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River Rats / Re: Rivers.
« Last post by wsdstan on September 22, 2018, 09:00:14 AM »
Peaceful looking place to float and paddle.  We floated western rivers for many years, the Missouri, Smith, Colorado, Arkansas, and smaller tributaries.  Mostly canoes but also in rafts and kayaks.  We camped and fished all of them over the years but it is harder to do these days.  My favorite river, the Smith up in Montana, has required permits for years now.  Outfitters tie up most of them and the increased number of floaters have reduced the places you can camp.  I float on still water these days at my place and am thankful I can do it.
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River Rats / Re: Rivers.
« Last post by Spyder1958 on September 22, 2018, 08:46:36 AM »


 Withlacoochee River (or Crooked River)

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Food and Cooking / Re: Sourdough starter
« Last post by Unknown on September 20, 2018, 07:19:16 PM »
Yeah. But if you have high quality flour and do not bake tons and tons of bread- feeding a quart of Starter with 1 cup a week is imo a bit wasteful. One can make the way with a couple tablespoons instead and much smaller jar.  :shrug:  it's pretty fun regardless. Fermentation is the best
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Overnight and Camping / Re: It's Almost Camping Time in FL!!
« Last post by wsdstan on September 20, 2018, 11:48:48 AM »
They should make the handle on that pacifier look like a bone through the nose.  Those teeth cracked me up.  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Production Knives / Re: Handy camp and picnic knives
« Last post by wsdstan on September 20, 2018, 11:46:48 AM »
I looked them up just now as I wasn't familiar with them.  They are very much like these Joseph Joseph knives and when they were available were a pretty good buy at $65.00 for the four
knife set.  (sale price off of the $149 list)
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General Discussion / Re: First Post of The Day
« Last post by Mannlicher on September 20, 2018, 07:19:26 AM »
how quickly  we forget the chaos and damage from Hurricane Irma.   I had every thing I needed then, and do now as well.

It's just too dang hot to go out and do anything here.  Hottest September in history for my fair city.  Hitting high nineties  and mid nineties every day.   Humidity is up there too.   You can sweat in the dang shower
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River Rats / Re: Rivers.
« Last post by Orbean on September 20, 2018, 06:11:15 AM »
As a kid growing up in NM, I was always seeking out running water. We had the Rio Grande and the irrigation ditches (acequias) that we could play in but both were dangerous and an ass whooping would be coming if caught. Water sports like kayaking and canoeing were totally foreign to me. When at my grandps's places I would head to the Nambe river or to the acequias to catch frogs and salamanders. I would dream of seeing and playing in bigger rivers like the ones I saw on tv and in books and mags.

Seeing you guys on your canoes, kayaks and paddle boards is something I really enjoy. It looks like so much fun, just cruising. The look on your faces in some of the pictures are ones of serenity and contentment; when ready about someone floating down a big river it is the look the comes to my minds' eye. I envy you and the fellowship of you guys down in the SE have. It is a very cool thing to see
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Production Knives / Re: Handy camp and picnic knives
« Last post by Mannlicher on September 20, 2018, 05:58:17 AM »
look a lot like the Ethan Becker ESEE sets that were available several years back.
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Overnight and Camping / Re: It's Almost Camping Time in FL!!
« Last post by crashdive123 on September 20, 2018, 05:01:23 AM »
 :camp: :banana: :cheers: :chopwood: :thumbsup: :tent:
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Food and Cooking / Re: American made cast iron with...... ahem........ a price.
« Last post by Moe M. on September 19, 2018, 11:40:26 AM »
  There are several small forges that specialize in cast iron skillets,  they all offer only one or two different sizes, most are 8" skillets, very highly polished and very high quality, the least expensive that I've seen sells for $149.99 plus about $35.00 for shipping in the con. US.
  In my opinion there's no reason to spend that kind of money for a good cast Iron skillet, grill pan, or chicken fryer, there is still a lot of vintage cast iron around if one is willing to take the time to find it, and most well kept vintage cast iron can usually be found at reasonable prices well under a hundred dollars,  my last cast iron purchase was about a year ago at a yard sale, a Griswold #8, it is in great shape and cost me $18.00.
 All but a few of my cast iron cookware collection are either Wagner Sidney or Griswold, I have a few high quality pieces that have no makers mark but I believe they were made by Wagner or Griswold for the economy market, my most used and best loved skillets is a MIAMI branded 10" skillet, they were made between 1921 and 1926, it's actually smoother than my Griswolds and a bit lighter,  it is truly as non stick as any modern day stoneware non stick skillet on the market.
 I don't believe in smoothing out modern cast iron cookware like those offered by Lodge cast iron,  with just a little patients to build up some proper seasoning they cook just a well as any vintage cast iron pan and are not any harder to care for,  I think using grinding wheels and sand paper to smooth out a rough pan for fun is a worthy project, but not a practical use of ones time given the ease, availability, and price of purchasing good quality cast iron.
 I've also run across cast iron cookware made in Canada, France, and Portugal that is good quality,  but I have a personal bias against using any cast iron cookware produced in Asia, especially Chinese made cast iron cookware, Lodge and several other American based companies are marketing coated cast iron cookware made in China from locally sourced materials,  while I trust those companies to put out a good product, where those raw materials come from and how they are processed is something we have no way of knowing.     
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