Archive for the ‘Outdoors’ Category

Badlands National Park

Posted: 25th August 2017 by Cheap in Camping, Travel

Perhaps two decades ago, when I was still married, I was a subscriber to National Geographic Magazine.  I occasionally succumbed to other purchases from the National Geographic Society, mostly maps, which were very good, but we once ordered a book of all the national parks in the US.  It was a coffee table book, with […]

In 2008, I ordered and purchased a Kimber rifle. I wanted a compact, lightweight rifle in a caliber suited to slightly smaller southern deer. I agonized over the choice between .260 Remington and 7mm-08, and I ultimately chose .260 Remington. The Kimber 84M Classic is a beautiful rifle, and with a 2-7x33mm scope, it handles […]

Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down

Posted: 3rd July 2017 by Cheap in Cuisine, Fiction, Hiking

I briefly thought that hiking or biking every day to train for the hikes I’ll be making in August would be a good idea.  And it is.  However, my next hike was five days later.  Nevertheless, I have been hiking more than I usually do, and already I can tell it’s making a difference.  I […]

May Updates

Posted: 5th June 2017 by Cheap in Fitness, Hiking, Technology, Travel
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I succumbed to temptation and bought a smart watch.  It is the Samsung Gear S3 frontier, which is really the first one that caught my eye.  It’s gorgeous, full-featured, has good battery life, and integrates well with my phone.  After discovering it, I researched many others, but ultimately I came back to this one.  I […]

Montana, I am told, is a place with bears.  Brown bears.  The big, aggressive kind of bears.  Probably not all of Montana, but certainly the national forests and parks in northwestern Montana.  There are black bears also, but brown bears are literally a whole other animal: bigger, bolder, less likely to back down, and less […]

Smart Watches pt. 1

Posted: 29th December 2016 by Cheap in Hunting, Technology
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Exploring Android development has sparked my interest in smart watches.  I see I have a lot to learn. Until now, I have ignored the smart watch market.  This is mainly because I’ve stopped wearing a watch.  I used to wear one all the time, but I’ve noticed that they have become somewhat unfashionable.  Among the […]

Flannel bed sheets are pretty awesome in the winter, but now there are little fuzz balls everywhere. I finally got my car put back together after having replaced the broken engine valve.  I still had to have the catalytic converter replaced, which was damaged by all the unburned fuel that was dumped into it.  However, […]

Anyone who tells you that Cat’s Cradle is science-fiction is fucking with you.  Or else they don’t know what science-fiction is.  Yes, it contains a bit of science-fiction as a plot element.  Yes, the science is reasonably sound.  It also contains a made-up religion, but no one categorizes it as a religious text.  It is […]

Octobery Stuff

Posted: 30th October 2016 by Cheap in Camping, Hunting
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I spent a weekend in the Mark Twain National Forest, in the Doniphan and Eleven Point ranger districts.  My primary goal was to scout for good deer hunting spots.  However, I didn’t get to explore all the places on my list, and most of those did not turn out to be good spots.  My secondary […]

Percale, Cotton Sheets, and Sleeping Bag Liners

Posted: 26th September 2016 by Cheap in Camping

Do you know the feeling of sleeping in a bed with cool sheets?  I love it, especially in warm weather, and I think I finally understand the formula. Before I spell it out, I want to describe some of the many traps that have been set out for me.  I used to think it was […]