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RE: Yellowstone mosquitoes specifics?

Truth in Posting: I did not read all of the above posts. That said (if it hasn't been said before), apply high heat to a mosquito bite to eliminate the itching. The heat has to be so hot that you can only endure it a short time. But keep applying it, off and on, for at least a minute. A hot cup of coffee or tea works. We use the reusable hot/cold packs that can be nuked or boiled. It's a one time cure. As far as I know it only works for skeeters, though. LS
LenSatic 06/25/15 11:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Maybe I need to ask Michio Kaku or Neil deGrasse Tyson. Short answer...NO! LS
LenSatic 06/22/15 12:55am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

So cool! We just went out and caught a beautiful view of the ISS passing over. Tried my binoculars. Got it in view a few times and gave up. Too jerky and moving too fast. Guess it was traveling about 300 miles a minute or 5 miles a second. Cross the USA in 8 minutes compared to 10 months 150 years ago. Well, when I said "stabilized binos", I was talking about something like these: http://www.opticsplanet.com/canon-10x30is.html ;) But, you gave it a shot. Like I said, just sit back and enjoy the show. And don't forget the Iridium Flash sats. They only last a minute or so, but hone your ability to spot short term anomalies in the sky. LS
LenSatic 06/21/15 10:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

True story -- the first time that my son (at that time about 25 years old) ever saw the ISS, we were in the backyard in light-polluted Southern Calif. (He has always had amazing eyesight.) He looked up and said, "Wow, it looks like the letter "H!" I can't see the solar panels even with my binoculars, no matter how I hold them. My son did a similar thing. I told him about being able to see them with binos and he said that he could see them without. His eyesight is something like 20/15 or 20/12. (Which comes in handy in his Army Artillery Forward Observer job. ;)) LS
LenSatic 06/21/15 11:49am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Will try again Tuesday if clear. Thanks Lensatic Ah, the dastardly June Gloom. We don't have that here. ;) Pat
LenSatic 06/20/15 11:47pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Just happen to look at the ISS schedule for our area and took the DW outside to catch a glimpse of the space station orbiting over. Then we came out about 90 minutes later for another passing over. May go out tomorrow shortly after 9pm for a long 4 minute pass. Think we can see more with the binoculars? Yes and no. If you have stabilized binos, you might be able to make out the solar arrays. But with unstabilized hand-helds it will just be a bright jiggling point of light. It's best just to sit back and think about the handful of Earthlings that are on-board that man-made satellite. p.s.: Four minutes is a pretty short pass. There will be better. LS
LenSatic 06/20/15 11:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Conditioning/"formatting" new batteries: update in 1st post

Uh, Dan, you may be over thinking this. We've both got small TTs but you have much larger battery capacity than we do. We have one type 27 and the 45w Harbor Freight solar panels. I hook them up and move them twice a day. I don't worry about amps, angles, or even shade. I'm just camping. If I fall short, I fire up the Honda, but that really only happens when we use the A/C. Just go camping! You'll be fine. ;) LS
LenSatic 06/17/15 09:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Anybody know a good android app to show BLM lands?

US Public Lands. I think that it is $3. It's a public lands overlay and is very accurate except on the smallest parcels. The smallest parcel it will show is 640 acres. LS
LenSatic 06/01/15 12:05pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Rotating a trailer with a winch in a tight boondocking site

If rotating left chock the right tireuse the tire as a pivot point I've rotated the Casita, by hand, many times and this is one thing we do. While doing it, though, my wife stays with the moving wheel with a chock ready to put it in place if needed. For leveling, I can usually get it to rotate up onto a 1" board. If I need more than that I used a bottle jack to lift the trailer so I could place more boards. I carry a floor jack now, but haven't had to use it yet. HTH. LS
LenSatic 05/31/15 11:53am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Do you use truck bypasses? Are trailers allowed to?

I did not realize that there are two types of bypasses -- one that goes around a whole town, and one that makes it easier for trucks where there is a junction of two highways. I have never seen the kind that goes around a whole town, but that sure sounds like a useful device. If they ever develop one of those that will get completely around Los Angeles, I will stand up and cheer! That was kind of the idea behind the 210, but it took so long to build that the city caught up with it. ;) LS
LenSatic 05/29/15 11:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Weber 1520 Go-Anywhere Gas Grill discontinued!

Do you need the igniter? Can you still light it with a match? LS
LenSatic 05/25/15 06:54pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Draining hot tub after boondocking? Grey water..

If you don't chlorinate it, dump it back into the river/stream or water the plants, but don't leave a puddle. LS Please don't dump a large amount hot water into a stream - it's really hard on the fish and might kill the aquatic life near where it's dumped. +1. I should have mentioned that. Thanks! LS
LenSatic 05/19/15 10:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Draining hot tub after boondocking? Grey water..

If you don't chlorinate it, dump it back into the river/stream or water the plants, but don't leave a puddle. LS
LenSatic 05/19/15 10:15am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Is there a decent RV park between Bakersfield & Fresno?

Len, yes, there are rest areas along the 99. But unfortunately, the Central Valley is not very safe -- there is a great deal of gang activity, even in the small towns. So I would not park overnight at a rest area. If this were rural Wyoming, for example, I would feel differently. My post was mostly as a poke to those who suggest campgrounds to those of us looking to boondock, but we have stayed there overnight. I always feel safe in the company of truckers, though. Plus, we have the big dog and are always armed. ;) LS
LenSatic 05/16/15 10:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is there a decent RV park between Bakersfield & Fresno?

Oh, come on. There is a great dry camping rest area between Tulare and Tipton. On the south end is a big tree surrounded by a level dirt area. We've used it. Geez. I thought you were hard core. (I told you that I was going to post a boondocking/dry camping post in the "RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions" forum some day.) :D LS
LenSatic 05/15/15 11:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interesting "Off the Grid Article" for Australia:

There was nothing like that in Hermosa. Parking was our biggest problem. I assume that the new condos may have some rules like that. Our lots were mostly 25'x100' so we did have to play well together in order to get along. Anytime someone was going to change the color of the house they would just show the color sample to those around us that might be affected by it. No one ever had a problem. We only have 15 panels and that's more than enough at the moment. We may add some more to get better sky coverage in the future, though. We paid 80 cents a watt for 220w panels. At that rate, 100 panels would be less than $18,000. I don't know what other equipment is needed for a grid-tied system. CA's labor costs are probably higher also. LS
LenSatic 05/12/15 03:16pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Interesting "Off the Grid Article" for Australia:

Wow, LS I'm impressed. That's a far cry from Hermosa Beach. No CCR's or community bylaws either. Plus you probably have RV access up the gazoo. And a big open dark sky at night to gaze. I thought I told you that, Dave. BTW, I have no idea what CCR's and Community Bylaws are. HB is pretty independent and that made it a great place to live. Living 8' from our neighbors, not so much after 25 years. HB is 1 square mile. It took my wife as long or longer to drive to Von's, in HB, as it does for her to drive 8 miles to Fry's market here. Well, if she doesn't get stuck behind those pokey old road runners. ;) Pat
LenSatic 05/11/15 11:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Interesting "Off the Grid Article" for Australia:

LS, My comments above earlier were kindof in relation to living off the grid in an RV, since this is an RV forum. Oh, OK, but you started the post I was responding to with, "Camping/living off-grid," so I touched on the "living" aspect although, if you think about it, we live in a scaled up RV. And, in an RV, all of the above still applies except you have to take the RV to the dump and refill the water and propane. We didn't set out to live off-grid, it's just that our land is not served by a power company. Well, it is, but it would have cost us about $10,000 a pole (or $10,000 a mile, I don't remember which) and we live 8 miles from the nearest pole. Plus they wanted a $250,000 deposit. And then, we could pay them a monthly bill. It was a lot cheaper to put in a $45,500 solar system that came with some tax incentives. Individuals will have different, specific, health concerns and those need to be taken into account but, for the most part, help is more easily summoned, and faster arriving, than in the past. And we do have a heliport. ;) It's our front yard. One thing that someone with serious health problems should probably have is a Personal Locator Beacon or SPOT (to send messages) in case they are out of cell service range when something bad happens. Oh, we have our traffic problems too. Just this afternoon I was driving to our mailbox and got stuck behind a grandma Road Runner (Road Walker, really). :D LS
LenSatic 05/11/15 04:56pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Interesting "Off the Grid Article" for Australia:

Camping/living "off grid" involves a lot more than where your electricity comes from ... what about: - Food replenishment? That depends on where you live. We live between Sierra Vista, Bisbee, and Tombstone, AZ. - Sewage disposal? Septic tank. - Potable water sourcing? Well. - Keeping cool in heat? Daikin mini-split heat pump (air conditioner/heater). - Keeping warm in cold? Wood stove or Daikin heat pump mentioned above. - Vehicle refueling? There’s those towns again plus several cans of gasoline treated and stored. It’s pretty hard to live very far from civilization. - Getting unanticipated medical help fast enough so you end up alive afterwards? Well, knowledge of First Aid is helpful. It’s not too often that really bad things happen and, when they do, why wait for the first responders to show up and pronounce you dead? Who’s talking about living where the “dragons be”? If you were to visit our house, you would not know that we live off-grid. We don’t have broadcast/cable/satellite TV by choice, but we have dedicated wifi/internet TV/phone plus our individual cell phones. We have a washer and dryer, dishwasher, one large and one med sized refrigerator/freezer, and microwave. The only difference is that we have to (except for the refridg/freezers) run them when the sun is up. The stove and Weber Genesis grill are fed by propane. All lighting is LED and at least 2 ceiling fans run 24/7. Ninety-nine point 99 percent of civilization lived off-grid while developing civilization and probably a majority of the planet still does. We just do it more comfortably. LS
LenSatic 05/10/15 07:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Interesting "Off the Grid Article" for Australia:

We've been living off-grid for almost 4 years now. It's very easy, just not cheap initially. ETA: Now that I've read the article, it doesn't have much to do about actually living off-grid. And being grid-tied is not exactly getting even with "the man". When you "sell" electricity back to the utility, they only pay you the wholesale rate which is a fraction of what you pay them. Plus, they will try to raise your rates to make up the loss. BTW, if grid power goes down, so does yours, you can't have batteries when grid-tied. And...I ain't no hippie! LS
LenSatic 05/08/15 10:59am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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