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Verde Valley Range Wars

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This past weekend I visit an area between Cottonwood Az and Sedona Az called the Verde Valley.  It was about six hours from Albuquerque where is was at the time. I drove the moble rig over.  That’s the Jayco Seneca 35f deisel powered super c Motorhome pulling my look 20′ enclosed trailer with at a minimum I.side was my Polaris ranger, smartcar and rugged gear gun cart.  Knowing the setup as I do now I would have made arrangements to leave the trailer behind all I used out of it was the gun cart never unloaded the car or ranger which I thought I might need. 

The drive over was anything but pleasant, with the cross wind from the south the whole time and less that respectful drivers.  Never fails I need to change lanes and someone is either in my blind spot or pulling out of it.i think I stopped twice one the way over to rest one was a short bathroom and snack break the other was a two hour watch something to unwind break plus bathroom and a meal IIRC.  Then hit flagstaff about dark and going down the hills on i17 required a engine brake or excellent non air brakes.  Then get to the campground that I had called ahead left a requirement for a 60-70′ pull though with 50 amps as I was pulling a trailer and it needed to be astraight shot in and out as the rig didn’t turn that well.  Get there and for some reason they need more money from for the nights stay which should have been covered.  I drive in the large park by the map they gave me.  But in reality what I saw was one of the most piled upon sites on top of each other row by row.  After I pulled back to the gate and asked to be showed my spot I had to turn around to have them escort me to the sight .  In turning around after asking the gate person I was instructed to use the next street to turn around this girl must never driven anything larger than the gem runabout she had to run around the park in.  I try at a place with a pullout thinking it might work.  Well it got the motor home perpendicular to the road will the trailer parallel with the road no way to go forward no way to go backwards.  At that time I knew it was going to hurt to get unstuck from this turn.  I continue Ina’s much as I can pulling forward and moving the trailer but I wasn’t doing any good so I took a deep breath and powered forward Jack knifing the trailer and Motorhome I get the rig straight and stop jump out to see the damage left rear corner of the Motorhome the fiberglass is cracked the left lens cover is broken and the alignment of the lhs doors is jam forward had to un pry several doors to open them.  Now the trailer took the brunt of the damage its a v nose and the left hand side is caved in torn wrinkled diamond plate then inside the trailer the counter that’s the inside of the generator bay is push back and away from the wall.  Insurance has been contacted and sounds like once I get a bid on repar ring everything and they send out the adjuster looks like it will be covered minus my deductible.
So the young lady escorts me to a site it looked like a picnic table along the trail when she first showed it to me then we drive around and I start pulling in . There are rocks that will prevent me from pulling out when the time comes the next day, she says they’ll move the large rocks, ok then I inquire where the hookups are and they are on the wrong side and so far from my electrical hookup that the cable had no chance to reach. By this time all I want is a 50 amp outlet with 70′ foot of parking space. Didn’t happen she’s says there a man coming to help park me somewhere ten minutes later she’s back and telling me I’m going to have to drop my trailer at some parking lot and then try to fit in a space like the one I’m half in.  I tell her the reason I called ahead was to get a long pull thru with hookups.  So I say I’m leaving and it their fault and I exspect a refund , which was back in my account the next day as promised.  I drove back to i17 stopping for fuel along the way.  I asked a rollback wrecker driver a few questions to determine the closest suitable place for me to park for the night.  It was the mcquireville north rest area.  I pull in and grap the first lane next to the grass so the dog would have a place to go.  Ran the genset all night and fell asleep about two am.  Woke the next morning around 7 or so. Fixed breakfast and routed a way to the shoot I was there for.  Since I was on the north bound side I figured if I caught the road at Sedona and headed south thing would be best.  After doing it I sould have turned around at the next opertunity and drove to the cottonwood end of the road then done the upturn to get to the Forrest road. The Forrest road wasn’t paved it wasn’t even level across it they were ruts that just wasn’t possible to remove but the rig made it in and out without problems.  It’s Friday they have a wild bunch match and long range events going on nothing I’m in to.  I spend some time with my friend Johnny meadows and do all the paperwork requirements then head back to the rig to unwind from the drives the day before and that day. It had taken a lot out of me a little before dark I unload the gun cart, guns and gear I was going to be needing.  I get everything setup in the living room of the rig cheched each rifle😕/pistol round with a gauge designed for that cartridge would have also checked the shotgun ammo if I was shooting a SxS but I was shooting my 87 copy so it wasn’t needed.  I laid everything by the door so it would be handy.  

Off to bed I went for sleep.  Woke around 6 local time laid in bed til 630 got up got dressed, took meds ate breakfast then put on the gear for my category of classic cowboy.i put on a set of chinks and cowboy cuffs to match with the scarf, arm garters and suspenders I already was wearing it made the minimum items required I threw on my vest with watch for the pockets but that added two more items, once I put on my gun belt I would add another for the knife on it.  I took off the vest before shooting as it was hot.  First stage of the match I missed a target. So no clean match, missed another target the second day.  But I forgot my ammo the first day along with a couple of other items frank Stilwell offered to go back and get the items for me he came back with the wrong ammo this stuff wasn’t checked so I’m checking it as I put it in the box or on the loading block that use at the loading table.  I run short and another friend offers to go and get the right ammo but he couldn’t find it my camera case had fallen on it.  I make the third trip and get the correct ammo finally.  Finish shooting I’m hot and go take off the sweaty shirt and pants for shorts and a tshirt eat a salad and lay down to rest I never get up except to eat or take my nighttime meds. 
Sunday morning I change the items I’m required for my category to botas with matching cowboy cuffs no vest or watch.  I load the guns up, load the other stuff up like grabber and umbrella throw in my Gatorade then my ammo is loaded lastly a stool for me to sit on is added to the cart I Meetup with frank and Johnny and they ask if I got everything which I. Did so I was allowed to,proceed to the bay we were shooting on first.  Shot the six stages then I head back to the rig unloaded the gun cart, ate a salad and rested until I figured it was time for the awards.

The awards was a combination of awards for shooting and raffle prizes being drawn and door prizes being handed out.  I won a ziplock bag full of gun covers two each and two pairs of arm garters something I wear for my category.  Later on the called my name as a top five winner in my category and I received a mug.  Then later own they gave out two all fees paid certificates to the slowest two shooters who shot both day and I was the recepiant of one of those.  After awards a visited with Sid and old friend I haven’t seen in awhile.  After that headed to the rig to don shorts and a tshirt as the match was dinner and rested after loading the cart back in the trailer.  
Next morning awoke early eat breakfast took meds and prepped the rig for travel gather the garbage up and took it out.  Pulled the slides in and stepped out to say good by to Johnny . Started the rig up turned it in a big loop avoiding shrubs and rocks and got it heading out.  I ask Johnny if he needed any help I could offer and he said he had it covered we said so long until winter range the next match we should see each other at.  I eased it back to the road to cottonwood then east to i17 then that to flagstaff where I got on i40 east.  No wind so the drive was better heading back to ABQ.  I stopped after getting on i40 at a flying J for fuel parked the rig and went in Denny’s for breakfast.  My play was to split the drive in to two days so I could watch Atlanta beat New Orleans and so I didn’t arrive so early in the week that I might have to leave too early in the week before the fandango match ideally I want to leave the day prior to the CAS match starting since I’ll be dry camping.  I saw that us are park in Gallup had great reviews and you could get bbs delievered to your rig for dinner so I ordered two meals for dinner no lunch.  I had to dry camp as I was the first not to get hookups, bummer.  Next morning we prepare for the rest of the drive to ABQ about a two to three hour trip depending on stops, road construction etc.  I stop at Cracker Barrel for breakfast and the head the rest of the way back to ABQ. Before hitting the highway I called Famcamp at Kirtland AFB to see how many spots were open eight or nine I was told.  No more stops lets get there and one of those spots.  Well we arrive some two plus hours later they had one open spot but it wasn’t long enough for the Motorhome and trailer so I chose to dry camp one more night then try for one of the east side pull thrus that will open tomorrow.
That’s it for today except I did hit up the Commisary for food that was in short supply prior to that trip.  


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September 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm

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Base camp

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My base camp consists of a lot at Desert Paradise Rv park.  The main lodging is a 2006 KZ Sportsman 40′ fifthwheel toy hauler. And my 2008 Ford F-350 king Ranch pickup. I bought the KZ used in 2010 and pulled it around until it finally got to be a hassle to break camp. So I started expanding my toys.  First I bought a 2015 Polaris Ranger ETX for playing in the desert and getting around at shoots.  To pull the ranger I had a 20′ V nose enclosed car trailer custum made with insulation and a generator bayplus added a solar charging system to power the contents.  In January I found a mobile Motorhome for use when I travel. It’s a 2008 Jayco Seneca 35GS.  It’s on a Chevy 5500 chassis with a duramax diesel and Allison tranny.  It has three slides a full length on the drivers side and a shorter one on the curb side plus a bedroom slide on the curb.  Everything went great up til then.  I had pondered the local trans while traveling and figured I would rent a vehicle for running to the grocery store and to eat.  But first trip out things didn’t work out as planned the rental was sky high so it was out so I ended up bumming a few rides across the highway.  So when I returned I started looking for a vehicle that would fit Behind the ranger in the trailer.  Going off specs I had 240 inches of trailer taken up by 110″ of ranger which leaves 130″ left at most I searched vehicle overall length I found only two current production vehicles that fit.  The shortest was a smart car the other was a sion.  I found that some older cj-5s that would fit from the factory but finding one that didn’t have addon numbers and such became very hard,  so I picked up a smart car made in 2008. So that’s what you’ll find at my base camp when I’m home.

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May 7, 2016 at 11:17 pm

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The new look of CWP +

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Well I’m going to use CWP+ as my dairy from here on out.

My interests are as follows:

1) RVing and traveling

2) Shooting

3) Photography 

4) My military retirement

5) Family 

6) Fishing

7) Computers and video game machines
My post will fall under one of those six categories or sub categories of those as I will expand on them.

 Other posts will be about an upcoming trip to Albuqurque for some va appointments and the outcome of those appointments.  I might so shooting on the tail end of the trip if things work out.    The first actual post will consists of acquiring my mobile rig and what I did right and what I did wrong.  That trip is next week.  There will be a trip in June for the world championship of sass that I’ll try to cover.   Then there’s another repair run down to Anthony tx to camping world for so repair work.  

Another newish idea it to try and include a photo or maybe even a video clip to help show what I’m talking about or both.  So expect so more photos and movie clips in the future.
If it is photo related if possible I will try to show some behind the scenes photos or a movie clip.  Especially if it a photographic post.  If it’s about the equipment expect the bhs addon.
Just as a idea of how these will breakdown here it is. 

1) RVing and traveling

A) vehicles

B) trips

C) equipment

D) other
2) Shooting

A) Cowboy Action Shooting

B) Modern Shooting

C) Reloading

D) Guns

3) Photography 

A) Equipment

B) Shoots/Techniques/etc
4) My military retirement

A)USAF  issues

B) va issues

C) ssa issues

D) money issues

E) health issues
5) Family 

A) Daughter 

B) granddaughters

C) father

D) siblings 

E) other
6) Fishing

A) fly fishing

B) other fishing styles

C) fly tackle

D) other tackle

E) fishing trips

7) Computers and video game machines

A) computers

   a) fltsims

   b) other PC games

B) PlayStation 4
So my posts should find itself in several of the categories.
Look forward to the post on the acquiring. of my new mobile setup soon.  I’ll also highlight my base camp and why I have it plus a house that sits empty down the road.

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May 3, 2016 at 11:33 pm

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End of Trail 2015 Single Action Shooting Society’s World championship of cowboy action shooting.

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first off sorry no photos as I was barely able to carry what I needed to shoot.

Travel day to Albuqerque.

Well had a doctors appoint just after noon at the VA hospital.   Besides the 3 hour and 45 minute drive up to the hospital which fortunately was unenventful. Took 54 n to Carizosso, the west on 380 until you reach I 25 north .  Once you get to Abq it’s easy to find the va center off Gibson.  

On the way up I realized my rack for holding my long guns had a couple missing screws.  Stop at Home Depot in las Lunos and picked up several so I’d have spares.

Doctor appoint went well got out of the va about 1430 iirc. Visited a friend to check on something for a friend.  It was a short stay as I still needed to make it to the ranch to sign in and get my packets and swag instead of doing it prior to the war ups on Tuesday.

Made it the ranch with an hour to spare.  Headed for registration and signed my waiver grab my package and swag bag head straight to docs old west.

We had been corresponding thru email about maybe modifying some gear I had.  It turned out to be smarter and cheaper for me to buy new stuff from him.  He promised the first item some natural looking chinks by the time I needed them to shoot the warmup the next afternoon and he delivered they were a lot more comfortable than wearing a vest as I found out later in the week.

Why did Cowboys wear vests.  The answer is a two solution answer,  first was to cover the suspenders that they wore to hold their pants up since belt loops were not invented yet.  The second was pockets.  Once you put a gun belt on the pants pockets are inaccessible if you add to it chinks or chaps forget about it so they used the pockets in the vest.  Well so did I, even when I wasn’t wearing it while shooting I had it draped over my seat on the scooter.  

Second item had to be made from scratch was boot chaps.  Doc measured me so that they would be a perfect fit.  These were not ready until Thursday right before I shot the first day of the match.
After hitting up another vendor, buckaroo bobbins for a new vest and a leather case for my gun belt to hold namely my new custom ears that I had to have made since I forgot all ear plugs somehow mine were about ready to be replaced anyway. But that a story for another day.

The last vendor I visited was the old fashion soda wagon.  I love their black cherry with a touch of cream soda mixture.  I’ve been a frequent customer of the wagon for years every since the first one showed up. I usually make a deal for a couple cups of soda a day and usually one or two gallons to take with me for the motel and trip home.  This was the third owner operator that has come to the ranch.  We come to terms on a fair price.  I paid him and it makes life easy during the match I just show up they fill up my cup and were good.  No digging for money.  By the end of the week most of them had the mixture right.

After that I head back to the truck.  On the way I saw Mose and Bella, he gold plates front sights.  He wasn’t setup last year but I got my guns done this year.  

After loading all the bags in the truck with everything I brought and put the scooter on the lift I headed out but decide to stop and visit with crazy Kurt.  He was home we spoke for a while it was still very hot and he wasn’t back to 100% from overheating the day prior.

After leaving jury’s I spoke with Johnny meadows our fantastic loose marshal and one of my go to gunsmiths for sxss.we pass on pleasantries and agree we would talk later as we were posed together end.

After him I stopped asked a couple questions of capt Baylor as he was switching over from wild bunch to frontiersman iirc.  

Finally were heading out of the ranch, I decided to take a left to check out the condition of Barton road the most direct route to the ranch from where I’m staying.  Well someone had fun when the road was muddy from the deep trenches dug in to the road.  Needed grading and gravel to be worth using.  So every day I took the long way to the ranch.

Get to the motel check in get the same room I had last year which is perfect it is about the closest door to the entrance and is setup for the disabled.  After many trips the truck is unloaded so I can prepare for the warmup match the next afternoon.

I go about unpacking deciding on my gear and clothes for the next day a nd the relax I had stopped on the way to the motel and grabbed some sandwiches and o rings from Arby’s.

Next morning wake up get gear ready and head to the ranch.  I stop for a saugage burrito from sonic on the way to the ranch.  I get to the ranch around noon. Early for my warmup. But I needed to pick up the chinks and look around before the match.  I should have signed up for one of the earlier warm ups as it was getting very warm by the time we started.  I shoot two of the four stages, the last one I was having problems for two reasons catching my breath. Not he first was the heat the second was I forgot my shotgun belt and had to use a different belt that I barely was able to buckle. Not say it was tight was an understatement.  But I shot the two stages and packed it in so I could breath.  Made a mental note to locate my normal shotgun belt when I got back yo the room which I did.

I had planned to dress differently each day between the new chinks and the heat that didn’t happen.  But I set up a routine to insure that I had everything I needed for the shoot the next day bagged up. My leather in a clothe tote bag., my ammo and shooting supplies in the saddlebags.  My clothes laid out.  I wore the same pants two days but a fresh shirt and scarf each day. The vest was tagged for all week since it was short enought to clear my gun belt, button up in the front to make it easier to reach everything and was lighter than both the other vests I owned and brought. But I wore it the first day of the main match but draped it over the back of the scooter when I shot the rest of the days.

The next day was side matches and plainsman.  I had decide before I left that this would be a R&L day since I doubted I could make it five days in a row shooting, since I wasn’t used to that much activity so I left the extra equipment home.  Just brought the main match guns, the USFA SAAs and 1873 plus mt TTN hammered SxS and my 1887 lever shotgun that I love shooting the TTN was in case I had problems with the 87′,did not have any so the TTN stayed I the truck after the warmup match.

Wednesday I hung around the AC room and done something I’ve not been able to do in year, took a tub bath. I normally take showers. It felt great I wanted to do it again before checking out but that fell through.

First day of the main match each wave has a mandatory safety briefing, the hold them the day of each event, warmup, side match, wild bunch etc.  they do several things at these meetings, first the introduce everyone who is somebody and welcome you.  Then they cover the basic safety rules that apply that day then the brief you on any special rules they they feel need alerting you to.  They kept it quick and itt was a good meeting for what it was.  tA and Lassiter have this down.  They wrote outstanding stages giving the shooter plenty of robe to hang himself with although most made it through without rope burns.after the meeting pale wolf brownell had all the classic Cowboys and b western shooter on this wave meet them so they can view that you are indeed wearing what you should for you respective category,  myself I had eight or nine items on that day instead of the five required.  I still have one item to make or remake as I’ve probably out grew the ones o made ten years ago.  I need new cowboy or roper cuffs then I’ll have all the items I need to rotate item and have the five items on at any one time.

Shot the middle four stages of the the first day.  We started on the third stage if the group the shot the forth then moved down to the first one for the day finishing with the second stage in line each day.  I shot slow but clean meaning I never missed a target,  iirc I never had to even make up a target.  The only proble that day besides the heat was I grabbed the wrong box of shotgun ammo I prefer to shoot 900 DPS rounds but while I was back in ga I had bought a case of target loads that were in the 1200-1400 foster range that is the box I grabbed. I checked around and borrowed some AAs from leg dart lawman which after the days shooting I stopped off at cowboy shooting supplies and bought a case of AAs just in case I had grabbed all wrong ammo.  Which wasn’t the case it was just the one box I grabbed that morning that was the high power ammo.  But besides having two cases of AAs at home I now had a case to use now.  I return or should say replaced the ammo with a new box the next day.

On Tuesday when I was packing it up I dropped a very special knife out of its sheath on my gun belt.  When I got to the motel I notice it . I called Kurt and had him go looking for it but he didn’t find it.  
So Thursday I checked with lost and found, sure enough it was turned in uplifting my opinion of cowboy shooters.  It’s one of my require items for my category.  On Thursday I over did just for a laugh.  I had on a scarf, suspenders, arm garders, a vest, pocket watch with full double chain, the knife, chinks and botas/boot chap depending on locale.if I listed everything it was nine items.  I refuse to wear Spurs because I don’t get around all that well to start with all I need is to trip over my own Spurs and fall.   It was too warm for a jacket or gloves, and I’m still need to make the cuffs so that the whole list as I recall it.

After shooting liaded up making sure both my knife and screw knife were still with me.  Headed back to the motel but stop for dinner at the cafe on the way.  I developed the routine of getting the meat and bread a bs a stuffed potato to go eat the salad from a nice salad bar there along with a piece of Texas toast and my sweat tea to wash it down. That gave me my snack for later.  It worked well first day I had chopped steak, second day was pork chops and the last day was chopped steak again.

One thing I should have mentioned was our shooting schedule.  We were poise 27 and we shot the late wave middle stages on Thursday, on Friday we shoot the middle wave first group of stages and on Saturday we shot the early wave last group of stages.  I liked it real well except Thursday’s my cart died so I got a push to the only exterior outlet that wasn’t being used plugged it in went to grab a bite, get a drink of soda and basically kill some time.  I figure 30 minutes should get me from town to my truck it didn’t I had to get one of the wad dies to push me from the top of town where most catch the team to my truck.  I was very thankful for his assistance.  I load it up. 

When I get rested back at the motel I go unload the scooter bring it in to charge it overnight hoping this will be the last time I need to do so during the match.  Nope Saturday it’s low again and I charge it for about an hour or so while I hobble around visiting with the vendors. This time it made it back to the truck.
I. Shot Friday clean without any events that I recall. Except on the last stage I pull out my screw knife to assist another shooter I just stuck it back in what I thought was the sheaf for it.  After I shoot the last stage of the day I take off my shotgun belt dropping the screw knife.  It wasn’t until later while waiting on a friend who was still shootings hat I noticed it missing.  Once my business was completed I returned to the last berm we shoot on ask the brass lickers if any one had found a knife they had but had passed it on to someone to drop off at lost and found.  S o off to lost and found again but this time it has been turned in.  It’s getting late so I decide I’ll check in the morning before I shoot.  Off to the truck load everything up.  Head to the cafe and on to the motel.  It was to hot and I was too tired to load the truck up so I setup a late checkout for the next day. And retire to the room.
Next morning no time to do anything but get dressed grab what I need for the day and head out. I stop at sonic for breakfast and head to the ranch going the long way like I’ve done all week.  Go buy the lost and found no knife, hit the soda wagon get filled up and head to where my friend from the previous day said he would be but he mopust have been running late,. I figure he would then look me up but that didn’t happen.  About the time we started the first or second stage that day the bottom fell out.  Was the first time I’ve seen a match stopped fork weather.  I happen to be the shooter on the line when the call was made.  This stage had a building with a fairly good roof so I wasn’t getting any wetter, I was under cover. The to asked me if I wished to wait the twenty minutes the storm was supposed to take to run its corse. The way I looked at it I was already through the wet areas and dryish where I was to shoot from.  Now after I shot I would be subject to be rained on going from the firing line to the unloading table.  I decided to proceed and shoot it while I was there.  Went a pulled the right revolver and the hammer was so wet my thumb couldn’t grip it to cock it tried two or three times when both myself and the to decided to restart. That was after wiping the guns down with a towel.  The second time went much better.  The only thing with shooting while it was raining it made it hard for the spotter to see a miss as all hit made a splash in front of the target.  Another day clean.  That’s three days in a row clean making a clean match.  My last stage I think was my slowest stage of the match. I took sight of the target verified the front and rear sight were lined up perfectly with the target, doubled checked the squeezed the trigger hitting the target and repeated for each target including the shotgun targets.  I did everything by the book on that last stage just to make sure I wouldn’t receive a p or safety thus costing my clean match.  I’m not sure which day or stage it was but I think it was the last day.  Another shooter inadvertently grabbed my rifle which is chambered for 38-40. He was shooting 38s iirc. It jammed the rifle up costing him many misses. Ten probably.i go to the loading table where my long guns were staged before we started shooting.  I’ve found it is easier on me to stage my guns at the loading table if there is a rack for this purpose when I enter the bay then I go to the line for the briefing then I head to the unloading table where I park my scooter and I watch the table for several shooters before heading to the loading table to load my guns to shoot the stage.  Iirc it was our last stage when the rifle swap happened. I’m trying to load my ammo in his gun not noticing its not my gun.his wife brings me my rifle explains that they were inadvertently swapped.  My ammo went in my gun without problem which is good since it was built for that ammo.i shoot the stage clean as stated and thus shooting the main match clean.  After the stages that day we had the poise team shoot which we wereless than two seconds from winning.  I head to red wings tent to buy a new screw knife since mine wasn’t turn in to lost and found the last time I checked.  Tom went to lost and found and the knife was there this time.  My faith is cowboy shooter renewed.  I still ordered a backup screw knife to match my larger knife.  If I can find a laser engraver that will do what I wish I’ll have my name on all three knives.  Been tiring for the past year to have it done.  Next I go see a shooter who thought they were interested in something I had for sale but after wasting a couple hours of my time they decide it wasn’t for them.

So to the truck load everything and go looking for the other shooter who was supposed to have something I bought from them.  They were up at the shotgun range.  After finding them I was told the bag with my item was in his truck which his wife had taken back to hidden valley where they were staying after several fail attempts to contact her and another hour or so of my time wasted we agree he will mail it to me when he returns home.

I head back to the motel stop at the cafe eat and decide I’m too tired to try and drive four hours home now.if the truck was loaded and I left the ranch at noon instead of four I would have drove home but that didn’t happen so I make arrangement to cancel the late checkout and swap it to another nights stay.

I get to the rum undress and Kay on the bed watching tv while I cool down so I can take another tub bath.  That didn’t happen I feel a sleep for several hours.  When I a woke I started organizing my things packing the items that I would not need the next day. It was too late to carry the stuff out but would be ready first thing in the morning.  I finally rose about two hours before checkout. Finished the packing and started caring items to the truck . Once it was loaded except for my dirty clues bag I changed to the items I wa wearing home from those that I had on while loading the truck I cooled down before dawning the new shirt so it would remain dry.  I did a once over looking for left items not seeing any departed the room and checked out.

I decided I needed a bite fore breakfast and knowing nothing existed on the way done something that I’m rarely seen doing, went to mickey dis and got a egg mc muffin for breakfast and a drink.  Before pulling out I got the iPad setup for directions and so I could listen to a book on they way home.  I plug my new iPhone in to well as the iPad.  The down old east 66 to hwy 42 then 41 to 54 west.  I stop at the four way in Carizosso and at the last minute notice that the restraint on the corner was open on Sunday.  I figure their food had to be better than the convience store across the road.  So I pull into the parking lot get out walk thru the diner to the bathroom. The back out to the counter where I sat down and order.  I inquired what was good told everything, then ask about the specials, that’s when someone suggested the chicken fired steak that they make fresh in house. I was told most thing are made fresh in house.  The corn was fresh you could tell it had never seen a freezer it was crisp with strands of silk running under the kernels, was toke that they have to shuck it daily.the fries were so many it didn’t look like I made a dent in them after eating my fill.  The steak was so tender I used the fork to cut it.  I just found my new stop on my return trips from Abq..I eat paid tipped got a sweet tea to go and drove home.  Ending this trip and story.

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July 6, 2015 at 5:55 am

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Flt sim simpit redesign

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well when you first don’t succeed, try again.  Well the more I played with setting up ms fsx on the SSD the more mistakes I found that I made.  While this is just temporary until the new ssds and the repaired psu arrive at this time I’m trying to learn from using my laptop with the single SSD.  I made several mistakes as I went along.  The first is installing it to the default location, windows treats program file (x64) like a special folder and all it sub folders.  So it gave me fits when trying to move files there or rearrange file already there.  So I uninstalled fsx and all the other programs that I loaded for it.  Then started moving files from the c: drive to the d: drive if they were library type files otherwise non application files.  That’s were we are at with the laptop not to mention troubleshooting white my optical drive isn’t showing up as a DVD drive. This I think is a bios setting since the laptop was running win 8 before putting in the SSD already loaded since I just copied my HDD in my other laptop of the same type.  

Next with the simpit hardware we got the brackets made for the throttle quads and the one for the trim wheel the were made out of an .125 inch aluminum and along with the items attached to them the sag at the ends.  So I’m gonna have to see how to bear up the strips of metal attached to the wheel stand pro.  It’s not overly sturdy to begin with but its build to be portable so you can remove it when your not using it and stow it in a closet.  Not that I have one for it.

So the only productive thing I got done was load up fsx and choose the new twin otter extended and use its panel views to help design my generic switch panel I’m hoping to build shortly.  Base on the sixes of the Saitek panels I have the panel size will be 7×11 inches.  The first two panels that will be added to it will be the eng start panel or the upper left panel and the windshield panel or upper right panel.  The upper panel is the power levers for the left and right engines, the propeller levers for both engines and the mixture lever for both engines as I recall plus their tensioner so.  So if they are any switches on it they will be added next.  If not I might look to the fire panel.

I have most od the default lighting switches on the Saitek switch panel.  So I hit the lighting panel last and just program some of the existing switches to the lights that aren’t supported on the switch panel.  I’ve got a bid in on a VRInsight pro prop panel which will give me all my gauges and a gps with working switches and knobs.  We’ll see if I end up with it before going any further in reproducing rotary encoders for the navy and com items that I don’t currently have.  Still the idea is cold and dark to cold and dark without the keyboard or mouse.  The main thing I’m investigating next is if and how the mode switch on the yoke works and how I can use it to my benefit.  Plus programming the switches on the Saitek hardware to pull up the act menu select the option and close the act window.  As that should take between ten or more switches if I’m correct.  Read the users guide for fsuipc4 and will start the advance ug soon.  But I still need to fix the laptop reinstall the software before too long or the desktop parts might show up and my attention will turn to it.

Well that’s it til next time when I hope to have some photos to show where we are at.

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May 17, 2015 at 8:07 am

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Been a long time since I wrote anything but that’s about to change

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I’m doing several thing with my computers some related to photography . Most of it is one way or the other. I’m rebuilding my network to make the most of the three different nas that I have actual there four but I’m not sure how the apple one will work out. I will tell you about them in the order I got them. First was the Net Gear Stora. Next came the apple time capsule. Then the Buffalo quad ?. Just recently I got a Synology unit it holds two internal and has two usb3 ports for external drives. I like the last unit and the buffalo unit the most the offer among other things a iTunes server plus other apps let’s call them. The Synology unit has something that im was interested in for the surveillance module.

Also I’m going to be working on my photo library using Lightroom cc and photoshop cc. Lightroom will organize smog other things. I also use HDR ? And on ones perfect photo suite. I hope to give details on using a central master library in lr and temp catalogs on laptops and how everything is setup what hardware is used and how.

I also have another personal project. I’m going to try to write my own version of the old photobyte program. I’m wanting to modernize it using vs6. Which is the 1998 version of the software iirc.

Plus ant photo trips or sass shoots I go to. If I can first find all my go pro stuff and get it to work I will wear it while im shooting and place down range in a safe place to get some unique views of what we do. I will also use it for some bhs ( behind the scenes) of some of my photography stuff from shoots to gear packing to tutorials of some of the gear like my quantum Qflash and elinchrom Quadra lites.

So hopefully this will get better or at least informative here in the future. Plus some articles for my other board which will be educational material for photography. The bhs stuff here the tutorials there.

Also will be doing stuff around the Rv from figuring out where every thing will be stored out of the way unlike now where there in the way most of the time. What I’m going to do is position my pelican cases and the pack Rubbermaid bins and drawers for the bedroom in the living room and kitchen items will be stored in the cabinets provided. Hopefully the bins will not have to be stored in the loft just fishing gear, and leather working tools and supplies. Now the shop will have a second table a 8 ft if I still have it and can get it the bins will go under it and the current table. But a walkway will be kept clear unlike now where everything was throw back there while I was in the hospital that I’ve still not completely fixed. One thing is the bins will be used to limit what I keep on the RV. By limiting the number of bin ti ome for some item two max for any sets of items. Some can be stored in the pass thru basement storage area and maybe an overflow bin or two might go I. The front area designed for a generator but mines in the back of the truck so two sets of batteries plus other gear are hosted in there currently.

So as you can see there is a lot that needs done plus some fun items will be written about hear. If I ever start RVing around more that will go here or a new blog . But right now I’m ok where I’m at the winter are quite mild now to find a summer location . Plus I’m wanting to visit my family in charleston sc and outside Athens ga. If I go in the next couple months it be me the dog and the truck and what I can fit in the truck because the Rv will be staying put with several friends watching it while I’m gone.

Well basically this is my life coming up. I not sure if there will be a schedule or if it is as it happens. But if I do something I will write about it. Have a safe All Hallows’ eve(Halloween) next week.

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October 26, 2014 at 5:51 pm

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I just started a intro to a new series of posts on cameras over there and you should follow this series of post as we start at the basic knowledge and work to find out everything about these cameras and how to use them to record your light written work.

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May 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

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