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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24390 on: August 13, 2017, 09:35:27 AM »
  Housekeeping at the BOL,rotate some food,watched a couple of movies,checked on backup power...took a nap.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24391 on: August 13, 2017, 06:53:17 PM »
Can't even contemplate something like that until October around here.  August is fierce, time to lay low and sort out gear for when the weather turns.  And it will.  In any case, let us know how the trip goes.

This year has been especially wet.  Not particularly hot, just the steamiest weather people can remember – and that's saying something for coastal MS.  Everybody's talking about it, but there's not much to be done.

So this weekend has been about sorting through camping gear, getting ready for fall.  Mostly holding down and maintaining the fort during hurricane season.

We hide indoors from late Oct. until late April, as it's dark, barely above freezing and wet.
Got our first rain in 85 days last night.
70F during the day, 55F at night.  On the hike it'll be cooler at 3600ft though...


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24392 on: August 13, 2017, 08:07:04 PM »
(Mostly) set up two websites today.  Apparently this is not something that comes naturally to me.

I took computer programming classes (Basic and COBOL), but I guess 1984 doesn't count for much in 2017.  :o

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24393 on: August 13, 2017, 08:13:41 PM »
Smurf, I suppose every place has its down as well as up sides.

At least I got in a couple of road bike rides this weekend, 20 miles each day.  It'll have to do.  Oh but we could all use a week of dry weather here – especially some friends over in New Orleans, who are sweating about shaky pumps until the city can get emergency repairs done.  What a goat rope.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24394 on: August 13, 2017, 08:19:57 PM »
Smurf, I suppose every place has its down as well as up sides.

At least I got in a couple of road bike rides this weekend, 20 miles each day.  It'll have to do.  Oh but we could all use a week of dry weather here – especially some friends over in New Orleans, who are sweating about shaky pumps until the city can get emergency repairs done.  What a goat rope.

I hear you on the weather.  I'm trying to ramp up to a half marathon in November, but it has been monsoon season and 105-110F. so running outside while out of shape is downright dangerous, but treadmills make me want to scream.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24395 on: August 13, 2017, 09:09:40 PM »
In two weeks my wife and I are taking sailing lessons.  No plans to buy a boat, but having the skills to independently skipper a 27' keel boat is appealing to me. My fantasy is cruising off the coast for a couple months while the fascists and communists sort out their B.S.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24396 on: August 14, 2017, 09:40:55 AM »
Elevation matters.  Here's the forecast for Olympic National Park.  I might need to pack more than a fleece for warmth at night:

SAT AUG 19
Partly Cloudy   
64°45°
10%   W 8 mph   70%

SUN AUG 20
Mostly Sunny   
63°44°
10%   W 7 mph   61%

I was so excited to have my pack < 30lbs.  That might need to change :(

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24397 on: August 14, 2017, 11:11:44 AM »
My fantasy is cruising off the coast for a couple months while the fascists and communists sort out their B.S.


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24398 on: August 16, 2017, 10:02:04 AM »
Reducing the time I need to forge a basic knife blade. Practice seems to show some results. Made the 10" blade ready for grinding in about 30 minutes, then used a leftover piece of steel to make a small blade in about 15-20. Will make a set of 18th century scottish knives.
Just about to make my first scandi-style composition handle for my first scandi-style laminated blade I made. Received some reindeer antler pieces today, time to start cutting and gluing. I know that making complicated knives is hardly a prepping skill, but the more ways one can do it, the better chance to be able to at least some in a bad situation.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24399 on: August 16, 2017, 10:54:05 AM »
Getting some random logs cut up for winter firewood. Trying to do the dead/dry ones first as this wood will be for the shop.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24400 on: August 16, 2017, 11:28:56 AM »
Ran 2 miles.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24401 on: August 16, 2017, 04:41:14 PM »
Chemo...
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24402 on: August 16, 2017, 08:07:49 PM »
After a 5 day trip to Sturgis with my go bag I'm dumping half the clothing in it for food/water space, and changed the chain and sprocket on my bike.
With daily checks on my garden I noticed that the zuccini plant finally came up but I'm not getting much off of it this year. Due to some idiot's oversight (mine) the tomatoes have taken the whole bed and killed most my peppers.
Last but not least is that i'm getting back into this exercise thing.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24403 on: August 16, 2017, 09:28:59 PM »
Chemo...
Oh man.  Hope you get to feeling better Carl.  Thoughts and prayers brother, thoughts and prayers.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24404 on: August 17, 2017, 02:07:34 AM »
Oh man.  Hope you get to feeling better Carl.  Thoughts and prayers brother, thoughts and prayers.
 

I know,it's old news...but I would rather live with chemo than die just now,even though the side effects of the meds are pretty tough on this old man.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24405 on: August 18, 2017, 02:22:22 AM »
...more antennas and more antenna & radio materials acquired. ATM I see them as a SHTF prep.

On Thursday i made a test batch of pickled thick skin peppers. They will be accompany the hot bean soup I will be making in winter...
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24406 on: August 18, 2017, 10:30:30 AM »
Discovered a bunch of fallen birches in the forest, will be back with a bag to get a load of bark. Then will try making birchbark oil, it's one of those bushcraft skills I wanted to test for a while.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24407 on: August 20, 2017, 02:15:09 PM »
Went to the woods with my wife today, brought home a basket of mushrooms (just cooking them for supper) and a bag full of birchbark. Gonna try making birch oil, waiting for a fellow bushcrafter to visit me on Tuesday, he wants to see it as well. I'll see what else can be made of it (other than great firestarter of course, I much prefer birchbark over newspaper for firing up my forge). It's from fallen trees that have been on ground for a year, maybe more, so the bark is not good for making boxes and such, so I'm looking for uses that utilize it chemically. Looks like birchbark broth can be used for tanning leather, or at least added to regular oak bark tanning broth. I'm just studying about birch tar, may try it along with the oil.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24408 on: August 20, 2017, 06:24:35 PM »
Bought myself a birthday present! A Henry Golden Boy 22 Magnum!
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24409 on: August 20, 2017, 09:35:22 PM »
Went as a chaperone on a boy scout backpacking trip.  We hiked up to 4700 feet elevation and camp near a 1952 B-17 crash site in the Olympic National Park. Apparently the former WWII bomber was on a sea based rescue mission in Canada.  On the way back to McChord AFB, there was a white-out storm and the wing clipped a ridge and it crashed.  3 of 8 crew members were killed.

I don't do a lot of backpacking,so this was a good experience for me.  Had to filter water from a stream, foraged some berries, and firewood.  Burned a few calories too, and ate a disgusting sized cheese burger on the way home.






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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24410 on: August 21, 2017, 05:16:11 AM »
  That is one big eclipse burger!
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24411 on: August 21, 2017, 05:46:15 AM »
Spectacular!!  I miss the Olympia's.  One of the most beautiful places in the US.    I never hiked that area.  Would LOVE to see the old bomber wreckage. 
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24412 on: August 21, 2017, 08:23:27 AM »
Wow!

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24413 on: August 21, 2017, 02:03:42 PM »
Backpacking related.

I've had a couple of these cheap butane stoves for while.  They are very low price ($12 or less) and are excellent for quickly bring water to a boil.
Next to useless for anything else. At about 5000 feet elevation, it was considerably more difficult to get the spark to ignite the gas.  I'm not sure how much was altitude and how much was wear and tear of a cheap product.  They pack VERY small and the price is right.  They do require specific butane canisters.  If you don't already stock those, or have a means to acquire more, this may not be a good choice.


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24414 on: August 21, 2017, 02:05:55 PM »
Dam that burger looks good..

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24415 on: August 21, 2017, 02:17:23 PM »
and ate a disgusting sized cheese burger on the way home.



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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24416 on: August 21, 2017, 02:55:20 PM »
I've been using one of those little knockoff stoves for about a year now.  Mine has been flawless, (And cost $7 when I ordered 4 of them).  Not made for big pots, but I've made popcorn in a heavy aluminium pan on it.  Haven't tried butane at high altitude though.  I've always used white gas, but this guy is amazing.  SOOO Freakin fast.    I've thought about making a little heavy duty stand that this will fit under with a butane tank so I can use heavier pans and boil larger pots of water. 
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24417 on: August 21, 2017, 06:38:00 PM »
Would be awesome to ck out that wreck. Looks like the tire rubber hasn't completely fell apart.


Yea that cheeseburger could sneak up on ya later on.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24418 on: August 21, 2017, 06:59:18 PM »
I just had dinner, but that dam burger looks good.....

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24419 on: August 21, 2017, 10:37:03 PM »
Would be awesome to ck out that wreck. Looks like the tire rubber hasn't completely fell apart.


It rarely gets warmer than 70F, maybe that's a factor.

You could tell that for several decades people have been picking apart the debris field. Anything small or interesting enough to pack out has been.  No knobs, levers, avionics or anything like that was remaining.  There are chunks of sheet metal spread around a half mile or more.  Some were improvised into shelters, cooking stoves and other junk.