Traveling in the mountains of NC is a joy, winding roads, cool breeze and beautiful scenery. This past weekend, I decided to take some family members to Chimney Rock State Park, just outside of Morganton NC. A short 20 minute ride from the main interstate puts you smack in the middle of great recreation. The Broad River winds through the area creating many pportunities to kayak, tube and fish. Continue reading
Just inside Utah, above the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful parks in America. The Zion National Park is literally as awe inspiring as the Canyon. The park is very busy, it is visited by millions of people per year. You have to go regardless. As you start to get closer to the park the rock formations begin to take on a different hue, the lines of millions of years of erosion begin to show clearly from miles away. Continue reading
I get it, you want to be prepared. You want the best and coolest gear. So after a few thousand dollars, you look like a member of SEAL TEAM 6. But what about all the other times when you are just waiting on the Apocalypse? One of the best traits to have is to understand when to fight and when to run. Continue reading
So you want to go camping? Tired of tents? Getting rained on? Muddy equipment? How about a home built trailer?
I have been camping for years, been pretty much around the country and hiked through many boots. But nothing compares to a easy meal and a great bed when it comes to camping. You get the great outdoors. You get your fires. You get to spend time with friends and family. But when the sun goes down after a long day on the water or a great hike, you want to sleep without bugs, without rocks in back, without wind, rain and other elements.
A “teartdrop” trailer is your answer. I was going to build a teardrop but after looking at many that are online, I decided to wing it and build my own design. I was wanting something that could be used for many things. I think I have been successful in building a camping trailer for two, a great simple kitchen design, huge storage, and simplicity. Check out the build and let me know what you think.
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Spending time at Lake Powell was a real treat. After visiting the Canyon, we went up to Lake Powell and decided to spend some time there. A few bucks for a boat and we were on the water. The water is clear and cold
. The lake levels go up and down due to the amount of spring thaws that are available and how much water is being released downstream. You could see the various levels in the rocks. The Glen Canyon Reservoir provides water for the states of Arizona, California, and New Mexico, while holding water from the Colorado River for Utah Continue reading
Going to Maui was another check off on the bucket list. Betty and I were to meet some friends of ours there and spend a week sightseeing. Upon arrival on a puddle jumper from Hawaii, we were surprised at how comfortable the temperatures were. Low 80’s and a breeze were the norm. After settling in our condo, we made a beeline to the local store to stock up on snacks and drinks. The town of has plenty of tour guides that will take care of all your sightseeing schedules for you. Continue reading
Building the trailer wasn’t hard even if I didn’t know what I was doing. I think it turned out pretty well, even though I could have spent much less or added other features that I thought about afterward. I guess my best advice is to go slow and take the time to write down your ideas before you start. Continue reading
I recently went to Key West with my brother Randy and my girlfriend Betty. We had flights that were cancelled because of a massive snowstorm that was hitting the South. We spent a day or so waiting to see if the airlines would reopen, going as far as rerouting through Atlanta. But, those flights were also cancelled and it looked like the trip was a bust. Continue reading
The sun came up early and I wanted to get out to the mountainside before others got on the trails. The day before I had been able to hike without seeing many other hikers. This day the weather was cool and clear. I started by going to a trail on the other side of the park, passing a few bike riders along the way. I needed to hit the trail hard since I had family coming up to hike the summit later that day. Needless to say, it was a great hike, good clean trails, good picture taking. Continue reading
One of the biggest lakes in North Carolina is Lake Norman. This man made lake is also home to Lake Norman State Park. The park is full of things to do, including, biking, camping, boating, hiking, and plenty more. Just before Charlotte NC, the Park is in Mooresville, a small town that being discovered by more people each year. The park however, seems to be somewhat lost in the mix, it is always full, but has a peaceful feeling. Continue reading