2008/12/11– Fishing Line Recycling

Much of the litter found in waterways isn’t just unsightly, it can be dangerous. Monofilament line (fishing line) is a hazard to boat props because it can become tangled around moving parts and damage the motor. More importantly–to anglers and other nature lovers–monofilament can be dangerous or even deadly to marine wildlife. The Boat US…

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2008/11/16–Eagle Scout Project

Normally when I get a comment posted to this site I approve it but don’t make much of a comment one way or the other. Today I got a different sort of comment that I felt really needed to be highlighted by me making a regular post about it (emphasis is mine). You can read…

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2008/11/08–Backcountry Coffee

This morning I was putting some chicken in the slow cooker for dinner and I decided to use a little sea salt to flavor things. When I gave a quick twist to the plastic grinder I realized it was pretty similar to the hand crank grinder my friend Nora gave me for my birthday. Me…

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2008/09/24– Across Indiana

The PBS Program “Across Indiana” (produced by WFYI, Indianapolis) came out at the end of August to shoot some footage of the park where I work and live (well, the Park end of it. the other end, Brookville Lake, is 16,000 acres with 5,000 of that in water). We spent 8 hours out on the…

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2008/03/06– Make a Clean-Up Bag Dispenser

I usually carry a reusable bag when I go shopping, but many times the cashier forgets to put my purchases in the sack or, on occassion, I forget to bring the bag on my shopping trips. This leads me to collecting plastic shopping bags by the dozen– I reuse them as trash bags and to pick…

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2007/12/21– Dog Jacket Pattern

I needed to get Beau a new jacket since the one I had for him was actually Lucy’s and didn’t fit him properly. I also have a hard time finding a commercial jacket that fits since he has a deep chest and skinny waist. I found this pattern for Greyhounds–also deep chested and skinny waisted. I used…

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2007/12/20– The Torontoist

Today I found an article in The Torontoist about snowshoeing–much more popular there than here in Southeast Indiana where we’ve lost most of this year’s snow (40 degrees for Christmas, baby!). They linked here for the pattern about making your own wooden pack (swiss-army) snowshoes. Some of my readers may remember when I started UberPest.com…

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2007/12/17– Trail Construction and Maintenance

If you are at all involved with trail construction or maintenance, please take a look at the USDA Recreational Trails Program publications. Even if your involvement with trails is only as a user, it’s interesting to see why things are built the way they are. It might even make you pay better attention to how…

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Dog Crate Pad

Over the weekend I saw some folks with no-sew fleece blankets for their dog crates at shows. Knowing Beau likes fluffy things, I thought this would be a good way to pad his crate. The pad I describe here fits well in Beau’s crate and I think it’ll work as a travel bed for him as…

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2007/08/05– Getting Ready for the Trail, Food Prep

I’m gearing up for a couple of trips this month, provided my vacation time gets approved. I’ve got a 10 day trip planned for the last week of August and the first week of September.As such, I’ve got my dehydrators working ’round the clock to crank out some tasty trail foods. I’m doing something a…

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