I just joined about four different meet up groups specific to the Austin area and specifically for camping/hiking/backpacking. I've been missing Thomas greatly but hope the void will soon be filled. These groups look pretty active and they are going to places I've been or have been wanting to go to, so I am really excited! I think I have a great chance at making some good friends to enjoy the outdoors with and feel a great sense of relief. The first group hike that I RSVP'd for is this Saturday at Barton Creek Greenbelt.
I also joined a message board run by Backpacker Magazine. There is a women only forum for female adventurers to get together and talk shop so I'm happy as can be about that too. I've been totally starved for good conversation regarding the outdoors and don't know why I didn't find these groups before.
Oh and honey, I know what I want for Christmas...a gift certificate to REI... I need a new day pack.