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Re: Hi Everyone !

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:43 pm
by zelph
Hello Jim.

I'm really glad you stopped by to say hello. I'm from Rockford, IL. I camp a lot at Sugar River Forest Preserve.

I make stuff that I can usually use while camping. Testing is a lot of fun. My wife has made a couple of wood burning hobo stoves and an alcohol stove or two. So the two of us share a common interest. The evening campfires are the best of times spent together. Good time to reflect back on life's pleasures and trials.

Couple of friends were camping out at Apple River Canyon in the youth group area which is open year round. No doubt they froze their noses off. They were going to hang from the trees in their hammocks. It was windy and snowy last night brrrrrr can't picture myself doing that by choice :mrgreen: It was below zero last night. :roll: Going to be worse the next three days. :cry:

Re: Hi Everyone !

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:53 pm
by zelph
It's interesting how we progress in our camping as we go along. Having a family makes us upgrade to keep the kids and mom interested and happy. :D As the years went by I still prefer going to ground and using a tent rather than a mobile unit. I like staying connected to the elements :o I like hearing the rain on the tent fabric :shock: The campfire smoke smell on my clothes laying on the floor or draped over the end of the cot. Ahhhh, ode de fire!!! :mrgreen:

Crystal Lake: There is/was a heirloom plant sales place on Walkup road that I used to visit and purchase seeds and plants from. Interesting place to visit.

Prairie Ridge Consrvation area is a nice place to stroll around. Nice history of how the pond was formed during the glacial period. They have a unique butterfly rearing room located at the lodge/center that is interesting to view.

My wife and I camped at Kettle Moraine South last year. We fed the mosquitos for a week. :mrgreen: We eventually sprayed enough Yard Guard to rid the entire area of the little critters. :D

Re: Hi Everyone !

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:25 pm
by zelph
Spring and Fall camping are the ways to go. The bugs are down, and the temps are milder

I agree...

My wife and I head south to Southern IL 1st Week of April.

This fall I'm planning on a trip to Isle Royale and possibly the Upper Penisula of Michigan. I want to visit the ancient copper mines up there. It would be on the same paralell as the Boundry Waters I think and i would hope very few flies and mosquitos. Will take the necessary head gear and long sleve shirts.

Re: Hi Everyone !

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:08 pm
by zelph

I'm interested primarily in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Been there for a few days just to get a feel of the area. Awesome!!!

I found a nice specimen of float copper right here in Rockford IL in an area that was recently leveled for construction. I was standing there at a presentation of the new site, looked down at he gravel and saw "green" :mrgreen: I'll see if I can find a photo of it.