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RICHARD THE PIANO TUNER This is another true example of "Dwelling Portably". Be sure and check out all the material i have linked to here. It is very interesting and i think you will agree. Thanks to "Jim Castleberry" for sending me this great example. Taken from England your England: "Richard is a portrait of a wandering piano tuner while he explores the adventures of living without a fixed address. He classes himself as "Working Homeless" – a growing group who sleep rough by night, but then get up in the morning to go to work. Richard sees his lifestyle choice as an experiment in economics, convenience and environmental impact which he blogs about here."
►Welcome, my name's Richard Roberts and I offer piano restoration, repair and tuning services in the London area. I specialize in home visits to old pianos that have been neglected for many years. I also care for all types of acoustic (not electronic) pianos in any condition and in any setting, not just the home. I've been maintaining pianos in London for over ten years, and previously in Oxford and Portsmouth for ten years before that. I have no fixed abode but I'm normally in Central London where I cycle to work, I also cycle to clients further afield in Greater London and the Thames Valley. I learnt my trade from my father Marcus Roberts in Oxford, who specializes in the sale and restoration of the finest pianos in the world — you can browse his stock at www.robertspianos.com. His father was a music teacher, his grandfather was a piano tuner, and I'm grateful that in turn he also taught me how to work with pianos from a very young age. Since early 2011 I've been conducting an interesting lifestyle experiment: I live outdoors. This means that I just go to sleep wherever I happen to be at the end of the day, and involves sleeping "rough" by default but occasionally staying over with friends or family. I'm doing this for practical, environmental and economical reasons and I'm thoroughly enjoying it – you can read more about my lifestyle on my Lifestyle page. Please note that I do shower everyday, I don't have any dogs, I don't smoke, and I'm not addicted to anything except English breakfast tea and my mum's home-made fruitcake.◄
LAURA SPITZER'S TRAVELING PIANO Here's a very interesting lady in my opinion who is/was a true "Portable Dweller" who basically made a job for herself by traveling and living in a box truck while playing piano concerts around the USA mostly in small towns. But look at what she did. This took guts in my opinion, i mean to call up strangers in small towns to schedule a date for a public piano recital. She carried her piano along with bed and other living amenities inside the van box compartment. I do not think she lives this way anymore, but still it is a great example of what a person can do with some talent they possess or some other useful wholesome thing they have to offer. She says she followed her "Dream". Laura traveled with her piano loaded into her box truck from 1984 to 2003, a nineteen year span, bringing classical music to many rural communities and schools throughout the US and Western Canada. And she is still alive and well and lives in New Mexico, and teaches piano at New Mexico State University, i think.
►You might compare Laura Spitzer, sowing the love of good music in the far-off nooks and crannies of the North American landscape, to Johnny Appleseed. Or perhaps to Lotta Crabtree and Jenny Lind, who wowed the lonely gold and silver miners in the heyday of Mark Twain's Roughing It. Trained for concert performance at both the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria (where she was graduated with distinction), and at the Peabody Institute in the United States, she has turned her back on the formal, big-city recital halls to play in high school gyms and church basements—even in living rooms—in communities where, as one woman was to say in Chester, California (North East California) "We are starved for real music." To Laura the mystique of music cannot be separated from the appeal of the outdoors: The open spaces, the sagebrush, the pines, the mountaintops. Some of her former classmates ply the concert circuit, hopping from city to city to perform before audiences in formal gowns and black tie, in auditoriums with velvet cushions. Laura prefers a box truck (van truck) with a bed space and an ice chest, musical scores piled on the floor, wet laundry drying and her listeners five feet from the piano, seated on folding chairs.◄
KPTEEPEE This link here goes to a nice little Instructables article produced by a man named "KresimirPregernik". It is actually his homemade version of the Golite Shangri-La 3 Tent. This instructable linked here has good comments from the viewers. So if you are low on cash and can afford to make your own little portable shelter from material used to make one of those "Car Tarps" a very light weight material plus for the inner liner the same material used to make umbrellas and do not ask me where to find that. You will probably have to substitute some of the fabric items to make this tent using his directions and pattern. But anyway, it seems like a good Instructable so that is why i am including it here. Picture on the right is of his completed homemade tent. "This is a two layer tent, with an outer waterproof layer and a breathable inner layer to preserve warm and reduce moisture condensation."
►Well, I like to hike. I like to spend the night in the Outdoors, on mountain tops. Therefore I need a shelter. A light one. Small one. Cheap one. No fiber poles. And there is an enormous choice on ebay today. Still, the price and what I like rarely match. So, DIY necessity was a way to get what I want . . . And here is the result. Well. I took my hiking stick, some thin ropes and assembled how the tent should look like in nature and to get the proper feeling how it shall work as well. Of course, the rope-line will help to determine dimensions. I put myself in . . . . . . . And this evening a decision about everything was made.◄
HOW TO LIVE HOMELESS IN STYLE OK, this is an old website that looks to me has not been updated since 2010. I am including it here because it may be of interest to a lot of you hopefully. This website linked to here is mostly about using empty plastic beverage bottles for different useful items such as the "Bottle Boat" shown in the picture at the right. Right here, i want to warn you about these projects as being potentially dangerous to your health & welfare. This "Bottle Boat" may only be reasonably safe in a swimming pool, NOT in the ocean, river or a lake for most people. Always take into consideration your own abilities and the environment before using things like this boat. Meaning there are people who are physically very strong and can swim for miles in the ocean to safety, and then there are people like myself who cannot swim very far
even in a swimming pool. This project linked to here might be a good item for someone to make for resale as a business to earn some income.
►Robert Spalding is a podiatrist in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been writing for nearly twenty years. He is a retired Memphis Fire Department paramedic, former full time Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy, and current Hamilton County Reserve Deputy. He is an avid inventor with over forty products patented, trademarked, or sold commercially. His thirty-year background in EMS, law enforcement, and medicine provides topics for his ten books. He has published seven to date, with three more to be released in the next eight months. He is co-founder of www.MediNail.com, an online training center for nail technicians to become ANTs or advanced nail technicians and MNTs or Medical Nail Technicians to perform medical pedicures in physician's offices. Dr Spalding's adult titles include Death By Pedicure, sold at www.justfortoenails.com, Drug Subs sold at www.drugsubs.com and his newest book, How to Live Homeless in Style: 50 Ways to Survive on Plastic Bottles in These Economic Times sold at cokefloat.com. Dr. Spalding has a series of children's picture and young chapter books at www.fufufactory.com and www.saraclaus.com. He is releasing two new titles, Death by Manicure, www.deathbymanicure.com and An American Playground, www.anamericanplayground.com. He lives and works on Signal Mountain for the past fifiteen years with his wife Gina.◄
CARRIX For those of you who like to walk long distances but would rather not use a backpack so much, this personal trailer loaded with your heavier items might be the answer to a more comfortable walk. This cart system looks to be quite efficient. On his website the inventor has a lot of pictures, plus you can buy accessories for this one wheeled system. They have a second website which you can visit by going to: carrix.ch.tripod.com. I pulled a two wheeled cart loaded with my camping gear from Desert Hot Springs (Near Palm Springs), California up to Cambria, California along the west coast of California and returned to San Bernardino, California pulling the cart and camping at night alongside the road.
►Dear fellow bushwalkers and hikers. Carrix has been designed and shaped specifically to carry your bag on your bush or track walk. Lightness, strength and reliability are the criteria for this unique and simple concept. As most of the load rests on the wheel, making for perfect load distribution, Carrix goes everywhere you want it to go, without weighing you down. With less strain on your back and legs, you save energy and enjoy your walk more. On your mountain walk, uphill and downhill, a shockproof Carrix can efficiently carry your heavy bag, negotiate bumps and endure the most punishing treatment on steep and rough terrain. For the climbing part of your trip, simply pack your Carrix strapped bag on your back. During transit at airports or railway stations, just fold the handles and push your loaded Carrix forward. Carrix is delivered as a kit in a compact bag and can travel with you anywhere in the world. Carrix is a multi-use tool with a multitude of working and recreational applications for outdoor activities such as diving, camping, caravanning, gliding, sailing etc. . . And more for you to discover. Enjoy your walk! Made in Switzerland, Patent and trade mark, all rights reserved. No 03405186.2.◄
PULL DOGS You are probably aware of the fact that in many snowy cold climates people have 'sled dogs'. Dogs trained to pull a sled. Well, lets take that concept and apply it here to a different situation, like using your dog (for those who have dogs) to haul some of your food and/or gear while traveling on the road.
►Pulldogs.com presents the Canine Cargo Carts™: A dog cart for dogs that love to pull and people who love to walk and hike. Our dog carts allow you to walk with your dogs while they pull gear.
At pulldogs.com, we believe a small investment in a well-made cart is an investment in the health and happiness of both dog and owner! A dog cart is a great way to exercise dogs that are bred to pull or just have excess energy! Cargo Carts™ allow active owners to walk or hike while their dogs work. Pulldogs carts have two wheels and a slightly lower center of gravity, so they're easier for the dog to turn and maneuver and harder to tip than a dog wagon. Carts feature removable anodized aluminum shafts that are wrapped in handlebar tape for the dog's comfort, and are positioned to allow the dog to comfortably sit and lie down while attached to the cart. Shafts on all but small carts are also sectioned for portability. All carts also include never-go-flat wheels for worry-free trips. Canine Cargo Carts™ feature extra touches like rounded rails, tie-downs and leash ring, custom license decal and fleece bolt-bag and sleeves for shaft storage. They're designed for years of use, and for convenient storage when not in use. At pulldogs.com, we produce dog carts that are sturdy, stable, and attractive. We offer multiple color combinations to complement any dog! Padded fleece-lined pulling harnesses match carts and cart accessories. Pulldogs dog carts carry camping and fishing gear, food and water, emergency supplies, groceries (go green!) and anything else you can imagine! Cargo Carts™ are light enough to be portable (less than 30 pounds for Standard), but sturdy enough to give your pulling dogs the exercise they need and hold the gear you want! They're also great for hiking with your dog: Conditioned dogs can comfortably carry only 1/4 to 1/3 their body weight, but can pull 2-3 times their body weight for the same distance. *Please consult your veterinarian before starting your dog on any exercise regimen, just as you would consult your own medical doctor*◄
GREG RODGERS Here's an example of a man who escaped the system and found a better life vagabonding. He has a couple of websites and one blog. "Before I started vagabonding I was working 60+ hours a week at a miserable corporate IT job. For 7 years I sat in a cubicle, wasted away my 20's, and succumbed to the Rat Race. In 2005 I was able to sell my things, save money, break ties, and escape Corporate America for good. On January 27, 2006 I got off the plane in Bangkok, Thailand and life has never been the same since. I created this site to share my story with others in the same situation and to offer encouragement. Don't give up, its never too late!" Update: Be sure to spend time on his websites and other sites, click around and visit his many quality items he has for you to see. It is very good. ~gg
“In 2006 I quit my corporate job after 7 years of working as an IT engineer for one of the most vile corporations in America, I managed to save enough money, sell my house and my things, and unplug myself from the Matrix before being consumed. Sure, I miss things like the camaraderie, luxuries such as a steady paycheck, and knowing that the IRS isn't hiring soldiers of fortune to look for me . . . but the trade for life freedom was worth it. Since 2005, I have been showing people that anything is possible, that there is a door left open in the giant Rat Race maze, and that there is always the hope of escape. It has become my personal mission to help others wake up, escape the cubicle, and to make themselves happy. I do this by sharing adventures and my own vagabonding stories through travel writing and photography. My name is Greg Rodgers. I'm no one famous and no I didn't make it rich selling widgets on the internet . . . I'm just a guy that made a big life change and managed to find a new path to happiness. I want to share that path with people that know there has to be more to life than accumulating junk. I no longer own a place to live in the US. My home is anywhere that my backpack is and even while in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky I still feel like a visitor. I am more or less someone just passing through. Travel has left marks on my heart, mind, and even body. I am a firm believer that any experience is good experience, and so I have tried to share all these life changes with my readers. If you are an old reader, then welcome back and thank you for sticking with me. If you are here for the first time, then welcome friend. May there always be a road.”
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STREET ROOTS I was wondering if it would be possible to resurrect some of the old fashioned ways for unemployed people to make money, not a lot of money but some money. One such method that comes to mind is the old method of going to the local newspaper office and making a deal with them to sell their papers on the street or at a mall or some other location. I have seen this in Las Vegas where maybe a disabled person might be selling newspapers from his/her wheelchair.
“Street Roots is a nonprofit, grassroots newspaper that assists people experiencing homelessness and poverty by creating flexible income opportunities. Through education, advocacy and personal expression, we are a catalyst for individual and social change. Street Roots, published in Portland, Oregon, has been Portland's flagship publication addressing homelessness and poverty since 1998. The paper is published every two weeks. We are a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 organization and a member of the North American Street Newspaper Association (NASNA). We have two paid (part-time) staff members.
Where does your $1 go?:
• 75% goes to the homeless vendor who works to distribute the paper.
• 20% goes toward the cost of printing.
• 5% goes toward rent and office expenses.
We receive additional support for operating expenses from local and regional foundations, individual donations and in-kind contributions. Street Roots works with a broad base of community members who are part of our Editorial Committee. If you would like to get involved in this committee, please e-mail Joanne Zuhl or call her at 503-228-5657.”
RECREATIONAL GOLD PROSPECTING [Link is to product at Amazon] There are people if my memory serves me correctly, that actually make a living doing this (modern day person). They are not getting rich, but simply able to make enough money to pay the basic bills you need to live on, plus they get to enjoy a lot of outdoor living in beautiful surroundings. I think there are people doing this around Redding, California, but remember you need to buy a permit from the government for a small fee (permit to pan for gold). There are a lot of people who love this lifestyle. But, then again this one man said . . . “I've never broken even over many years of prospecting and searching for the Lost Adams Diggings. But I wouldn't trade a moment of it. This book will help the reader by giving an excuse to go into the wilderness. The first time you look into the bottom of a pan and see glitter will be a moment you'll remember the remainder of your life.”
“Become A Member of the largest prospecting organization in the world today and get started in Gold Prospecting. Your membership to the GPAA will include the Mining Guide. The largest guide for gold, gem and treasure hunters. Packed with hundreds of locations to go: Gold Panning, Sluicing, High Banking, Dredging, Metal Detecting, Gem Hunting, Treasure Hunting.”
Also included with your membership kit:
1 year subscription to the Gold Prospectors Magazine
FREE BLM CAMP If you click on this link it will take you to a map of a free campground area near Joshua Tree California. I have never visited it. I do not know what it's current status is. But it is something to consider if you are living in your car or truck. This area around Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree and 29 Palms (located above Palm Springs in Southern California) may be good if you are homeless or living in your vehicle. The summers can be pretty hot though. There are lots of good grocery stores in the area. Wal-Mart and the Home Depot also. And Fast Food restaurants in this very remote area of California. Plus the terrain is quite flat for easy walking or bicycling.
EARTH CLASS MAIL This website specializes in providing it's clients with a physical mailing address for those who are living a mobile lifestyle. "With an online PO Box you'll manage your postal mail as easily as your email. View scanned images of your sealed envelopes online, then choose to have your mail securely scanned into a PDF document, recycled, shredded or forwarded to you or someone else". They offer other mail services as well.
“Earth Class Mail provides postal online mail management solutions designed to meet the needs of individuals, small businesses and international license partners. Through an address network of PO Boxes and street addresses in 19 cities across the U.S., and with users in over 170 countries, Earth Class Mail provides complete online mail management services including document scanning and storage, check deposit, mail and package forwarding, will-call services and secure shredding and recycling. Our software license partner, Swiss Post, has launched Swiss Post Box in Europe, with addresses in 5 countries, providing their users with secure postal boxes with on-line access. Earth Class Mail is headquartered Seattle, WA. Earth Class Mail is committed to providing an outstanding customer experience, to being a great place to work, and to the continued development of integrated online mail management solutions designed to make it easier for users to securely manage postal mail without ever having to handle a piece of paper.”
CAMPING COMFORTABLY! I like this website because they really do have a large inventory of products to sell.
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Here you'll find a large selection of dependable camping supplies and camping gear from many well known manufacturers. You'll want to take a look at the fine brand-name camping equipment and outdoor gear from companies including Aerobed, Advanced Elements, Aquapac, Atwater Carey, Coleman, Black Pine Sports, Brunton, Bushnell, Camp Chef, Chinook, Eureka, Fiskars, Garmin, Giga Tent, Grand Truck, Grizzly, GSI Outdoors, Hennessy Hammocks, Humminbird, Intex, Kamprite Tent Cot, Katadyn, Lodge, Mosquito Magnet, Motorola, Mr. Heater, Nikon, Optimus, Pelican, Potable Aqua, Prest-O-Fit RV Patio Mats, Primus, Princeton Tec, Reliance, Repel, Sevylor, Silva, Sportz Truck Tents, The Backside, Travel Chair, Travel Hammock, Travel John, Truck Bedz, Vaude and Zodi. We offer affordable brand name quality products so that you can have everything you need to enjoy your outdoor experience. Our Coleman products include Tents, Sleeping Bags, Lanterns, Camping Stoves, Coolers & more! Our Camp Chef products include Cast Iron Cookware, Camp Chef Stoves, Griddles, Grills, and more. For some people camping comfortably means having dependable gear, sleeping 6 in a tent comfortably and an enjoyable trip. For others, it means having some of the comforts of home while you're enjoying the outdoors. Our large selection is sure to please every type of camper. We have the full range of equipment that you need to make all your outdoor adventures the best they can be! All purchases made from Camping Comfortably are covered by the: Yahoo Buyer Protection Program.”
GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH These really very simple sandwiches so really do taste great. I make them occasionally, but i spread some mayonnaise on the inside of the bread and sometimes i add a couple of slices of dill pickle. Be sure to read the reviews listed on the allrecipes website, people will reveal all kinds of variations and additions to this basic recipe.
4 slices white bread
3 tablespoons butter, divided
2 slices Cheddar Cheese
Preheat skillet over medium heat. Generously butter one side of a slice of bread. Place bread butter-side-down onto skillet bottom and add 1 slice of cheese. Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter-side-up on top of sandwich. Grill until lightly browned and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining 2 slices of bread, butter and slice of cheese.
SAUSAGE WITH ZUCCHINI AND TOMATOES This recipe is actually named "Sweet Italian Sausage With Zucchini And Tomatoes" and looks good to me. I am going to try and make it.
6 links Whole Ranch® Sweet Italian sausage*
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil*
4 to 6 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped (or 1 TBSP Dried Oregano)
1 pound zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 pound mixed red and yellow cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
Salt and pepper
Prepare sausages according to package directions, either in a sauté pan or on the grill. While they are cooking, heat olive oil in a large heavy sauté pan over medium high heat. Add garlic and oregano, stir for a few seconds, then add zucchini and cook 3 to 5 minutes. When sausages are cooked, cut into large bite-sized pieces and add to pan along with tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Continue to sauté until tomatoes are just softened, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a large platter and serve.
SPAM Link goes to a Spam product on Amazon. This is another one of those grocery items which has a huge cult like following. Many recipes associated with this product. I agree with those people who say that Spam tastes best when sliced very thin and fried in a skillet.
SPAM AND KRAFT MACARONI AND CHEESE
Recipe from cooks.com
1 box (12oz) Kraft Velveeta Shells & Cheese
1 can (7oz) Spam
Cook Shells & Cheese according to the directions on the box. Dice Spam and add to Shells & Cheese. Simmer 2-3 minutes.
ONE EYED JACK BREAKFAST SANDWICH This is a recipe listed on ABC Good Morning America home recipes from Victoria McCracken. I have made a "One Eyed Jack" toast, but this looks better and includes a few extra ingredients.
2 slices sourdough bread
Pepper Jack cheese (slices)
In a skillet, fry a couple of slices of bacon until crispy. Set aside on paper towels to drain. Drain bacon fat from skillet. Cut a hole approximately 2 inches wide using a round cookie cutter (or knife) in the center of one piece of bread. Butter it on both sides and place in the skillet. Crack the egg into the hole of the bread. Flip the bread and brown again. Stack bacon slices and Pepper Jack cheese on top of the bread with the egg in it. Butter one side of your remaining slice of bread, and place on top of the egg, bacon, and cheese. Flip and toast until top slice of bread is golden brown.
Main Ingredients: sourdough bread, pepper jack cheese, butter, bacon
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
HENNESSY HAMMOCK People seem to like this hammock system a lot. It has a high star rating on Amazon. Seems like it would be a perfect portable sleeping bed. Click on the picture at the right to get more information from Amazon.com.
“Features: This breakthrough hammock/tent/chair/lounger combo is the latest in lightweight, compact, inexpensive shelter. New asymmetrical shape provides instant comfort over rocky, wet or sloping terrain and protection from sun, wind, rain, black flies, etc. Patented self-closing entrance through the bottom, which seals automatically. New comfortable shape to keep your back straight and level when resting on the diagonal. Includes Tree Hugger straps to prevent damage to tree bark. Weighs 2.5 pounds. Packaged size: 6in x 12in. Patented "easy enter, easy exit" through the bottom. Patented "never-tip" center balance design: Eliminates instability by entering from the center instead of flipping over the side. Bug-proof, waterproof and windproof. Triangular mesh gear pocket, glove hooks & caribineer loops. Height Limit: up to 6ft / up to 182.9cm. Weight limit: 250 lbs / 115kg.”
This is a method of cooking food using regular store bought aluminum foil. I will bet you that a person could cook these Hobo Packets inside a cast iron dutch oven or pot with a lid over a campfire.
“In my quest to give you a quick and easy dinner recipe each week, I am bringing you hobo packets! These are a traditional boy scout meal and with good reason. This recipe can also be modified to use chicken or even pork, but ground beef is my personal favorite due to it's taste (I'm just so used to hobo packets with ground beef!), its convenience, and it's low cost. This can even make a great Vegetarian meal simply by omitting meat and adding more veggies! Frugal and filling!”
Dale's Sauce (optional)
Make patties out of the ground beef. Peel and slice onion. Slice potatoes into chunks. Place each patty in the center of a large sheet of foil. Top with onion, potatoes, and carrots. Add 2 T of sauce, if using. Close packet and seal well. Bake in oven at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour, or until done.
QUARTZITE, ARIZONA Looking for some free camping close to some grocery stores or other amenities? This place is very popular and contains lots of "Boondocking type land".
“Quartzsite Arizona, is a little town in the Southwest desert. It is located at the crossroads of Highway 10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles, and Highway 95 between Lake Havasu City and Yuma. It's history shows that this area was always a gathering place for pioneers on their way to the rich gold fields in California, way station and hub of activity for travelers going in every direction. Quartzsite is known these days a gathering place of a different kind. In the hot summer months, it is a place where weary travelers can make a stop on their for food, lodging, fueling, and shopping on the way to places east, west, north and south. The summer temperatures here get to be in the 100s and up, and Quartzsite is just another sleepy town in the south of the desert. . . In the winter months, when the temperatures are often in the 70s most of the time, the town turns into one of the biggest gatherings of people in the country. Over one million visitors, some of them called "snowbirds" because they migrate here from the northern climates, converge on Quartzsite in the winter. Quartzsite hosts thousands of vendors at its famous indoor and outdoor swap meets, where shoppers can find anything and everything they could possibly want to buy. You can shop until you drop. Music is a big thing in Quartzsite, and you can always find a jam session going on somewhere in town. The Q.I.A. and Senior citizens halls have something going on every day and night. There are dances, bingo, crafts, pot luck dinners, rock classes and jam sessions all the time, and many special events and shows as well.”
MAPSPORT If you need to order Topographic Maps for your project or location this is a very good online place to order maps. "Printed Topo Maps - $6.95 with Fast & Free Shipping!" I have ordered from this business before and i have had no problems with them.
“WELCOME TO MAPSPORT! MapSport is a Registered Trademark of MapSport, Ltd. Co., a Texas Limited Liability Company and is the number 1 seller of paper USGS DRG topographic quad maps to sportsmen, hikers, hunters and outdoorsmen. Maps are high resolution scans printed using ink jet technology on 24 lb high quality durable paper. We ship fast, usually the same day if received by 12:00pm ct. All printed maps are $6.95 which includes USPS First Class shipping. Normal map size is about 24 by 29 inches, but varies depending on the map. We also carry a modest selection of accessories such as Garmin GPS units and pack accessories that you can throw in your pack with your maps and road maps to get you to where you are going. We guarantee your satisfaction or your money back, we have thousands of satisfied customers, much of our business is with return customers. MapSport, Ltd. Co. has over 100,000 maps available for sale. If you have special requirements, do not hesitate to call us toll free at 888-417-4792 or send us an email. We accept MC, Visa, Discover, American Express. Thank-you in advance for your business.”
CANCOOKER This really is too big for individual use, it is 4 gallons in size. Best to use with small groups of people or maybe a family of 4 or 5 could benefit from the size of this cooking device. From what i can surmise by reading their website is this cooker works similar to a pressure cooker in principle, but without the high pressure utilized by a regular pressure cooker.
“CanCooker is a new, unique outdoor cooking device that allows you to cook a lot of food without a lot of work. CanCooker makes a complete meal, that will feed a group of hungry people, in about one hour. Best of all, CanCooker works on any heat source – campfire, camp stove, propane stove, charcoal or gas grill, turkey fryer, stove top, etc and it's easy to clean up! This makes CanCooker ideal for camping, hunting, fishing, tailgating, family gatherings, picnics or any outdoor get-together. CanCooker is an updated version of the old cream can which was used by farmers/ranchers to cook a hot, hearty and homemade meal while everyone worked. CanCooker cooks with steam so it's healthy. Each recipe includes twelve or more ounces of liquid which the heat source turns to steam. CanCooker's revolutionary one-piece "shouldered" design creates convection which circulates the steam for faster cooking. The circulating steam also helps keep food from sticking to the inside of the CanCooker which makes clean up remarkably easy! The food that comes out of CanCooker is fresh and very flavorful and it maintains its natural flavor better than other forms of cooking. This is because the steam does not leach away the flavors and nutrients. Everything comes out tender and tasty. Nothing comes out dry. Because CanCooker is so easy to use (load it, place it on the heat source and wait about an hour) you'll be able to play or socialize instead of cooking the meal. And, the food comes out piping hot and ready to eat. Cater to your crowd with CanCooker, the quick, convenient and healthy way to cook outdoors!”
WOODGAS CAMP STOVE This company has several different sizes of their product. The The WoodGas Camp Stove pictured on the right is of their LE Edition. It costs approximately $53.00.
“The new WoodGas Camping Stoves are a revolution in the outdoor cooking industry. The stove encompasses many traditional camp stove ideas and utilizes today's cutting edge engineering and technology to produce a clean, efficient heat without specialized fuels. The WoodGas Camping Stoves are unlike any other portable camping stoves on the market. The Woodgas stove uses a small fan to draw in fresh air into the two stage combustion chamber, allowing for a cleaner, hotter and more efficient stove. Two AA batteries power the fan on one of two speed settings for easy temperature control. Whether your are backpacking, hiking, camping, making smores or tailgating at your favorite game, the WoodGas Camping Stoves are the all around convenient solution to your portable outdoor cooking needs. When we say "Pack the stove, not the fuel," literally we mean you do not need to take any fuel with you. No need for bulky propane canisters or messy charcoal bricks. The WoodGas Camping Stoves will burn just about any combustible material. Everything from grasses, sticks and twigs to branches and pine cones. The WoodGas Camping Stoves will burn just about anything.”
VOLCANO COOKSTOVE This appears to be something with possibilities. A multi-purpose cookstove which can be equipt to burn propane, wood or charcoal as fuel. Very portable and for outside use, like camping.
“Great for Dutch Oven Cooking, Boiling, Steaming, Barbecuing, Wok Cooking, Pan Frying, and Grilling. The patented cook chamber is one of the most efficient of any stove. You can cook a meal with as few as 12 briquettes. Both the Volcano Original and the Volcano Collapsible can be used with three different fuels, propane, charcoal or wood. This sets it apart from almost all stoves like the rocket stove, for example. The Volcano Collapsible can also collapse to just 5", making it easy to store and transport. All Volcanoes come equipped with a top grill and a bottom grate for holding charcoal briquettes. Change from Charcoal to Wood in seconds. A method to cook, sterilize, and heat. This is key to proper sanitation and nutrition. The most versatile Multi-Purpose Cook Stove in the Great Outdoors. Easy installation and removal. Optional Propane Attachment comes complete with a burner/cradle, 4" nipple, male connector, hose, valve, regulator, and female quick connector.”
KELLY KETTLE Link goes to product at Amazon. I have never used one of these boilers before, never even owned one or seen one. They look quite efficient. They have good star ratings. This appliance is used to boil water for coffee or other hot drinks using small pieces of wood or similar material for fuel.
“Kelly Kettle USA - Volcano Kettle - Ultra Fast Boiling Kettle. Medium Aluminum Scout Kelly Kettle, perfect for Cooking, Hiking, Camping, Kayaking, Fishing, and Hunting. The Kelly Kettle is the Outdoor Enthusiasts best friend. Kelly Kettles are also ideal for Emergency Preparedness Kits and being prepared for any disaster. Not only is the Kelly Kettle the perfect camping kettle for Emergency Preparedness, but it is also the perfect camping kettle for Car Camping. Boy Scouts also love to use the Kelly Kettle on all their campouts. The Kelly Kettle comes is 3 sizes. The Kelly Kettle you are buying is the Kelly Kettle Aluminum Medium Scout, The Kelly Kettle Scout Medium holds 44 fl. oz. of water. This model is Stock Item 50003. This Kelly Kettle boils approximately 7 - 6 oz. Mugs of water at a time. The Kelly Kettle even works in stormy conditions bringing water to boil within a matter of minutes using whatever solid fuel is naturally occuring in the area - sticks, grass, pine cones, bark etc. No need to carry fuel. Ever!
Users have described their Kelly Kettle as the 'Greatest Invention of all Time'.”
COLEMAN'S ALL-IN-ONE COOKING SYSTEM Link goes to product at Amazon. This is a very portable cooker from Coleman. You can probably use this cooker with the bulk propane tanks and hose shown below.
“You'll be hard pressed to find a more convenient cooker anywhere. Highly portable and easy to set up, this cooker is perfect for shore lunches or other duties around camp and portable living. The Coleman all in one cooking system is perfect for the campsite looking for a flexible cooking system. An all in one versatile, total portable cooking solution, anytime, anywhere. Versatile convenient and portable nesting cooking surfaces. All removable cooking surfaces dishwasher safe. Hinged dome-shaped porcelain-coated lid for cooking efficiency lid & cooking grate lock down for transport and storage. The 5000 btu burner is great for grilling, heating, and cooking on the skillet. Runs on one 16.4 oz propane cylinder (sold separatly) for four full hours. Easy clean-up with removable porcelain-coated, stamped steel grill grate helps make the camping experience fun and quick for one day outing as well as longer trips. Includes Stove Grill Grate Griddle Stock-Pot / Warmer and Carry Case.”
SHIRL'S AWESOME EASY BURRITOS This Burrito Recipe has good reviews and seems simple enough to me.
1 -2 lb lean ground beef
1 (15 ounce) can fat-free refried beans, with chilies
1 (12 ounce) jar chunky salsa (or one of your choice)
1 -2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, approx
salt and pepper
2 (8 ounce) packages flour tortillas (8- or 10 pkg)
butter or margarine
sour cream, for topping
1. Cook the beef in a large pot; drain well when done.
2. You can add the onions if you like, I don't always use them.
3. Stir in can of re-fried beans and approx 3/4 to half of the salsa (leave some for topping)
4. Add some cheddar cheese, I usually add approx 1 cup (leave some for topping)
5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Let this mixture warm on the stove a few minutes just to melt the cheese.
7. Turn off.
8. Warm the shells a few at a time in the microwave on a plate with a slightly damp paper towel on top.
9. Place 2 ice cream scoop sizes of meat mixture in the middle of the shell, roll up and place seam side down in a lightly buttered 9x13 pan (you will need more than one pan)
10. Once you have rolled them all and placed in pans, brush lightly with butter or margarine.
11. Spread remaining salsa on top (I like to use lots and have some left over if anyone wants to add more).
12. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
13. Place in a warm oven 200-250F approx 10-15 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.
14. Serve with extra salsa and sour cream.
15. This is a recipe that can be made for a small supper feeding 4-6 or can be made for 10 or more depending on how many shells you buy and the size of shells I buy large ones.
16. This is very filling so I don't add anything to the meal.
17. It is easy and inexpensive to make and not one person I have ever made it for did not LOVE it.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
ZZSTOVE This stove has been around for a long time. I bought one when they first came out for sale years ago. They work well except i would recommend gathering up a pile of small pieces of wood before starting the fire. You have to constantly feed small pieces of wood into the furnace to keep the fire going. And it requires batteries to run the little fan motor thus supercharging the fire.
“Welcome to zzstove.com, home of ZZ Manufacturing and the SIERRA and SIERRA TITANIUM stoves. The SIERRA stove, (pictured right), is ideal for backpackers, distance bikers, back country horsemen and other campers looking for an extremely lightweight, dependable and powerful stove. The SIERRA is an excellent choice for Boy Scouts, providing a safe and simple way to learn the skills of campfire cooking. The SIERRA burns twigs, bark, pine cones and other woods readily available around a campsite, as well as charcoal and other solid fuels. The SIERRA incorporates an adjustable speed fan, creating a forced ventilation system that provides intense heat and efficient burning. The SIERRA weighs only 1 lb yet creates up to 18,000 BTU/hr, enough heat to boil a quart of water in four minutes. A single "AA" battery powers the fan for 6 hours. The optional "D" CELL POWER SUPPLY provides over 35 hours of cooking time.”
COBB AMERICA This is a cool little cooking system that's been around for awhile. Looks to be a quality item, especially if you like to use charcoal briquettes for cooking.
“Welcome to the home of the Cobb Portable Grill and Cooking System. Weighing only 9lbs, the fuel efficient Cobb Grill uses only 8 or 10 charcoal briquettes for three hours of incredible gourmet cooking. The Patented Cobb BBQ Cooking System is truly in a class of its own. Unlike a typical portable grill, the Cobb Grill can roast, bake, smoke and fry (even bake a pizza) while the safe cool-to-touch base makes it ideal for taking anywhere or place on ANY surface. No heat is ever transferred through the base. The secret is in in the innovative patented design that retains and circulates the heat just like a convection oven but without the fans. The cooking surface is designed in a way not to allow fats and juices to drip onto the charcoal. This means no smokey flare-ups or dangerous carcinogenic burned fat residue redeposited on the food. Don't let the small design fool you, the cobb grill can easily cook for a family of 4 to 6. The Cobb Grill reaches up to 450 degrees inside, while the base is completely cool outside. Whether your taste is for steak and chicken or fish and vegetables, the Cobb grill cooks complete meals to succulent perfection! Please explore our site further to learn more about the amazing Cobb Cooking System.”
CAMP FIRE GRILL These folks like to invent superior portable grilling equipment. These grills appear to be quite heavy-duty. They have about four different models to choose from. Picture on the right is of the "Rebel" grill and is the smallest of The Perfect CampfireGrill™ products.
“The Perfect CampfireGrill™ / grills. Our growing line of high-quality, steel-constructed campfire grills all feature our unique one-inch raised edge that prevents food from rolling into the campfire. Each grill also comes with its own easy-to-clean nylon carrying case! The Perfect CampfireGrill™ products are a growing line of high-quality, steel-constructed outdoor grills that go
over the open campfire. Their durability, ease of use and variety of sizes have made The Perfect
CampfireGrill™ products a favorite of campers, hikers, bikers and adventure seekers. A main selling point of the products is a one-inch raised edge that prevents food from falling off into the fire and hence, the company's slogan: "OUR HOT DOGS NEVER FALL OFF!". 100% Money Back Guarantee. If you are not satisfied for any reason, send the barbecue grill back for a full refund.”
LODGE CAST IRON Link goes to product at Amazon. This site features Lodge Cast Iron cookware. On it you will find the lastest collection of cast iron cookware and recipes for use with your Lodge cookware.
“Today, Lodge Cast Iron remains a family owned, family operated business producing the most extensive selection of quality cast iron goods on the market. Lodge now offers an expanded line of cast iron cookware for America's kitchens—Dutch ovens, the largest selection of cast iron skillets on the market, deep fryers, country kettles and more. When cooking outdoors, Lodge Cast Iron goes too, with camp Dutch ovens, griddles, combo cookers and grills of unparalleled quality. Well into our second century in business, Lodge now imports two lines of enamel coated cast iron cookware from China. The Dutch ovens, casseroles and skillets are made to our strict standards and have earned positive reviews from Good Housekeeping and Fine Cooking magazines, test kitchens and our valued consumers. Not even the most expensive stainless and aluminum cookware can rival the even heating, heat retention, durability and value of Lodge Cast Iron. Its legendary cooking performance keeps it on the list of kitchen essentials for great chefs and home kitchens alike. For more than four generations Lodge has been making cast iron cookware. And, much of the cookware made generations ago is still in the kitchens of fourth generation cooks. That's why we say that when you choose Lodge Cast Iron Cookware, you've made a friend that will last more than a lifetime. The Lodge family appreciates your patronage and hopes that if this is your first piece of Lodge Cast Iron, it will be the first of many.”
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