Macey Lakes – 2015, Backpacking

I just realized that, much to my surprise, I have not posted about my previous Macey Lakes trips. I was last there several years ago with Joshua and Luke. Prior to that we backpacked in there in June and the area still had plenty of snow, so we always camped lower, about a mile from the lower lake.

Joshua and Luke on the previous trip to Macy Lakes

Joshua and Luke on the previous trip to Macey Lakes

This weekend Jeff and Troy and I backpacked to lower Macey Lake and hiked to, and fished, the two upper lakes.  This is a 6 mile trek which took 4 hours to hike in and 2-1/2 hours to hike out. I wanted to drive since   Continue reading

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Missouri River Breaks

I finally edited/updated my 2011 Missouri River Breaks trip from a few years ago. It was a great trip, but I had only just began to blog again and only posted a paragraph and three photos.

Check out the edited/updated version . . .  Missouri River Trip 2011.

Having lunch while floating on the Missouri

Having lunch while floating on the Missouri

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Colorado River – Ruby Horsethief Canyons, 2015

I was invited to join in on a Colorado River float which was from August 4th through the 7th.

The group of river rats ready to head out

The group of river rats ready to head out

Monday afternoon we travelled from Colorado Springs to the Island Acres section of the James M. Robb state park, east of Grand Junction. It’s a nice, clean state park and campground, and not too far off of I-70 (use Exit 47), with enough sites to be able to just drive up and grab one without reservations (at least during the week). This trip included two   Continue reading

Woodstrip Canoe Build – Redbird 17

I took a break from blogging back in 2010, but always wanted to add this to my blog. A friend of mine saw a a photo of a wood strip canoe on my desk one day and asked if I could make him one. It was a Bear Mountain Boats, Redbird 17. I agreed that I would, bought the plans, and got to work.

To make the stems, you bend, glue and clamp the wood strips around the end forms.

Bending, clamping, gluing the stems around the end forms

Bending, clamping, gluing the stems around the end forms

You need to build a strongback, which is the box looking support, and then cut out a series of forms which make the pattern   Continue reading

Kayak, Canoe Shed

I’ve got 4 kayaks, which I built myself, and one canoe. Storing them has become a bit of a problem as two of them have been taking up one of my two garage bays, sitting on the canoe strongback I made a few years ago when building a wood strip canoe for a friend.

I designed the shed last fall, visiting home improvement stores to learn the various construction techniques. Then, in January my second son and I built the floor and walls, but it was too cold to do anything with it. So, it sat outside over the winter. This spring it was rather rainy so it delayed the construction even further. But, summer is in full swing and I’ve been able to make great progress with it. It’s 18 feet long, by 4 feet wide, by 4 feet high and a bit higher at the peak.

The floor leveled and walls framed

The floor leveled and walls framed

As soon as I got the roof on, I moved the boats   Continue reading