The frames arrived last week and it went 3D last night. I've got the frames in for place and will start on the stem lashings this evening.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Over the weekend, I took the family on a short road trip to Roaring River State Park.
We got down there about 1:30pm on Saturday. A little late to bother with a trout fishing pass for the day, so we opted to do a little hiking around the hatchery grounds and above the spring.
On the trail decent we came came across this cuddly little guy, a three foot long copperhead. Luckily it was cool out. These snakes are right bastards. (I still don't condone their random killing or abuse, though. A snake just does what it's designed to do.)
With the campground at the state park full, we drove a half an hour south to Eureka Springs, Arkansas and the KOA Campground there. It was an easy spot to make online reservations on my cell phone and I had stayed there years ago, so I had some familiarity with the place. I bought some red oak firewood on-site and went about putting camp together and making a fire to cook our hotdogs.
The new Eureka Taron 3 is pretty easy to pitch. I even managed to stuff a fully inflated queen-size mattress into it.
The prerequisite camp corncob pipe, a Country Gentleman Bent by Missouri Meerschaum. I have a new one coming in the mail sometime soon. Only it'll be a rusticated version with a straight stem.
Up in the morning, bright and early. None of us slept too well. It got colder than the Mrs. was OK with and the kiddo may have had too much chocolate in her s'mores. It took her forever to calm down and pass out. I did my best to chase away the grumps with coffee, cinnamon oatmeal pancakes, eggs and bacon from Horrmann Meat Co.
Love my cast iron and cold handle steel skillets. The smaller is a Lodge 8-inch and the larger is a 100+ year old carbon steel pan. I need to sew a carry bag for them.
After breakfast, I cleaned up camp and we headed into town to show Gwen the "haunted hotel on the hill", the Crescent. She thought it was pretty cool. Out back, a "ghost cat" even ran over it's grave. Spooky!
It looked pretty nervous around these...
Then it was back to Roaring River to do a little trout fishing. We got skunked. I nearly landed three, but they either threw the hook or broke my 5x tippet altogether. I lost two flies and a little pride. Gwen lost her composure as we left and she hadn't caught her dinner. She was none-too-happy about it.
I would count it a pretty fun weekend, same for the kiddo, I imagine. My wife may have a differing opinion, I'll leave it at that. Hopefully I can convince her to do another outdoor weekend in the near future. Maybe if there's a heated cabin involved and no chocolate in sight.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I give you, the Eureka Taron 3. We set it up in the yard last night. Hopefully this one will be good for a few years of family fun. I plan to buy a bivy bag or solo backpacking tent for myself a little later.