Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

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/

 

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November 3, 2014

Download or print entire survival blog

Here is a blog on survival that includes the ability to download the entire blog into one large PDF for off line use and printing.

http://ruppe1.wordpress.com/

 

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

Exploring Ghost Towns and Mining Camps…

I have never had the chance to do so yet, but I have always wanted to visit Ghost Towns and old mining camps.

This post is started to serve as a platform to connect any and all articles that I write and post concerning exploring and discovering ghost towns and mining camps and maybe a little about learning to pan for gold!

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

November 12, 2010

Jeep and Mopar Are First In Industry To Offer Off-road Camper Trailers

Filed under: Camping,Jeep,Mopar,Survival — rmay4 @ 8:46 pm
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Designed to meet off-road capabilities of Jeep® 4×4 vehicles, Jeep® Trail and Extreme Trail campers incorporate Jeep® Wrangler’s rugged design cues, including Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels (with 5-lug by 5-inch bolt pattern to utilize most Jeep® vehicles’ spare tire), taillights, fender flares, rear bumper (Trail Edition camper only), badging and hood-tie downs. In August 2010, both Jeep® camper trailers may be ordered at local Jeep® dealers through Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

    Mopar,Jeep,Campers 

  • Campers accommodate four adults and feature a queen-size bed, sofa with stowable table, built-in aluminum cabinet, 110-volt power supply and a premium canvas enclosure
  • Camper trailers feature innovative engineering, capability and are designed and tested for Jeep® off-road capability
  • For casual campers, the Jeep® Trail Edition camper is designed to endure trails with its lightweight all-aluminum construction, 32-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires, 12 inches of ground clearance, trailing-arm suspension, diamond-plated aluminum covering, and available 360-degree axis pintle hitch
  • For hard-core off-road enthusiasts, the Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper ups the ante with a heavier frame, 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires, 15 inches of ground clearance, full-underbody skid plate, high-mounted fenders, and available 360-degree axis pintle hitch
  • The all-new Jeep® Trail Edition camper (MSRP: $9,995) and Extreme Trail Edition camper (MSRP: $11,995) may be ordered as Mopar accessories on August 1, 2010 at local Jeep® dealerships

Jeep® Trail Edition Camper for Casual Campers

The all-new Jeep® Trail Edition camper is designed for the Jeep® enthusiast looking to hit the trails with the family.

Part-number details for Jeep® Trail Edition camper accessory models:

  • Jeep® Trail Edition camper in Bright Silver Metallic and Black (P/N: LLBASE01)
  • Jeep® Trail Edition camper in Flame Red (P/N: LLBASE02)
  • Jeep® Trail Edition camper in Mango Tango Pearl (P/N: LLBASE03)
  • Jeep® Trail Edition camper in Natural Green Metallic (P/N: LLBASE04)

Dimensions for Jeep® Trail Edition camper:

  • Weight: 850 lbs.
  • Height: 49.5 inches
  • Width: 88 inches
  • Ground clearance: 12 inches

Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition Camper for Extreme Off-roaders

The all-new Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper is designed to handle maximum off-road capability that hard-core off-road enthusiasts crave, with additional trail equipment to go anywhere and do anything.

Part-number details for Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper accessory models:

  • Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper in Bright Silver Metallic and Black (P/N: LLPREM01)
  • Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper in Flame Red (P/N: LLPREM02)
  • Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper in Mango Tango Pearl (P/N: LLPREM03)
  • Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper in Natural Green Metallic (P/N: LLPREM04)

Dimensions for Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper:

  • Weight: 1,050 lbs.
  • Height: 52 inches
  • Width: 88 inches
  • Ground clearance: 15 inches

Contact:
Randy May
rmay4@yahoo.com
503-708-7269

August 14, 2010

New Dodge Ram Outdoorsman Package

Filed under: Automotive,Camping,Canoeing,Dodge,Guns and ammo — rmay4 @ 4:49 pm
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The new Dodge Ram just keeps getting better and more fun.  I have to admit as cool as all the changes are, it makes it tough trying to keep up.  just this morning, I discovered a package I did not even know existed.   Take a look at this.

Randy May

Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge

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Ram introduces new ‘Outdoorsman’ model

Tags: Ram
Ram Box Holster

The Mopar® RamBox® Holster gently, yet securely cradles two rifles or shotguns, or can be rotated 90 degrees to hold up to six fishing rods.

The Ram truck brand today announced a new feature package designed for North American outdoor enthusiasts: Ram Outdoorsman.

The Ram Outdoorsman takes all of the features most useful to hunters, fishermen, campers and boaters, and packages them into one model. Outdoorsman combines convenience, off-road capability and trailer towing hardware in one package with a name that will resonate among its intended users.

“We asked Ram truck customers—boaters, campers, fishing enthusiasts and hunters—what features would they like to see in a truck,” Fred Diaz, President and CEO—Ram Truck Brand, said. “They answered ‘more capability, more room for my gear and ready to hit the trail. And make it affordable.’”

Ram Heavy Duty owner demographics illustrate a passion for the outdoors: 47 percent hunt, 57 percent fresh water fish, 33 percent salt water fish, 36 percent own power boats and 37 percent tow camping trailers. Overall, 62 percent of fullsize pickup truck owners hunt, fish or camp.

Ram truck engineers—many of whom count hunting, fishing, boating and camping among their hobbies—brought together features that they felt would best meet the practical needs of owners who will frequently use their Ram truck for towing or long, remote trips.

Standard trailer-towing upgrades, interior and exterior convenience, lighting enhancements, all-terrain tires and underbody protection are combined with a rugged exterior appearance to highlight the new Ram Outdoorsman.

Ram truck officials unveiled the rugged new model at the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s (POMA) fifth annual national business conference.

The Ram Outdoorsman is available in 1500 (half-ton), 2500 HD (3/4-ton) and 3500 HD single rear wheel (1 ton), Regular Cab; Quad Cab, Crew Cab and Mega Cab; four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive; and short- and long-wheelbase models.

The Outdoorsman will replace the TRX4 trim level in the 2011 Ram truck lineup. It will join the other Ram trim levels, which include: ST, SLT, Big Horn / Lone Star, Sport (1500 only) Laramie and Power Wagon (2500 only).

Prices for Ram Outdoorsman models start at $28,350, including destination charge.

Ram Outdoorsman models will go on sale in the third quarter. A multitiered marketing strategy will support the new model’s launch.

Ram Outdoorsman Logo

Ram Outdoorsman features

Towing:

• Standard Class IV receiver hitch properly equips Outdoorsman for towing campers, boats, ATVs and other trailers rated to vehicle’s max
• Available integrated trailer brake controller with driver adjustability and easy-to-see instrument panel readout
• Trailer brake controller is standard on 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty
• Standard lighted four- and seven-pin harness plugs—a Ram exclusive—offer multi-trailer adaptability and clean, above-the-bumper covered access any time of the day or night
• Heavy-duty cooling, including a mechanical-electrical fan and transmission cooler, for larger loads
• Limited-slip differential for improved off-road and towing performance
• Available trailer-tow mirrors
• Trailer-tow mirrors are optional on 2500 and standard on 3500
• Available rear backup camera eases trailer hookups
• Standard trailer-sway control improves towing confidence (Ram 1500 only)

Capability:

• Standard 17-inch wheels and “LT” tires: light-truck-rated tires handle bigger loads and offer stronger sidewalls to resist punctures when driving over sharp, rocky terrain; on/off-road tread pattern provides traction on all highway and trail surfaces (LT275/70R17C OWL on Ram 1500 models; LT265/70R17E on Ram HD models)
• Full-sized spare tire provides more security and functionality than restricted-use spare in the event of a flat
• Tow hooks for retrieving disabled or immobile vehicles, clearing trails
• Mud/slush mats protect front and rear carpets from dirt and moisture
• 32-gallon fuel tank for extended operating range on Ram 1500 models
• 34-gallon standard on 6-foot by 4-inch box and 35-gallon tank standard with 8-foot box on 2500 and 3500 models
• Premium cloth front seats with a choice of buckets or a 40/20/40 split bench
• Front center seat cushion or console storage help organize gear
• Power 10-way driver seat for comfort on long trips
• Power lumbar adjust for additional long-trip comfort
• Rear 60/40 split folding seat for more flexibility in hauling passengers and cargo
• Remote start and security group adds alarm system and convenience of a comfortable cabin after a day in the field or on the water
• Standard front suspension skid plates on 4×4 models provide protection from off-road damage (Ram 1500 models)
• Standard transfer case skid plate on 4×4 models

Additional lighting including:

• Standard fog lights for improved inclement weather illumination
• Quad halogen headlamps provide maximum visibility in remote areas
• Ash tray lamp illuminates small items in center console
• Exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps provide visibility outside truck’s cabin
• Glove box lamp
• Rear dome lamp with on-off switch
• Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
• Underhood lamp
• Dash-mounted 115-volt auxiliary power outlet to charge batteries and electronic devices without the need for special DC car chargers
• Auto-dimming, power heated foldaway exterior mirrors with supplemental signals clear fog and ice
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip audio controls reduces driving distractions
• Overhead console with universal garage door opener, which can also be programmed to open multiple garage doors and electric gates
• Rear view auto-dim mirror
• Rear sliding windows on regular cab models

Unique look:

• Two-tone paint with Mineral Gray lower
• Scratch-resistant steel bumpers
• Black door handles minimize glare
• Wheel-lip moldings
• Outdoorsman badge proudly announces owner’s passion

Options:

• RamBox®, available on the Ram 1500, is the ultimate place for outdoor enthusiasts to stow their gear; lockable and lit, RamBox frees up interior space for passengers
• Mopar® RamBox Holster: Ram officials also unveiled a new factory-designed fishing rod and gun rack option for RamBox-equipped Ram 1500 trucks. The Mopar RamBox Holster is designed to fit within the Ram’s two unique locked, lighted and sealed exterior storage bins.

The Mopar RamBox Holster gently, yet securely cradles two rifles or shotguns, or can be rotated 90 degrees to hold up to six fishing rods. RamBox Holster will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $205 and be available at Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram dealers when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2010. The feature will also be available on the Mopar eStore at www.mopar.com.

RamBox Holster features

• Designed to be easily installed and removed from RamBox
• Securely holds two guns, either shotguns or rifles (with scopes), or six fishing rods (with reels)
• Guns are held securely in place with elastic retention straps and flexible ribs
• Fishing rods are held in place by uniquely tooled slots and retention flaps
• RamBox Holster easily transfers from gun holder to fishing rod and reel holder by rotating stanchions
• Stanchions may be relocated to accommodate various length guns and rods
• Fits either side RamBox (driver or passenger)
• Mopar Part Number, 82212359

June 30, 2010

Ramona Falls

Filed under: Backpacking,Camping,Hiking,Scenic Trips — rmay4 @ 8:52 pm
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This is one of the most beautiful water falls I have seen in Oregon.  There are larger and higher and more of this or more of that, but in the ability to create unique awe and beauty, Ramona Falls wins.

I did not do the loop trail.  I visited and camped there as part of a trip from Barlow Pass to Paradise and then Timberline Lodge.  That made a nice and easy trip filled with magical camping spots since the next night we camped at Paradise and its name does self describe it.  Especially if you take a hike up the hill to the plateau over-looking Paradise in the evening to watch the sunset.

If you are just out for the day, it is still a recommended spot to see.  I would plan it around sitting to eat or just rest a while at this falls.  It is too beautiful to just pass by and keep going.

See ya on the trail.

http://www.nwhiker.com/MHNFHike18.html

June 18, 2010

Crazy Effective, Cheap, and Green? Baking Soda

There are so many great ideas that we have ruined through technology.  Baking Soda is an example of that.  We have created and mfg hundreds of products to what it is has always done and done well.  Now we have thousands of people marketing and promoting products that are not as good nor as good for us as plain old baking soda.

I found this post on Yahoo and had to pass it on.  This is crazy…

40 fantastic uses for baking soda

By Melissa Breyer Posted Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:01am PDT Related topics: Health, Cleaning, Tips, Hou

Most of us know that baking soda can be used for more than just making homemade cookies and other dough rise. It’s not uncommon to see an open box of this leavening agent deodorizing refrigerators, for example. But did you know that there are at least 40 different ways to use baking soda?

Baking soda makes a perfect stand-in for many personal care, cleaning, and deodorizing products. The list of benefits is long: It is inexpensive, free of toxic chemicals, versatile, and effective.

Wondering how baking soda, aka sodium bicarbonate, works its magic? It helps regulate pH — keeping a substance neither too acidic nor too alkaline. When baking soda comes in contact with either an acidic or an alkaline substance, its natural effect is to neutralize that pH. Beyond that, baking soda has the ability to retard further changes in the pH balance, known as buffering.

This dual capability of neutralizing and buffering allows baking soda to do things such as neutralize acidic odors (like in the refrigerator) as well as maintain neutral pH (like in your laundry water, which helps boost your detergent’s power). It’s a simple reaction, but one that has far-reaching effects for a number of cleaning and deodorizing tasks.

And so without further ado, here are some of the many creative ways you can use baking soda.

Personal Care

1. Make toothpaste
A paste made from baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can be used as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes. (Or here’s a formula for a minty version.) You can also just dip your toothbrush with toothpaste into baking soda for an extra boost.

2. Freshen your mouth
Put one teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit, and rinse. Odors are neutralized, not just covered up.

3. Soak oral appliance
Soak oral appliances (like retainers, mouthpieces, and dentures) in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl of warm water. The baking soda loosens food particles and neutralizes odors to keep appliances fresh. You can also brush appliances clean using baking soda.

4. Use as a facial scrub and body exfoliant
Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.

5. Skip harsh deodorant
Pat baking soda onto your underarms to neutralize body odor.

6. Use as an antacid
Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach, and/or acid indigestion. Refer to baking soda package for instructions.

7. Treat insect bites and itchy skin
For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.

8. Make a hand cleanser and softener
Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water or 3 parts baking soda with gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.

9. Help your hair
Vinegar is amazing for your hair, but baking soda has its place in the shower too. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly — baking soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.

10. Clean brushes and combs
For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.

11. Make a bath soak
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration. It also makes your skin feel very soft. Or just focus on soothing your feet. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub.

Cleaning

12. Make a surface soft scrub
For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile, and sinks — even fiberglass and glossy tiles — sprinkle baking soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. For extra cleaning power, make a paste with baking soda, coarse salt, and liquid dish soap — let it sit then scour off.

13. Hand-wash dishes and pots and pans
Add 2 heaping tablespoons baking soda (along with your regular dish detergent) to the dish water to help cut grease and foods left on dishes, pots, and pans. For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the baking soda and detergent with water first, then use dry baking soda on a clean damp sponge or cloth as a scratch-less scouring powder.

14. Freshen sponges
Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of the mess (4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water). For more thorough disinfecting, use the microwave.

15. Clean the microwave
Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with water.

16. Polish silver flatware
Use a baking soda paste made with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces.

17. Clean coffee and tea pots
Remove coffee and tea stains and eliminate bitter off-tastes by washing mugs and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. For stubborn stains, try soaking overnight in the baking soda solution and detergent or scrubbing with baking soda on a clean damp sponge.

18. Clean the oven
Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Spray with water to dampen the baking soda. Let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub, scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge, or vacuum, and rinse.

19. Clean floors
Remove dirt and grime (without unwanted scratch marks) from no-wax and tile floors using 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water — mop and rinse clean for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use baking soda on a clean damp sponge, then rinse.

20. Clean furniture
Clean and remove marks (even crayon) from walls and painted furniture by applying baking soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.

21. Clean shower curtains
Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean. Hang it up to dry.

22. Boost your liquid laundry detergent
Give your laundry a boost by adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets clothes cleaner, fresher, and brighter. Or you can add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle for fresher sheets and towels or to neutralize gym clothes and odoriferous clothing.

23. Clean and freshen sports gear
Use a baking soda solution (4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart warm water) to clean and deodorize smelly sports equipment. Sprinkle baking soda into golf bags and gym bags to deodorize and clean golf irons (without scratching them!) with a baking soda paste (3 parts baking soda to 1 part water) and a brush. Rinse thoroughly.

24. Remove oil and grease stains
Use baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.

25. Clean batteries
Baking soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc., because its a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and apply with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal. After cleaning and reconnecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion. Please be careful when working around a battery — they contain a strong acid.

26. Clean cars
Use baking soda to clean your car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl seats, and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks. Use a baking soda solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Apply with a sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs, and tar. For stubborn stains use baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge or soft brush. Eliminate odors by sprinkling baking soda directly on fabric car seats and carpets. Wait 15 minutes (or longer for strong odors) and vacuum up the baking soda.

Deodorizing

27. Deodorize your refrigerator
Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.

28. Deodorize trashcans and recyclables
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trashcan to keep stinky trash smells at bay. Clean your recyclables container periodically by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge. Wipe clean and rinse. Also, sprinkle baking soda on top as you add recyclables to the bin.

29. Deodorize drains and garbage disposals
To deodorize your sink and tub drains and garbage disposal and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water — it will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain. (This a good way to dispose of baking soda that is being retired from your refrigerator.)

30. Deodorize and clean dishwashers
Use baking soda to deodorize before you run the dishwasher and then as a gentle cleanser in the wash cycle.

31. Deodorize lunch boxes
Between uses, place a spill-proof box of baking soda in everyone’s lunch box to absorb lingering odors.

32. Remove odor from carpets
Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight or as long as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your vacuum cleaner bag will get full and heavy.) An added bonus: You’ll also deodorize your vacuum cleaner.

33. Freshen closets
Place a box on the shelf to keep the closet smelling fresh.

34. Deodorize pet items
Cover the bottom of your cat box with baking soda, then fill as usual with litter. To freshen between changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter after a thorough cleaning. Eliminate odors from your pet’s bedding by sprinkling liberally with baking soda, wait 15 minutes (or longer for stronger odors), then vacuum up.

35. Deodorize sneakers
Keep odors from spreading in smelly sneakers by shaking baking soda into them when not in use. Shake out before wearing.

36. Freshen stuffed animals
Keep favorite cuddly toys fresh with a dry shower of baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda on and let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing off.

Miscellaneous

37. Cure all camping needs
Baking soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. It’s a dish-washer, pot-scrubber, hand-cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, and fire extinguisher, and has many other uses.

38. Extinguish fires
Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying pans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire — and call the fire department just to be safe.

39. Care for the septic system
Regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely. One cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a favorable pH in your septic tank.

40. Scrub fruits and vegetables
Baking soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse. Here’s another way to clean your vegetables as well.

OK, so there are my 40 suggestions (with a little help from the Arm & Hammond baking soda site, thank you). Do you have any tips or tricks that I missed? Please share in the comments.

Source: http://green.yahoo.com/blog/care2/4/40-fantastic-uses-for-baking-soda.html

You can follow the link and other commentators have added even more ideas and uses to the list.

There are also other articles on the many uses of Vinegar, 14 creative uses for the lemon, and things other than brushing your teeth to do with toothpaste.

Enjoy,
Randy May

June 3, 2010

My Review of Open Country 2 Quart Pot with Lid

Filed under: Backpacking,Camping,Canoeing,Survival — rmay4 @ 5:32 am
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Originally submitted at REI

This durable, heavy-duty aluminum kettle stands up to the rigors of the backcountry.

I like it

By rmay4 from Hillsboro, OR on 6/2/2010
4out of 5

Gift: No

Pros: Lightweight

Cons: Unstable, Not durable

Best Uses: Hiking, Backpacking, Car Camping

Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational

What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist

I have had this pot and the non-stick version that I no longer see here. Great pot for the money. Especially great starter pot. There are plenty of things to spend money on when starting outdoor activities. This pot does not have the rings on the bottom that reduce sliding around on the stove. I prefer the version that does not have the bail and would probably cut the bail and tabs off if I were to buy another. My current one uses a pot grabber instead. It will ding easy but just ding it back out and keep going.

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