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Old 03-27-09, 07:56 PM   #1
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I do not think I could live such a life of isolation.

If you get a chance, watch this sometime
http://www.dickproenneke.com/
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I do not think I could live such a life of isolation.

If you get a chance, watch this sometime
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Sometimes appearances can be misleading,.....

"Robert Harrill became the second greatest tourist attraction in the state of North Carolina, trailing only the USS North Carolina in number of visitors."
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I've seen that film several times and it's quite good. The book is even better.
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Kauai is my idea of an island paradise. It has running water and indoor plumbing.
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Kauai is my idea of an island paradise. It has running water and indoor plumbing.
"He became a hermit in 1955 at the age of 62 after a string of unsuccessful and unsatisfying jobs and a failed marriage. Harrill hitchhiked to Fort Fisher on the North Carolina Coast from Morganton, North Carolina, a distance of 260 miles (418 km). He had been committed to a mental hospital in Morganton by his in-laws, after his wife, Katie Hamrick, left him and asked for a divorce. Harrill apparently walked away from the hospital or made a key from an old spoon and used the key to escape the facility."

Some times you have to make the best of the hand you're dealt. Kauai was too far to hitchhike.
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"He became a hermit in 1955 at the age of 62 after a string of unsuccessful and unsatisfying jobs and a failed marriage. Harrill hitchhiked to Fort Fisher on the North Carolina Coast from Morganton, North Carolina, a distance of 260 miles (418 km). He had been committed to a mental hospital in Morganton by his in-laws, after his wife, Katie Hamrick, left him and asked for a divorce. Harrill apparently walked away from the hospital or made a key from an old spoon and used the key to escape the facility."

Some times you have to make the best of the hand you're dealt. Kauai was too far to hitchhike.
This guy went insane in North Carolina.

North Carolina is not my definition of an "island paradise". I stand by Kauai.
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This guy went insane in North Carolina.

North Carolina is not my definition of an "island paradise". I stand by Kauai.
Sane enough not to allow himself to be kept in a hospital.

I think you could be wrong about North Carolina,.... the Outer Banks are simply beautiful.

Ocracoke trumps your Kauai
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Any barrier island along the Texas gulf coast is paradise...

...for mosquitoes, the company that makes OFF, hurricanes, and beer companies.
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I've seen that film several times and it's quite good. The book is even better.
I need to read that then. I have read several books about solo sailers, esp. Lord Chichester, but never one about living off the land.
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...for mosquitoes, the company that makes OFF, hurricanes, and beer companies.
I think I could be an island bum if I were a single man. In fact, every time I viist the coast, I find it harder to leave and the prospect of living a simpler life at a slower pace gains in appeal.
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jsharr, be advised this thread is dedicated to the Fort Fisher Hermit,..... there is to be no cross discussion on the Alaskan cabin boy.

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Can it revolve around hermitry in general sir, or are you asking me to remain focused on a single member of that sect? Focus is not one of my long suits you see.......... hey look, a sea shell........................
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I will say that Mr. Harrill bears a resemblence to a certain American novelist whom I hold in high regard.
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Can it revolve around hermitry in general sir, or are you asking me to remain focused on a single member of that sect? Focus is not one of my long suits you see.......... hey look, a sea shell........................

Like all Foo threads, this one will sink into the mire soon enough. We can discuss hermits in general, but always please pay tribute to the King hermit.

Jan Hamrick
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"What a wonderful documentary of our “Uncle Robert”. His wife Katie was my Grandfather’s sister and I grew up hearing all kinds of stories of the “hermit”. My father took us to visit him during the summer of ’63 when I was 10 years old and it left a lasting impression. He was so gracious and kind to us and before we left he said he wanted to give us something. He walked out into the marsh and pulled out a huge conch shell and gave us and said he hoped we would remember him. Thanks to all who put this work together and especially those who donated film footage. It brought back many happy memories.

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Does one have to live in meager appointments to be considered a hermit?

My Proenekke, the subject of Alone in the Wilderness, single handedly built himself a handsome cabin, and used his woodcraft to trap animals for pelts that a bush pilot would fly in to retrieve in return for provisions.

He lived alone, without electricity, etc. but he was not lacking for comfort or shelter.
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Does one have to live in meager appointments to be considered a hermit?

My Proenekke, the subject of Alone in the Wilderness, single handedly built himself a handsome cabin, and used his woodcraft to trap animals for pelts that a bush pilot would fly in to retrieve in return for provisions.

He lived alone, without electricity, etc. but he was not lacking for comfort or shelter.
Well, an interesting discussion could be had (at least in Foo) as to who lived a better life, Mr. Harrill or your Proenekke.

I would say your Proenekke was a true hermit, Harrill more of an eccentric
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That was very funny,.....

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