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Old 05-07-2012, 12:03 AM   #16
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The first time I went to Montana with my daughter (she was 7 or 8 and tiny) we went into a bar one morning for breakfast and this old cowboy - who was drinking whiskey at 0630 - looked out of the corner of his eye and said "Ya better hang on to that youngen' boy. The 'skeeters here will carry her away." Judging by the difference in size between VA mosquitoes and MT mosquitoes, I always figured the farther north you went, the bigger they got.

It's not just the size of Alaskan mosquitoes. It's their sometimes overwhelming numbers and ferocity that's the game changer. A tent with netting is huge IMO.

On the comfortable sleep topic, I just purchased an Alps Mountaineering 3" sleeping pad from Sportsman's. I got the XL as I'm 6'3", 235, and am looking forward to the comfort it provides.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:34 AM   #17
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I know Paul - I was being a smartass.

I have an Exped pad that is very good. The problem is, getting off the ground in a confined space.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:36 AM   #18
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I know Paul - I was being a smartass.

I have an Exped pad that is very good. The problem is, getting off the ground in a confined space.
No, I agree with you! I can remember when I was in grade school and there was a report off of Elmendorf AFB of a crew refueling an F-4 only to realize they had pumped 50 gallons of jet A into a mosquito...
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:56 PM   #19
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No, I agree with you! I can remember when I was in grade school and there was a report off of Elmendorf AFB of a crew refueling an F-4 only to realize they had pumped 50 gallons of jet A into a mosquito...
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:07 PM   #20
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If the Alaska government ever wanted to turn tourists away all they'd need to do is hire you guys to write the ads!
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:48 PM   #21
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If the Alaska government ever wanted to turn tourists away all they'd need to do is hire you guys to write the ads!
We don't mind tourists $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ as long as they go home. It's the ones who hang around and try to turn Alaska into California that get some of us (at least me) excited.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:29 PM   #22
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We don't mind tourists $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ as long as they go home. It's the ones who hang around and try to turn Alaska into California that get some of us (at least me) excited.
Lucky for us it looks like 6USMC6 is form the better half of VA I lived in Woodstock for a bit while going to school. If I ever moved back that's the area I would go.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:46 AM   #23
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If the Alaska government ever wanted to turn tourists away all they'd need to do is hire you guys to write the ads!
Those were nothing, very. mild. You haven’t seen some of my posts.
Just a small example....
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=118

And I think this old political cartoon still holds true.

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Old 05-08-2012, 07:28 AM   #24
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Nice! And mild (you didn't get banned to the basement).

I have friends in New Hampshire. Transplants come up from Mass to get away from taxes and then raise hell because there are limited services. Locally, they are called massholes. We have the same problem out in the valley. We get commuters that buy houses in small developments who then bitch and whine because their gravel road doesn't get the 2 inches of snow that fell plowed of of it. It's nice and quiet living out here but we still have to put up with "tourists".

I really appreciate the insights - and the candor guys. Please keep it up.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:37 AM   #25
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Perhaps this will help:
http://www.luxurylite.com/

a couple of very light and easy to pack cots. Very comfy.
+1 on this. I used it with a thermarest z fold mattress pad. Extremely comfortable.....well for a cot anyways!! You could probably save space with one of the other type mattress pads. Pretty much all the research I did showed the cot with a mattress pad to be the way to go.
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