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Monday, August 14, 2017

The Great American Eclipse of 2017 - preparing for Wyoming

There's more information on this event than I ever would have guessed. I particularly like this website: 

Our car-camp gear list is at the bottom of this post. Temperatures are expected to be mid-80s during most days and in the low 50s at night - lovely camping conditions overall (but windy).

A short list of cool things to look for/at during an eclipse:
- Racing shadow of the moon, Solar corona and prominences, mini-eclipses on the ground under trees (it's a very good overall article):

-See Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter:

-Shadow bands:

-Freakish sharpness of scenery: no reference found, I remember that Ansel Adams remarked on it but forget where (probably one of his photography books)

-Animals' and birds' reactions:

Drivesheds, drive times, crowd sizes, oh my!
watershed - driveshed, get it?
love the way the the visitor density gets so low in Wyoming - that's where we're going
Wyo-ming, over 100,000 visitors expected near Glendo (shudder)

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Nebraska anyone?

The BLM map of Wyoming. Dispersered camping is allowed on almost all BLM land (just can't invade a leased farm or something like that). 

go to to make a detailed version for the spot you've picked out for yourself
Here's our packing list for the trip. it applies to any not-too-hot-not-too-cold camping trip:
I've included some food items that are often forgotten and end up being needed.

Sunshade and lots of stakes and guylines to hold it down (Wyoming is windy)
sleeping pads
sleeping bags
pillows (if you want ‘em)
small tarp / rug for tent entranceway—this really helps keep down kid mess
repair kit if you have it (Tear-Aid!)

We are also bringing a Helinox Nonadome for sheltering the cooking area

Camp chairs (HELINOX, of course!)
Picnic blanket (for kids to eat on)

table (for food prep)
Pots, pans, cooking utensils
plates, bowls, eating utensils (pack a few extra ), wine glasses, mugs
Salt & Pepper
Hand sanitizer —lots of it!
Paper Towels
Garbage bags—we always leave camp cleaner than we found it
extra ziplock bags—you will thank me
Extra lighter
Soap & Sponge 

Bug spray
Sun hats
Sunshade if you have one
1st aid kit (bandaids, neosporin, tweezers, etc.)
Solar shower

Did I say water? 1 gallon per person a day
Water Bottles
Things to make water tasty (lemon, EmergenC, whatever)
Backpack for day hikes

Painkiller/fever reducer for kids
Toilet Paper
Latrine hole shovel/pick

Hair brush (if you need one)
Hair ties, extra hair ties

Whatever entertainment you need 

CLOTHES WE PACK FOR THE KIDS—works for adults too
Please adapt to your kids habits and needs
This is for staying 4 nights

3 warm PJs
2 long pants
3 shorts
3 long shirts
4 T-Shirts
2 warm socks
4 socks
sun hats
warm hat
2 fleece / sweater
wind/rain jacket (pants if you have ‘em)
warm jacket
sunglasses AND eclipse glasses
long underwear
5 underwear

Drawing / craft stuff

There's a state-wide fire ban so no wood fires are allowed. But conferring with the BLM Ranger revealed that our CanFire IS ALLOWED - YAY!

We have a spot scoped out that's incredibly exposed:
easy to see why we're bringing a big Nonadome for the cook area

Monday, August 7, 2017

How to use a Helinox chair according to N (5) and O (2)

There's nothing like a fresh set of eyes on a subject...

latest masterpiece
are you allowed in the tent with that, youngster?
seems straightforward enough - carry on

double duty: chair/table √
rayguns? laser spaceships! things little boys do

lounging like a pro

they did this rather a lot
it's all in the grip...