-aholic in the making? Oh is it so easy to fiddle with the gear.
Good to hear you had a great time.
 
bigsilver
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04/20/2015 09:15AM  
quote bhouse46: "Do I hear another gear-aholic in the making? Oh is it so easy to fiddle with the gear.
Good to hear you had a great time."


Oh I have been a gear-aholic for a long time. Started out with fishing, fly fishing, backpacking, jeeps, hunting, compound bows, long bows, guns, camping, kayaks, canoes, hammocks, knives, chainsaws...

Well as you can see I go by the theory that "anything worth doing is worth over doing, mediocracy is for cowards"
 
labman
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04/20/2015 12:05PM  
Congrats on a successful solo outing. I wish you many more.
 
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