Winter Camp: February 2016

We decided that a warm up winter camp was a good idea this year.  Not only would this allow us to get in another camp out during the winter time when things are normally pretty quiet, but it would also allow the boys a chance to test their gear and knowledge against a lower altitude location before heading off into the mountains.  The one public campground that stays open all winter long in the area is the Willow Park Campground.  This time of year there is always room, and it has a heated bathroom that they keep really warm. Continue reading “Winter Camp: February 2016”

And it Came to Pass…

It has been pretty quiet on the boat front around here.  It has been too cold to actually go boating, and I have been too busy to build a boat for some time.  I have an article, mostly done, about some leeboard repairs that I have been working on.  I also have a second mouse boat, completely cut out, that is nearly ready for assembly.  I simply ran out of 3/4 inch strips of Douglas Fir that I need to put it together, and I haven’t had time to bug my neighbor into ripping some more for me. Continue reading “And it Came to Pass…”

Scofield Reservoir Scout Campout (Wed Aug 29 to Sat Sept 1, 2015)

I had some camera issues this trip, so this post will be mostly text.  That is unfortunate, because there were a lot of really cool memories that probably need a picture.

First of all, some background.  I had been planning a trip this particular weekend for over a year.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that this particular weekend was chosen before KaeLynn got pregnant.  I wouldn’t know, however, as I am very bad at remembering dates.  I just know it was a long time ago.  At one point this trip was going to be a trip to the Scofield Scout Camp, at another point it was going to be a white water rafting trip. Continue reading “Scofield Reservoir Scout Campout (Wed Aug 29 to Sat Sept 1, 2015)”

Deer Creek Reservoir

Yesterday (July 1, 2015) we took the young men and young women of our ward to Deer Creek Reservoir to goof around in the lake there.  We borrowed a three small plastic kayaks from Brother Barsdorf and I took my mouse boat and PDRacer.  We threw all of this gear in the back of the scout trailer, and hooked it up to my big Dodge Van.  We then loaded the van up to the gills (12 passengers plus me driving) and headed for the dam.  We took two other mini vans as well.  Since you have to pay $10 per vehicle it was critical that we take as few vehicles as possible. Continue reading “Deer Creek Reservoir”

Jason’s Monster Van

Grand Tour

This sticker is my absolute favorite thing about the new van.

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Once I put a rack on top we are going to need 8 feet of clearance with an empty rack, and 12 feet of clearance when fully loaded.

My Civic is so afraid of the new van that it is hiding.

This is what the driver seat looks like from the front passenger’s seat. Perfectly respectable. The van is clean enough that I think that even KaeLynn will approve.


Here are a few shots of the 12V (with AC adaptor) cooler/heater that comes with the van and that fits between the front seats. I am totally going to be able to live in this thing.

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Here’s a picture of the crew quarters. Those seats go on forever. We are going to need a stewardess. The seats all look amazing. The ceiling sags a bit though. I am trying to decide whether I believe that is on purpose or not. When they put in all of the lights and air vents (each seat has a light and air vent just like on a commercial passenger jet) I think that they may have just left too much slack. Either way, it’s plenty clean.


Mats like these go everywhere. Taking a picture of all of them would be too much work. You probably get the idea with these two pictures.

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The front is a little rough. There’s no denying that this van and I have a lot in common. With are both big and ugly. She’s bigger, I’m uglier.

On the bright side, I imagine that when people see that grill bearing down on them they are likely to get out of the way. I could run over my Civic without even noticing, and it probably wouldn’t even make the paint look any worse.


It is impossible to get a feel for how big this vehicle is without seeing it in person. It is ridiculously imposing. I tried to give you a sense of how large the van is with this shot. I am actually in the picture, to help give it some perspective. Unfortunately, I am too small to be easily seen. I am the dark spot right under the driver side door.