Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

October 29, 2015

Pellet Guns

I have always had a thing for air rifles from shooting in the backyard, my indoor range in the garage or starting the kids out on safety, control, aiming etc. Pistols as well but there are more options and more capacity in the rifle category for sure.

Recently, I got back into it after a break and one of springers, actually my best springer, did not survive the hiatus that well. I started looking at options as I actually wanted to move up to a better rifle anyway but compressed air. I looking at my options, the single pump air springs, Nitro springs, etc had really improved since the last time time I was looking at them.

I am thinking I am about to buy another gun. I will post the links here as a research tool and book mark location for the guns and info I access.

Here is info on the Air Spring/Gas Ram/Nitro Piston Technology

http://www.pyramydair.com/blog/2005/11/what-is-a-gas-ram-airgun/
https://www.airgunsofarizona.com/blog/2013/04/a-few-words-about-gas-rams-gas-springs-and-nitro-piston.html

I am currently shoorting this one: http://www.midwayusa.com/product/682505/stoeger-atac-suppressor-air-rifle-black-synthetic-stock-black-barrel-with-4-16x40mm-scope

Here are the main resellers and manufacture sites I used so far in my search

http://www.pyramydair.com/a/Air_guns/Air_rifles/Gas_spring/372/loudness_3/calibers_0_22?orderBy=price_asc
http://www.midwayusa.com/gas-piston/br?cid=23245
http://www.airgundepot.com/remington-nitro-piston-air-rifle-sale.html
http://www.pyramydair.com/a/Air_guns/Air_rifles/Gas_spring/372
http://www.airgundepot.com/remington-nitro-piston-air-rifle-sale.html#sort=salepriceasc
http://www.midwayusa.com/gas-piston/br?cid=23245&sortBy=3&itemsPerPage=40
http://usa.stoegerairguns.com/

Here are the guns I am researching broke down by price range

$150 or less
$140 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1375509253/crosman-genesis-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-wood-stock-matte-barrel-with-centerpoint-scope-3-9x-32mm-matte
http://www.crosman.com/genesis-np-1
$139/149 http://www.airgundepot.com/benjamin-titan-air-rifle.html
$139 http://www.airgundepot.com/beeman-grizzly-x2-air-rifle-combo.html
$99 http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-shockwave-air-rifle.html
$119 http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-phantom-np-air-rifle-22-caliber.html
$149 http://www.airgundepot.com/ruger-yukon-np.html#item-specs-container
$130 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crosman-Nitro-Venom-Dusk-NP-.22-Air-Rifle-with-Scope/16536075?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=16536075&placement_id=irs-106-m3&strategy=PWVAV&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=3ce12037-b3ac-4cc3-8de0-6f60afe5756a&customer_id_enc&config_id=106&parent_item_id=25174756&parent_anchor_item_id=25174756&guid=094121f3-d7ff-44f2-a804-599b6cb22cfb&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n
$149 http://www.airgundepot.com/benjamin-titan-xs-air-rifle.html
$129 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/721311/crosman-fury-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-177-caliber-pellet-black-synthetic-stock-matte-barrel-with-4x32mm-scope
$129 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/876789/benjamin-prowler-nitro-piston-air-rifle-177-caliber-black-synthetic-stock-blued-barrel-with-4x-32mm-scope
$144 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/681443/beeman-grizzly-x2-gas-ram-air-rifle-177-and-22-caliber-pellet-hardwood-stock-black-barrel-with-4×32-scope
$110-149 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2083851792/benjamin-titan-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-with-centerpoint-scope-4x-32mm-matte
$99 http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-fury-air-rifle.html
$149 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Beeman_Gas_Ram_Dual_Caliber_Air_Rifle/3620
$89 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Crosman_Vantage_Breakbarrel_Air_Rifle/1789
$109 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Crosman_Vantage_Air_Rifle_With_Nitro_Piston/2806
$119 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1375156916/crosman-shockwave-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-pellet-black-synthetic-stock-matte-barrel-with-centerpoint-scope-4x-32mm-matte
$146 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/446831/crosman-tr77-nitro-piston-tactical-break-barrel-air-rifle-177-caliber-pellet-black-synthetic-stock-overmolded-matte-barrel-with-4x32mm-scope
$219 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Ruger_Yukon_Air_Rifle_Combo_Gas_Piston/3102
$149 http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-mtr77-nitro-piston-scoped-air-rifle.html

$150-250
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1375226736/crosman-nitro-piston-venom-dusk-break-barrel-air-rifle-matte-barrel-with-3-9x-32mm-scope
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1375372781/crosman-nitro-piston-venom-dusk-break-barrel-air-rifle-brown-hardwood-stock-matte-barrel-with-3-9x-32mm-scope
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/425485/benjamin-titan-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-177-caliber-pellet-hardwood-stock-matte-barrel-with-4x-32mm-scope
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crosman-Nitro-Venom-NP-.22-Air-Rifle-with-Scope/16536078?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=16536078&placement_id=irs-106-m3&strategy=PWVAV&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=3ce12037-b3ac-4cc3-8de0-6f60afe5756a&customer_id_enc&config_id=106&parent_item_id=25174756&parent_anchor_item_id=25174756&guid=094121f3-d7ff-44f2-a804-599b6cb22cfb&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/3508664979/hatsan-model-95-vortex-piston-combo-break-action-air-rifle-pellet-walnut-stock-black-barrel-with-3-9×32-optima-scope-black
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2083782987/benjamin-summit-nitro-piston-2-air-rifle-pellet-black-synthetic-stock-black-barrel-with-4x32mm-scope
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Beeman_Gas_Ram_Dual_Caliber_Air_Rifle/3620
http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-nitro-venom-dusk-air-rifle-177.html
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/682505/stoeger-atac-suppressor-air-rifle-black-synthetic-stock-black-barrel-with-4-16x40mm-scope
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1725131878/gamo-silent-stalker-whisper-inert-gas-technology-igt-pellet-air-rifle-black-synthetic-stock-fluted-polymer-jacketed-steel-barrel-with-gamo-airgun-scope-3-9x-40mm-matte
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Stoeger_ATAC_Suppressor_Gas_Ram_Air_Rifle/3042
http://www.amazon.com/Stoeger-ATAC-Suppressor-Rifle-rifle/dp/B00CSAAI2U
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBECI1Q/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687522&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00CSAAGU4&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1F114Z7S7HKWJ87373CD
http://www.airgundepot.com/stoeger-atac-suppressor-gas-ram-air-rifle-22-cal.html
http://www.airgundepot.com/stoeger-atac-suppressor-gas-ram-air-rifle-177-cal.html
http://www.amazon.com/Umarex-Octane-Rifle-Combo-Piston/dp/B00CSAB4YG
http://www.amazon.com/Ruger-Yukon-Rifle-Combo-Piston/dp/B00CWDC3J4
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Ruger_Yukon_Air_Rifle_Combo_Gas_Piston/3102
$164 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Benjamin-397-.177-Air-Rifle/8586191?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=8586191&placement_id=irs-2-m3&strategy=PWVUB&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=b9f1f691-ed61-4966-bd0a-8bc4c7766483&customer_id_enc&config_id=2&parent_item_id=5420297&parent_anchor_item_id=5420297&guid=1e5cdc91-354a-41c8-80f5-f81aee5e8386&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n

$250 or higher
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Benjamin_Trail_NP2_Rifle_Camo_Combo/3698
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Benjamin-Trail-Nitro-Piston-XL-1100-.22-Caliber-Air-Rifle/16536065
$259 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Benjamin_Discovery_Air_Rifle/1543
http://www.crosman.com/benjamin-discovery-22
$367 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Benjamin-Discovery-.177-PCP-Air-Rifle-Kit-with-Pump/19426362?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=19426362&placement_id=irs-106-t1&strategy=PWVUB&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=d0cf4917-fc3d-4969-b845-91ce5bd62bd7&customer_id_enc&config_id=106&parent_item_id=14234837&parent_anchor_item_id=14234837&guid=f4a83e12-d6bc-4b7b-a6b8-d90783009313&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n

Pellets and Accessories
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/110904/crosman-premier-ultra-magnum-airgun-pellets-177-caliber-105-grain-round-nose-tin-of-500
http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Aluminum-Picatinny-mounting-system/dp/B00I0HLO00/ref=pd_sim_200_5?ie=UTF8&dpID=41yNcAeDLTL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=1F114Z7S7HKWJ87373CD
http://www.amazon.com/Beeman-Kodiak-Extra-Heavy-21-14/dp/B004G16C74/ref=pd_sim_200_6?ie=UTF8&dpID=51HrBIRuTWL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&refRID=1F114Z7S7HKWJ87373CD
http://www.amazon.com/Crosman-Caliber-Hollow-Pellets-500-Pack/dp/B006O74XQ0/ref=pd_sim_200_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=61C9jAmTD2L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR158%2C160_&refRID=1F114Z7S7HKWJ87373CD
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VYXHD1G?psc=1
http://www.airgundepot.com/airguns-accessories.html
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crosman-Varmint-Target-Block/10248636?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=10248636&placement_id=irs-2-m3&strategy=PWVUB&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=78b0b951-6b1c-4c35-a782-45ed96ae4208&customer_id_enc&config_id=2&parent_item_id=21311836&parent_anchor_item_id=21311836&guid=34112c94-5bd4-4475-9fb5-db1382a13cee&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Air-Strike-Pellet-Trap/17617514?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=17617514&placement_id=irs-2-m3&strategy=PWVUB&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=78b0b951-6b1c-4c35-a782-45ed96ae4208&customer_id_enc&config_id=2&parent_item_id=21311836&parent_anchor_item_id=21311836&guid=34112c94-5bd4-4475-9fb5-db1382a13cee&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n

September 19, 2015

WAAAM – Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

Another post in discovering weekend and day trip adventures near home.

Logo

What a great local spot for a day trip with wife or family? I discovered paper card models a few years back. This would be a great chance to get to see some of the old planes and cars in real life that I am trying to model. These are real working machines from a time long ago. They have scheduled Fly In’s when people fly in in their vintage crafts. Check them out. I know I am going to.

http://www.waaamuseum.org/

November 4, 2014

Two of My Favorite but Unattained .22 Rifles

Two of my favorite .22 rifles I have yet to acquire are the Marlin 7000T heavy barrel model and the Remington Nylon 66. They are very different rifles and the reasons I want them are different as well.

The Nylon 66 is nostalgic. There was a neighbor that had one when I was a kid and it was the first clip fed rifle I had ever shot and boy was it cool! Besides that, I like it because it is a light weight small frame plinker in the more affordable .22LR round. There hundreds of pages on the web dedicated to these and their history and the many nuances of color and model they were available in.

The 7000T is the heavy barrel “target” version of the 7000 model and a tack driver from the box. It is not as customizable as the 10/22 for sure but it is most of what I would make my 10/22 anyway. They used to be affordable but as they become rare, not as much anymore. Here is a link to more info:

https://gunner777.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/marlin-7000-22-rifle/

 

September 23, 2014

Buiding Antennas for Ham Radios

Ones I might buy for now:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jetstream-JTD2-Workman-T734-Discone-Scanner-Antenna-w-CB-Ham-Radio-Transmit-/191338047276?_trksid=p2054897.l4275

http://centerfireantenna.com/antenna-menu/deluxe-discone-antenna/.

Here is a review and step by step assembly of it as well. Seems like a great antenna for the money!  http://advancedsurvivalguide.com/2010/09/15/review-centerfire-deluxe-discone-antenna/

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-METER-70CM-HIGH-GAIN-BASE-ANTENNA-SLIM-JIM-DESIGN-6dB-gain-over-J-Pole/191033883337?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D25879%26meid%3D6ac689becaaa4167826df57c0a3ff4f9%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D10819%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D111469372466&rt=nc

http://www.ebay.com/itm/144-440-MHz-HIGH-GAIN-BASE-ANTENNA-STEALTH-DESIGN/201167782539?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D25879%26meid%3D59ba21173a65486cb97275b248a7c8eb%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D10819%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D191033883337&rt=nc

 http://www.ebay.com/itm/VHF-UHF-scanner-or-Ham-base-antenna-2-meter-70-cm-/301323935084?_trksid=p2054897.l5676

http://www.amazon.com/DHT-Handheld-Antenna-Baofeng-Quasheng/dp/B00COKNKS8/ref=pd_sim_e_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=09RGPHPA3JVWDQQBB0RQ

http://www.amazon.com/SMA-Female-UHF-RF-Adapter/dp/B00ATEDHXE/ref=pd_sim_e_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=09RGPHPA3JVWDQQBB0RQ

http://www.amazon.com/Station-Antenna-ANLI-Amateur-Radio/dp/B0093N20D0/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1411454205&sr=1-4&keywords=dual+band+antenna

http://www.amazon.com/TRAM-1480-Amateur-Dual-Band-Antenna/dp/B003H3J4NQ/ref=sr_1_14?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1411454205&sr=1-14&keywords=dual+band+antenna

 

SWR Meter

http://www.amazon.com/SWR-Power-METER-VHF-Radio/dp/B002KYE190/ref=pd_sim_e_23?ie=UTF8&refRID=0C5GPVDXXHNMYRF9ASRF

http://www.amazon.com/ASTATIC-PDC1-RADIO-WATT-METER/dp/B00J5LNB56/ref=pd_sbs_indust_9?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N99XMAYYBWC06J1H7SY

http://www.amazon.com/Astatic-302-01768-PDC7-Compact-Meter/dp/B000VXKINA/ref=pd_sbs_indust_7?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N99XMAYYBWC06J1H7SY

http://www.amazon.com/ASTATIC-PDC1-Workman-jumper-CX-3-PL-PL/dp/B00HMDQ4RQ/ref=pd_sbs_indust_8?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N99XMAYYBWC06J1H7SY

http://www.amazon.com/Astatic-PDC1-100-Watt-Meter/dp/B004ULN610/ref=pd_sbs_indust_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N99XMAYYBWC06J1H7SY

http://www.amazon.com/Astatic-302-PDC2-Field-Strength-Meter/dp/B000KEUFME/ref=pd_sbs_indust_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N99XMAYYBWC06J1H7SY

http://www.amazon.com/Astatic-PDC5-Meter-Power-Matcher/dp/B003E2USLM/ref=pd_sbs_indust_6?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N99XMAYYBWC06J1H7SY

 

 

2 Meter vertical from PVC

http://www.mikestechblog.com/joomla/ham-radio/ham-radio-antennas-category/99-build-2-meter-vertical-antenna.html

2 Meter info in general

http://www.hamuniverse.com/2meters.html

Apartment Antenna

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-1622

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bMNm57YUbA

http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-012750

http://www.nonstopsystems.com/radio/frank_radio_antenna_cobra.htm

http://www.2wayelectronix.com/Dual-band-MURS-GMRS-Slim-Jim-Antenna-dualmurs.htm

http://www.2wayelectronix.com/Portable-Antennas_c3.htm

http://www.2wayelectronix.com/Dual-band-2m-70cm-Slim-Jim-Antenna-with-16-rg-58-dual-slim-16.htm

http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Antennas/Stealth/

http://www.g4ilo.com/stealth.html

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Technology/tis/info/pdf/128040.pdf

http://www.arrl.org/limited-space-and-indoor-antennas

 

This is for the GMRS and MURS

http://www.2wayelectronix.com/Dual-band-MURS-GMRS-Slim-Jim-Antenna-dualmurs.htm

 

Diamond 7900A mobile antenna

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamantm/0142.html
http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/3175
http://www.aesham.com/nmo/diamond-antenna-sg-7900anmo/

Other 2M and 70CM Antennas

http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php?topic=45646.0;wap2

http://www.w5fc.org/files/how-to/j-pole/MENTORFEST_ANTENNA.pdf

http://www.cebik.com/

http://forums.radioreference.com/amateur-radio-antennas/276792-2m-70cm-dual-band-dipole-antenna.html

http://amateurradio.bz/2m-70cm_vertical_dipole_antenna.html

http://dk7zb.darc.de/Duoband/dipolduoband.htm

http://www.worldwidedx.com/threads/a-2m-70cm-vertical-dipole-diy.137926/

http://9amtalk.net/new2/sites/default/files/DualBand2.pdf

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamants.html

http://9amtalk.net/new2/sites/default/files/DualBand2.pdf

http://vk2zoi.com/articles/dual-band-half-wave-flower-pot/

http://www.w6ier.org/images/W7LPN%202m-70cm%20Verticle%20Dipole.pdf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y6cgXTrFNM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-DPVuyU8Pg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2AyfBMRztw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4GAug1MqDM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEewjkU4u5o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R4C0_dzDZ4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar6pfj-Xhk0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLqmvgbXKyUuT91FqXttYfzPtUAWDslutq&v=l_E4OnvyjzM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr7vSu1PBLw

http://www.hamuniverse.com/antennas.html

http://www.hamuniverse.com/kl7jrindoorloop4010.html

http://kk4eqm.com/?tag=antenna

http://www.instructables.com/id/Quarter-Wave-Dual-Band-VHFUHF-Ham-Radio-Antenna/

http://www.hamuniverse.com/kl7jrindoorloop4010.html

http://ve3hg.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/

http://g0kya.blogspot.com/2010/10/more-on-20m-eh-antenna.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+G0kyaAmateurRadioBlog+%28G0KYA%27s+Amateur+Radio+and+Propagation+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

http://g0kya.blogspot.com/2009/01/20m-eh-antenna.html

http://hackaday.com/2014/01/13/tape-measure-vhf-yagi-antenna/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+hackaday%2FLgoM+%28Hack+a+Day%29

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/331326043280?item=331326043280&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466

http://www.hamuniverse.com/shortwaveantenna.html

 

Ham Band Info

http://www.hamuniverse.com/shortwavebandfreqs.html

http://www.eham.net/newham/bands

http://www.arrl.org/frequency-allocations

 

Other hardware

http://www.amazon.com/Steren-205-750-50-Feet-UHF-UHF-Mini-RG8x/dp/B004EFNHXE/ref=pd_sim_e_29?ie=UTF8&refRID=0C5GPVDXXHNMYRF9ASRF

 

Mobile

http://www.amazon.com/Original-Antenna-UT-108UV-SMA-Female-wholesaler/dp/B00DTQ4A6M/ref=pd_sim_e_21?ie=UTF8&refRID=0C5GPVDXXHNMYRF9ASRF

http://www.amazon.com/BROWNING-BR-180-Amateur-Dual-Band-Antenna/dp/B003H3DTGE/ref=pd_sim_e_25?ie=UTF8&refRID=0C5GPVDXXHNMYRF9ASRF

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NAGOYA-RE-02-Mobile-Antenna-Ground-UHF-F-10-1300MHz-For-Car-Radio-KENWOOD-ICOM/111406831381?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D25879%26meid%3Da535ffe96ab84ee8bda2179083593651%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D10819%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D360738973794&rt=nc

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Workman-KS-2-Rare-Earth-Magnet-VHF-HAM-Radio-Antenna-w-BNC-144-148-900-/360738973794?_trksid=p2054897.l5675

 

GMRS MURS

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dual-Band-VHF-UHF-Base-Antenna-Ham-Commercial-MURS-GMRS-FRS-DBJ-1/121442985659?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D25879%26meid%3D6ac689becaaa4167826df57c0a3ff4f9%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D10819%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D111469372466&rt=nc

http://www.ebay.com/itm/UHF-Base-Repeater-Antenna-ham-70-cm-GMRS-FRS-commercial-5dB-gain/111469372466?_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D25879%26meid%3Df7051b29c7e74454b8cd677c26af2325%26pid%3D100010%26prg%3D10819%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D24%26sd%3D111406831381

 

 

Baluns

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balun

http://www.eznec.com/Amateur/Articles/Baluns.pdf

http://www.hamuniverse.com/balun.html

 

 

Cheap and Emergency Repeater set up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KrH86Dzhnc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY24xWERCBg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REocFY78Pyg

 

 

 

 

August 25, 2013

Paper Card Modeling, making models and memories!

There is a cheap and historically interesting way to make models. It is using graphics that are printed on card stock and then cut out and folded and glued to assemble the model. These models can be of anything. It is part puzzle and all fun. It is cheap and can be done by anyone and anywhere. They are of vehicles, buildings, air and water craft as well as figurines of animals, people or more.

Some are actually considered toys as they are functional and actually fly or have moving parts.  Here are some links to sites that I like for this recreational and interesting hobby. I put these here for myself as a way to keep track of them as well as others.  Enjoy and go check them out! Many even have free samples that are really fun to start with.

Of course there is wikipedia. You have to look there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_model

On of the many commercial sites that I have visited is Fiddler’s Green. It is a community of modelers and designers who love the hobby have a lot of fun at it. They have a lot of interesting information on the models they have. There is usually information on the model subject and its historical and social significance and also often on the model designer as well. That part is almost more fun that the modeling.

https://www.fiddlersgreen.net/

http://www.papermodeldownload.com/

http://www.papermodelhouses.com/

http://www.papermodeldownload.com/home/product-splash-stub/

http://www.ecardmodels.com/index.php/free-models.html

http://www.cardmodelers.org/download.html

http://www.scalemodelnews.com/2009/05/free-card-models-to-download-from.html

http://www.cardfaq.org/faq/freeb.html

http://www.cardfaq.org/faq/

http://www.ecardmodels.com/

http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/card-models/

http://www.currell.net/models/

http://www.currell.net/models/mod_free.htm

http://www.zealot.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=633

http://www.cardmodelers.org/

http://www.bobscardmodels.net76.net/

http://www.paper-replika.com/index.php?option=com_alphacontent&section=10&Itemid=169

http://www.cardmodels.info/

http://www.grubby-fingers-aircraft-illustration.com/card_models.html

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=3706

http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1394

http://www.paperpanzer.co.uk/Links/Site%20Links.htm

http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/modeling/card-models-free-downloads-31502.html

http://www.cardmodels.info/free-models/

They are often used in other games and hobbies. Some are used in historical games, some in fantasy games and many are used to establish scenery on model railroads.
http://winterof79.blogspot.com/2012/04/free-c20th-download-and-print-buildings.html

http://www.papercraftsquare.com/douglas-dc-6b-water-bomber-free-aircraft-card-model-download.html

http://www.largescaleplanes.com/Photostory/JimMerrigan/Paper/Paper.php

http://www.scalemodelnews.com/2013/03/free-models-on-offer-from-ecard-models.html

http://www.tomtom-net.de/resources/cardmodel/cardmodel_f.htm

http://tektonten.blogspot.com/2010_11_01_archive.html

http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=2032

http://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=29587&start=525

http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/aviation/5476-my-dga-models-1-200-a-13.html

There thousands more pages and places on the internet to find information and sources of files to print and model. Some are very basic and the result of unskilled designers and some is amazing as to the detail you can get out of a piece of paper.  No matter what you are interested in, take a look. My grand daughter still has the first models we did and talks about them often!  Make a memory for someone special!

August 17, 2012

All roads lead to adventure on the Nehalem River

A campground set amid an old-growth forest of Douglas fir, cedar, spruce and hemlock awaits visitors who make their way to a beautiful location in the Tillamook State Forest, about 10 miles inland from Manzanita on the Oregon coast.

Main attraction: The Nehalem River Road , mostly paved but gravel in places, follows its namesake’s curves as the river flows through the Coast Range to empty in Nehalem Bay . The Nehalem Falls campground has 14 drive-in campsites, not a lot for a summer weekend but usually enough for other days. Campers who can’t find a spot head north on the river road to Clatsop County ‘s Spruce Run Park , or pitch a tent in an undeveloped site along the river.

Trails/users: Nehalem Falls campground has one mile of trail that loops through the old trees, never far from the river’s beautiful pools. For more hiking, look for the parking area at the Salmonberry River, eight miles north of the campground. Hikers can walk the lightly used railroad tracks upriver into one of the wilder parts of the Coast Range. Be cautious because freight and excursion trains occasionally use the tracks.

Season: Nehalem River Road is open all year. Busiest times are whenever the salmon and steelhead are running. Hot summer days bring out swimmers, while the golden leaves of fall have their own beauty. The campground is open May 1 through September.

Getting there: Nehalem River Road connects U.S. 26 near Elsie with U.S. 101 near Mohler. Finding the north entrance is a bit tricky when hurrying along at 55 mph. The turnoff is in the Coast Range , east of Oregon 53 (the cutoff highway between U.S. 26 and Manzanita).

When driving west from Portland , look for the Nehalem River Road ‘s north entrance at milepost 20.4, about 55 miles west of the city. When driving east from Seaside , the turnoff comes at milepost 19.8. Due to sharp curves and limited visibility, each traveling direction has its own approach. If you miss the turn when heading west (it comes up very fast), continue driving west one mile to the Elsie restaurant, then turn around.

Mileposts are measured from the U.S. 26-U.S. 101 junction at the coast.

Nehalem Falls campground is 20 miles south of U.S. 26.

To reach the southern end of the Nehalem River Road , drive north on U.S. 101 from Wheeler for a half mile. Turn right on Oregon 53 toward Mohler. At 1.3 miles from U.S. 101, turn right, drive 0.9 miles, then turn left on Foss Road . Nehalem Falls campground is seven miles north.

Trail tips: Anyone who plans to spend much time in the Tillamook State Forest should have a copy of the Tillamook State Forest Visitor Map and Guide, along with the book “50 Hikes in the Tillamook State Forest ” by the Sierra Club.

Cost: Day recreation is free in the Tillamook State Forest . The map sells for $6 from the Oregon Department of Forestry, the book for $14.95 (plus shipping) from the Columbia Chapter of the Sierra Club. Camping is $10 per night.

Information: Oregon Department of Forestry, Forest Grove, 503-357-2191, or http://www.odf.state.or.us

October 5, 2011

Backpacking and Camping the Bayocean Peninsula near Cape Meares Oregon

Just got back from a quick and easy weekend adventure that most any family or group with minimal equipment can enjoy and wanted to share it.

First of all this is a roughly 7 mile total trip and basically completely flat terrain. There is plenty of parking, a hard packed service road on the Tillamook Bay side of the peninsula and a wide sandy beach on the ocean side of it. The peninsula is about a quarter mile wide and has trails that cross back and forth and is open to non-motorized traffic; i.e., foot, bike and equestrian. I am not aware of any fresh water sources on the peninsula that are even fit to filter from much less drink from otherwise. We do take the water we will need for the entire trip. Most of the peninsula is part of a local county park.

Great trip and I will add more info and photos when I can

October 10, 2010

Paper Models – 1/72 L-5 Sentinel for free!

This is a great model.  You can get it free here.  Then all you have to do is print it and assemble.  It is a pretty fun and cheap way to have family fun or a Boy Scout or other group event as well.

Photobucket

http://www.freewebs.com/kampfflieger/

Here is another easy project.  It is the timeless VW Bus.  Again, just click on it to get the full size version and then print it out and assemble.

VW Bus Paper Model

Enjoy!

January 27, 2009

Introduction to Wild Foods

I have been wanting to do something like this for a long time to help improve upon what I know; even beyond my childhood Daniel Boon days. Ha! Cheryl (who will be putting on an herb walk for us someday) suggested this outfit that teaches such things about wild foods. This event would cost about $20 to attend. It is a local event in Mt. Tabor Park where they will teach us essentials of wild food use and study, the best books to reference, other resources, and field guides. They say they will be able to teach us how to be a successful forager early on. We will sample plants, and be able to get advice. This is a core workshop that helps provide a deeper understanding for all other workshops that they put on which the AG (Adventure Group) will likely schedule more with them throughout the year. We can also do a few things on our own to test our skills together! You know, practice, practice! Anyway, this is the earliest affordable class that they have in the year. Anyone interested in learning about wild foods with a serious mindset will benefit from this basic information.

You can check out “Wild Food Adventures” website if you like at: http://wildfoodadvent…

Wild Food Adventures Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants and Other Foragables John Kallas, Ph.D., Director, Educator, Researcher
4125 N Colonial Ave, Portland, OR 97217-3338
Phone: (503) 775-3828e-mail:
mail@wildfoodadventures.com
You are here: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com

A list of hikes done in or near Portland Oregon

Huckleberry Picking/ Hiking Indian Heaven Wilderness

Notes are from a Sept Hike:

We will be driving up to Hood River and crossing the bridge then up to Trout Lake were we turn and head up into the National Forrest. We will then go to the Junction Lake Trail head. We have two choices – we can hike in from this trail head, or we can drop of some vehicles and proceed to the Cultus Creek trail head further up and then hike one way back through the wilderness and thus have a one way shuttle with the cars we dropped off earlier. I will need to to check the distance and see if we have time to do this one way hike. I spoke to the rangers this past week and the Huckleberries were very late this year so if the weather stays nice we should be arriving when the berries are ripe and sweet. I will be calling this week again to check.

You will want to wear appropriate hiking clothes and be prepared for extreme weather changes as this is a high elevation and storms can roll in and temperatures drop rapidly. (Night temperatures may be freezing – not that we plan to sleep there but you want to be prepared.) Everyone should carry extra non-cotton clothes, a jacket, a flash light, sufficient water (a filter system is great too). Of course wear sturdy shoes – hiking boots preferred. Bring bug spray. There is not normally mosquitoes from August on but this year due to the late snow melt the mosquitoes have lingered – although the cooler nights probably have knocked down the numbers by now.

Bring containers for huckleberries and food for to eat along the way.

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Silver Star/ Indian Pits

11001 NE 189th St
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Meet in the west parking lot at the Meadow Glade SDA church at 1:00 pm. If all goes like clock work, we will be ready to caravan up the road by 1:15 pm.

This is a fantastic hike for everyone. The open ridge and rock outcroppings along this hike allow for great views along the entire hike. Even those who don’t go all the way to the top will enjoy spectacular views. The Indian Pits are a rarely visited site featuring stone structures that were built by Native Americans. This is a very special place to visit.

The following link and description come from NW Hiker… I have made some additions as necessary.

http://www.nwhiker.co…

Length: 5.2 Miles round trip (to summit and back, add another 1.5- 2 miles for the Indian Pits)
Elevation Change: 1400′ Elevation gain
Season: Late Spring thru Fall
Difficulty: Challenging (I would say easy to moderate)
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required (Signs were removed a couple seasons ago and never replaced)
Features: This northern approach to Silver Star Mountain via a trail called Ed’s Trail, is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The trail head is at the end of Forest Road #4109.

The hikes up Silver Star Mountain almost all follow old road beds that were in place for logging and for access to the fire lookout facility that used to be on the top of the mountain. This hike is a partial exception to that rule.

The begins a moderate climb and after a couple switchbacks follows one of the old roads for a short distance. Then the trail leads away from the road bed and becomes a stand alone trail referred to as Ed’s Trail.

Ed’s Trail is a delightful hike up the east side of the Silver Star Mtn ridge line. In June this hike is a floral garden. Anytime the weather cooperates you have exceptional views of the Cascade Volcanos, such as Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, Mt Hood, and even Mt Jefferson.

This trail runs parallel to the road bed trail that you can use on return for variety. At times the trails are only a few hundred feet apart. Ed’s Trail takes you along the east side of the ridge and through a free standing arch. Right after the arch, the trail becomes very steep and challenging. However, it never seemed dangerous to me. (there are some drop offs along this trail, but less intimidating than most of the gorge hikes, just keep children under control through this section)

At about 2 miles this trail connects with the road bed trail that will take you to the summit of the mountain. As you approach the top you will notice that Silver Star appears to have 2 summits. The one on the north is obviously the higher. Both summits are worth the time and effort.

After feasting on the vistas and floral displays, you can return on the alternate route via the road be trail that takes you back to the original trail where you began the hike.

Venturing further south another 0.75 – 1 mile on a faint track will reward the hiker with a journey back in time to some rarely visited Native American ruins referred to as the Silver Star Indian Pits.

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Dry Creek Falls and nearby Pinnacles

This hike is located in Cascade Locks, OR immediately off Bridge of the Gods. It’s a fairly easy hike, first to a stunning waterfall and then to some unusual pinnacle rock formations. Distance is approximately 7 miles round trip with a gentle elevation gain of 800 feet.

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Devil’s Rest Hike #5

This is a fairly well known and frequented hike in the Gorge that can be started at the Angel’s Rest trailhead. That’s where we will start it. It’s about 7 miles long with an elevation gain of 2300 ft. I would describe it as mostly sheltered and moderate in overall difficulty level. It has several pretty views.

Carpooling will require that we first meet at the Gateway. Then we’ll proceed east on the 84 and get off at Exit 28. Once off the exit, proceed east a short distance to the Angel’s Rest parking lot(on the right side).

Bring plenty of water, your trekking poles and hiking boots.

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15 mi. hike in Forest Park

let’s do an in and out 15 mile round trip hike in Forest Park. We’ll meet at the Viet Nam Memorial, hike to the Birch Trail, eat lunch/snacks and return. Parking is available very close by at the Zoo and I believe there is parking even closer to the memorial. We’ll meet at the memorial at 8 AM. And as it stands at the moment, it’s supposed to rain and so dress accordingly. Expect some mud. Gaters are recommended.

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Dog Mtn.

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Hamilton Mtn.

Hamilton Mtn. is located on the Washington side of the Gorge very close to Beacon Rock. To get there I recommend you cross north over the Columbia on the 205 and head East on the 14 about 15 miles past Washougal. To access the trailhead, you will see a road on the left directing you to a campground. Park at the lot that you will come to on the right hand side. NW Forest Pass is not required.

I consider this hike to be an easy moderate. At this point, we’ll be covering a little more distance. It is 8 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 2400 ft. It contains a steep section of about 1/3 mile. The rest is not bad.

Scenically, it has a stunning waterfall, and 2 knockout scenic views.

TIP ABOUT TRYING ON NEW BOOTS: Besides checking for fit, overall comfort and support, when buying new boots, you should also double check that your feet don’t slide inside the boots. If you come down a very steep section and your feet slide to the front of the shoe, you stand an excellent chance of smashing your toes and cause them to bleed under your nails. It can be very painful, especially, if you then keep on hitting the bones on the tip of your toes.
Good outdoor stores will have some inclined surface for you to check for sliding. Don’t decide on a pair until you check for possible sliding.

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Dog Mtn. #4

Steep hiking begins with this one ; consequently it’s a huffer and puffer. We will gain an altitude of about 2700 ft. Distance will depend on our return route.

I would rate this one no more than a difficult- moderate hike. If you’ve never done it before or are not in shape, it will seem more difficult than that.

If we luck out with consistent warmer temperatures, we could start seeing the wildflowers bloom. But even if we don’t, the last .7 mi are scenically quite stunning.

All previous requirements apply(pay particular attention to your essentials). Trekking poles are highly advisable particularly should we hit some snowy spots(unlikely). AND NO COTTON. This is were it becomes more critical. You will sweat. We will lunch at the summit. Bring lots of food.

You will notice that we are meeting at Gateway a litttle earlier. Should the wildflowers be in bloom, the parking lot at the trailhead will fill-up with cars quickly.

This would be a good one to follow-up with a soak at Bonneville. Think about it. We don’t have to decide right now. Just bring a bathing suit and a towel. I will join you if some of you would like to do it. The cost is $15.00/person.

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Backpack on the Salmon River

Join us for a short backpack and camping along the Salmon River at the Rolling Riffle campground. It’s 2 miles and a moderate gain from the parking lot / trailhead on Salmon River Road to the campground. From there we can try day hikes along the river and possibly up Hunchback Mountain, depending on snow conditions. The Salmon River is a beautiful, fast-moving white water river and the forest here has a lot of old growth trees.

The weather is warming but we may still encounter some snow and/or mud on both the road and trail. The campground elevation is 1950 feet. Wear waterproof boots, gaiters and consider bringing yak-trax if you have them. Bring a pad or small tarp to sit on. If we climb up Hunchback Mountain to Kinzel Lake we will definitely hit some snow, but there are other nice hikes along the river.

Directions: To get there, we drive out to Mt Hood on Highway 26. Just before Mt. Hood in the town of Welches, we follow the Old Salmon River Road in about 5 miles. There’s a parking area near the bridge.

What to bring:

Lightweight tent
Sleeping bag
Gaiters
Waterproof boots
The ten essentials.
Stove
Food
Camera
Water filter or purifying tablets
Warm clothing! The forecast is good, but we will be at almost 2000 feet and we may hike higher.
Small tarp – the ground may be wet or snowy.

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EAGLE CREEK #3

Eagle creek is a 12-14 mi. in and out hike with a spread-out elevation gain of only 1000 ft. There is no snow on this trail. What we will loose in conditioning by elevation gain, we will make-up for with the distance covered. I plan to take us past Tunnel Falls. We’ll stop for lunch just past these falls and then turn around.

BE AWARE that immediately past Tunnel Falls there is a 10-20 yard section of trail that falls off dramatically
on one side. If you have difficulty with such a situation you might seriously consider skipping this hike. Alternatively, you can turn around and not proceed through Tunnel Falls(anyway it’s fairly close to the end). Also, along the way there are a bunch of narrow stream crossings.

Eagle Creek is located off exit 41 on the 84. Follow the signs. There is a fish hatchery nearby. You will need your NW Forest passes to park.

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Wyeth Trail #2

The Wyeth trail is located in the Gorge just west of Mt. Defiance. It is approximately 11-12 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 3700 ft. on the way up. It is not particularly steep and the trail is fairly wide most of the way. If conditions permit, we will lunch at North Lake.

The parking lot is located off the 84 at Exit 51.

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Angel’s rest in the Gorge #1b

Angel’s Rest is generally considered an easy hike. It is 4+ miles round trip with approximately 1300 ft. elevation gain. Very pretty with a stream on the way up and a beautiful overlook of the Columbia at the summit. To get to the summit, however, you do have to do an approximately 8 ft. high scramble over some rocks(easy).

We will be carpooling from the Gateway. Angel’s rest is a relatively short distance from the Gateway and is located off exit 28 as you proceed east along the 84. I’ve scheduled to meet at Gateway at 8 AM because the parking lot at Angel’s Rest fills-up real fast in the Spring(though parking along the road is quite common).

This is the perfect time to begin talking about issues in hiking. For now, I will talk about ESSENTIALS that you MUST take along with you and for that purpose, you must have a backpack. The essentials are:

First aid kits(everyone must carry one; go online for recommendations on what to include)
Sunglasses
Sunscreen(though I only put it on when hiking in extremely exposed trails)
Extra clothing(including gloves and a warm headcovering; even in May, it can get mighty chilly at the higher elevations)
An extra pair of socks( in case we get unpredictably rained on)
Snacks(I’ll talk about food some other time) and lunch for longer hikes
Plenty of water
Something like a Swiss Army knife or at least a plain small knife

and if the worst occurs: matches or a firestarter, a headlamp and/or flashlight and extra food.

Though we will be hiking on well delineated trails that I am familiar with you might consider taking a compass and trail map.

AND OH YES: NO COTTON CLOTHING. I WILL DEFINITELY TURN YOU AROUND AT THE GATEWAY. You might be able to do this hike with trail runners but hiking boots would be preferable.

I’m not placing an upper limit on the number of people that can attend because we can always break down into smaller groups.

Some people wimp out because of rain. Unless there’s a monsoon(and I have experienced some of those in the Gorge), I will not cancel. This is the NW–get over it! And besides some rains really enhance the beauty of the trails. Don’t let the rain deter you from hiking!

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Exploring a New Trail in Forest Park: Cannon Trail

The other day I was driving down to the 30 along Germantown Rd.( for those of new to Portland, it is located in the hills immediately west of the NW industrial area and is close to the St. John’s bridge). At one point I noticed a trail called the Cannon Trail(which, I believe, was designated as a new trail). It had it’s own parking area. I’ve never hiked so far up in Forest Park and do not have any information on this trail. I’d love to explore and do it with you folks.

I propose that we meet in front of the Lucky Lab on NW Quimby at 10 AM to carpool. I will lead the way to the trail in my car and provide all the other drivers with directions.

At the moment the long-term forecast calls for rain with temps. in the mid 40s(imagine that, rain in Portland)
DO NOT WEAR COTTON. I WILL REFUSE YOU TO JOIN US. If you wish, bring an umbrella. I would also recommend boots over trail runner/ running type of shoes. BRING WATER.

I will do my best to get some further info. on it before we meet but none may be available. Does anyone who is very interested in coming have a set of maps of Forest Park? If so, please bring it along with you.

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Oneanta Trail to 2800 ft. elev.

carpool to the Triple Falls Trailhead( just east of Multnomah Falls). There are several waterfalls along the lower part of our destination. Once we pass Triple Falls, we’ll be hiking on the Oneanta Trail and the elevation gain will pick-up. It’s been quite a while since I’ve hiked on the upper part of this trail and I don’t remember much about it. If we’re up to it, we may connect with the Franklin Ridge Trail for about an extra 2/3 mi or so.

Does anyone have an up-to-date guidebook that covers this hike? Could you bring it with you and possibly make a couple of copies of the map?

The drive from Gateway to the Trailhead is simple: proceed east on the 84, off at Exit 35, turn west towards Ainsworth State Park and proceed about 1.5 mi. to Triple Falls TH parking lot. Needless to say, dress warmly. Don’t forget your gloves, extra socks and bring your gaters. Bring snacks, lunch and lots of fluids(including lots of water). And oh yes, treking poles. If you have yak traks, bring those as well.

This will be an in and out hike and the distance, depending on how far we go, will be 10-12 miles.

Let’s hope for acceptable weather.

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Cowlitz River Canoe Trip – Vader to Castle Rock, Washington

This is a fun and mild canoe trip. I did this last summer. There is some nice rive bars and islands to goof around on and a tributary that is fun to paddle back into for lunch which has a hard interesting sandstone bottom. This was a camp area at one time for the Cowlitz Indians.

The trip is about 13 miles in length and takes about 5 hours not including time to goof around and have some packed lunch along the way. Considering the drive which is about 1 hour north of Portland and stopping to rent canoes and gear, it will be a full day. We will need to start early for this.

Logistics:

– We need people that have vehicles that can be used for shuttling and
can carry a canoe or two. Mine can carry two canoes. Please let me
know in your RSVP.
– If you have a canoe that can be used for this, please let me know also.
– Reservations for the canoes are nessesary.

Cost will be posted here later. The more people we have the cheaper.

Let’s see how many are interested and then we can tighten up the details from there. This could be combined with a camping trip, but I think it will likely just be a day event. – Ken

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Tieton River Rafting Trip & Camping

Tieton River Rafting Trip & Camping

Caroline Rose has suggested this rafting and camping trip. It sounds like a lot of fun! Please contact her for arrangements.

Wet Planet is a locally based company that does incredible white water rafting trips around the Pacific Northwest. In September only, they offer a special 15 mile, half-day trip on the Tieton River.

“When most other rivers in the Pacific Northwest have run out of water, the Tieton River provides an excellent ‘season finale’. The yearly release of water from Rim Rock Lake each September turns the Tieton River into a big wave, class III+ roller coaster. With steep gradient and guaranteed water, the Tieton offers non-stop whitewater action from start to finish. Each September, the Wet Planet crew heads to the Tieton River for this incredible late season whitewater event. The typically gorgeous fall weather found on the eastern flanks of the Cascades, ponderosa pine forests, spectacular basalt gorges, and guaranteed high water all combine to create an incredible whitewater experience. The action on the Tieton is fast paced, stopping spots are rare, and the rapids are continuous. Rafting enthusiasts looking for great water levels in the fall won’t want to miss this trip.”

This will be on the weekend of September 22nd + 23rd, as it’s the last weekend they offer this trip. The Tieton River is located 3 hour outside of Portland. We would drive up to the river on Saturday (carpooling can be arranged), camp at their campground Saturday night, whitewater rafting trip on Sunday morning, and drive back to Portland Sunday afternoon.

Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in this trip and I will make arrangements with Wet Planet.

The cost is $75 per person [$70 if we have 8 or more / $65 if we have 18 or more] which includes a BBQ lunch and all the equipment you need (wetsuit, booties, life vest, helmet, waterproof jacket etc.) to enjoy this incredible adventure.

Like all event with all events of the Adventure Group ? you are responsible for your own safety and well being. Have fun!

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Lewis River Trail #31

I’ve never been on this trail but over the past several years, I’ve heard a great deal about it. The trail cuts through old growth forest and meanders along the Lewis River. It’s full of spectacular waterfalls that apparently rival Eagle Creek. Apparently, it has mild grades full of ups and downs. A literal visual cornucopia. Overall, the level of difficulty seems to be moderate.

It’s located south of Mt. St. Helens and east of the Swift Reservoir. Driving time should be 1 1/2-2hrs.

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Hike to Soda Peaks Lake in WA

This hike is located at the Southern end of the Gifford Pinchot in WA. It is a steep hike(at least some of the sections) to a beautiful swimmable lake. It’s approximately 8 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 2600 ft.( doesn’t sound like much but take my word for it, it is steep). If you want to swim in the lake, wear your suit or pack it and change in the forest. The water will probably be cold but will feel great after all that perspiring. Take a towel as well.

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Salmon Butte Hike

I just learned that part of the roadway to Salmon Butte was washed away during the winter and is closed. I am therefore changing this event to a trail in Washington.

What I have in mind is one of two possible trails: Bluff Mtn. or Soda Lake. Bluff Mtn. is a 12 mile almost totally exposed trail with beautiful views; Soda Lake is a 7-8 mile steep hike to a beautiful lake that you can swim in if weather permits.

I’ve been to both. Both are wonderful. I just need to get some info. on trail and nearby road conditions and then let you guys choose the trail.

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Hike on the Wyeth Trail to N. Lake

This is an 11.5-12.5 mile rt hike with a 3700+ elevation gain. The trail is fairly wide in many spots with a couple of nice viewpoints on the way up; but the reward is N. Lake, our destination. I find alpine lakes to be quite beautiful. Did I mention that this trail is located on the OR side of the Gorge?

I was there 3-4 wks. ago. There was a fair amount of blowdown but only in about 5 spots was it annoying to get over. As the trail plateaud, there was a 1-2″ layer of snow. Because of the snow, the trail became indiscernible and I never made it to the lake. It was also a bit chilly up there.

How would I rate it? Something inbetween Dog and Hamilton except significantly longer. Not recommended for beginners. Bring lots of snacks, lots of water and a nice lunch. It is a bit high so I would definitely take additional clothing. If you like real chilly water, pack a bathing suit.

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Hike for Beginners to Horsetail Falls

Originally, in an email to the membersip, I asked if those staying in town for the holiday weekend would be interested in doing the Wyeth trail to North Lake on 5/28. Out of the 3 that responded, 2 indicated they were looking for a beginner’s hike. The Wyeth Trail is not exactly a beginner’s hike. Therefore, instead, we’ll do Horsetail. It is about 4-5 miles long with an approximate elevation gain of 500 ft. A very nice trail to a beautiful waterfall on the Oregon side of the Gorge.

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