Hayden Pass, 4WD Road

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15SEP18 – I bought a used Jeep Wrangler recently. I’ve been thinking about it for some time, as in . . .  years.  I’ve been driving that blue Chevy Avalanche nearly every day for over 15 years and have put over 200,000 miles on it. It’s been a really good truck, but I just wanted something different. I still have the Avalanche, but the Jeep Continue reading

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Mt. Evans – August 2018

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View from atop Mt. Evans of the observatory and observation deck

 

Last weekend Lisa and I joined Joshua and Cory and Luke on a trip to Mt Evans, one of the Colorado fourteeners which can be driven to the summit. However, we didn’t drive to the top, but instead hiked from a parking lot at Summit Lake. This would be Continue reading

Thommen Classic Altimeter

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Thommen TX-16

Back in 2000 a small local outdoor store called Grand West Outfitters was going out of business. I thought it was the best outdoor store in town and was sorry to see it go, however, during the “going out of business” sales I bought a variety of equipment, at deeply discounted prices, which I still use today. One of the items I bought which I don’t use much anymore was a Thommen Classic altimeter.

The Thommen Classic Altimeter Plus Barometer is an aneroid type. If you’ve ever traveled from a low elevation to a higher elevation with something Continue reading

Collecting . . . Why?

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A few beer cans from my old collection

Do you have a collection of anything? I’ve got a collection of old camp stoves, and some old lanterns, too. When I was a kid I collected baseball cards, key-chains I bought on family vacations and beer cans. I still have some of all of those. In a previous blog post I wrote about old things and asked, “Are new things better?”, and that got me thinking about collecting. People seem to look at me with disbelief when I tell them I have over forty antique camp stoves. “What do you do with them?”, they ask, or Continue reading

Are new things better?

Are new things better?

There are two sayings which are almost the same:

They don’t make ’em like they used to“, implying old things are/were better.

And . . .

They don’t make ’em like they used to, and that’s a good thing.”, meaning that old things weren’t necessarily as good as some people seem to think because Continue reading

Solar Eclipse – August 21, 2017

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Partial eclipse as viewed from our hill in Wyoming (Photo courtesy of Jeff Gross)

Some months ago I posted a description of a scouting trip for the then upcoming solar eclipse. Well, as most people know, it happened on Monday, August 21st. It was quite an event. A couple of guys I know were all over this thing and   Continue reading