local summit – Boise NF

Muffin and I took off to see if we could get to the top of the local summit, as seen in this pic:

The weather was a bit breezier and cooler (low 70s) than  it had been the past two days so it seemed like a good time for it.

We started off in that general direction but there was a pond in the way:

Not too exciting, but a low edge had been shored up with what appears to be scrap bits from a stone veneer business: Continue reading “local summit – Boise NF”

walking near Twin Springs campground

Muffin was getting a little weird, which usually means she needs to burn some energy off.  We walked a ways up the road to see what was on the other side of this sign:

text fades out near the end 🙁

Didn’t realize it at the time, but I think the white spot on the right edge of the pic is the van and picnic table structure.

We walked up the nearby hill “to see what we could see”.  There was a sign that said something like

West Jacobsville 1 mile -->
East Jacobsville 2miles -->

From the crest of the hill you could see for miles and I saw no kind of ‘ville.   [Note:  I loaded up Google Maps later and saw no ‘villes anywhere near, either. Maybe a historic reference? ]

There was a cattle guard at the crest, which Muffin now can cross although she doesn’t like to.  There were cattle nearby and she tends to bark and growl at them so we turned back in order not to disturb the livestock.

Took this pic as we turned around:

A travel trailer has arrived, there’s me, and the local cowherd’s trailer.  He was somewhere on his ATV with a roll of wire mending fencelines.

I was hoping this place was so run-down that there’d be no weekenders, but three cars pulled up in the last hour with a ton of kids, Big Gulps, and crookedly-applied bumper stickers.  They are currently failing to set up a large tent. It’s like watching the Keystone Kops go camping.

more about the water pump

Yesterday afternoon I was thinking about the best way to get, transport, and dispsense water from the pump.  Spigot bucket!

I took the bucket over and rinsed it out.  I paid a bit more attention to the process this time.  The dead-lift resistance on the piston is maybe 40# and this stroke is about 12″.   Luckily the big nail/spike inserted though the lift bar is at bicep curl level – not easy, but at least at a convenient height.  A little handle leverage would be welcome. 🙂  The top of the existing structure (minus handle) comes up to my eye level, so probably 5′ 8″.

The spike is easier to see in this pic.  It’s pretty rough on the hands, even with gloves on.  I tried to make pool noodle pads, but it just ripped through. Continue reading “more about the water pump”

solar challenges


I mentioned that I am in the NF above Midway, UT.

Solar power yield had been marginal due to partly cloudy conditions and partial shading from the (birch?) trees.    The rare pullouts on this forest road are shallow and don’t leave a lot of room for solar-friendly placement:

shadecloth “awning” clipped to rack

Under normal circumstances I finish Absorption around noon.  In this spot, though, full charge had been completing around 4pm.

The weather turned bad Continue reading “solar challenges”