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Bittersweet Goodbye!

Postby krudler » Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:59 am

I wanted to say an unofficial goodbye to all you cool cats here, as on Jan 23 wifey and I will be driving off to start our exciting new life. We have to go back to Florida first to take care of some of her dad's estate stuff and sell his condo, but around May we are headed up to begin our big new adventure trying to eek out a living in Bozeman, MT. I am so stoked that I will be getting to live in such an outstanding place with easy access to awesome flyfishing and snowboarding, and be able to take up backcounty adventures in such awesome places as Yellowstone NP, the Gallatin Range, the Absaroka-Beartooths, Wind Rivers, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Glacier, and more on a much more routine basis than I do now!! WOO HOO!! :D

I want to express my sincere thanks to all of you who've helped me out directly with advice/info, or indirectly via the many great discussions I've read here. Back a few years ago when I stumbled upon this site I was just a new uninitiated guy from Florida with some big ideas, I'd like to think that now (in no small part thanks to your help/inspiration) I am now a fairly seasoned backcountry enthusiast. I started with a weekender and I've since cut my pack weight by almost half and have now accomplished a 6-day 35 mile solo journey, an 8-day 55 mile cross-country Silver Divide trek, and of course finally made it to Tehipite Valley!

I'll still be around, and hopefully later this year I'll have some pics to share from the wild and woolly northlands. But thanks to all of you, you are great! :)

Viva DomeLand!!!
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Postby Randonnee » Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:22 pm

May you have many exciting new adventures in your new home!

I believe they now have access to the internet in Florida and Montanna :D There is a section here called "Beyond the Sierra Nevada" so you can keep us posted on the explorations of your new homeland.

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Postby Timberline » Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:05 pm

Hey Krudler!

Look, I know I have had extremely little if anything to do with your positive experiences with all the HST'ers here, but I want to through in my encouragement and best wishes to you and family on your new adventure anyway.

First, we all have shared here a bond of love and fascination for the Sierra as maybe the most special place on the planet, and I know you'll take that with you wherever you go.

Next, I always get a laugh from your logo and signature here. You are a true original, as are so many of the folks here. So its been a pleasure to know you that way.

Finally, good for you to have picked Bozeman! What a gorgeous piece of territory in a grand state. My wife has relatives who live there, and we love that valley, the surrounding mountains, the superlative rivers, its history, and its outstanding people; we're sure you will too.

So, happy trails; See ya here again in the future! :)
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Postby hikerduane » Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:55 pm

Keep in touch. My mom even mentioned something about Montaner a couple months ago, anything to get me out of the house since I stay with her during the week while at work. I have a distant cousin up there too.
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Postby giantbrookie » Fri Jan 12, 2007 11:51 am

Best wishes in Montana. Thanks to you too for your great posts and reports. Even in such a gorgeous place as Montana, perhaps the Sierras will pull you back every now and then. You won't be the first, if that happens.


Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Postby ERIC » Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:10 pm

Yeah....what Randonnee said!

Hey, good luck buddy... :)
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Postby copeg » Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:16 pm

Best of luck to you Mr. Krudler. We do expect to see some rockin' photos from around your new home! :nod:
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Postby Rosabella » Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:24 pm

Ditto to all of the above. I've enjoyed your posts, and your beautiful pictures! Montana's great, though. If I ever moved from Washington it'd either be some place VERY close to the Sierra, or Montana. Good luck to you and your family!!! :rockon:
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Postby BSquared » Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:07 pm

Bozeman, eh? Sounds great! Interviewed for a job once many years ago in Bozeman, but didn't get it; beautiful place! Good luck to you!

But, as many have said already, don't think you can get away from HST quite so easily :D
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Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:12 pm

Good luck in your new home! We were in MT and WY in 2003 and had a blast! Be sure to check in here once in awhile. We might need to ask you about trips in your area!
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