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J herb

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Posted: 07/13/22 09:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ON THE GO Mike [emoticon] have fun and be safe out there.


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J herb wrote:

ON THE GO Mike [emoticon] have fun and be safe out there.


My wife and I really enjoy watching the autocross. There were some really talented drivers participating. Here is one of the fastest:
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We enjoy touring the Black hills every year during the rally. I am sure you recognize this guy!
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It was a typical hot week in July in South Dakota. We toured the Badlands National Park west of Rapid City, SD. With temps in the high 90's even the magpies were feeling the heat panting with their mouths open.
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Posted: 07/17/22 08:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mike,
looks like you are having a good time and yes, I recognize the spot
and MT. Rushmore we were their several years ago.
We are hot just like you, we have been running from 90 to 104.

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Previously I posted about the new electric scooter we got to travel around the campground with. Here is how I carry it strapped to my ladder with bungee cords, the heavy duty rubber truck tarp kind. I cover it with a heavy duty trash bag to protect it from road dirt and rain.
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Here is what it looks like without the trash bag covering it.
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I have mentioned how I make camp coffee in previous posts, so now I will give you a little more detail on how I do it. I have an old Aluminum percolator coffee pot that I discarded the inside parts. I use it to heat up water to boiling with my camp cooking hook. It gets very black over the open flame so I transport it inside a travel bag.
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To brew the coffee, I use an old fashioned drip-o-later like my aunt used in the 1960's. They can still be found at nearly new stores and rummage sales in various sizes. It operates on about the same principle as a modern coffee maker. You pour the hot water in the top and it drips through a metal basket attached to its bottom where the coffee grounds are. I add a paper coffee filter that my aunt did not use back in the day. The brewed coffee drips into the bottom part of the drip-o-later. When the coffee is all brewed, I pour it into a thermos and our two insulated coffee mugs for drinking later.
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Another view of the apparatus.
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I store my coffee grounds in an old clear ice cream container with my coffee filters held around the outside with a rubber band. This all fits neatly in the top container of the drip-o-later for traveling as seen in the second picture.
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I carry the drip-o-later in my old Navy ditty bag and the fire blackened pot in the blue bag for travel. These both fit in one of my wife's 6x12x12 inch under bed boxes.
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Now you know the secret to my camp coffee that my wife loves. Yes, I know it is a little time consuming, but when I am camping I have lots of time to putter with it while my wife makes breakfast. We love to waste time around the campfire, relaxing, reading, and enjoying nature.

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Mike,
that looks like your coffee setup would make a good cup of coffee, we don't drink
that much coffee, about 16 oz in the morning each for the day.
We don't do campfires due to my wife having an eye condition, the smoke makes it
worse. We won't go camping until mid-Sept., when it cools down and school is back in.

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Last spring I purchased a new awning for my van from NAPA for $99. I have had it mounted on my van's roof rack since but have not had a chance to use it. This weekend we used it for the first time and am totally pleased and happy with it. It was easy for my wife and I to put up as all the parts are attached and simply fold out and connect together. After its storage bag was unzipped we rolled it out, lowered the two legs, folded out the side supports and connected their pins into the holes it the top of the legs and adjusted it tight. There were four Velcro straps on each side to attach the awning to the side supports. The only extra parts were the two ropes and stakes to ground it. It gave us more shade than our old awning.
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Mike,
your awning looks good and is as good as those $$$$ ones, I have one that I use gutter mounts and adjustable poles.

May be taking a one-night trip next week to see a longtime friend and
start going camping mid Sept. on, hope that you get some fall camping in.

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Today's posting is about a new grip for my hiking stick. I discovered "My Grip" by FastCap. It is a moldable synthetic that you heat up in boiling water for a couple of minutes, then wrap it around any handle like my walking stick or my hammer or ax. Then you grip it and squeeze your hand grip into it and it cools in that shape. It really gives me a more comfortable grip on my hiking stick while using it. I added one to my small hand ax too.
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They come in many colors, but I ordered brown so as not to clash with my hiking sticks.
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