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General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by wolfy on Today at 04:09:11 PM »
So's San Antonio @ 58* today.....we left Nebraska last Saturday with that Arctic cold & snow nipping at our heels all the way down here.  For once, I picked the right time to head out on a trip.  Last time, we drove in heavy rain from Omaha to Fort Worth, but at least there wasn't any ice to deal with. :)

The bluebells are beginning to bloom in Texas....pretty! :banana:
General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Today at 03:47:48 PM »
Anchorage is lookin' mighty good these days!

General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by wsdstan on Today at 03:45:08 PM »
Our latest 7 day forecast is for more cold and snow followed by more cold and snow.   :-X
General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by wolfy on Today at 03:43:28 PM »
What parts of Florida are you heading to?  If you are anywhere near Jacksonville, give me a shout.

Unfortunately, Jacksonville is on the wrong side of the state for our present itinerary, but that seems to change at the drop of a hat, too.  I have never been to Savannah, GA and I'd like to head up that way after leaving FL, if time and the weather permits.  In that case, it is entirely possible that we may be over in your vicinity.....I'll PM you with my cell # :thumbsup:
Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Tent Question
« Last post by wsdstan on Today at 03:41:56 PM »
Always wanted a tipi but my habits led me to mountain tents for use at high altitude.  The best two tents I ever had were a REI mountain tent and my current tent, a Noel three season model made thirty five years ago by a fellow who lived in Washington.  I loaned it to a kid a few years ago and had to buy new poles for it.   :P
Found a guy who had replacements and he told that Noel was still around but didn't make tents these days.
It is a great tent but not for winter camping. 

Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Tent Question
« Last post by wolfy on Today at 03:21:23 PM »
My first tent was made from an old chenille beadspread that my folks were going to throw out.....excellent for sunny days, but definitely leaky during a rain. :P

My first 'real' tent was a single-pole miner's-style tent with a Roy Rogers (my heroes have always been cowboys) logo on two sides.  It too, was a fair weather affair that wasn't made to shed water.

Outside of our Boy Scout Troop's bakers and explorers, we didn't own any real tents until my brother and I bought a canvas 9 X 9 foot green & yellow umbrella tent with a floor and an outside tubular aluminum frame from Sears for $36.....Ted Williams approved. ;)   We car-camped all over the western states with that heavy beast until we started canoe camping.  I still have it and it's still in good shape.  It's now a 'loaner tent' for folks that need one for a weekend trip or who need a tent for their kids to sleep in.

My all time best canvas tent was a painted 16' Sioux tipi with the longer Cheyenne or Crow smoke flaps.  Two people can easily live in that thing in ALL kinds of weather.....high winds, high heat, bitter cold, it didn't matter.  Cool in summer & warm in winter with only a small stove required.  We were always comfortable in it.  Of course, you need a van or a pickup to haul the poles around and it takes about 30 minutes to pitch properly, but it was the best tent to live in for extended periods of time that I ever had....or probably ever will have.  :thumbsup:
Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Tent Question
« Last post by UncleTimbo on Today at 07:35:13 AM »
Ha! Remember you didn't want to touch the inside of the tent if it was raining?
When using this tent while camping, I'd throw a bunch of dried leaves under it before setting it up. Instant padding.
Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Tent Question
« Last post by Pete Bog on Yesterday at 04:02:35 PM »
Canvas tent, canvas floor, no waterproof floor, just tread water when it rained or float the air mattress out if it had any air left in it by daylight. Then the canvas would shrink. We had an umbrella style and after a few years the framework would hardly fit. The surplus pup tents weren't much better. No floor, so spray the bug spray until your eyes watered. Then filter your breathing through the sleeping bag until the air cleared. In the morning the dew would be so heavy you couldn't get out without getting your knees getting wet. It sure was fun when we were ten.
Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Tent Question
« Last post by madmax on Yesterday at 01:08:04 PM »
The heat.  The humidity.  The smell.

Aaaah.  Good times.
Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Tent Question
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 10:54:51 AM »
Our family had a 7x7 canvas umbrella tent when I was growing up. The canvas was real heavy duty. It also had a built in canvas floor. Whenever we'd camp out in the summer time, if you didn't come outta that thing early, Mr. Sunshine would bring you out! I can still remember that canvas smell.

Ha ha.  I had one of those waxed or oiled canvas tents, dark green, back in the late fifties.  We would camp out in that thing and when the heat woke you up and you crawled out it was like escaping a fire.  Had not thought about that heat and that smell in a long time, thanks Timbo.
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