I'm in Denali National Park and so far it's really nice. Purchased some Bear Spray and did a couple of hikes. The rain is a bit of a problem. I don't mind hiking in a light rain when it's not too cold out. Mid 40's and breezy, not so much. How far Denali is: 50 … Continue reading Denali and Skijoring?
Still working on the miles. Damn, BC is HUGE. And beautiful. It's spring time here and everything is green and inviting. The rivers are wide and the valleys are stunning. And they have so many of them it's mind boggling. Typical small town Spending the night north of Prince George; a decent size town for … Continue reading Journey North, Yukon and drama
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
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