Thursday, October 23, 2008

October... hmmm

So in a few weeks we will be voting for our new pres... at the same time we are in a major financial crisis in the US and around the world...
We have Obama who wants to .. Spread the wealth (Robin hood style)- I always thought we were a Democracy based on Capitalism not a bunch of socialists?. wants to get us out of Iraq (hmm another loss for Americas military?).. Is mr Hussain a a Natural born US citizen?

McCain SSDD.. Has a ditz for a running mate.. wastes 150K on clothes for her
Does Vote with Bush 90% of the time - not a good thing at all almost worse than not being a US citizen?

and who else is there to vote for? our mainstream media would have you think that no-one else is running. I mean no-one else got free add time for Debates.. probobly were not even invited? have you ever thought about this?
Charles O. Baldwin
Robert L. Barr, Jr.
Ralph Nader
Cynthia Ann McKinney

Are we just a country of people who are unable to think anymore? I don't know but I would put my money that most of the people will vote the way their "social group" tells them to.. be that church, their job or their friends (all of them got it from someone else I am sure).

Maybe we should just listen to Mr Carlin


So I have been reading and searching like a madman on forums and other places on the net about Coops, chickens etc and finally decided to build my own coop for my back yard :)..

In building the coop I had to stay under $100 including feeders light source and all the goodies..
I also had to make sure that it would be somewhat pleasing to the eye as I live in a residential neighborhood
it also needed to have the ability to withstand the different weather conditions that the state of Utah has to offer... COLD winters with a bit of snow and long periods of sub freezing temps, 100 degree plus summers.. strong wind storms sometimes upwards of 70MPH gusts.

I decided on a double decker design with the coop up top and a small run under it. I plan to have up to 6 Layers at one time (I will be starting with 4 hens that my Grandfather in Law has that are already laying I will get them on Saturday if all goes well with building and painting :) ) The dementions are 5 Feet tall total split in half for Run and Coop. The floorspace is 3 feet by 4 feet with 2 nesting boxes at this time.. will add another when I get more hens. behind the nesting boxes will be easy access ports so I can get eggs without risk of letting chickens out (and so my 3 going on 4 year old daughter can get them out too). There will be a number of Plexi glass windows and a couple of vents put in to maintain good airflow. Durring the winter I plan on putting Plastic around the bottom of the run to block off the cold winds and snow.

without further flapping my yap here are some pics of Said Coop - its not done yet but will be by this evening :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Last Day of summer

So yesterday Sam and I decided to spend the last day of Summer on our bikes.. So we took off around 1:30 and headed out west on I80 - The original intent was just to ride west for a bit then come back but soon we found we were almost to Wendover (I guess cruising at 95+ gets you places just a tad bit faster). So we stopped in Wendover for an hour or so to stretch our legs play some penny slots and eat some food at the Buffet.. Then we headed home Stopping at the halfway point rest stop and took a little hike up the hill then finished the ride home. my legs are a bit sore today but it was worth the 218 miles :)

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Pony Express (Foust to Eureeeeeka)

This is the short version as people have asked for pics Sam, Mason and I each took 1 dog and 1 child with us and ran 475? Miles of dirt road on the Pony express route last weekend.
We started out on Thursday afternoon and hot tailed it over to Gold hill to set up camp 1

Tried a little trail side seal fix (didn’t work)

We got up Friday morning loaded up and headed for the unknown. Our goal was Ruby Valley

Shortly after going through the town of Ibapah we saw our first PE marker of the new trail

as well as an old cabin

Shortly there after we crossed on to the reservation. Unknown to us this sign is not just a “stay on the road” sign. It means STAY OUT. coming home we ran into the law. They were nice enough about our trespassing and said that as long as we call ahead they allow you to cross the reservation. I have the name and number if anyone ever heads out that way

We then came to the abandoned town of Tippett. Tippett was just about as cool a place as I have ever been.

about 20 miles past Tippett we hit the Stone house. Stone house is not on the PE but a very worth while stop

The entrance to Schellbourne

Random Llama

From Schellbourne it was a quick detour to Cherry Creek. Cherry creek was once a booming mining town, what remains is a run down community with one store, which is a Bar. We had ourselves some lunch and a beer

From Cherry Creek we got back on the PE and headed into Egan Canyon. This is when the road changed from a nice broad graded road to double track

Once through Eagan Canyon we ran into a 150 year old cemetery

We encountered a variety of terrain from this point… all of it stunning

Hit Camp 2 in the ruby valley camping above a wildlife refuge.

A little fun with a snake

Next morning we decided to head back home on Saturday rather than Sunday as originally planned

The wildlife refuge

Before heading home though we wanted to make our way over the pass and down into Eureka

After hitting Eureka it was paved road back to Schellbourne then back to dirt all the way to Faust beautiful sunset drive

Great time, Awesome trip, Good company.