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ZaraSp00k
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07/13/2016 09:52AM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
it might seem strange to post this in a solo forum, but so many of you stated that you missed having someone around in another thread, I'm curious, what would you talk about if someone was around?

I know what I wouldn't want to talk about:
your dog or cat, your wife/GF, kids, your boss, paddle/motor debate, sulfide mining, evolution, abortion, gun control, your room mates problems, bitching about women...

I'd probably like hearing about your other trips, ideas for equipment,ideas for trips, talk about BeaVs Alaska odyssey, ... basically paddling stuff
 
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07/13/2016 10:53AM  
Typically, if I'm wishing I could share something with someone, it's my son. Those conversations invariably end up being either me passing along some knowledge that I've picked up along the way or the two of us talking about family history.
 
jcavenagh
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07/13/2016 10:59AM  
Generally I prefer discussing politics, religion, and all my sexual conquests....I find these conversations are much better if we have ample quantities of likker... ;)

Seriously, we mostly talk about fish and why I can't catch them, the amazing star show the night before, what should we eat next, where should we go next, and also funny stuff that as happened to us over the years. We often compare camp sites we've stayed at and various lakes we've traveled. And sometimes we talk about gear.
 
07/13/2016 11:30AM  
The first day or so conversation generally revolves around trip decisions about chores, where to go, etc. Then the sharing of more personal information begins and deep bonding occurs. Trips with my son and nephew have built close connections that I share with few others.

From a book about male intimacy I learned some interesting things about bonding with four primary areas noted. Blood, shared special experiences, shared special knowledge, and time and space together. Tripping in the BWCA with family fits all four groups.
 
07/13/2016 11:44AM  
I always liked telling my dad what I was up to. I miss that.
 
07/13/2016 01:44PM  
Used to talk women and sports, now we talk about our last operation and our next doctor appointment.
 
07/13/2016 03:03PM  
hahahahaha........sigh
 
07/13/2016 09:01PM  
I'm pretty open for anything except talk of work back home. There's lots of subjects ranging from fishing, sports, camping gear, clothing/boots, religion, politics, the stars, the middle east, and our personal dreams of a better future.

No complaining and bitching allowed on vacations.

 
gkimball
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07/13/2016 09:39PM  
Would most like to talk about what we did that day, where we went, what we saw, what it is like where we are and what is happening in the moment. The things the BWCA is giving us because we are there.
 
hobbydog
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07/13/2016 09:55PM  
Tell stories from the old days. Young and dumb stories.
 
OBX2Kayak
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07/13/2016 10:17PM  
I can't resist talking politics and religion. It's probably the reason I go solo. ;-)
 
07/14/2016 05:14AM  
Why does solo tripping rule out conversation. I have always talked to myself, and other inanimate objects, trees have a great sense of humor rocks not so much.
Topics regularly involve stupidity and colorful language.

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07/14/2016 05:24AM  
quote TomT: "I'm pretty open for anything except talk of work back home. There's lots of subjects ranging from fishing, sports, camping gear, clothing/boots, religion, politics, the stars, the middle east, and our personal dreams of a better future.

No complaining and bitching allowed on vacations.

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Upon further review, yeah, I stay away from politics and religion too unless it's about if there really is a God. I've had that conversation before watching the stars in the BW. That's a great place for that conversation. I'll probably debate that one again on my upcoming solo. My dog is a great listener.

 
PineKnot
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07/14/2016 06:34AM  
quote TomT: "quote TomT: "I'm pretty open for anything except talk of work back home. There's lots of subjects ranging from fishing, sports, camping gear, clothing/boots, religion, politics, the stars, the middle east, and our personal dreams of a better future.


No complaining and bitching allowed on vacations.


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Upon further review, yeah, I stay away from politics and religion too unless it's about if there really is a God. I've had that conversation before watching the stars in the BW. That's a great place for that conversation. I'll probably debate that one again on my upcoming solo. My dog is a great listener.


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Tom, hmmm...you're talking to yourself....I see you're already prepping for your upcoming solo.... LOL.
 
07/14/2016 08:09AM  
quote PineKnot: "quote TomT: "quote TomT: "I'm pretty open for anything except talk of work back home. There's lots of subjects ranging from fishing, sports, camping gear, clothing/boots, religion, politics, the stars, the middle east, and our personal dreams of a better future.



No complaining and bitching allowed on vacations.



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Upon further review, yeah, I stay away from politics and religion too unless it's about if there really is a God. I've had that conversation before watching the stars in the BW. That's a great place for that conversation. I'll probably debate that one again on my upcoming solo. My dog is a great listener.



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Tom, hmmm...you're talking to yourself....I see you're already prepping for your upcoming solo.... LOL.
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I just talk to the tree's and rock's, they don't talk back.
 
07/14/2016 08:23AM  
" I just talk to the tree's and rock's, they don't talk back."

Your not eating the right mushrooms.
 
07/14/2016 11:34AM  
quote AmarilloJim: "" I just talk to the tree's and rock's, they don't talk back."


Your not eating the right mushrooms." Now that's funny.
 
07/14/2016 12:00PM  
quote PineKnot: "

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Tom, hmmm...you're talking to yourself....I see you're already prepping for your upcoming solo.... LOL.
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Nice one :)
 
Alan Gage
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07/14/2016 01:13PM  
In addition to the normal daily stuff: "look at that moose" and "gee, sure is a pretty sunset, eh?" I'd probably want to talk about the same things I think about on my solos. Are you happy? Why or why not? What do you want to do and how are you going to go about it? Why do you feel the way you do about certain things? Not just whining and complaining but trying to drill to the root of things.

Sometimes it helps to sort things out by vocalizing them to someone else rather than just letting them rattle around in my head. Hearing what someone else is going through and feeling can also help me understand things about myself I might not have been aware of and maybe I can help them too. Of course this sort of thing can be done anywhere at anytime but spending 30 days together while sharing a canoe, fire, and tent can't help but foster those conversations more than trying to squeeze them into a 30 minute lunch break or during the commercial break between your favorite sitcoms.

But since I'm terrible at that sort of thing I'll just keep going solo and talking to my dog.

Alan
 
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07/15/2016 04:05AM  
quote OBX2Kayak: "I can't resist talking politics and religion. It's probably the reason I go solo. ;-)"
2 good reasons not to have a conversation. :)
 
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07/15/2016 06:51AM  
quote nctry: "I always liked telling my dad what I was up to. I miss that."you can still do that. I do that with my dad when I'm tripping because he would enjoy it up like i do. I think of him while I'm there helps get in touch with the surrounding. Give it a try
 
mjmkjun
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07/15/2016 08:29PM  
quote Fishman3: "quote nctry: "I always liked telling my dad what I was up to. I miss that."you can still do that. I do that with my dad when I'm tripping because he would enjoy it up like i do. I think of him while I'm there helps get in touch with the surrounding. Give it a try "
Nice! Thumbs Up.
 
07/15/2016 10:08PM  
Kind of a goofy thread, if you ask me. When I am on solo trips, it is because I want the solitude. Therefore, I am not interested in nor inclined to chat with anyone other than those I run into on portages. If people are so wrapped in up not having someone to talk to, perhaps they should not be going on solo trips.

This brings up another topic: group solos. If you are with others who have their own canoes, you are not on a solo trip. A solo trip, in my opinion, is you alone, period.
 
07/16/2016 06:24AM  
I looked at the question as "what DO you like to talk about with others when on trips". The original poster started off by saying it was a strange topic but this solo forum is a little slow so why not indulge?

 
mastertangler
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07/23/2016 04:30PM  
Doesn't it really boil down to who your with? I would talk to my best bud that I have known since we were 5 years old very differently than say someone I had just met. Age is also a consideration......as is gender.

Time is also a component.....in the fall when daylight fades quickly and a night by the fire is in order differing subjects may be brought to the fore as opossed to the typical small talk / banter that one does in the morning before saddling up.

Solo.....group solo? I never really thought about making the distinction of much importance. I like fishing by myself and if I have confidence with those who are travelling then we just make plans to meet at lake "x" later in the day. I might spend as much as 80% of the day alone.......in my mind that qualifies.

Talking to yourself? Sure, why not? I talk to myself while doing custom installations in front of the homeowners.......I just talk myself right through the tricky spots.......same for on a canoe trip. "Be careful", "watch what your doing" , "now that's a fish" etc. etc.
 
07/24/2016 01:37PM  
quote mastertangler: "
Talking to yourself? Sure, why not? I talk to myself while doing custom installations in front of the homeowners.......I just talk myself right through the tricky spots.......same for on a canoe trip. "Be careful", "watch what your doing" , "now that's a fish" etc. etc. "


Yeah, my dog is a good sounding board for ideas. "So Luna, whaddya say we get an early start tomorrow?" She's good with whatever.

 
mastertangler
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07/24/2016 02:52PM  
Luna.....cool name.

The right dog would be an awesome partner. They are so hard to come by. I have been blessed with 2 incredible dogs in my lifetime. One was an English Red Tick coonhound who was a Grand Night Champion and one of the best friends I ever had. We went through a lot together.......lots of hard long nights. Lost him for a week and spent every minute looking for him. By a miracle more than anything else he trotted out in front of my truck, almost unrecognizable.

The other dog was a Shepard/lab mix and was one of the most intelligent and well behaved animals I have ever seen. We would go for walks without a leash and he would wait at the curb until I said "O.K" before crossing. I could put a treat on his nose, go out to my shop and come back in to find him still solid as a rock waiting for the command. Great dog and I cried when I had to put him down. I live in a bit of a tough neighborhood and he gained considerable notoriety by besting some of the other bigger badder looking dogs in the area (I tried to stop the fight but they were both off the leash and we're not to be deterred.......it didn't last long)

Well I have successfully high jacked the thread. Sorry.......maybe I should write a book about Duffy the grand night champion and the faithful Samson.
 
ZaraSp00k
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07/27/2016 07:03AM  
careful, someone might say having a dog along isn't solo

truly going solo is different than going with another in a solo canoe, yet, if everyone has their own permit, and is self sufficient, it is a solo trip
 
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