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  1. I have never heard anyone have a really positive experience with the backpacking solar options. So I’m very interested to see if anyone here has found a way to make it work well. But I feel like if they really did work great, word would get out and you’d see everyone using them.

  2. I've had very positive experiences with my 5w solar panel while backpacking. Panel charges battery during the day, battery charges devices at night.

  3. Would you mind saying which specific solar panel you’ve had luck with?

  4. Definitely go for it. You have a right to use public transit. Hikers take the trains and buses all the time. AT thru-hikers take public transit into NYC. Just don’t take off your boots on the train/bus, and if you’re self-conscious try to avoid rush hour. I did a four-day backpacking trip and took Metro North and the subway home without giving it much thought. That said, I did wash up a bit the final day. I rinsed out my shorts and they dried as I walked. I used stream water and a bandana to wipe down. I changed into my sleep shirt before getting to the train station. I’m sure I didn’t smell like a rose, but not nearly as bad as I would have without a little cleaning up. I’m not saying 5is is necessary, just something that can help alleviate self-consciousness.

  5. Pothos are relatively tough plants and in general can handle a little root damage. I’d take the plastic out.

  6. I just put them in soil, and they’ve always done fine. I coil the long section of stem with no leaves around the inside of the pot under the soil, and coil the section with leaves above the soil but leave some nodes close enough to the soil that they could root if they wanted. Then I water it a little more than normal for a regular pothos for the first couple weeks. Not soaking wet, but don’t let the soil dry out.

  7. There is a direct correlation between regularly donating blood and a longer lifespan with reduced cancer and heart disease risk. Now, exactly what it is about blood donation that seems to make people healthier is up for debate. One theory is that removal of some “forever chemicals” from the body through blood donation is beneficial. This is difficult to study, and it’s simply a hypothesis. There are other theories too, like maybe it’s the mini free health screening that comes with blood donation. Maybe it’s the reduction of blood iron levels. Maybe people who donate blood tend to take better care of themselves. Or maybe it’s all of the above.

  8. One of the biggest reasons I’m still living in NYC. I never want to go back to relying on a car to get around. Car ownership is this big symbol of freedom in the USA, but unless you’re wealthy it can be such a burden.

  9. Not really the entire point. A car is a huge waste of things other than money. Besides the environmental toll, the two big ones that come to mind are my time and mental space. When I commute on a train, I can read, nap, etc instead of paying attention to the road. I don’t have to worry that my car might be damaged or stolen. There’s no maintenance to think about. No traffic tickets. No getting up early to clear away snow. And I LOVE the peace of mind that I’m not hurtling down the road with a bunch of other easily distracted drivers who are one poorly-timed text message away from killing each other. There is such freedom not having the responsibility of a car.

  10. Are there ANY shelters in Harriman that don’t have a lot of bear activity? I wouldn’t be surprised if the shelters off the AT were particularly bad.

  11. Generally the higher the elevation the less bear activity ime. Haven't had any trouble or heard of much at West Mountain.

  12. West mountain is such a nice shelter. That’s good to hear.

  13. Because your Hoya is a free-thinking rebel that dgaf about the rules and limitations society burdens us with.

  14. Guttation is the secretion of a plant’s sap through the leaves. This can be a sign the plant has been overwatered. Essentially, the plant has taken in too much water and needs to get rid of the excess sap.

  15. Much appreciated! The Soil volume is pretty small which is why they get dry shortly If not given enough water so i might Be overwatering them. Otherwise the growth is just fine and they seem healthy. Was planning to move to bigger pots during winter after they drop their leaves. Less water More often until. Thanks!

  16. If your soil is drying out regularly, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Guttation isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the plant. It’s the plant taking care of itself. As long as the soil isn’t staying wet all the time, you should be fine. Root rot is the real danger with consistently wet soil.

  17. One thing I'll never get is why artists will not title a work... but then give it a subtitle? Am I missing something deep with the lack of title (but not of description)?

  18. There are many reasons an artist may decide to leave a work untitled. The most common reason is they want the work to speak for itself. They don’t want you to look at the title to tell you what you’re supposed to be seeing or feeling. Untitled artwork can get a subtitle for a couple reasons.

  19. A subtitle for art is a bit like those quotes from reviewers they put on the back of books. It's not part of the work but when looking at it in a store you're going to make decisions based on them.

  20. That is a great analogy, and much more concise than my rambling essay!

  21. That’s rough. As a hiker who takes their young kids out it’s also annoying when their dog comes up to me and they yell out “he won’t bite”. I’m not going to take your word when your dogs muzzle comes up to my 4 yo’s face.

  22. I know someone who always yells “she’s friendly” about her loose dog DESPITE the fact her dog has bitten people at least two times I know of. But of course in her mind, somehow that was the fault of the people bitten, and they weren’t bitten hard enough to break skin, so it’s a-ok. You really can’t always trust a total stranger’s judgement.

  23. He is trained. He’s aggressive due to being attacked by another dog. Once they get like that it’s very very difficult to train out of him. We now have to muzzle him for idiots that don’t obey leash laws. But getting that trained out isn’t easy, it’s time consuming, and gets worse every time some stupid loose dog roams up to us. Edit: also you clearly have never met a dog with fear based aggression because literally none of those tactics work and in fact exacerbate the aggression.

  24. These people aren’t worth arguing with. They’re either trolling or too self-centered to see logic. The best trained dog in the world isn’t going to totally ignore another dog running up and jumping all over them.

  25. You can strengthen the stem by bending it around every day. If it’s in a breezy location that will work. But physically bending it in all directions will send the same signal to the plant that it needs to toughen up the stem.

  26. Good news it won’t hurt your plants. Potentially bad news, it looks like a carpenter ant. Possibly it just flew in accidentally and you don’t have an infestation on hand. But I would definitely keep an eye out for signs you may need an exterminator.

  27. Those look like whiteflies. Closely related to aphids and can be treated using the same methods.

  28. I’ve never carried anything like the garmin. My first aid kit contains a triangle bandage, couple safety pins, bandaids, super glue, Benadryl, ibuprofen, couple alcohol wipes, sting relief swab, tweezers, roll gauze, small scissors, and moleskin. Many of these items can serve multiple uses. For instance, a safety pin can be used like a needle to dig out a deep splinter, or it can be used to hold torn clothing together. Other items like duct tape, a knife, soap, bottled water and rope aren’t located in my first aid kit, but can definitely be used for first aid.

  29. It’s not just the unwanted pound pups that are the issue for me. It’s how the desire for specific aesthetics in purebreds has lead to inbreeding and producing less healthy dogs. It is an undisputed fact that many purebreds (some breeds more than others) have shortened lifespans and are prone to numerous health conditions. All that could be avoided by introducing a more diverse genetic pool. But no, aesthetics are ultimately more important than the health of the dog.

  30. I backpack to the camping site, and am usually so exhausted by the miles carrying my gear that I pass out and sleep like a stone. I’m usually asleep before it gets dark. You can also wear earplugs.

  31. Yup. Go out there, get freaked out, nothing happens, you’re fine and you learn for next time.

  32. See if it comes off the surface. If you can gently scrape or rub them off, it’s probably scale. If yes, remove as much as you can by hand. Infestation can then be treated with neem, insecticidal soap, or some other remedy you prefer.

  33. Or move to a country with health insurance and pay nothing.

  34. You say that like it’s actually an option for most people. They aren’t exactly handing out visas left and right.

  35. I wouldn’t buy an infested plant unless they were practically giving it away. You run the risk of infesting all your other plants, and the mealy bugs could always pop back up after treatment

  36. You can wait a day or two to repot them, leaving them in the new location you want them to live in your home. That way can begin adjust to the new light, temperature, humidity, etc. Then when you repot them, don’t go up in pot size too much. If they feel stuck in their old pots, try gently squeezing the pot if it’s flexible. You can also gently push the plant from the bottom through the drainage holes. I try always not to disturb the roots, but other people insist detangling a compact root ball is an absolute must. It is very important to give your plants a nice drink after repotting to help the fresh soil settle in place, and make sure the new pot is draining well. Don’t let the plants sit in a puddle. The best time for repotting is in spring and fall, but you can get away with doing it in summer.

  37. I was told to wait to water for a few days to avoid water coming in contact with potentially damaged roots?

  38. I’ve never heard that. Perhaps there are exceptions for certain species, but I believe it is standard practice to water after transplanting. If the soil isn’t adequately settled around the roots, capillary action is impossible and the roots cannot draw water up into the plant. Some plants will begin to wilt almost immediately if they aren’t watered after transplanting. I’ve never worried about cut or damaged roots coming in contact with water.

  39. I have a mirror compass, mostly because that’s what I had when I first learned orienteering. But I was very glad to have it on my last backpacking trip when I got something in my eye and was able to use the mirror to help get it out! May also prove useful when checking for ticks on your backside. :) Mirrors can also be used for signaling in an emergency situation. As for declination, I manually adjust that on my compass before heading out. It’s one less thing to think about.

  40. I do this all the time with my leggy or spindly-looking plants. Boom, now your plant looks fuller!

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