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Building our Campsite / Overland Destination – Morning of Day 1

We’re working on the campground. Join us to see how it looks before the heavy equipment arrives.

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Carvers Gap to Roan High Knob

The trails around Carver’s Gap and Roan Mountain are extremely popular and with good reason. It is an easy hike to the Knob and the view is outstanding. Just be prepared to have to work hard to find a place to park. You can also check off your bucket list item of walking on the …

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Read Family Camping Book for Free

2020 has been a crazy year. Despite the Covid-19 stuff, Connie and I have still managed to safely go camping and 4wheeling. If you want to find out more about how to go camping (and take your family) then you can read my first book on camping for free at http://montie.com/book/. Many of the topics …

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Fred Behrend Trail at Roan Mountain State Park, TN

Roan Mountain State Park and the surrounding area has great hiking. The hike along the Appalachian Trail where it passes through Carver’s Gap is a must do hike. It is an easy hike and the views are spectacular. This year we camped at the Roan Mountain State Park with friends. The whole Covid-19 mess meant …

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Place for Everything – Making Camping Easier

I’ll start off by saying that our campsite organization due to my wife’s organizational skills and effort. Just giving credit where credit is due. If you are disorganized when you are camping, there are 3 likely consequences. Consequence #1 – the pile of items that don’t have a place will migrate to somewhere like the …

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Powering a Propane Shower Using Your Car Battery

Thanks for following our outdoor adventures! We just got back from a great week long trip to the Western North Carolina mountains. We camped up at 4000 feet of elevation near Hot Springs, NC. Because we were going to be gone for a week, we took our big tent. That was a lot more comfortable …

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Choosing Your First Firearm

Today’s world is kinda crazy and many people are reacting by purchasing a firearm. Instead of concentrating on which is the perfect firearm to do everything, instead concentrate on your journey to be proficient using your firearm. The skills are much more important than which firearm you carry. Lets spend a few minutes and walk …

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Shower Setup and the Teardrop – Pimping the Teardrop – Part 2

Join me for a tour of the shower setup for our teardrop. This is especially helpful for camping during the Covid-19 outbreak because it means we don’t have to go into the public bathrooom or shower at the campground. It also works great when we are boondocking. The waterflow to the shower can be powered …

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Should You Wear a Mask – The Science Behind Why You Should

There is so much misunderstanding and misinformation about this subject. So I break down my understanding of why you should wear a mask. It is longer than I intended, but hopefully it is simply stated and makes a good argument for why masks should be worn. If you physically cant wear a mask (small percentage …

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Staying safe from Covid-19 While Camping

Thinking about going camping soon? The video below shows how we tried to stay safe last weekend and avoid the Covid virus while we were camping at Grandfather Campground in Banner Elk, NC. The goal was to not enter the shower or bathhouse. Instead we used our pop up shower tent and portable, propane hot …

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Chickens – First Day out of the Shell

Here is what it looks like when they first start hatching. They start out very tired from the ordeal of hatching, then quickly get very active. These videos were taken over a 24 hour period. When the last eggs hatched there was a lot of activity!

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Next Steps – Thriving through the Corona Virus

Many of us are working from home. Some of us are still going to work everyday. There is a lot of uncertainty on jobs, liberty, and health. I have friends that are asking me what to do next. How do they prepare. So I’m putting together some of those thoughts on what you can do …

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Pimping the Teardrop Trailer

The teardrop trailer has been a work in process. We’ve wanted to add more capability and storage, but I didn’t want to have a big impact on ground clearance or break over angle. Moving water, propane and the spare tire to the trailer means more space in the tow rig (either or Wrangler TJ or …

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Connie’s Thoughts on Life During the Corona Virus – Part 2

Connie wanted to share some of her thoughts on what we are all going through. During this episode she talks about alternative locations for setting up temporary hospitals.

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My Wife’s Thoughts on Life During the Corona Virus

Connie wanted to share some of her thoughts on what we are all going through. She talks about grocery delivery services, how getting the mail suddenly became risky, and life in self-quarrantine.

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