I have Solar! It just took FAR longer to do than I thought it would. Running and routing the 12/3, (12 gauge, 3 conductor) 28 foot run to the Breaker panel was every bit the Pain-in-the-Ass I thought it would be. I had to route over and around cross-beams, waste tanks, and heater ducting. But … Continue reading Solar Project, Part 4b: Finished
Projects like this are hard enough without fighting the weather. Adding last minute design/equipment changes to the project increases the difficulty from hard to insane. This is why the Smart thing would have been paying to have this installed by a professional. But, where's the fun in that? It's been raining off and on for … Continue reading Solar Project: Part-4a, Wiring
I purchased all of the components except the Solar Panels themselves. Those go on last and I have a huge amount of work to do before I get to that point. To make things easier, I will be using a small piece of 1/4" plywood as a "Backboard" to preinstall everything. The front storage compartment … Continue reading Solar Project, Part three: Backboard
Previously I decided on size of the system and the three main items: Two 200w panels30 amp MPPT Solar Charge Controller1,000 watt Pure Sine Inverter The panels I like are from a company that specializes in Solar for RVs and are $185 each. These are manufactured in the USA and have a 25 year warrantee, … Continue reading Solar Project, Part Two: Requirements and Costs
A simple project that saw cost and function creep the more I looked into it. Warning: This essay is very pedantic on purpose; I wanted to capture my thought process. If you wanted travel and/or hiking, come back later! I needed to up my ability to “Dry Camp” with my TT for longer periods, and … Continue reading Travel Trailer (TT) Solar Project, Part One: Defining Needs and Scope
It's a new year! 2018 saw my completion of the Pacific Crest Trail, and that was a huge bucket list item that I'm very proud of. Bad news: My left knee never really healed, so my Long Distance backpacking days are over. Day hiking is still on the list, so I will be doing lots … Continue reading New Goals in 2019
The title say it all. First, a summary. I retired in 2015 with the express purpose of hiking the whole 2,700 mile Pacific Crest Trail. And....I failed. Although I started at the Mexican border and did finish Washington State into Canada, I only completed 1,700 miles that year. After 5 1/2 months I took a … Continue reading I finished the PCT…now what?
The final stretch. Tuesday, 8/7 Welcome stay at Olallie. Things I liked: Got rid of trash!!! It's amazing the volume I generate daily. Pit toilet! No cat hole in the morning. Table to have dinner on. Nice lake with a killer view to wake up to. However, not a good start to the day. I … Continue reading Olallie Lake to Timberline
Friday, 8/3 I used Lyft for a ride to the trailhead and got on trail by 8:30! Bad news: more lava rock. 😖 Met a couple of ladies who said once past Santium Pass there wasn't any more volcanic trail. Yea!!! Made it to Santium Pass and called it a night. Saturday, 8/4 The climb … Continue reading McKenzie to Olallie Lake
At McKenzie Pass is this weird hut at the top of a volcanic hill. It’s hand made out of pumice boulders and was built in 1927. Odd thing in the middle of a lava field.