So far this season I have rescued 5 turtles crossing busy roads in Tennessee. By rescue I mean placing them on the other side of the road in the direction they were heading. That makes me feel slightly good, but I’ve counted 19 dead on the road this season. I’ve read up some on boxer turtles and here are some interesting facts: Boxer turtles lay eggs at around 10 years of … [Read more...] about Turtles need our help.
Driving through the Cherokee reservation in Tennessee after attending a week-long course at John C Campbell Folk School. I stopped at McDonald's for a cup of coffee and a value meal chicken sandwich. Entering McDonald's I held the door open for a nice Cherokee Indian lady and said hello. She said hello back to me. It’s best to tread very lightly in Indian territory, just in … [Read more...] about Smoky Mountain Newfound Gap Road.
Name brand folding sleeping pads can cost a lot of money. Make your own fast and cheap. Forget perfection. Supplies you need: Monkey math (your brain) Cheap blue camping sleeping pad Razor knife Marker Carpenters square I needed a folding sleeping pad to insert in my G4 ultra-lite backpack. Not being sure if my pack would even hold together on a hike, I just decided to … [Read more...] about Cheap DIY folding sleeping pad.
So I hike into the smoky mountains for about 5 miles and realize the campsite is closed due to “aggressive bear activity”. I continue to the next site. A ¼ mile away. No warning sign here. So I set up camp and get naked in the creek to wash off. Without soap of course. Chilling around camp for awhile. I’m the only fool here. There are plenty of steel cables to hoist your food … [Read more...] about Bear encounter butt naked.
Though I have fantasies about tromping through the wilderness naked with a bowie knife clenched between my teeth and sleeping in trees. Gear is good. You can buy a kit online to make your own G-4 backpack for under 50 dollars, drop some extra cash for foam to fill the shoulder and hip straps (unless socks will do for you). Maybe some extra thread for fun. The G-4 ultra-lite … [Read more...] about G-4 ultra-lite backpack kit quick review.
Light weight backpacking is the craze and its expensive. You have two choices to get into the fad? Either drop the cash or attempt to make the gear yourself. First lets be real. If you are a beginner (like myself) in sewing, then your quality outcome might not produce a tent that you completely trust for the long haul on the trail. This is what the tent tarp looks like from … [Read more...] about Bilgy tent tarp kit quick review.
If you decide to make your own lightweight backpacking gear you will need a sewing machine. After reading many sewing machine reviews I decided on the Janome 7318. You can pick these sturdy machines up for under 250 dollars on the web. This machine is considered an entry level to intermediate machine. Great machine for learning on. I’ve started with womens fashion purses to … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Janome Magnolia 7318 sewing machine for making your own lightweight backpacking gear.
Surely god created the Macaw. Not Jesus, but the other god. You know the one floating about above you. Remember when you were a child and you ran through the field and collapsed in joy. Panting on your back and smiling with joy. Flowers and birds. That one. … [Read more...] about Macaw Honduras.
Birds drink from the bird bath Birds wash in the bird bath Birds shit in the bird bath … [Read more...] about Zen thoughts on the 2016 presidential election.