Archive for the ‘Camping’ Category

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 […]

I read The Paladin, by C. J. Cherryh.  I generally liked it, but it certainly wasn’t her best work.  It was published in 1988, and it is 2017 now, so her idea of a love interest just came off as harassment to me.  Maybe I’m not like other guys, but when a girl repeatedly says […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bonneville Salt Flats and Silver Island Mountains

Posted: 25th September 2016 by Cheap in Camping, Travel

The Bonneville Salt Flats are located on the western edge of Utah along I-80.  They are world renowned as the place where land speed records are set, chosen for their natural flatness.  I was looking for a place to camp overnight on my camping road trip during June of this year, and this was a […]