Whirlwind Road Trip

IMG_7998To better prepare for our summer vacation, I spent this past weekend on the road, to go check on our property.

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Camp Kitchen–Part 1

IMG_7905With my weekend off I decided to check off one of my standing to-do’s for this summer’s vacation by building the first part of our new camp kitchen… and saving a house plant along the way.

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Snow & Science

IMG_7819I haven’t been posting much lately because there hasn’t been much excitement to post about. With foul, snowy weather affecting the whole country, I’m sure many can sympathize with the reasons why. However, when the world is covered with a thick blanket of snow, life does go on. It is with this determination that I give you a peak at some things the kids and I do to keep ourselves sane.

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First Day at the Range

IMG_7758On a cold, sunny Saturday, I drag the kids to introduce them to some real shooting sports. No more traveling into the woods, worrying about location, setting up hap-hazard targets. Now, I have access to a range.

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Winter Wilderness Adventure

IMG_7691This year, Santa had an emphasis on outdoor skills and preparedness. In each of our stockings, we found a water filtering straw, emergency blanket, and ferrocerium (flint) rod. My son and I also got knives. Surprised at their eagerness, I gave in, and we decided to venture into the woods, braving the cold snow & wind, to learn & try some new things.

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The Birthday Choice

IMG_7010My daughter had a birthday coming up, and I gave her a choice. Would she rather have an adventure, or the traditional presents & cake? She chose an adventure (of course) which is the whole purpose of this post. What she wanted (more than anything) was to visit a zoo & so we did!

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Car Shopping

It was time (for many financial reasons) for me to get an economical car. My truck has served me faithfully for 3 years now, and I needed something with decent mileage for a reasonable price. However, this begs many questions:

New vs Used? Economy vs Cost? Form vs Function? I set out over the last couple months to figure these out (for me) before making a decision… What follows is an in-depth summary of all my inner toils. (Compiled some time ago…)

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Eastern Oregon Celtic Festival

IMG_6891As I’m sitting down to write this post, I’m reflecting on the day. Once again, I found some neat event nearby and ditched all the things I could/should do in favor of an adventure with my son. After all, we’re only young once, and I have him less than 30% of the time, right! This weekend’s escape was to the city of La Grande, Oregon for the Celtic Festival, an official event for the Scottish Highland Games…

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Bowlby Bash & Derby 2013

It was a long, 3-day weekend, and I was determined to make the most of it. I think I made too much of it, but that’s what life is all about, right?

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Carb/Quad Rebuild–Part 2

IMG_6652I wanted a solid chunk of time to fully rebuild the carburetor (sometimes hard to come by) all at once. In the spare moments until then, I decided to tackle a few other tasks the quadrunner will need…

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