Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Lost Another Tire Driving Down The Highway

While driving down the highway I heard a puffing sound from behind my Bus.  I was doing 65 in the outside lane and immediately pull unto the shoulder.  When I got back to my tow vehicle, I found that I had blown a front tire.  The last time I did this I broke the axle and had to tow the vehicle to town.  This time I must have caught it in time.  I didn't break any of the internal parts and after putting on the spare, I was able to continue with my trip.  The tire was in good condition and I  have no idea why it decided it had gone far enough.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Maximizing Tire Mileage on My RV tires

I took the outer tire off the rear right and found that I had gotten the maximum tire mileage possible.  It was still holding air.

I could have gotten another cross country trip out of it, Don't you think?

Monday, September 7, 2015

Wonderland Trail, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine

     This  is a short video of the Wonderland Trail.   

The Wonderland Trail is a very family friendly hike.  After about ten yards of root cover ground, it evens out into a flat gravel path.  The trail is just past South West Harbor.   It is a short walk through the woods out to the end of the trail.  The point is a rocky protrusion into the Atlantic.   From the point you can see both Great and Little Gott Island, Black Island and Great Cranberry Island.  When the tide is out, there are tidal pool that you can explore.  On the hike we encounter parents pushing strollers along the trail.  

Monday, August 24, 2015

Witch Hole Pond Loop Trail, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island Maine

Today I took hike around Witch Hole Pond.  The route I took was along the carriage trails.  Back when the area was the playground of the rich and famous, a Rockefeller built a bunch of trails for horse drawn carriages.   These are now used by the visitor to Acadia for hiking and biking.  We began at the Hull Cove Visitors Center.  The carriage trail begins at the far end of the parking lot.  The walk to the Pond is about .7 of a mile.  The carriage roads or trails are all flat improve trails that make for easy walking.  

Once we reached Witch Pond we turned left and began a loop around the pond and back that was about five miles.  There are a number of streams in the area that have been beaver in them.  We saw several beaver lodges and ponds along the hike. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Video of Mount Champlain Hike, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine

     Champlain Mountain is located in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island.  The mountain is just south of Bar Harbor and very near the Park's Visitor's center.  The trail head is located just across the street from a small body of water called The Tarn.  The climb takes a little effort due to the rock field that must be crossed to get to the top.  The rock field required three point contact at times.   It was a moderate hike.  Here is the video of my hike up to the top of Champlain Mountain.   

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ansco Memo Camera, Goodwill Find

     I like going to Goodwill and looking for hidden treasures.  Over the years I have found some interesting items.  For a number of years I was a flea market seller.  I would buy storage auctions and sell what I bought at the local flea market.  Now I just go to garage sale and the local Goodwill.  After a while you start to get to the point where you have seen so much that if you see something that you have never seen before, chances are that it is rare.

     Today I stopped by the local goodwill and I spotted an old camera.   It was a Memo Camera by Ansco.  I had never seen one before.  It was two dollars so I bought it.  I have no idea if it was worth anything.  It is a 35 mm camera.  The interesting thing is that it is a half frame camera.  I take this to mean that the pictures are half the height of a normal 35 mm.  These cameras came in a number of configurations that included different lens and shutters.  Some were just plain wooden boxes, some were painted and like this model some were covered with leather.  

     I have no idea if this camera is worth any money.  Part of its value to me is that I get to look it up and learn a little about it.  Eventually it will end up on eBay.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Chaplain Mountain, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Maine

I finally climbed my first mountain on Mount Desert Island.  There are somewhere around 10 individual peaks and I hope to climb them all before the season is over.  Champlain Mountain is listed at one thousand fifty eight feet high.  I never really thought a peak could qualify as a mountain at that height.  The dictionary defines a mountain as "a natural elevation of the earth surface rising more or less abruptly from the surrounding level and attaining an altitude which, relatively to the adjacent elevation, is impressive or notable."  By this definition it is certainly a mountain.  Somewhere I remember that a feature had to be one thousand feet high to be a mountain.  This would qualify Mount Champlain by fifty-eight feet.

Whether it is a mountain or a hill it was a hard climb.  I parked at the Nature Center and walked over to the trail head.  The start is a short climb up from the road to a relatively level introduction to the trial.  In short order you find a boulder paved trail.  Someone took the time to craft a long portion of the trial with large flat rocks.  It made the going very easy.  This portion of the trail is switchbacks that take you to granite head where the side of the mountain falls off creating a promontory or headland with amazing views form the Tarn to Bar Harbor and Otter Cove.  

You then come to a saddle between between and adjacent peak and Mount Champlain.  After crossing the saddle you reach the most interesting part of the hike.  The improved trail disappears and you are faced with scrambling up the side of the mountain over rocks that often require three points of contact to scale.

At the peak you can see thirty miles in all directions.  It is possible to view three sides of the island.  On the day that I climb the mountain, there were a number of boats heading to and out of Bar Harbor.  I sat and watched a tour boat navigate the shore weaving it way though the lobster trap buoys that are literally everywhere.  It views from the top were well worth the effort.