A New Album – – – “FLUID MOTION”

I’m starting a new photo album that will reflect my attempt to catch the beauty of water in motion.  These are large hi-def pictures so double-click on them to see full size.

Here ya go…

Fluid Motion Series_1
Fluid Motion Series_1
Fluid Motion Series_1
Fluid Motion Series_1
Fluid Motion Series_1
Fluid Motion Series_1
A Shady Spot To Lean
A Shady Spot To Lean
Beautiful Babbles
Beautiful Babbles
Fluid Motion Series_2
Fluid Motion Series_2
Fluid Motion Series_2
Fluid Motion Series_2
Flowing Sunlight
Flowing Sunlight
Fluid Motion Series_3 The Salamander
Fluid Motion Series_3 The Salamander
Fluid Motion_3 The Salamander
Fluid Motion_3 The Salamander
Fluid Motion Series_3 The Salamander
Fluid Motion Series_3 The Salamander
The Swirl
The Swirl

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Down the Chute
Down the Chute
Over the Edge
Over the Edge

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Fluid Motion Series_4 Little Niagra
Fluid Motion Series_4 Little Niagra
Fluid Motion Series_4 Little Niagra
Fluid Motion Series_4 Little Niagra
Fluid Motion Series_4 Little Niagra
Fluid Motion Series_4 Little Niagra
Fluid Motion Series_5 Cascades
Fluid Motion Series_5 Cascades
Fluid Motion Series_5 Cascades
Fluid Motion Series_5 Cascades
Hard To Say Goodbye
Hard To Say Goodbye

 

I hope you enjoyed the handiwork there in nature.  please comment below.    This album is part of an ongoing project.

 

And as always..

Get out, Be safe, and Go adventure.

Installing a Vent Visor for ventilation

This is another post describing the build out of the new van and the installation of some of the goodies.

Today while camped at Tumbling Creek in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee I installed the vent visors on the new van.  And here’s a step by step to explain the process.

This is the brand that I installed.   I chose the “in track” style to make the installation quick and easy.

This is the brand that I used but the installation of all of the "in track" models is basically the same.
This is the brand that I used but the installation of all of the “in track” models is basically the same.
The contents were the two visors, a scotchbrite  pad, and alcohol wipes
The contents were the two visors, a scotchbrite pad, and alcohol wipes

Following the instructions begin by “scuffing” the window track with the provided ScotchBrite pad.

Scruffing the felt in the window track
Scuffing the felt in the window track

Next wipe the track with the provided alcohol wipe to remain any dust left by the scuffing.

Now wipe the inside of the track with one of the wipes
Now wipe the inside of the track with one of the wipes

Peel back the tape to expose the adhesive on each end leaving the rest of the tape in place until the visor is in place.

Peel back the tape on each end leaving it in place in the middle
Peel back the tape on each end leaving it in place in the middle

Once you are satisfied with the positioning, then remove the rest of the tape and roll up the window.

Slide the visor into the window track being sure to get it completely in place.
Slide the visor into the window track being sure to get it completely in place.

Leave the window rolled up holding the visor in place for 24hrs to allow the adhesive to set up completely.  This will give you a very nice looking install and allow you to leave the windows cracked even in the rain.

The final shot
The final shot

That’s how you do it.  Now I can drive or camp with the window cracked in the rain.

I hope this helps someone with their efforts to make their van more comfortable.

 

As always…

Get out, Be safe, and Go adventure.

 

My latest adventure… alone.

When I say “alone” it’s only because my faithful travel companion couldn’t come with me.  However I had the support of my friends, co-workers, family and my vanily the entire adventure.

Perhaps I should explain that this was an unplanned but definitely not uneventful adventure.   Monday morning around 5:00 in the morning I had a heart attack.  While this was not the first time I felt the symptoms it was the time the I chose to act.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been awakened twice before with a pain in the center of my chest behind the sternum.   Like so many of the patients I responded to as a Firefighter/EMT, I tried to pass it off.   “Damn, I gotta stop eating spicy food after midnight.”   The second time I argued with myself that this isn’t really what a “heart attack” feels like.   I didn’t think I had an “elephant standing on my chest” or any of the ridiculous sounding terms for the tight feeling that I really was experiencing.   Perhaps the anxiety kept me from noticing any light tingling in my fingers or maybe that was just the denial.   You see even that denial can almost be counted as one of the symptoms of a heart attack… WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK.  (Please follow this link)

So when the third time in two weeks rolled around I only argued with myself a short while.   No sense in beating a dead horse, pun intended.  ( Hey, I’ve never claimed to be the fastest horse in the race.)  But when I finally listened to my heart, figuratively speaking i didn’t break out my old ‘scope, I got myself to the ER.

The Doc there “ran a strip” and nothing really showed up, things looked OK.  But, the blood work came back with slightly elevated enzymes that might indicate some damage or distress.

After the stent, looking good.
After the stent, looking good.

There was a quick decision made I would be going to the University of Kentucky heart cath lab.  (My second only ride looking between my feet out the back door of an ambulance.)

On the way there I pondered what many of the patients I’ve loaded into ambulances must have been thinking.   “Am I really ‘this’ bad”, “how am I gonna break this to my family or friends”, “what happens next” and for me it suddenly struck home the role many of us in the fire service have played.   The questions are out of fear of the unknown and losing control of things in our lives.   And, at times even the knowledge this could be the end of our life.

For me I knew that it probably wasn’t the end but what lay ahead?   when I arrived at the Gill Heart Institute heart cath lab things happened very quickly at that point.  Within what seemed like 30 minutes or less I was being put on the table in the procedure room.   These people really know their stuff and the importance of acting quickly.    This gave me a certain level of confidence everything was gonna be alright.   I was treated with human dignity and not just a “procedure”.  My hat’s off to these folks.

Around the next turn was a nursing staff and support group that made me actually feel the need to explain to some that I really was in a hospital not hotel.  Their attention and tending to my needs was just that of a 5 star hotel.  Plus the food was really good!  I kind of hated missing supper on Tuesday.   Not only was the staff excellent all of the equipment they used appeared to be top-notch and new.   The echo cardiogram really impressed me.

Nope, not pregnant.  That's actually my heart.
Nope, not pregnant. That’s actually my heart.

Alright, no jokes about whens my due date.  That’s my heart from one of many angles it was recorded. And video taken…

It was still a stay in a hospital, and had it not been for the texts, messages and yes even the Facebook chats I would have been really bored.  As it were I sat perched in the window several times watching the world eight floors beneath.   I now also have a new appreciation for the times Layla is simply laying on the bed staring out the window when I’m reading and not actively playing with her.

I was released Tuesday evening the next day after my heart attack.   Seems incredible that so much could have happened in less than 48hrs.  I’m sitting here writing this post and still experiencing a certain emotional roller coaster ride.  Oh I’m not upset or fearful,   far from it.  I’m thankful for making a good decision, being treated by highly qualified and compassionate people, feeling the thoughts and prayers of so many, and being able to reach over and pet my companion.

Please share this post in many places.  I make that request hoping that maybe someone will make a similar good choice.   Don’t delay investigating when things “just don’t seem right”.   I didn’t and I’m glad.

 

And as always…

“Get out, Be safe and Go adventure”

Dan

 

Let’s step back in time

In a previous post I said I would continue our travels….

So after finding the grave markers I have driven by many times right in front of the state park entrance, i decided to go to another familiar place.

The entrance to Fort Bonnesboro
The entrance to Fort Bonnesboro

This is not going to be a lot of my narrative, I’ll let the pictures describe the life here.  So let’s begin…

The self guided fort tour begins with a video presentation describing the events in history that took place in the fort and surrounding areas.
The self guided fort tour begins with a video presentation describing the events in history that took place in the fort and surrounding areas.
a view of the inside of the fort
a view of the inside of the fort
a view of the inside of the fort
a view of the inside of the fort

The fort has many “timeline cabins” that describe the lives and work of the people who came here.  There will be a slide of the cabin’s “timeline” card as we proceed inside.

In the first cabin we see life was not more than the barest of essentials.
In the first cabin we see life was not more than the barest of essentials.

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A few more things to make life easier
A few more things to make life easier

Let’s watch a demonstration of one of the everyday skills that often meant survival to the early settlers.

Not only could you start your fire with flint but it also produced the spark that allowed you to fire your gun.
Not only did flint help start your fires, it’s what provided the spark to fire your weapon.

 

How about a quick trip to the garden…

Planting and harvesting was skills children learned at an earlier age, to be productive community  members in adulthood.
Planting and harvesting was skills children learned at an earlier age, to be productive community members in adulthood.

Everyone helped with all of the “chores ” around the fort.  Including defending the fort when it came under seige.  But, that’s a story for later…

They are attempting to "civilize" the otherwise wild west.
They are attempting to “civilize” the otherwise wild west, yes Kan-tuck-kee was the western most area at this time.
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LIfe is becoming a little easier.
Next we'll see how fabric was made from wool, natural fibers, and even other animals fur.
Next we’ll see how fabric was made from wool, natural fibers, and even other animals fur.

A couple of demonsetrations…

A piece that was made on the loom here at Boonesboro
A piece that was made on the loom here at Boonesboro
Alittle closer look
A little closer look

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The area where gatherings to decide what the future may bring may have happened.
The area where gatherings to decide what the future may bring may have happened.
And of course there's the merchant's store area.
And of course there’s the merchant’s store area.
My favorite cabin timeline, maybe because of my upbringing...
My favorite cabin timeline, maybe because of my upbringing…
Notice the spring pole lathe.
Notice the spring pole lathe.
A shot of some of the tools including a foot treadle lathe
A shot of some of the tools including a foot treadle lathe
An important job was that of surveyor and claims officer.
An important job was that of surveyor and claims officer.

 

Early tools of the trade of land surveyor
Early tools of the trade of land surveyor

 

Some of the tools of soapmaking.
Some of the tools of soapmaking.

And what did they do when the sun went down?   Why lit candles of course.

Hand dipped candles, then there were also candles made in a mold.
Hand dipped candles, then there were also candles made in a mold.
During the process of dipping candles were hung on a rack until cool enough for the next dip.
During the process of dipping candles were hung on a rack until cool enough for the next dip.
IF you make candles when it's windy or raining they just don't turn out so pretty.
IF you make candles when it’s windy or raining they just don’t turn out so pretty.
The next stop is one of my favorites...  the blacksmith.
The next stop is one of my favorites… the blacksmith.

The blacksmith showing the "S" hook he made during the video.
The blacksmith showing the “S” hook he made during the video.

Well the blacksmith’s shed wraps up my tour of Fort Boonesboro.

And since I’ve been sitting in the shade in their parking lot writing this post I’ve come to realize that living everywhere has some real advantages over living somewhere.

 

Once again guys…

Get out, Be safe, and Go adventure.

 

Maiden voyage… The new van.

Today Layla and I took the new van for a maiden voyage.  I wasn’t real sure where we would end up but I just knew I did not want to head west.  Why???  Well this is the start of the Kentucky derby and I didn’t really want to be anywhere around Louisville. So, east it was.  After travelling for a little while I decided to go check out one of my favorite free spots near Morehead, Ky.   Surprised I was to find two of the forest service roads in that part of the Daniel Boone Nat’l Forest closed.  I’m guessing the water was still too high.  Which brings a point, it’s easier (and cheaper) to call the Forest Service and ask questions about an area before just driving there.  So we headed back to Boonesboro State Park where even with the flooding there would still be places to stay.

Back in the day... http://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt7x696zwx82/data/2008ms016/01/0214/0214.jpg
Back in the day…
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When I first moved to Kentucky this is one of the first “beaches” that I could come to and pretend to be near the ocean.  It was a great place for family fun and picnics.  Public restrooms and changing areas, tables lined a very nice covered pavilion.

Pavilion at Boonseboro Beach today
Pavilion at Boonseboro Beach today

Today there are no restrooms, no public bathrooms or changing areas, and no crowds of families playing on the beach.

And NO SWIMMING  signs are the public greetings today.
And NO SWIMMING signs are the public greetings today.
The beach today.
The beach today.
Only a few fishers frequent the beach today
Only a few fishers frequent the beach today

What happened!?!?   Well here’s an excerpt from the local paper…

Jan. 20, 1990  (The Winchester Sun)

For the second consecutive year, the Kentucky River has caused problems at Fort Boonesboro State Park.  The park’s beach was closed after water conditions became unsanitary for the second straight summer.  Heavy flooding also damaged park grounds and buildings.   A local group is working to get a new swimming pool for the park in hopes of increasing its attraction to tourists.

The Kentucky River became sick.  Who’s to blame?  Well that’s a hard question to answer and even harder to fix.  Here’s a report from the “Kentucky River Basin Assessment”…

Overview.

A relatively small number of issues account for most of the problems in the Kentucky River Basin that were documented in the Kentucky Division of Water’s most recent Report to Congress under the Clean Water Act. Water quality issues in the basin include straight pipes, contamination by animal waste, erosion and siltation, alteration of flow, removal of streamside vegetation, and contaminated storm water, as well as some point sources of pollution.

Though this really saddens me there are some great times to be had at the state park.  They have added a wonderful swimming pool with kiddie pool and sprayers, and of course the monument for the original fort is within the state park.

Pool at Boonesboro State Park today.
Pool at Boonesboro State Park today.

Not to mention  Fort Boonesboro with the reenactments and demonstrations is a short drive or hike on a nature trail away.  Fort Boonesboro website.

But what about our voayge??? After a little rest it continues…

I've got to build Layla her own spot.
I’ve got to build Layla her own spot.

Where to I’m not sure yet… but today it will continue.

 

So for now, we’re gonna…

Get out, Be safe , and Go adventure.