Archive for the ‘Outdoors’ Category

Ultra-Wide Angle

Posted: 30th January 2019 by Cheap in Fiction, Filmmaking, Firearms, Gardening, Hunting, Peppers, Photography

I finally own the so-called “Holy Trinity” of Canon zoom lenses.  I acquired my original Canon EOS camera outfit, including the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8 lenses, in 2005.  Since then, I have wanted to round out my lens collection with a 16-35mm ultra-wide angle zoom lens.  It isn’t useful for model photography, so it […]

Hats

Posted: 20th January 2019 by Cheap in Hunting, Outdoors

I was never a hat person until I started hunting.  Wearing a blaze orange hat is a requirement* for hunting in Missouri. However, it turns out that a hat is functional beyond making me visible to other hunters.  For one thing, it keeps you warm.  Keeping your head warm will do more to preserve body […]

Skyward

Posted: 6th January 2019 by Cheap in Camping, Cycling, Fiction, Filmmaking, Outdoors, Television, Travel, Writing

When I had first heard about Skyward, it seemed interesting, but I ultimately decided not to read it.  Brandon Sanderson is an amazing author who has become one of my favorites, and the description of the story was definitely interesting, but when I found out it was YA fiction, I decided to pass.  My recent […]

The Ozarks

Posted: 5th December 2018 by Cheap in Outdoors, Travel

[This is not about the Netflix series.] All my life, I have lived in the St. Louis area, which is at the northeast corner of the Ozark Plateau.  A great deal of my outdoor life takes place in the Ozarks.  The Mark Twain National Forest is scattered throughout the Missouri Ozarks.  My favorite nearby hiking […]

Rockpile Mountain

Posted: 13th June 2018 by Cheap in Camping, Filmmaking, Hiking, Outdoors, Television

My overnight backpacking trip in the Rockpile Mountain Wilderness Area went well.  I didn’t have any equipment problems, and I didn’t forget anything important.  I did add a couple of items to my list for next time, but they aren’t serious (like handy-wipes).  I didn’t forget to bring my hammock, but I was unable to […]

Backpacking

Posted: 23rd May 2018 by Cheap in Camping, Hiking, Outdoors

As a kid, I grew up camping with my family.  Car camping, we would call it now, in a tent.  We camped mainly in our home state of Missouri, and farther north for relief from the heat, in Michigan and Wisconsin mostly.  We were limited by how far we could drive, and our drives were […]

E85

Posted: 11th May 2018 by Cheap in Camping, Travel

My vacation was fraught with problems, the biggest one being the sudden and massive coolant leak in my truck.  That’s fixed, but now I (probably) have a blown head gasket.  I wasted days of my vacation on it, and ultimately I had to coax it home despite chronic misfiring.  I will end up spending weeks […]

I am building a workbench using mortise & tenon joints.  Somehow, this is the first time I’ve attempted to do so, despite owning a mortiser and a tenonning jig for two decades.  I’m finding that they are both well suited to fairly flat tenons, one width of the chisel, or up to two if the […]

Dead Electronics

Posted: 14th January 2018 by Cheap in Camping, Fiction, Filmmaking, Hiking, Technology

I have driven the highway through Great Smoky Mountains National Park again.  This last time, the trees on the mountains were frosted white, and there was a smoky cloud hanging over the mountains.  This has reaffirmed my goal of backpacking this park, which I plan to do during the summer of 2019.  That means this […]

November-December

Posted: 20th December 2017 by Cheap in Camping, Fiction, Hunting, Technology

My hunting trip was successful.  On my fifth day out there, I found a spot that was so ideal for attracting deer, it was like shooting fish in a barrel.  I took a doe, shot through the heart, leaving a Quintin Tarantino blood trail.  Next year, if I hunt that spot, I think I will […]