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

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….

http://forum.woodenboat.com/archive/index.php/t-98643.html
http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=774135

http://shantyboatliving.com/2011/free-plans-2-sheet-rowboatcanoe/
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?117707-Little-Guide-a-one-sheet-canoe
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?117707-Little-Guide-a-one-sheet-canoe&highlight=
http://www.amazon.com/Building-Sweet-Dream-Ultralight-Single/dp/1888671033
http://www.bandbyachtdesigns.com/mocci.htm
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?159619-May-I-introduce-you-to-the-Flywood-Family
http://www.bateau2.com/free/ccanoeUS.PDF
http://makezine.com/2010/11/16/18-canoe-from-single-sheet-of-plywo/
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?165793-Plywood-Canoe-Concept-Birchbark-Style
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?166618-looking-for-plans-for-a-solo-plywood-canoe
http://flo-mo.weebly.com/two-sheet-boats.html
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?158400-The-Ultimate-One-Sheet-Boat
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?158400-The-Ultimate-One-Sheet-Boat
http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/03/r/columns/welsford/011/john.htm
http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?42816-Stitch-amp-glue-with-polyester
http://www.duckworksbbs.com/plans/gavin/cinderella/
http://www.woodworkforums.com/archive/index.php/t-114816.html
http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/archives.htm

Here are other links that contain other info.

http://www.makeacanoe.com/opencanoesupto15.htm#CHRISTINE

http://www.makeacanoe.com/index.htm

http://www.makeacanoe.com/opencanoesupto15.htm

http://www.makeacanoe.com/opencanoesupto15.htm

http://www.makeacanoe.com/motorcanoes.htm

http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?18033-osprey-glue-and-stitch

http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?27398-Lightweight-solo-stitch-and-glue-canoe-recommendation

http://www.makeamodelboat.com/model-boat-plans/model-canoes/christine-canoe

http://substantialorganization029.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/diy-canoe-plans-easy-pdf-download/

http://intheboatshed.net/2010/11/07/alan-stancombe-builds-his-second-cinderella-and-does-a-super-job/

http://www.boatdesigns.com/Human-Power/departments/8/

http://www.glen-l.com/designs/canu-row/pirogue.html

http://www.selway-fisher.com/Opcan16.htm

http://www.selway-fisher.com/Opcan15.htm#SHER

http://www.selway-fisher.com/Opcan15.htm#HER

http://www.selway-fisher.com/Opcan15.htm#HAZELNUT

http://www.makeamodelboat.com/

http://www.devlinboat.com/stitchandglue.php

http://www.storerboatplans.com/Eureka/Eurekacanoes.html

http://intheboatshed.net/free-boat-plans-at-intheboatshednet/

http://intheboatshed.net/2010/11/07/alan-stancombe-builds-his-second-cinderella-and-does-a-super-job/

http://www.storerboatplans.com/Eureka/Eurekacanoespage2.html

http://christinedemerchant.com/free-canoe-kayak-boat-plans.html

http://forum.woodenboat.com/archive/index.php/t-98643.html

http://intheboatshed.net/2010/08/13/alan-stancombe-makes-a-nice-job-of-his-cinderella-open-canoe-marie-rose/

http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/r/plansindex/canoe.htm

http://intheboatshed.net/2007/03/21/a-cinderella-canoe-adapted-for-rowing/

http://forum.woodenboat.com/archive/index.php/t-98643.html

http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/07/projects/cinderella/index.htm

http://www.tdem.co.nz/links/free-boat-plans

http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?8544-The-most-rediculous-build-i-can-think-of!!!

http://christinedemerchant.com/free-canoe-kayak-boat-plans.html

http://sitevelocitytest.com/free/free-canoe-plans.html

http://www.bateau2.com/free/cheapcanoe.htm

http://www.paddling.net/message/showThread.html?fid=advice&tid=1512989

http://home.clara.net/gmatkin/design.htm

http://sandypointboatworks.com/boatstore/canoe-plans

http://heirloomkayak.com/

http://www.bearmountainboats.com/130-rob-roy/

http://sandypointboatworks.com/boatstore/canoe-plans

http://www.greenval.com/

http://www.tendercraftboats.com/catalogue_kits.pdf

http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/r/plansindex/canoe.htm

http://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/boat-plans/stitch-and-glue-boat-plans/skerry-rowing-sailing-dinghy-kit.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_MacGregor_%28sportsman%29

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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.

http://www.amazon.com/Thousand-Miles-Rob-Roy-Canoe/dp/1929516061

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/40238/40238-h/40238-h.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_MacGregor_%28sportsman%29

http://www.wcha.org/literature.php

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.
http://www.woodenboat.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/boat_launchings/Bradley_5_02.jpg?itok=Efqo4XKz
http://www.woodenboat.com/launchings/unnamed-canoe-5

http://kevinmartin.wcha.org/robroy.php

http://www.pittsfordlumber.com/Pittsford-Lumber/boats-canoes-and-kayaks.html

http://www.gaboats.com/boats/snowshoe12.html

http://www.noahsmarine.com/United_States/Strip_Canoes-us/Canoe_Plans-us/canoe_plans-us.html

http://www.ourhomefromscratch.com/2014/05/home-scratch-4-andreas-custom-vanity/

http://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/boat-plans/canoe-plans/sassafras-16-stitch-and-glue-canoe-kit.html

http://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/boat-plans/canoe-plans/nymph-strip-planked-pack-canoe.html

http://www.clcboats.com/shop/?type=kp

http://www.makeacanoe.com/opencanoesupto15.htm#CHRISTINE

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.

http://www.trails.com/how_10944_build-canoe-rack.html

http://www.theclassicarchives.com/how-to-guides/free-canoe-boat-rack-wood-plans

http://www.ehow.com/way_5664193_diy-plan-wooden-canoe-rack.html

http://www.trails.com/how_34531_diy-plan-wooden-canoe-rack.html

Sailing and sail plans:

http://www.thecheappages.com/tiphys/Practical_5.html

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

Open Letter to Teen-ager

Filed under: Christianity,Family,Kids,Survival,Tools and Projects — rmay4 @ 7:38 am

This has been around since the 60’s but it still remains mostly true.

Judge Gilliam’s letter to the Pierce County Tribune:

Open Letter to Teen-ager

Always we hear the plaintive cry of the teen-ager. What can we do?…Were can we go?
The answer is GO HOME!
Hang the storm windows, paint the woodwork. Rake the leaves, mow the lawn, shovel the walk. Wash the car, learn to cook, scrub some floors. Repair the sink, build a boat, get a job.
Help the minister, priest, or rabbi, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army. Visit the sick, assist the poor, study your lessons. And then when you are through – and not too tired – read a book.
Your parents do not owe you entertainment. Your city or village does not owe you recreational facilities.
The world does not owe you a living…You owe the world something.
You owe it your time and your energy and your talents so that no one will be at war or in poverty or sick or lonely again.
Grow up; quit being a crybaby. Get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone, and start acting like a man or a lady.
You’re supposed to be mature enough to accept some of the responsibility your parents have carried for years.
They have nursed, protected, helped, appealed, begged, excused, tolerated and denied themselves needed comforts so that you could have every benefit. This they have done gladly, for you are their dearest treasure.
But now, you have no right to expect them to bow to every whim and fancy just because selfish ego instead of common sense dominates your personality, thinking and request.
In Heaven’s name, grow up and go home!

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