New door pockets to replace sagging net style pockets

Replaced the net style door pockets (why Jeep used them is beyond me) with custom made hard pockets. Only did the front passenger and driver side door pockets as the others are not ready to throw away yet. Makes a real difference in appearance and holds things safely in place. About a twenty minute project using a sharp knife and small sharp scissors to remove the netting, no tools required to install the new pockets  except patience.

Today’s Project

Today I finished the 7 day process of making Canadian style bacon. Out of the Traeger Pellet smoker at 150 degrees and now on the cooling rack, then into the refrigerator and tomorrow I will break it down into three chunks for future use. Sliced like thick bacon fried or just heated up in the microwave it is ready to eat.

Cooling before a night in the refriferator

Bryce Canyon Utah update

We went to Utah to visit my fathers small farm after not having been there for many years and on that trip we included an excursion to Bryce Canyon national park. Below are some of the pictures from with in the park that I really like. In a few short miles the landscape just keeps changing.

Panoramic view across the canyon looking towards the ever poplar Moab Utah area!

Defiant trees cling to life

Amazing how this one pinnacle stood the test of time

A group of Hoodoos

Notice the vegetation on top

Entire rim of this part of the canyon is made up of Hoodoos.

This lone dead tree is on the edge of the canyon standing in defiance to the weather

Hoodoos on a ridge

A fine Balancing act

GPX Mapping A Future Route

A friend of mine and a co worker for many years is a motor cycle enthusiast both off road and on road and he was wanting to create a GPS record around the  perimeter of Capital Forest. Since I had the jeep we decided to travel the route together in the jeep and record our route which came close to 90 miles of forest roads and took most of a day, but we now both have our own route usable with our GPS devices. We traveled from roughly 200 feet elevation on up to 2600 hundred feet. I learned a lot about a new software and had a great time.

Steve on our first stop and where we had lunch

Log landing with Steve

First break and lunch time at a Landing turned into a primitive camp site with a view

Lunch break in Capital Forest

From the landing across a valley you can see a logging tower where they drag the trees to load on trucks for the trip out!

Logging/ Tree Farming

A bonus view while working our way across a ridge. A view of Summit Lake through the trees.

Summit Lake

Another view of Summit lake, clear cuts and homes.

Another View of Summit Lake

And the result is a GPX route for our future use.

End of the day results

First Canadian Bacon in the smoker

So as I did a few slabs of regular bacon I decided to do some Canadian bacon one to see if we liked it and two we think with the less fat it has it might be better for us in the long run. Time will tell but it sure does taste good to me!!!!

Ready to slice

Ready to slice


Canadian Bacon Sandwich

First BLT Canadian style



Crow Call (custom made)

Just received my custom crow call made from African Black wood by RR Calls in Tenino WA.Used to locate turkeys in the wild as a shock noise. RR Calls can be found at this address  RR Custom Calls The call is made from African Black wood and is a reed system that really sounds like a crow. I hope with practice that I can get good use from this one.
Crow call

Custom Made Crow Call

Shooting In The Snow

Snow at Longmire Lodge 

This is the lodge on Mount Rainier where the skiers and the trail walkers come in from the snow to warm up and have a meal it is also a restaurant and hotel (booked way out in advance). We were shooting footage (video) for my friends video production company called Glory Scapes and he wanted snowing conditions which is what we found. If you have never been there it is a beautiful place with lots to do and lots of things to photograph. It was cold, snowing and we could not get up to the main observatory as they closed the roads beyond our parking lot. This image was shot with my D200 and my 70 to 200 mm VR Nikon lens. as was the image below.

 Snow and Country Store

This  is the “General Store” where they sell a varity of things all worth looking at and considering. The store sits below and beside the Lodge you see in the above image with a covered walk way between the buildings and yes the snow is half way up the side of the building. Notice the giant snow ball on top of the chimney (no fire now) that looks like a giant beach ball. There were a couple of trees that were broken off up high with the same kind of build up of snow. It was a great outing and Russ came home with a series of good footage and I have a bunch of snow pictures to enjoy.