Monday, February 29, 2016
I received an email concerning a 30% savings (available today only) on the Earthmate PN-60 mapping GPS. While it was a very attractive offer, I was concerned about the effect of the Garmin buy-out of DeLorme, so I gave them a call. The sale of DeLorme was indeed completed. The only impact on the printed Atlas and Gazatteers is that they are no longer available for walk-in purchase at their company store, but their availability for on-line purchases should continue unchanged. That's the good news I felt I should share. The PN-60, on the other hand, looks great, and continued R&D in hi-tech applications is an area Garmin is heavily invested in, so that should only get better. I'll add more later when I've had time to use the PN-60.
Friday, February 26, 2016
The DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer published for every state, and which has led millions of outdoorsmen into areas not covered by any state map, may be about to disappear. The purchase of DeLorme, of Yarmouth, ME, is in the works by Swiss-based Garmin. Their interest is satellite communications and high-tech development, and they have already said one of their first moves would be the elimination of the map publishing business. This is tragic, and proof that not all progress is progress. This would definitely be a step backwards. Here's the link to the story.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
We wait for spring. We can't wait to get out of doors in our flip-flops,
shorts, and light tops. But if we are heading to the water, this spring season,
more than any other, is when we have to remember that water is an alien
environment we have to be ready for.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016
This was the Buffalo Bluffs at Canton Lake 18-months ago. There
are actually two elevations here---one in the foreground covered with
grass, and the tall bluffs set back a hundred yards or so.
Now, with water in the lake, the surface is half-way up the tall
bluffs pictured above.
The Ram and Ibi arrive at the long-unused ramp.
Getting out of the wind for lunch.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
I've been as busy as a cat covering dirt, but I guess it doesn't show here. I've spent a lot of time watching Richard Brand paddling around the Eastern U.S. (Captured Heartbeats) If you haven't been following, you are missing a great adventure. Just click Captured Heartbeats Tracker and Facebook in the right margin under Favorite Links. He passed St. Marks Lighthouse night before last, and has now turned south on the Florida Big Bend. He is now sleeping soundly (at this writing) in the Econfina River campsite.
Credit: Rutabaga and Canoecopia
They just labeled this picture as 'boy and birch canoe.' What a great
picture of the birth of an obsession.
Well, the die is cast. We've been talking about going to Canoecopia for several years. This year we've made the leap. I ordered tickets and made a reservation for lodging, and will now watch the weather in the frigid North. We always loved going to the annual sailboat show in Annapolis, but only had to drive about 40 miles for that. This will be 1,700 miles round-trip. Unless this will be something that will get in our blood, it will probably be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but we're looking forward to it.
I made 100.75 miles for my 3-P-100 in January, but this month the weather has been horrid. It has been warmer than normal, and that is nice, but the wind has been 35 to 45 to 55 mph. When I go out for my walk, I collect aluminum cans to help Canton Lake with their reforestation fundraising project. Everything was destroyed by a tornado three years ago. Climbing up and down deep ditch banks in 45 mph winds gets exhausting in short order. After a mile and a half, I'm convinced it's three miles and call it a day.
Bike riding is my other means of keeping the body working, but I went out several days ago and broke a spoke in the rear wheel. This was the third spoke broken and replaced. I called the bike shop only to find they have taken a winter vacation. That's a smart move, considering this has to be their slowest time of the year. All the spokes will be replaced with stainless steel shortly, and I'm hoping that will solve my problem.
Beyond these happenings, I've been working in the shop on wood projects. The smell of wood dust is surely a better harbinger of spring than a sleepy groundhog.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Credit: Alex Comb
What sets a canoeing expedition apart is that it purifies you more
rapidly and inescapably than any other. Travel a thousand miles by
train, and you are a brute. Peddle 500 miles on a bicycle,
and you remain basically bourgeois. Paddle a hundred in a canoe,
and you are already a child of nature.
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau