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RE: Out West whirlwind 2-week trip report

Some of them even camped right along the canyon rim. Well, that sounded pretty good to me. I stopped at the ranger station at Jacob Lake to pick up a map of the forest roads. When asked, I explained what I had in mind; the ranger replied that due to erosion from the heavy usage at rim locations, they are now keeping campers at least 1/4 mile from the edge. He also cautioned me that the roads, heavily traveled nowadays, are in bad enough condition to damage a travel trailer. While I agree that your photos are great, the above quote caught my eye. We camped right on the edge at Lotus Point just last July and there was no problem. It's solid granite (I think) out there. Besides, what is the Grand Canyon if not one big monument to erosion. I was waiting for this to happen, though. It seems that there is another kind of erosion going on here. LS
LenSatic 07/25/16 06:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dry camping

I can see that everyone is trying to milk this situation for laughs . . . . That's an udderly ridiculous accusation! LS
LenSatic 06/14/16 09:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocking I-70 in Colorado?

I have checked the Nat. Forest campground (Heaton Bay) and found it to be booked up, both electric and non electric for my size rig. I will keep checking in case of cancellations. Leadville may be a possible alternative for us. I'll have to check on availability there too. Can anyone advise if Colorado allows overnighting in the highway rest areas and welcome centers? If my figuring is correct we will be dropping into Colorado on I-76 at Julesburg late in the day. Looks like a nice spot to sleep for the night. There is no overnight parking or camping allowed in any of the Colorado rest areas, per CDOT. Our son lives in FTC and we do it all the time in CO. Not on I-25, we use truck stops, but, like I said above, on I-70 in Rifle. Yes, it's posted, but they do not enforce it unless it's abused or someone complains. Just act like the courteous citizens that you are, leave the place cleaner than you found it, and there should be no hassle. If there is, move on. But we have never been hassled. Be polite if you are, though! LS
LenSatic 06/10/16 10:42pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking I-70 in Colorado?

At exit 147 in Eagle, is a Tourist Information Center. Further west along Fairgrounds Road is a large gravel parking lot that is used by truckers. I did see an RV in there once, but it may have just stopped for lunch. It's been on my "possible" list for quite awhile but we always pass it in daylight. We use the Rest Area at Rifle. It's right on the Colorado River and the locals go there to fish. LS
LenSatic 06/09/16 07:38pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: November 2016 Camping suggestions

Delete. Double post.
LenSatic 06/05/16 10:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: November 2016 Camping suggestions

The places you mentioned may well have snow during that period, Chief. But, you could work your way south from there since you have so much time. I agree with 4runnerguy that Tucson would be a good centrally located hub in the south. Snow-birders will be showing up then, so plan ahead. Both Davis-Monthan and Ft. Huachuca have MWR RV parks. Luke in PHX probably has, also. I'm not sure what your toad is, but there is a lot to do and see down here. LS (PSM)
LenSatic 06/05/16 10:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

I had this link sent to me so I thought it would be good to post here. It's a YouTube clip worth taking the time to view it. Here's the link Using The Antiquities Act To Steal Your Land I have to agree with HPD on this. Alex Jones is not a good source of information on anything. He's the guy who started all the Jade Helm 15 hysteria last year. LS
LenSatic 05/20/16 12:14pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Just read a story in the local paper about a 4th generation rancher who deeded the family ranch to the FS several years ago. So, since 1905, 4 families have owned this property and raised their children and grandchildren, earned a living, and lived their dream. Then this woman, who inherited it, decides to deed it to the Forest Service because someone might build a Wal-Mart Super Center on it! Of course she never considered that she may have deprived someone else from living their dream of owning a small ranch at the base of the Huachuca Mountains. And what did she get out of "deeding" it to the FS? Tax write-off maybe? Just asking. http://www.svherald.com/free_access/loving-the-ranching-lifestyle/article_ea761388-18c1-11e6-b479-abdb20b7a05a.html That property is now, forever, out of the ranching and lifelong dream inventory. And NO, Wal-Mart would not have even considered that land. LS Did we read the same article LS? You certainly put your opinion stamp on what was printed trying to change the context to support your point of view. How so? Did I miss some mention of the Walmart real estate director calling her up and offering to buy the property? Or any other developer for that matter? Did she even put it on the market? Heck, I may have wanted it for me and my family but now I will never get the chance. Are there any cattle on it now(?) No. Yet they still call it a ranch. If you are talking the "circle of ownership", Arizona didn't become a state until 1912, 7 years after original owner bought it from a federal government that was actually trying to settle the territory. LS
LenSatic 05/14/16 11:18am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Just read a story in the local paper about a 4th generation rancher who deeded the family ranch to the FS several years ago. So, since 1905, 4 families have owned this property and raised their children and grandchildren, earned a living, and lived their dream. Then this woman, who inherited it, decides to deed it to the Forest Service because someone might build a Wal-Mart Super Center on it! Of course she never considered that she may have deprived someone else from living their dream of owning a small ranch at the base of the Huachuca Mountains. And what did she get out of "deeding" it to the FS? Tax write-off maybe? Just asking. http://www.svherald.com/free_access/loving-the-ranching-lifestyle/article_ea761388-18c1-11e6-b479-abdb20b7a05a.html That property is now, forever, out of the ranching and lifelong dream inventory. And NO, Wal-Mart would not have even considered that land. LS
LenSatic 05/13/16 08:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

I thought all we had to worry about was State Governments. Now your telling us it's the Feds? Yes. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/10/wyoming-welder-facing-16m-in-fines-beats-epa-in-battle-over-stock-pond.html LS
LenSatic 05/11/16 11:39pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mercury transit of the Sun May 9th, 2016

No joy for me. Anyone have any better luck? It's been about 10 years since the last transit and I don't really remember what I did then. I may have used the welding glass behind my binos. But, as I recall, there were sunspots larger than the disk of Mercury back then. Got pix icanon? LS
LenSatic 05/09/16 09:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mercury transit of the Sun May 9th, 2016

Got my Solarmax II ready for the event and they're calling for clear skies for Monday. :) Nice! I've got a solar filter for my 8" but not my 5" and I'm too lazy to set up either. It's just a tiny dark disk against a bright ball of fire anyway. ;) Can you take pix through it? If so, post them for those peeps under crying clouds. :D Good luck! LS
LenSatic 05/06/16 11:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Mercury transit of the Sun May 9th, 2016

Those planning on viewing the total eclipse in 2017 can practice using their eye protection on Mon. the 9th when Mercury will pass between Earth and the Sun. If you do not have proper eye protection, welding glass shade 13 or better or Mylar solar filters, make a pinhole camera like you learned in grade school. http://eclipsewise.com/oh/tm2016.html It's a rather long event so don't bother getting up early, I won't. ;) LS
LenSatic 05/05/16 11:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

The tree is dying (the average lifespan of a cottonwood is 100 years). It is already dropping large limbs. The BLM could continue to cut back the limbs of the tree, but they can't save it. You are so right! Problem is that they have never trimmed it. That’s their “hands-off” management style. The plan to cut it down is based on money: $10,000 to trim it back or $20,000 to cut it down. By the way, BLM won’t allow power equipment much of the year due to the birds that nest here seasonally. Had it been owned by the state, it wouldn't be a problem because they probably would have cut it down years ago. Had it been owned by Cochise County, they would probably had local tree services volunteer to trim it occasionally in exchange for free advertising. From the Arizona Land Department: "In the 88 years since statehood, the State has disposed of, or exchanged, about 1,628,079 acres of Trust lands. A total of 9,228,787 acres of Trust Land remains. Almost all of the lands are under one or more leases for natural resource uses and commercial development purposes. About 87 percent of the Trust lands are in the Common School Trust and approximately 90 percent of the Trust revenues go to that Trust." That is pretty old information given that AZ is 104 years old. When people started moving here in the ‘50s they needed somewhere to live. Plus the 3 Interstates used up quite a bit of land. Nine-plus million acres is still a lot of land and we buy an annual pass to use it. LS
LenSatic 05/05/16 11:25am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Here is a new petition to stop the transfer/sale of federal lands. It is being circulated by a diverse group of rock climbers, mountain bikers, hikers, etc. Let's give them our support! http://www.protectourpublicland.org/ Your beloved BLM is planning on cutting down this, roughly, 150 year-old cottonwood tree: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/Max-EPR/SPH%20cottonwood_zpsf2d8apr0.jpg Second only to birding, this is the biggest draw to The San Pedro House. But, hey, they might get sued if it falls on someone. I live a mile and 3/4 from this tree and my wife is a volunteer there. But, the Feds know better than AZ or Cochise County, right? LS
LenSatic 05/04/16 10:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

The DW can't find what's she's looking at. We went to Yellowstone up in the north east quadrant and stopped at a turnout where a group was looking at the wolf pack across valley. I took out my then new pair of binoculars I had just purchased from Cabela's in Lehi. I could see them but the DW never could find them. Can you give me the specs on the binos including brand, Dave? That might help. Pat
LenSatic 04/18/16 09:25pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

We are again looking into the heavens. Following the ISS on those evenings where it has longer fly-overs. The DW asked if we would be able to follow it using a telescope and get a better view. I realize that it would mean constant adjustment. How difficult is it with an amateur telescope? I've used your suggestion of a monopod for the binoculars with some success, the DW can't handle it. I suppose that anything is possible but it'd be **** hard. A telescope's field of view is very narrow and even finding relatively stationary stars is a challenge by hand. Acquiring a moving object would be nearly impossible. What is your wife have trouble with? LS
LenSatic 04/18/16 05:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

But if you choose state management and the states are forced to sell much of the land, then you will have MANY MORE restrictions because private property owners likely will not readily allow outdoor recreation. I will take and fight for door #1, even with its flaws. No one has said who these "private" buyers would be. They are not going to sell Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. Ranchers won't buy the land because they don't want to pay a fixed property tax. If all of the BLM land around me became available for purchase, we'd probably buy about 40 or 50 acres. There would be no other buyers and there are thousands of acres around us. The rancher who grazes here just wants to pay the per head fee. But, he does not want the number of head reduced. LS
LenSatic 04/09/16 11:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Even so, a few of you continue to bash the feds. Yes, I know it is popular. Here's the deal: I am NOT defending the feds. They are a long ways from perfect. I AM defending our federal lands, because I know what will happen to them if the feds lose control. I am surprised that on a public lands boondocking thread there are several people against federal land ownership. So I have a question for you: If our public lands disappear, where do you think you are going to boondock? The KOA? While I still contend that such ownership is unconstitutional, I am not categorically opposed to Federal ownership, I just want them to return to their original mission to work with and for the miners, loggers, ranchers, and recreational users. I believe that that is what the ranchers and Shoshone want also; they want the government to honor the original agreements. Lensatic :: unfortunately, you stated you'd turn my post on its head, but then failed to do it. I didn’t mean to imply that I would refute it, just that there was a flip-side to your example. LS
LenSatic 04/07/16 06:40pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

One of the problematic issues with such designations, it can change minutely over time and number of changes. When a tiny step takes place - it's rationalized as "a tiny step" a very small change. Then over time, twenty small changes becomes a very large changes from the original charter. Each time, the justification becomes "a tiny change" - but doesn't recognize the accumulation of multiple small revisions. Suddenly it goes from "OK, percent you can lease 20 percent, then next time, OK, it's only 20 percent more - now it's 40 percent ... pretty soon, well we can lease it, why not sell 20 percent and keep 80 percent ... OK, we can sell 20 percent, why not sell JUST 40 percent ... pretty soon it's, well, let's keep at least 10 percent for the public use. And bingo, we lost nearly every acre of usable public land in tiny steps, and what remains is primarily inaccessible and pushes the remaining wildlife into a small portion of what was once a large wilderness habitat. Allow me to turn that on it's head. The claim by the western ranchers is that BLM is nibbling away at the number of cattle that they can graze on the federally managed land. Say 1000 head 20 years ago has been reduced to 350 head now. That drives up the price of meat on your grill and down the profit for the rancher which will eventually drive them out of business and off their land. Central Valley CA: how much do you enjoy eating that Delta Smelt that is driving farmers out of business due to restricted water use? Building homes along the SOCAL coast. Can't build near El Segundo because of the El Segundo Blue Butterfly. Of course, there is also the Playa Del Rey Blue, Manhattan Beach Blue, El Porto Blue, Hermosa Blue, Redondo Blue, etc. all along the coast. Butterflies are not residents of specific beach cities. The, so called, environmentalists have infiltrated the "conservationist" organizations in a effort to restrict growth; reduce it, even. But we are to accept it so that we can camp for free? How about we force the FS and BLM to go back to their original charter to encourage and ensure responsible and profitable natural resource use for all? LS
LenSatic 04/06/16 09:53pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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