Friday, October 24, 2014

Kidyak Kayak Update: 10-24-2014

Y lashing the keel and stems.

I love the smell of artificial sinew in the morn'n! Well, not really, but it has potential. Unwrapping a new spool of the stuff means good things are afoot. Good things like lashed gunwales and stems and moving onto the chines, as well.

Y lashing the keel and stems.

YAY! Lashed stems!!!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kidyak Kayak Update

Frames for Dave Gentry's "Kidyak" skin-on-frame kayak design.

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.

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Roaring River State Park

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Over the weekend, I took the family on a short road trip to Roaring River State Park.

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

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.

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

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.)

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

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.

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

The new Eureka Taron 3 is pretty easy to pitch. I even managed to stuff a fully inflated queen-size mattress into it.

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

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.

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

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.

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

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.

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs 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!

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

It looked pretty nervous around these...

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

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.

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

Roaring River State Park and Eureka Springs

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

Eureka Taron 3 Tent

I finally purchased a family tent. What little family camping we've done so far, we've squeezed into my old North Face Tadpole 23 two man tent. The Tadpole recently had a rain fly coating failure and I had to pitch the tent in the trash. After reading that others have had the same problem and the company does little about it, I'm not buying North Face tents ever again. It was bomb-proof in a storm and wind, but having everything go to sticky mush after a few years is really weird. I had a Eureka Glacier bay for years before that and in spite of the discoloring, it's still usable after maybe 18-19 years, so I'm back to buying a Eureka.

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.

Testing out the new family tent, a Eureka Taron 3.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club - Oct. 15, 2014

With temps in the mid-40s and clear skies, it was a nice morning to be out.

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Corn Maze in Verona, Missouri

Fall in the Ozarks can be a lot of fun. Especially if you start hitting up the small town festivals and events. I hadn't been to the corn maze in Verona in about 14-15 years and I'd never been during the day, but we decided to take our six-year-old daughter while it was easier to find your way out and didn't involve masked murderers with chainsaws and machetes hiding around every bend. Trust me, at night, it'll scare the crap out of anyone. I've seen big tough redneck types squeal like schoolgirls and run off leaving their dates before. It's awesome!

Verona Corn Maze

Verona Corn Maze

Verona Corn Maze

Verona Corn Maze

Verona Corn Maze

Verona Corn Maze

Verona Corn Maze

Verona Corn Maze

Verona Corn Maze