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Introductions / Re: Testing, Testing, is this thing on?
« on: March 30, 2015, 02:10:11 PM »
Gosh...I try to welcome everyone, but alas, I was absent for this one. Please accept my apologies and welcome to the group Christian.

GA

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Introductions / Re: Luck ...
« on: March 27, 2015, 11:23:35 AM »
I am pretty sure the existence of "luck" or "fate" or whatever you believe is in the fabric of all of our lives. I don't feel this thread is appropriate to tell my particular story, but I have often thought about a famous accident or the near miss of a relative that allowed me to live the blessed life that I have lived.

For me to end up in this country (US) and in particular the northwest part of said country is luck or the great divine! I know so many people that try to find a way to this region of the world and can't for so many reasons. I have been blessed.

Regardless, my heart went out and then became full of anger to find out that someone did this on purpose because he himself was not doing well. This world should be filled with happiness and there is too much hate and filth that makes it to the surface and impacts those that are shuffling along in their merry way.

GA


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Introductions / Re: Few Words of Introduction
« on: March 27, 2015, 11:12:40 AM »
Hi Deliah:

It is great to hear about you and I hope you find something here that suits your interest. It can be a fascinating place!

GA

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General Discussion / Re: Tour Guide
« on: March 25, 2015, 06:56:25 AM »
Here are a few photos from the Goat Rocks. I will try and find a few more from the north side of the hike.

http://www.nwcompanion.com/photos.html

GA

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General Discussion / Re: Tour Guide
« on: March 24, 2015, 03:23:02 PM »
Well Kitty...there are so many cool things to do in the northwest. I love Seattle...spend as much time there as possible, but much of my work occurs in Portland too. I know both cities quite well and feel at home in either one.

I think my favorite trail is the one that leads to the headwaters of the Cispus River (from Snowgrass Flat TH for those in the know). Unfortunately, it is for the most fit of hikers if you go out and back in a day (14 miles). Once you get onto the mountain, the views in nearly any direction is simply amazing both toward the west and of course you are at the foot of the high Cascades.

There is also a really nice 16 mile loop (great for two nights and three days) in that area that is just breathtaking for about 11 miles. The rest is deep woods hiking and beautiful in that deep forest with no view kind of way.

For anyone that can handle such a hike, or want to break it up with an over night camp out under the peaks, I would be glad to carry a bottle or two of wine! It is just reward!

I have pictures to share if anyone is interested!

GA

Hey, Gregg,

No, I kinda didn't know -- bad Kitty!  /cheerleader Or, maybe, clueless Kitty?

What's your favorite hiking trails? Do you lug around a picnic, complete with a bottle of wine?


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Newbies / Re: First Time Patron Nerves
« on: March 23, 2015, 07:15:55 AM »
Hi and welcome to our little community.

I think Pete covered the most the ideas that I have and like him, I encourage pre-date communication because it is so important for both of us to declare chemistry and comfort levels. At that point, we can decide what to do, where to go and how long the date will be.

In addition to the endorsements here on Cdm, many providers have reviews and such on other websites as well. Make sure to ask about such information.

GA


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Introductions / Re: delir!ous in california
« on: March 23, 2015, 06:48:43 AM »
Welcome! It is great to add another to our ongoing conversation!

GA

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General Discussion / Re: What do you like best about Spring?
« on: March 19, 2015, 07:30:09 AM »
I definitely like watching the subtle blooms of all the different plants as they emerge from the winter shadows.
One of my favorites to watch is the Oso Berry, or Indian plum with its small flower and then huge emerging leaves. It develops long before everything else...subtle, but obvious if you enjoy such contrast.

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General Discussion / Re: Storybook remembrances
« on: March 18, 2015, 05:21:59 PM »

Kat...

I taught 4th grade for 15 years and 5th grade and 6th grade for a year each. I enjoyed the kids and teaching forced me to keep learning new things so that I was excited about knowledge...a trait that still has not escaped me. The most challenging part of teaching is trying to ignore all of the forces (often political and on the right) that spread a message that teachers and the school system is no good and therefore always had ideas about how to change it.



Two of my three have read The Giver, and I helped them with the homework assignments related to the book. It is a disturbing book! But that's the point of some literature, to have a visceral reaction and to make you think, right?

I can imagine you reading Underwear to your boys. What fun! A big hit at my house for a while were the Captain Underpants graphic novels.

You were a teacher? What grades did you teach? What did you like about teaching? What were your challenges? Am I asking as many rapid-fire questions as a typical elementary-aged child?

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General Discussion / Re: Storybook remembrances
« on: March 17, 2015, 09:33:07 AM »
While I was teaching, I loved children's and young adult literature. The outdoor adventure books by Gary Paulsen (Hatchet, The Haymeadow and The Canyon") are absolute staples for young boys and were very important to my own two guys. One of the most shocking books that I read while teaching 4th grade was Lois Lowery's "The Giver" during the mid 90s.

I believe that Avi is one of the greatest writers for children and young adults over the last three decades.

Finally, as a dad and once upon a time, a father of young children, my all time favorite books to read with expression was "Underwear" by Mary Elise Monsell and "Goodbye Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown.

GA

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General Discussion / Re: Changing, it's not just for seasons
« on: March 14, 2015, 12:16:05 PM »
Great thoughts...I love this!

I absolutely agree and it is a reason why I am skeptical of life-long relationships.

What makes me skeptical of long term relationship, not just life-long one, is the fact that some people get into them thinking that the person they are with will change or that they themselves will adapt. We change, but slowly, rarely radically, and certainly not because somebody else is pushing or wanting us to.

I believe fear is human's worst enemy.

And yet it is one of our most ingrained reflexes. We fear anything that is different that might put us in danger. It is very difficult to fight it and do the humane thing.


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General Discussion / Re: Describe the Ideal Tryst
« on: March 13, 2015, 09:52:52 PM »
I have had many great dates, courtesy of some amazing ladies. Some of my favorites include dinner and an evening at an (adult) night club and then a night at an urban hotel. I love the city life!

I just had a very sensual date at a wooded cabin in Central Oregon. We shared a hot tub, great dinner at a local art gallery and a great morning hike among the Ponderosa Pines of the Cascade Mountains. I would term it rugged comfort!

I look forward to being able to take a lady into the Goat Rocks Wilderness here in Washington State for a two night, three day backpacking trip. It is an awesome, beautiful and amazing experience!

GA

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General Discussion / Re: Changing, it's not just for seasons
« on: March 13, 2015, 09:46:30 PM »
I absolutely agree and it is a reason why I am skeptical of life-long relationships. That does not mean that they don't happen, I just don't think most are as happy as people think

Having said that, I have found myself becoming more liberal in thought and deed as I have become older and gaine experience. I believe conservatism is a symptom of inexperience.

GA

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General Discussion / Re: Tour Guide
« on: March 13, 2015, 09:43:07 PM »
Kat, as you probably know, I chronicle my experiences and suggest special opportunities all over the northwest whether it is an adult club in Portland or a hiking trail at Mount St. Helens. I certainly separate myself from the crowd because I actually offer wilderness backpacking trips to some of my favorite mountain locations!

Of course, I am marketing to some very special ladies!

GA

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Things I look for in any companion with whom I spend time are:

This sounds like some excellent thoughts! I like it!

Intelligence. This includes but is not limited to a curiosity about the world, rather than someone who already knows how everything is and doesn't have room for adventure and discovery.

Humor. A good laugh is one of the most long-term endearing traits.

Attractiveness. This isn't the usual run of the mill attractiveness. Sometimes I find that people who are very good looking can become ugly the more their personality shows. Being attractive on the inside is JUST AS, if not more important than being attractive on the outside. Compassion and being genuine go a long way towards attractiveness.

 /clap2

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