Off the Map ... Week Two: Ridgelines and treelines

Ever notice how people, without trying to be sarcastic or duplicitous, can say one thing and mean the exact opposite? Consider, for example, the statement, 的知 sure you値l be fine, given by a middle-aged backpacker after hearing I was going to start the arduous Appalachian-to-Lincoln Gap hike at 11:30 in the morning. What she meant was, 的知 sure you値l be fine, if there痴 a guardian angel for complete idiots. I think she was put off by the fact that at the end of this one-way hike, I also needed to hitchhike back to my car on a Sunday evening in rural Vermont. Everyone seems biased against my risk-assessment capabilities even complete strangers!

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