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Got My Ham Technician License

Got My Ham Technician License

Earlier in the year, on January 25th, I traveled to Bloomington Minnesota to take a written test for a HAM radio license.  Truth be told I was planning on taking it a few weekends sooner, but weather and life got in the way.  Sadly I had to put it off a couple weeks.

Cutting to the chase: I took the test for the Technician Rating and passed.

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I Bought A Garmin inReach SE+

I Bought A Garmin inReach SE+

Garmin inReach SE+
Garmin inReach SE+

I bought a Garmin inReach SE+ for the singular purpose of being able to check in on things back home when I am out on my extended vacations that take me out of cell phone tower range.  It will also serve a dual role in that I can let people back home know I am okay on my solo wilderness outings.

On top of the communication features, I can also use the Garmin inReach SE+ to alert Search and Rescue (SAR) services of any emergency medical and life threatening situations that could pop up, but hopefully never will.

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My New Adventure Vehicle – Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

My New Adventure Vehicle – Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

My new 2018 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk... I have no idea where I took this picture, but it was on my phone.
My new 2018 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk… I have no idea where I took this picture, but it was on my phone.

I recently got a new vehicle, a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk in Hyper Green.  Yeah, it’s bright to look at.  Catches people’s eyes for certain.  There is a bit of a story behind how I ended up with that color and I’ll tell you about that below.  At first I wasn’t a fan of the Hyper Green, but over the past couple weeks it has grown on me.

My first vehicle was a Dodge Power Ram 50 I had way back in the early 1990s.  Since then I have only owned Fords, until now.  I’ve owned full size pickups, an Expedition, Rangers, a Sport Trak, and Escapes… I’m a Ford stock holder even!  But now I have a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk… in Hyper Green!

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What Is Picaridin & Does It Really Work

What Is Picaridin & Does It Really Work

What Is Picaridin & Does It Really Work? I carry this around in my camping kit.
What Is Picaridin & Does It Really Work? I carry this around in my camping kit.

If you spend anytime outdoors you are familiar with insect repellent that has DEET in it.  But you may have been hearing murmurs about Picaridin.  What is Picaridin?  Is it as good as DEET?  Does it really work just as well or better?

I’ve used both Picaridin and DEET over the past few years and I can provide you with my personal view on both insect repellents.  In addition to opinions based on use, I will also be throwing in some facts about both products.

Looking to find the best insect repellent for your next adventure into the outdoors?  Then keep reading!

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My Mini Cabin, Car Camping, Barn Sleeping Vacation!

My Mini Cabin, Car Camping, Barn Sleeping Vacation!

Happy 4th of July 2018
Happy 4th of July 2018

First off I need to apologize.  I don’t take a lot of pictures when I am out and about doing stuff.  I just don’t think about it, and because of that I don’t tend to have many if any pictures of my life.  That means I don’t have a lot of pictures to share here on this blog.  I really need to get better at doing that, and I promise to give it my best.

June 30th I left home for a mini vacation.  I started out on my own, just me and my new Jeep Renegade Trailhawk and a medium sized Alice Pack full of camping kit.  My destination was my cabin on Northwest Wisconsin –  a wonderfully remote off grid lodge in the middle of over 15,000 acres of public land.

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Get Started Camping – For Cheap, Part Two

Get Started Camping – For Cheap, Part Two

Car Camping - An easy and affordable way to get into camping starting today!
Car Camping – An easy and affordable way to get into camping starting today!

In part one of this series of blog posts about Getting Started Camping For Cheap, I shared a list of some essential gear a person should consider getting.  Then I discussed in that post in further details items for sleeping, tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads.  You can read PART ONE HERE.

In Part Two I am going to go into further details about items for cooking.  Just like with any camping gear, there is cheap kit you can buy, and then there is going to be expensive kit you can buy.  Since this series of posts is about getting into camping without spending too much money, I am going to focus on cheaper items.

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Get Started Camping – For Cheap, Part One

Get Started Camping – For Cheap, Part One

Car Camping is a great way to get started camping on a budget.
Car Camping is a great way to get started camping on a budget.

Been thinking about getting into camping but are worried it will cost to much?  Well, yes, camping gear can be very expensive.  There is cheap camping gear that is usually heavier and bulkier, and then there is expensive gear that is typically lighter and more compact.

If you’re looking to get into camping and have a limited budget, you are likely going to be buying cheaper gear that is not as compact and maybe not as durable as items that are much more expensive.

There is nothing wrong with cheaper priced gear.  Just make sure you hunt for quality cheap gear.  Sure, you should expect it to be heavier in your pack and take up more space, but that’s all part of the trade off.

With this post I am going to start off a multi-part series on how you can get into camping on a frugal budget.

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Gear List For My Solo Spring BWCA Trip

Gear List For My Solo Spring BWCA Trip

Gear List For My Solo Spring BWCA Trip
Gear List For My Solo Spring BWCA Trip

I started planning my late May 2018 BWCA trip back in August of last year.  The last time I have been on a canoe camping trip has been well over eleven years.  It’s safe to say that I am eagerly looking forward to going.  Big time…

For the past couple weeks I have been pouring over my gear list as well as my actual gear.  I didn’t really need to buy any new kit, but I did.  Shhh… don’t tell my wife!

Am I bring too much, too little?  Check out my list below and you decide.  Feel free to let me know what you think.  I’m always open to suggestions – doesn’t mean I will do any of them, but I’ll listen.

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