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RE: Question for you snow experts: are rainbow sparkles common?

I don't think so. This is the only one I've heard of: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/Max-EPR/rainbowsparkle_zpsptody9lo.png ;) LS
LenSatic 11/19/15 05:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How to keep jerry cans from freezing when boondocking?

What's in the back of the Taco that keeps you from storing the water there? LS
LenSatic 11/14/15 11:14pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: BLM access about to be lost

Second, and most significantly, many, if not most, of the bad guys will not buy passes and will fail to display the required sticker. That will result in a hefty ticket. Second and third offenses could result in harsher penalties. I just don't think that this will be a deterrent, Dan. I've said many times that the 3 things I've never seen in the wild, in the 8 years we've been almost exclusively boondocking, are FS Rangers, BLM Rangers, and bears. And I think that the reason applies to all three. The Rangers have to be where the largest concentration of campers are and that isn't us. It would be a waste of their time to patrol the boonies. The same with the bears, they go where the largest concentration of food is found and, again, that's not us. In the end, the fee would just be a fine on the law abiding boondockers. I vote nay. LS
LenSatic 11/02/15 06:06pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Ten things that give away this is your first time to Mexico

Suspenders?? Even worse is socks. I tried and tried to tell them what I wanted, and finally I just showed them, pointing to my feet. The salesman nodded and said, "Eso si que es!" I said, "Exactly - S-O-C-K-S!" ;) I think navegator was talking about something else. ;) LS
LenSatic 10/19/15 05:44pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Wonder what we missed? Overpriced souvenirs. What did you see? :? LS
LenSatic 10/10/15 09:57pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

The DW and I went out Tuesday evening for the ISS flyover. Last night was the Draco meteor shower and tomorrow we are going to the JPL open house. Nice being retired and having time for new experiences. Almost forgot, went to afternoon matinee of the Martian on Wednesday. I forgot about the JPL open house. It's only once a year, I believe. Have fun, it's pretty interesting. Not much action in the control rooms, though. ETA: I was on Jury Duty downtown L.A. with a guy that worked at JPL during the Pioneer 11 flyby in 1979. He'd bring in new pictures everyday. Pretty cool until the trial ended in a mistrial. :M LS
LenSatic 10/09/15 05:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Paliza Group/NE of San Ysidro, NM

...in my old sectional map... As in an aviation "sectional chart"? LS
LenSatic 09/24/15 11:43am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Monument Valley

BTW – there is a Navajo visitor center near the middle of the scenic area; I thought it be interesting for a short visit. I found the $20- entry charge excessive, didn’t stop. That's interesting. I may know where you are talking about. Was it on the left before you got to the Totem Pole? When my wife and I were there in '83, it was just a hogan with a family living in it but they sent a little girl, selling jewelry, out to stand in the middle of the road so we couldn't pass. It was a very uncomfortable few minutes. Overall, I was very un-impressed with MV. But that's just me, only the Grand Canyon has exceeded my expectations. YMMV. ;) LS
LenSatic 09/07/15 11:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: cochise stronghold

We've been to Ft Apache several times, not a lot left except the graveyard. The inscriptions on the markers are very interesting. 'John Smith Pvt, age 21 years, killed by Apaches' and so on. And yes, as expected, it is darned hot. Not much of a walk tho. Chiricahua NM has a very nice campground and is close by. Small RV's only IIRC. We haven't made it to the stronghold. I think that you are confusing Ft. Apache with Ft. Bowie and, even then, it is quite a distance (about 60 miles to the pass and 2 hours) from Cochise Stronghold. LS
LenSatic 08/31/15 06:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: cochise stronghold

We live a little south of the Stronghold. We are having monsoon storms at the moment and that won't help the roads up there. For the West, Middlemarch Rd. (a maintained road) is really wash-boarded anytime. (I'm not sure how the East side is.) That said, out temps have been in the mid-80s and we are about 500' lower than the Stronghold. It drops to the mid 60s at night. For us it's been very pleasant. LS
LenSatic 08/31/15 06:27pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trip report: boondocking (good) & meteor show (not great)

I learned long ago that 99% of the time when the press uses superlatives for upcoming astronomical events they are a bust. I didn't even bother to go out to check the Perseids. The one time that they were right was the '91 total eclipse down in southern Baja: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XhpToLX6KQ LS
LenSatic 08/27/15 05:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Lensatic- I know, I know. The DW and I wave. I don't think that I ever mentioned it on this site, but two crew members of the Shuttle Challenger were known to my family. Greg Jarvis was a neighbor that I, personally, never formally met but my wife knew his wife. Ron McNair worked with my father-in-law at the Hughes Research Center in Malibu. Had they had the chance, they would have waved back. ;) Pat
LenSatic 08/22/15 10:44pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Just a reminder, we are seeing reflected Sunlight off of a rather small container. Don't forget that there are living, breathing, human beings inside that container. ;) LS
LenSatic 08/22/15 10:14pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

The DW and I went out and saw the ISS fly over a few minutes ago. Really bright and I used my Bushnell 10-30x50 binoculars with the tripod mount/ flimsy tripod. Didn't open the tripod up and rested it atop the side of my truck. Got really clear and stabile viewing. Easy to follow. Zoomed in Thought I could see the panels, but my DW says no way. May go out in a few minutes and look for the HTV5 trying to catch the ISS. Easily entertained when retired. Exciting! Update: Got a glimpse of the HTV5 Japanese satellite for about 30 seconds low on the horizon. Nothing until Sunday now Missed it because of low clouds in the west If you don't know if you saw panels with a 30x50 Binocs am I wasting my time with 15-70 Binocs? Anybody?:h You should be fine if you can keep them steady. I can see them with my 7x50s and my son can see them naked eyed. LS
LenSatic 08/22/15 12:17pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Ran out a few minutes ago and watched the ISS fly over. Best view we've had ever! Long 3 minutes at 55 degrees. Need to get a telescope. Dave, it moves too fast for a telescope. Binoculars are your best bet. 7x50 or 10x50. Much larger than that and you will have too much wiggle without a good mount. LS
LenSatic 08/19/15 10:16pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: You had close call, scary moment, or accident, towing?

Our only "scary" moment was the day we pick up our Casita in Texas. If you are interested, read about it here: http://casitalog.blogspot.com/2008/03/new-casita-travel-trailer.html Smooth sailing since then. :D LS
LenSatic 08/19/15 05:33pm Towing
RE: Toyota Tacoma towing Travel Trailer/Casita

We towed our 17' Casita with a Pathfinder for a couple of years. It was rated at 5000 pounds. It did fail us east of Indio, CA, after a rather long, steep, hill. But that was the only time. BTW, the Casita axel weight limit is 3500 lbs. but the OEM tire limit is lower. We upgraded to 15" load D tires and that made our limit the axel limit. Casitas are easy to overload if you carry cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens. ;) LS
LenSatic 08/05/15 10:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: my near disaster

Casitas come with a plug tie-down (shown on the right below). It holds the protective flap tight against the plug insuring that it is tightly locked in place. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/Max-EPR/plug%20tie_zpskeqsmmpu.jpg LS
LenSatic 07/29/15 11:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Best Dispersed areas in the West

LenSatic: Absolutely gorgeous photos!!!! Thanks. Thank our son. It was his first visit to the GC, ever, and he only had 2 and a half days because he had to get back to Denver for his National Guard Drill weekend. He'll be back. ;) LS
LenSatic 07/22/15 09:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Best Dispersed areas in the West

WOW!! Great, great photos. Judging by the angle of the sun, I am guessing that the shots of Steamboat Mtn. were taken from somewhere near North Timp Point? Next point north, Locust. Our son took the pix. BTW, he got his only F ever in school in photography. ;) Or, as I oFten remind him, FotograFy. :D LS
LenSatic 07/21/15 09:50pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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