Sunday, November 27, 2022

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving

My friend, Josie, send me this card for Thanksgiving...

Hope this Thanksgiving is even better than expected

Saturday, November 19, 2022

EcoFlow DELTA 2 Portable Power Station

Summer here in southern Arizona is our "monsoon season" when high winds and lightning often knockout power to the park. Normally, it is out for only a couple of hours, but during that time you cannot watch tv, use the computer or even run a fan.

I had been thinking of buying a portable power station when Amazon had a sale on the EcoFlow Delta 2 that included two free 100 watt solar panels. I chose the DELTA 2 because it charges quickly and uses iron phosphate batteries that last much longer than lithium batteries. With a capacity of 1kWh, I will have enough energy to power most essentials for hours.



Another reason for the purchase is the possibility of me doing some overlanding with the Jeep. This way I can run 110 volt appliances as well as charge USB devices out in the middle of nowhere. Never know when you might want a cappuccino and the nearest Starbucks is a 100 miles away. This is my idea of "roughing it". 😎

Thursday, November 17, 2022

ProClip Dashboard Phone Mount

I have been wanting a dashboard phone mount for my Jeep but did not want a suction cup nor have to permanently modify the vehicle. The ProClip mount was just what I was looking for as it simply clips into place using the gap above my radio and the edge of the Jeep tray. It holds my phone securely and swivels to either portrait or landscape mode.


Pardon the dust - I had just finished an off-road ride

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Charouleau Gap

Clay, Cory, Al and I explored the Charouleau Gap northeast of Tucson. It was one of the roughest trails I have driven in a long time. I felt like a rag doll being tossed around the cab. There were also quite a few challenging obstacles along the way...


Much steeper than it looks

Needless to say that by the time I got home, my old body felt like it had been beaten with a stick. Strictly for medicinal purposes, I had two shots of pain reliever (a/k/a American Honey Bourbon) along with a couple of ibuprofen. It was a struggle getting from the La-Z-Boy to the bedroom where I fell into a deep sleep... or simply passed out.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Dash Cam Power

I have wanted the capability of transferring my Garmin dash cam between my Jeep and Lexus but did not want the hassle of running and concealing a long power cord to the cigarette lighter socket (which the Lexus does not have). The solution to my problem is the Dongar Technologies Dash Cam Power Adapter ($29.99) which connects to your vehicle's auto-dimming rearview mirror for power to your USB  device...

Both the cable and camera are hidden behind the mirror so I have an unobstructive view

The adapter is an easy plug-and-play installation with no permanent modification to your vehicle. I highly recommend viewing this installation video so you will know what to expect beforehand. You will want to take your time as the workspace is tight and there are some plastic tabs that will break if you are not careful.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Trail Trash

In Arizona there is public land held in trust by the state and like dispersed camping on BLM land, you are allowed to camp free for up to 14 days. Unfortunately, there are individuals who not only abuse the priviledge but leave mountains of trash behind after they leave...

This is one of the major reasons that the government closes trails to the public
(photo taken northwest of the RV park on state trust land)

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

DEFCON 3

I just learned that our country has been at DEFCON 3 since June of this year. DEFCON is a U.S. military term that stands for Defense Readiness Condition. This is part of a system that indicates the level of threat the U.S. faces, or may face, from other countries and the readiness of a potential military response to such threat. DEFCON 5 is the lowest state of readiness indicating minimal threat, whereas DEFCON 1 indicates maximum threat and readiness.

DEFCON 3 indicates that select forces are ready to deploy where needed in 15 minutes. This level means that there is an increase in the readiness of U.S. forces above what would be considered normal. Such response readiness would most likely apply to relevant and necessary security forces as opposed to the military as a whole. I am surprised at how little coverage this has gotten from the media.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Friday, October 07, 2022

Ultimate RV

I think I have found the perfect motorhome for you "high rollers" out there...

Wonder how many gallons per mile this thing gets

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Desert Ride

Jerry, Cindy, Maynard, Diane, Ralph, Lyn and I rode the RZRs out into the desert east of the park where we explored old mines...

Observed the local wildlife...


And rehydrated at the Tiki Bar in Queen Valley...


It sure beats playing shuffle board in Florida!

Friday, September 30, 2022

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Babylon Bee - Fake News You Can Trust

The Babylon Bee is one of the best satirical websites on the Internet. After watching their "Californians Adjust To New Life In Texas" video, I found another one regarding the raid of the MyPillow Guy that I liked...


I think what makes their videos so enjoyable is their ability to take things that we see on a daily basis and then use satire to point out how ridiculous and ofttimes hypocritical they are.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Sneaky Cactus

This cactus thought it could tiptoe by my place without me noticing...

Monday, September 05, 2022

Tube of Terror

While looking at videos of professional eaters, I came across the Tube of Terror Challenge where you are required to eat a tube of peanuts with a Scoville rating of 13,000,000 within ten minutes and then endure a five minute afterburn. Checkout these videos of individuals who undertook the challenge.

Friday, September 02, 2022

Professional Eaters

While surfing the web, I discovered a number of videos featuring "professional eaters", some of which are simply amazing given the amount of food they able to consume in one sitting. Who would have thought you could make a very good living by eating large quantities of food. Here are two channels that hopefully you will find entertaining...
It appears the huge football type of eaters have been replaced by smaller, leaner individuals. I believe the thinking is their stomachs are not restricted by layers of fat and have more room to expand.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Burning Man

Burning Man is back after having been cancelled the last two years due to the pandemic. If you would like to see what is going on there this year, checkout the live webcast at http://burningman.org/live-webcast.


Having followed the event on the Internet in past years, I am always amazed at the imagination and creativity of some very talented people. If I were a lot younger, I think I would enjoy the experience. However at my age, I do not think I would like the dust, the heat and the crowds.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Back Home

I cut my Utah trip short and have returned home early. The recent rain and flooding has made a lot of the trails I wanted to run either impassible or so rough as to loosen the fillings in your teeth. I will miss the spectacular scenery...

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Goblin Valley

Keith and Jayne had never been to Goblin Valley State Park, so we drove down and had a picnic lunch overlooking the "goblins". Having taken a number of photos in past visits, I did not take any in the park this trip, but did take one on the way back that I liked...

Click on photos to enlarge

While stopping for gas in Green River, we met this couple that were towing a unique vehicle to Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada...


That Ford van allows them to drive around Burning Man loading/unloading passengers as they go. It has propane burners that can set the tin roof on fire which should be pretty impressive at night.

Off-road Rescue

Yesterday on our way to Fossil Point, we came across a young couple whose van was stuck out in the middle of nowhere. Even with both our Jeeps piggy-tailed together, we could not budge the van, so we took them back to town where they got a tow truck to come out. That did not work as the tow truck got stuck. Fortunately, the tow driver was able to get his brother to bring a farm tractor out and they finally got everyone out safely around 4:00 p.m. I got a nice thank you text from the couple saying they were okay and spending the night bookdocking in the San Rafael Swell.