A weekend outside..

I didn’t have a very productive weekend in the workshop. I received a ton of parts Friday and Saturday including the case to the WX radio. I started installing parts and pieces in the case. I’m always very nervous about the first drill hole.. A only made a minor error (so far) and it is…

Wireless Plant Soil Monitoring: The Beginning.

I saw a little probe for monitoring soil on eBay.. $1.69 and free shipping.. purchased! Okay.. its a lame little PCB with some electronics I won’t use but still, nifty. I didn’t have much on my plate today and I was pretty sore from a solid hike yesterday so I was riding the bench seat…

Labor Day Backpacking List

Delorme InReach SE (per wife mandate) .. you can track at: https://share.delorme.com/CharlesDouvier GPS Jetboil Zip snow peak set w/ utensils Water Filter water bladder toiletries and trail towel extra pair of hiking shorts, top and socks mid-layer and rain jacket bug net hammock and tarp with assorted rope 20 deg sleeping bag watch 3/4 length…

Deception Pass State Park

Melissa had the weekend off so I had to opt for a low accent hike and semi-scenic. I had never been on North Whidbey Island so we headed out this morning. Not the hike for those seeking solitude… But a nice beach walk was included and really it was 80 on a May weekend… There…

50 uses for that Mylar sheet you carry around

50 uses for an Emergency Blanket you carry around in your emergency stuff-sack… http://seattlebackpackersmagazine.com/50-uses-for-an-emergency-blanket/ A clever little article found on Seattle Backpacker Magazine’s site. 22. Improvised survival lingerie – be creative. 23. Use with a rubber band to improvise a condom. … I’m going to have to field test #22 with my wife next time I…

Lake Serene Attempt

Well conditions weren’t great this hike. We crossed one snow field that was “iffy” at best and got halted where three other hikers on there way got stopped. This avalanche waiting to happen wasn’t going to get blazed without roping up and we didn’t bring that gear with us. 19,500 ft of elevation gain so…

2013 Hiking Progress

With this morning’s ascent up Squak Mountain I’ve reached 33% of my mileage goal for the year and we’re 25% through the year. Elevation and number of hikes are flying by in comparison… Guess my goals were lopsided. I shared the trail with runners and unleashed dogs in masses. It was only about 1,600 ft…

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