River Walk on a not so Warm Day

Sometimes the cabin fever is just too much.  You know it is a little wet, a little colder than you want it to be, but you have to go outside.  A few weeks ago, we went on a nice hike at Tanglewood Park, IMG_3887which down the road a bit from my house.  I thought it would be a “boring” walk but it was just perfect.  The River Walk is about 2.5 miles or so through a bird sanctuary and partial bog.  It wasn’t a good time for the birds although we did see a few ducks.  Nor were the turtles out.   There were plenty of deer though.

As with many trips outdoors, the expectations of enjoyment can be exceeded.  About a mile or so in, we stop seeing other people and our conversations grew more enjoyable.  Anyone that hikes regularly prefers the quiet.  On the way out we pass the bog and some areas for the birds to build nests.  The trail is wide, beginning to green, with trees on each side.  The river is not in sight yet.


As you work your way through the bog area, you notice feeders and birdhouses.  The area is known for many species and bird watching is a favorite pastime of many that visit.  But we are here to see how the river is flowing.  It has rained for what seems like weeks and it should be moving pretty good.


Later this summer, I will bring my kayak and put in up river.  There is some pretty good fishing in the river but there are plenty of stags like downed trees and limbs.  You can’t get too serious about it.  As we were working our way up river, we noticed some herrons in nests across the river.  Big beautiful birds in flight, but today, just watching us.


Well, the hike finally ended, our car was still 3 miles away.  So a good 5 miles or so, deer, ducks, birds, and a nice river.  Good company and a good meal await.




Watch Your six.


First Amendment of the US Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

There it is. One of the greatest individual rights statements in the world.  There is literally no other statement that has been put in place that protects the rights of people to speak freely, to speak without fear of reprisal, from others and their government.

Yet in America today, and seemingly, all over the world, a new type of oppression is taking hold.  It is an organized, highly planned, massively funded attempt to keep citizens from expressing their opinions.  The members of this group are politicians, academics, social justice warriors and many more.  There goal is complete control of speech and expression.  Their target is you and I.

Recently, in a small town in North Carolina, a small group of social justice warriors decided to make a statement and began protesting about the removal of a confederate statute that had been up for over a hundred years.  The result, was a suppression of free speech by the local government, buoyed by a court ruling, ending in the statute being removed.


Some back story is required.  In North Carolina, one of the confederate states, there are many statutes from that timeframe.  Most are to honor the dead from the South, many honor both sides.  All are targets for removal by those that refuse to understand free speech.

In the past few years, America has changed dramatically.  The left has become organized like never before.  It is using the massive wealth of socialists like George Soros, coupled with the power of a left leaning government bureaucracy, made bigger by a never ending assault on the constitution by academics, to change the US from a republic to a socialist democracy.  Even the political party of the left, The Democrat Party, is fielding numerous candidates that are espousing the socialist mantra.


But back to the statute.  A small group of professional protesters decided that they did not want the statute to exist anymore.  Their reasoning.  It was racist, and hurtful to people that were victims of the southern ways of slavery.  In essence, it was not to exist in a town with a 50 percent black population.  So, these protesters, with the help of media and liberal academics, began a false campaign of protest, always saying the same thing.  That the statute should be no more, just because they want it gone.

Now, maybe you ask, there must have been thousands and thousands of people protesting, right?  In fact, a few dozen would be most that ever protested.  They did however go to the town meetings and give their opinion, along with those that opposed.  Free speech working the way it was supposed to work.  Yet the town council decided that the potential problems that the protesters were causing was enough to declare the statute a “nuisance” and force the owner, a private group called the Daughters of the Confederacy, to move the statute.  The DOC, refused, citing that the statute was on private property.  The ensuing lawsuits had the town winning and the appeals judge sided with the town, not ruling on free speech, but the town’s right to remove based on nuisance ordinances.


So, in a nutshell, a small segment of the population was able to suppress free speech of others based on what many believe is a bogus argument.  Is this what you want in your towns?  Is this how you want to view your fellow citizens?

Free speech is getting hammered all over the world.  Most would agree that speaking their mind can cause you to be blacklisted on social media, cause you to lose your job, possibly lose friends, not get into the school of your choice. etc.. A silent army of unelected officials,  HR employees, academics, bureaucrats, etc. can determine your success in this world.  There are plenty of examples in the news everyday.  But does the suppression of one person’s free speech mean the other side won.

Here is the rub.  Those that think they are winning today, will become the victims of tomorrow.  There is never a reason to limit free speech unless it is calling for straight out violence.

In the middle east, the Islamic State (ISIS) is famous for destroying anything that does not match their faith.   So in many cities and towns, countless antiquities were destroyed.  Statutes were destroyed, buildings were demolished, artworks were busted in attempts to erase history.  Isn’t that the only reason the statutes in North Carolina were taken down?  To erase history.   The efforts to erase history also have a sinister motive, it is to rewrite history.

I will let you decide if a few misguided folks in NC are the same as ISIS terrorists.  But can people understand that when we allow a few in our countries to determine if people can post on the internet, can honor their dead, or get into a university, then we are past the time of debate.  The next few things to occur will be laws that favor the few (misgendering and antimuslim laws in the UK), lawsuits that put people out of business (cake makers in the US) and encourage even more deeply destruction activities such as self declared socialists running and be elected to congress (US).

We now have a media in the US that ignores what doesn’t fit it’s leftist agenda.  We have agencies in our government that make regulations that use unfounded science and are more works of anti growth and alarmists than actually good for citizens.  We have a world that is experiencing an overall lack of perspective in what makes the system run smoothly and what will mire up its working properly.

In the end, we cannot fall back to the ways of yesterday, where a few held the power over the masses.  Free speech is the one unifying thing that makes us all equal.  But some, mainly the left, think that it is just for them.


Trailer Build Four-Wiring!


The installation of the power center is now here. I ran wiring to the battery under the trailer and pulled it up to the power center area. Now, with the power center installed, all that was left was attaching the wiring. Here are my individual circuits:

2 lights on exterior sides

2 interior reading lights, one on each side at head area

2 interior 12 volt plugs for cigarette lighter type appliances or USB items

2 kitchen 12 volt plugs for cigarette lighter type appliances or USB items

1 Fan

2 interior top lights

1 water pump

3 110 plugs, (2) on interior rear wall (1) in kitchen area160

The use of the power center is optional. I felt that with that many circuits, the use of straight 110 plugs and that all the wiring was enclosed in walls required the use of a power point that would give me more safety against fire and damage. The power center is a converter and can power your trailer from exterior power sources.169


Here is where you can get the Power Center.  Again the use is optional.  I overbuilt the trailer in many ways, because I could.  I didn’t want to be caught later wishing I had added more circuits or have to tear out something due to a short.  Just follow the directions, if you don’t feel comfortable with it, take the trailer to an electrician who has knowledge of 12 volt systems.

As you can see the trailer wiring and electrical system creates many different configurations of lights, power and convenience.   I also have an 2000 watt inverter that is stored under the kitchen table and another 500 watt inverter that is installed in the pull vehicle.  I carry a spare 12 volt battery (use it with my trolling motor on my kayak), a small lightweight generator and extension cords.  My generator has a 35 amp plug that connects to the side of the trailer.  Or I can use the plug and cord for campground electrical connections.

Later in the install I added a solar panel on top of the trailer and ran the wire through the wall and beneath the trailer.  It’s controller is in my (vented) battery box.  I am still working on a wiring harness to the battery so I can charge it on the road from the tow vehicle.



Trailer Build Five-Kitchen


The kitchen build was trial and error. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted and I knew the space I had was limited. So before I started building, I took everything I thought I would need in the kitchen area and laid it out. The items included many things:

Camp cook stove

Utensils (knives, forks, spoons, spatulas, etc.

Cutting board

Bowls, cups, plates

Napkins, Paper towels, washcloths, dish washing supplies

Water bottles, coffee supplies

Spices, Matches, Can Opener

Camp stove gas, grill brush, hatchet

Electrical cords, wasp spray, bug spray, cleaner

At this point, I wasn’t sure what would fit, and still needed to add what I thought would be important to have:

Water supply




Power connections159

I made some decisions that would hopefully be the right ones. I opted to for a 10 gallon water tank and connected it with a small 12 volt pump and faucet. I nixed the sink due to the need for space and drains. I didn’t think I would be using a sink that much and it took up too much room. I figured that I could always make a portable one. Since I had the pump, tank and faucet, I added an inexpensive shower head to the outside of the trailer. My reasoning was that it would be good to have to rinse off dirt before you got into the trailer. It could clearly be used to wash off dishes if there was a catch bowl.

Once I figured out what I really needed, I built the cabinetry to fit. I must admit, that I made a later decision that has worked out pretty good. On one of my trips, the wind was blowing pretty hard and my gas stove kept going out. It became a real pain in the you know what. So I removed some of the cabinetry and installed a small microwave. Other than the power that it drains from the battery, it really saves time and trouble for many meals. I also have an electric coffee pot that makes the mornings pretty good!

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