The work continues…

I appreciate a few of you guys sending emails or PM’s on Facebook, but the lack of posts here has not been to health issues.  I’m doing real good the cardiac rehab is kicking my butt, just like it’s supposed to.  The lack of posts is because I’ve been looking at the hour or so it takes to write a good post and saying… “Hmm, i could be staining trim or mounting the inverter or building shelving in the kitchen cabinet”.   With more than three hundred folks following the blog I guess many of you are curious how things are progressing.  THANKS for following, I’ll do a better job of keeping current.  With that the cabinet is almost finished, it’s been slow going working on it only an hour or so each day,

Trim stained and attached along with the hardware.
Trim stained and attached along with the hardware.

Also, installed a bulkhead to mount the pump and other items…

Installed a bulkhead to mount pump and other items.  Also a couple of cleats to hold the clean water and "gray" water containers in place.
Installed a bulkhead to mount pump and other items. Also a couple of cleats to hold the clean water and “gray” water containers in place.

Here’s another overview…DSC_0787

I’m about ready to it mount permanently in my vome.  When I do that I pipe pipe in the propane to the cooktop and the electric to the pump.

Again thanks to everyone that is following the blog.  To follow my blog and receive E-mail notices of updates, click the follow button. Thanks again.  I will be updating the “Building the new Vome” page with some “how did” insights and other construction tips.

 

Until then,  “Get Out, Be Safe, Go Adventure”

A sad blog to post…

I hesitated posting this blog, but then realized I might be doing a great disservice to the over three hundred folks that now follow.  Please accept this for what it is.  “A call to action”.  A sad reminder of what I say at the end of each post.  “Be Safe”      Thanks, Dan.

It is sadly ironic that exactly one week after posting the “Get Out, Be Safe, Go adventure” post I find myself helping with a search & rescue effort in the very place I was when I originally posted “Be Safe”.  I had decided to do some work on my Vome (Vehicle hOME) in the forest and I was hoping to go on a day hike with some friends.  so, naturally I went back to Red River Gorge here in Kentucky.  While staying at Koomer Ridge Campground a young man became missing.   Since they were camped across the road from me he had been over several times on Saturday.  While he was pleasant in conversation it was apparent he was a special needs individual.  I point this out as only an observation, no judgement.  On Sunday morning I spoke with one of those folks staying with him and was told he was missing.  And in fact had been gone since Saturday evening.    Folks if someone in your party is missing PLEASE notify the authorities as soon as you confirm they actually are.  That first hour is so critical in establishing and effective search I can not emphasize this enough.  I have been involved in many searches and managed a few searches in the 20+ years with the Fire Service.  They called and immediately resources started pouring in.

Resources poured into the Gorge.
Resources poured into the Gorge.

I identified myself and shared the information I had gathered talking with his relative that morning and volunteered to help.  I was assigned a trail to “clear”, so Layla and I got busy.   The trail had three established overlook view areas.  As I stood there checking to see if the forest debris and lichen on the rock face had been disturbed I realized how often people climb over rails and barriers. These particular overhangs were going to require some rappelling over the edge, or a drone, to absolutely verify.  I could not see the base because they all had a negative camber to their face side.

DO NOT go beyond the barriers out in place, Don’t challenge or dare fate.  One small slip here would have meant a plung of more than 100 feet!

Resources continued to pour in as I was leaving.
Resources continued to pour in as I was leaving.

I had to leave to return to work on Monday.  As of this writing the young man has not been found.  Prayers and thoughts to his family and for his protection.  WLEX Ch18 News

If you have children or individuals with special needs, please remember their’ safety IS your responsibility.  Nature is a great experience for them.  Keep them safe so they can share it with others.

 

“Get Out, Be Safe, Go Adventure”

Get Out, Be Safe, Go Adventure… Part two.

So the last post I presented getting out and a little bit about learning to be safe.  Not just safe in your person but also a little about helping to save the environment you explore.

But first…   Let me tell you that I include many links in my blog.  Please take the time to explore them because I provide them as a road map to more information and adventures.

Grab your adventure buddy.
Grab your adventure buddy.

So go get your adventure buddy and let’s get started.   Today we are hiking down to Gray’s Arch in the Red River Gorge located within the Daniel Boone National Forest.  This is near the beginning of the trail to Gray’s Arch.  The trail head also has a couple of picnic tables and two vault toilets.

This trail is a popular well travelled trail.
This trail is a popular well traveled trail.

Gray’s Arch is a little over a mile on this trail.  As with most of the trails in the Gorge it is a loop, so you can extend your hike by simply coming back on the other side of the loop.

The beginning portion of the trail is moderate canopy.
The beginning portion of the trail is moderate canopy.

Expect to hike under moderate canopy on even terrain on the first portion of this trail.  But then the trail crosses a bridge to another ridge and starts downward.

The closest thing to a meadow is the bridges between to ridges.
The closest thing to a meadow is the bridges between to ridges.

When you cross the bridge you’ll actually be in open sky and sunlight.  But that won’t last very long the trail starts it’s downward leg to the base of the arch.  WATCH YOUR FOOTING.  There are many places to step on rocks and over roots that are on the trail.  Speaking of rocks, you’ll see many interesting formations along the way to the arch.  The sharp edge features in the rock faces were must likely carved by wind and sand before the vegetation grew up to provide cover from the wind.

erroded by time...
erroded by time…

Yet there was another force at work in this forest,  Water produced many of the rounded features we find in stone.

An example of the water flow errosion through the massive cliffs.
An example of the water flow errosion through the massive cliffs.

And water there is, at Gray’s Arch that day the amount of water vapor hanging in the air from the water falling off the top of the arch made it feel much cooler.  In fact I had been carrying my little Nikon CoolPix camera in my pocket and had to wait because the moisture was condensing on the lens.

Water falling from the top of the arch kept the area very cool and damp.
Water falling from the top of the arch kept the area very cool and damp.
Layla really liked this spot.
Layla really liked this spot.

Just how far did the water fall?  I’ve heard the arch is 79 feet tall, but here’s a picture to help put into perspective some of the size of this spot…

This was a ledge next to the arch.
This was a ledge next to the arch.

Since we went down to the base of the arch, we gotta go back up.

1 of 3 sets of steps going down to the base of Gray's Arch.
1 of 3 sets of steps going down to the base of Gray’s Arch.

 

Going down these stairs was much easier than coming back up.  But up we must climb.  There’s very few places to set camp even if you’re camping in a hammock.  So we hiked about halfway back out to find a camp spot.

Layla looking to see if the Hobbits are home.
Layla looking to see if the Hobbits are home.

No need to be in too big of a hurry…. are there Hobbits in there Layla?

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home

We found a spot and set camp, not a very big spot, but Home Sweet Home.  So now it’s time to rest…

Chillin' in the shade
Chillin’ in the shade

I must have really wore her out because I had a real sleepyhead the next morning.

No Dan YOU get up!  Call me when the coffee is ready.
No Dan YOU get up! Call me when the coffee is ready.

Coffee’s on!

Time to get up!
Time to get up!

Sad to see this trip coming to an end…

But I’ve got to go back to work.  I’m glad I got to bring you along.

 

So, until next time…

Get Out, Be Safe, Go Adventure.