Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

August 26, 2013

Homebuilt Wooden Boat

I am in the process of building my first wooden boat with my son. It is a solo canoe using the free Stitch and Glue plywood method and plans for the Cinderella.

Here are other links I found later….



Click to access ccanoeUS.PDF


Here are other links that contain other info.










































Click to access catalogue_kits.pdf





8.7.14 Update

So we still working on his and about to start mine. I wanted to include some additional links and even some to fun reading.

http://www.wcha.org/literature/perfect/  .. Funny dated read but very funny if y0u are in to canoes.





I am going with the Rob Roy canoe and plans: http://www.boatdesigns.com/14-5-Rob-Roy-SG-canoe/products/182/

They have already been ordered and I am waiting on them to arrive.

This is  a link to one of the most beautiful canoes but not one I am ready to even consider building.










Next I need to start looking at ways to stow them. I have a royal-x Bell that is just sitting out and I need to fix this and we are about to have two more boats to store as well. Here are some links to canoe storage solutions. I should make this its on post someday.





Sailing and sail plans:


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

August 24, 2010

Canoeing or Kayaking?

Filed under: Canoeing,Mountian Man,Scenic Trips,Survival — rmay4 @ 10:16 am
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I once had the idea that Canoeing was for quiet lakes or maybe lazy rivers and kayaks were for all the fun and exciting stuff.  Little did I know that there are a lot of people out there that are confused about this matter.  In fact I am finding myself a little confused on it lately.  The Lower Columbia Canoe Club seems to be far more confused than I. I am seeing videos on their blog of canoes going places I am only taking rafts.  I will paste a few links below.  Sit back and enjoy. When you are done I think you will be a little confused too or maybe more clear as it might be. Canoes really are much more than just the work-horse that made America.  Enjoy!









Now got freeze your credit card in a block of ice so atleast you have to wait for it to thaw before you find yourself getting all equipped to go white water CANOE!

Have Fun,

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


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


• 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)


• 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


• 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 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.


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:
You are here: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com

June 13, 2008

Urban Canoe on the Tualatin River

Filed under: Canoeing — rmay4 @ 6:19 pm
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May 21, 2008

Spruce Run Lake and Lost Lake Map

Spruce Run Lake USGS Elsie Quad, Oregon, Topographic Map

Spruce Run Lake is a Lake in the state of Oregon (county of Clatsop), located at latitude – longitude coordinates (also known as lat-long or GPS coordinates) of N 45.81817 and W -123.5704. Spruce Run Lake is shown in the center of the topographic (topo) map, which is sourced from the United States Geographical Survey map USGS Elsie quad.

This area has camp grounds, hiking and backpacking trails as well as canoeing adn fishing. Bloom Lake is not on this map but is in this area and can be part of an outing aas well.

There is both flatwater and white water paddling available in this area.

Lost Lake is located at:

Clatsop County Oregon
Feature Type: Lake
Latitude: 45.8240
Longitude: -123.5790
Elevation: 1476 ft (450 m)

Compared with Spruce Run Lake at:

Feature Type: Lake
Latitude: 45.8182
Longitude: -123.5704
Elevation: 1020 ft (311 m)

There seems to be a Creek Pond in this same area.  I believe there is some overlap and am going to research this more.

May 20, 2008

Nehalem River: Spruce Run County Park to Nehalem Falls

Filed under: Camping,Canoeing,Scenic Trips — rmay4 @ 2:28 am
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Preview: The Nehalem River flows westward from the northern Coast Range to the Pacific Ocean, and is among the largest rivers in the Coast Range. In earlier times many logs were floated down the Nehalem from the lush forests where they were cut. The terrain along the river is rugged, with very few inhabitants, and in places the hills rise 1200 feet above the river. One freight train per day still makes the round trip from Portland to Tillamook on the coast, following a 1910 route along the Salmonberry and Nehalem Rivers. Character: forested.

© Copyright Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club Published by The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Campground Name: Spruce Run

Administered by National Forest / Park/ State: Oregon

Specific Agency: State Agency

Directions to Spruce Run: From Jct of US-26 & Spruce Run Rd, S 5 mi on Spruce Run Rd (E)

Camping Season: May 15 to Sep 15 (As the season may vary from year-to-year and based on conditions please check before visiting)

Number and Type of Campsites: Available: 30 Gravel: 30 10 pull-thrus(15 x 40) Back-ins(15 x 35) Mostly shaded Room for slide outs

Other Features and Amenities: Restrooms Only Firewood Handicap Access Table at Site

Internet and Wireless Access: no

Contact Information and Reservations:
Telephone: 503-325-9306
If no email is available additional information can be found at the State Agency Website


Spruce Run County Park to Nehalem Falls


Nehalem River

Main River:

Nehalem River



Nearest Town:




Recommended Levels:

2,000 – 8,000 CFS


14 miles

Number of Portages:



16 FPM



Current Conditions (Source: USGS)










02/28 01:00


- Put-in is at Spruce Run County Park.
- A mile below is put-in is Little Falls, the first major rapid. Consists of several 2 to 4 ft ledges.
- Biggest rapid is Salmonberry Drop, near where the Salmonberry River joins in from the left. Scout this rapid.
- Take-out is at Nehalem Falls Park (above Nehalem Falls rapids).
- Class 3-4 Nehalem Falls (located below the normal take-out) can be run at flows of 5,000 cfs and more, but should be scouted.For more details, check out "Soggy Sneakers," a guide to paddling Oregon by the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club, or "Paddling Oregon," by Robb Keller. If you would like to submit information on this run, email info@wetdawg.com.

Forested and remote

Little Falls, located one mile below the put-in, should be scouted at low water. Salmonberry Drop, located just after mile 8, is the largest rapids on the run and should always be scouted. Nehalem Falls becomes unrunnable below 5,000 cfs and should be scouted.

TAKE-OUT: Nehalem Falls Park. Follow the road as it parallels along the river. If you run Nehalem Falls, the alternate take-out is at the bridge, .5 miles downstream.PUT-IN:
Spruce Run County Park. Take US 26 west from Portland to the Nehalem River, 5 miles west of the highway summit. Two miles farther, is Elsie. Take the road south. Spruce Run County Park is approximately 6 miles past the turnoff.


Spruce Run County Park
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