Thursday, September 23, 2010

We will be off line for the next few days.
Camping with Daughter 2 and her family.
Back Monday or Tuesday or Thursday!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

As part of my pledge to be a part time fanatic, I would like to build this boat and do a bit of rowing around our lake.
And I stole this picture from the guys to sell the plans:

favorite quote.

“Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am, -- a reluctant enthusiast, a part-time crusader, a half hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourself for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the West. It is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still there. So, get out there and hut and fish and mess around with your friends, explore the forests, encounter the griz, climb the mountains, run the ribers. Sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the loverly mysterious awesome space.” Edward Abbey.

I particularly like the line: ". . .a half hearted fanatic."

That is my goal. Be a fanatic, but half heartedly so!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

When it was built in 1911 this was the highest dam in the world.
Arrowrock Dam, Idaho.

Monday, September 20, 2010

My stoves, or part of my collection.
The top one is the venerable Optimus 8r. Once upon a time mine looked as good as that!
And I swiped all three pictures from Google Images.


I own several camping stoves.

Some I bought for parts, a couple I bought new. I have 3 that I use and a 4th that is operable.

Back packers are always on the alert for simpler, lighter equipment, so they upgrade as often as the technology improves.

Car campers, on the other hand, are different, way different.

The main stove I use when we camp from the teardrop is a two burner Coleman that was made right after World War II. It was like new when I bought it a few years ago, and works very well. It is two burner, but I don’t remember when I used the 2nd burner.

Usually I take along a contemporary Coleman single burner stove. When I car camp that little one is the only one I take along.

They all work fine, and when I do grape juice I set up three of them in the backyard and we make a lot of hot.

But this morning I was thinking about my first back pack stove, which I still have. It is an Optimus 8r. The technology is as old as gas blow torches. You fill a little pan with gasoline, it flares up and heats the “carburetor” which vaporizes the gas and it burns.

It works well. It is not quiet, and parts are still available. Not a few back packers prefer these old ladies to the new fancy ones, the old ones are so reliable. Mine sure does not look new, it has cooked for 5 or 6 people a lot of times and it shows it.

I noticed some 8r stoves for sale and the price was 2 or 3 times what they sold for new.

To paraphrase the famous general: “old stoves don’t die. . . they just keep on going.”

Sunday, September 19, 2010