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I was standing by in Driggs today for a Family Dollar pickup when this Montana truck pulled up towing this sweet little trailer. I passed a compliment to the nice couple that owned it and they just smiled and said that they loved it. It drew a lot of attention while it sat there.

I looked the outfit up and it’s a nuCamp 400. This is the brand new 2018 model with an MSRP in excess of $31k, depending on options.

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Nap View

Sometimes I like to take a morning power nap in the big chair in the corner of the living room. This is what I see when I open my eyes:

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Vital Force

My body vibrates constantly and I feel the vibrations of others. This is my vital force. Just as blood flows through our arteries and veins, the vital force flows along the nerves in a constant stream. This vital force is poured down upon us from the Sun, which is the source of life. A healthy man with abundant vital force becomes a center of energy, radiating power, strength, health and vitality from his body to the people he comes in contact with.

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The Great American Eclipse of 2017 is a week away and the Path of Totality cuts right through our little Teton Valley. My Eclipse Blog will get the bulk of my effort in the upcoming week but if I take a bunch of photos on a particular day I’ll host them here because I have the tools to handle them on this blog.

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Local Soak

I hit up hot springs all around the Northwest during my Summer off time but good old Green Canyon is just thirty miles from my front door. No camping out, I shower when I get home, and sometimes I just rip my wet shorts off when I get back in the truck and drive home naked.

The hot pool area is separate from the swim area so it’s usually pretty quiet on weekdays. They keep it hot (108°) and it’s only $5.50 for old guys like me. Thumbs up!

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Piper watches me climb under the fluffy down blanket for a mid-day nap, so she does the same. Have I mentioned I really love my cat?

Tuesdays update: Back again, digging deeper…

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First Snake

We’ve lived in this subdivision for many years and I’ve never seen a snake here before, must be the 6500 ft altitude I supposed. Until today, and it was dead…

I know it wasn’t me that ran over the poor thing (I don’t take any life willingly) because there’s no need to drive over the little bridge into the subdivision.

Speaking of snakes, my browser app Ghostery blocks all webpage trackers and the other day it blocked 40 on one site alone. If you’re not using this tool, along with a good VPN, you are at risk my friends.

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Fire Wheel

My latest art work…

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The Cabins

I took a little overnight trip yesterday to one of my favorite places, Lava Hot Springs. I had the choice of camping in my truck, paying tourist season ripoff rates at the motels, or trying something new. I chose Bristol Cabins, a funky little place on the river that offers small one room cabins with no bathroom, no TV, and no internet, for $50.

I went the back way around Palisades reservoir, through Freedom, WY and got stuck in two long construction waits. I just got out of my rig like everyone else and made the most of it.

It was a fine day at Lava: two good soaks, dinner and huckleberry ice cream in town, but it was a rough night at my cabin. I had really bad leg cramps that forced me out of bed every hour, and the bed creaked loudly so all my neighbors knew about it. I could hear them get out of their creaky beds also. At 0500 I was out of there…

So, you know the drill, click the photo below (which was not my cabin btw :-) to see all of the shots.

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I visited a cool car stereo store down in Idaho Falls today called Limitless. I needed to upgrade the original radio in my old truck and they did a great job. When he first looked my setup over, the tech guy said “You know you won’t be able to play cassettes anymore?” Ah yea, that’s ok…

They had one of those mix and match things going on but I knew what I was looking for, so I just pointed and we proceeded. I went with the Alpine UTE-62BT. This receiver is mechless (no CD drive or disc mechanism) and supports FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), similar to MP3 but better quality. I’m going to burn all of my CD’s down to FLAC and store them on a single $20 low profile 64G flash drive which plugs right into the front of the unit. Goodbye CD’s!

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