26
Dec
2016
jloomis

Survival Hax Tactical LED Pen Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of Survival Hax Tactical LED Pen

Features:

From Survival Hax, "The Tactical LED Pen by Survival Hax is more than just a ballpoint pen. The exterior is made from military grade aviation aluminum alloy with a tungsten cone tip. Inside you’ll find a blade made from 3CR13 steel, an LED light, and a refillable pen cartridge."

Specifications:

Length: 6"
Thickness: 0.5"
Body Material: Aluminum
Blade Material: 3CR13 steel
Batteries: LR927 x3
Weight: 0.1 lbs

10
Dec
2016
jloomis

Snow camping and snowmobiling - Little John Sno-Park, Oregon

Picture of snow camping at Little John Sno-Park

My friend John and I played hooky from work Friday and headed up to Little John Sno-Park on the East side of Mt Hood to snow camp and snowmobile. We waited to leave town until the freezing rain from overnight had thawed out enough to safely drive. We arrived at Little John Sno-Park just before noon to snow showers and a temperature of 14°F. There was one other vehicle in the parking lot and lots of snow. Little John Sno-Park is a low elevation sno-park (3,300') just of hwy 35 between Mt Hood Meadows nad Parkdale. It is not often we find this much snow here. I was excited.

03
Dec
2016
jloomis

Snowmobiling from Frog Lake Sno Park

Picture of snowmobiling near Frog Lake Buttes

My friend Kevin and I went snowmobiling from Frog Lake Sno Park on Saturday morning. We arrived just before 8 AM to a slushy parking lot and a temperature around 32°F with wet snow showers. We were one of the first ones there, but I wasn't expecting f very busy day as there is still not very much snow in the lower elevations around Mount Hood.

02
Dec
2016
jloomis

Family snowmobile adventure near Lookout Mountain

Picture of Katie and Julian snowmobiling near Lookout Mountain, Oregon

Katie and I both took Friday off to celebrate my birthday up in the snow. We had hoped to go snow camping, but the weather was not looking good overnight (rain in the forecast instead of snow). We ended up going snowmobiling for the day near Lookout Mountain (same place we were two weeks ago).

19
Nov
2016
jloomis

Playing in the snow near Lookout Mountain

Picture of Katie and Julian playing in the snow near Lookout Mountain, Oregon

Katie, our Mini-Adventurer, and I drove up to the base of Lookout Mountain (about 6,000' elevation) Saturday to play in the snow. We took Katie's Ford Escape for the first time in the snow and it handled amazingly well. No skill was needed to keep it safely on the road. We came across several other people out having fun in the snow. There was maybe 5-6" of snow by the time we made it to High Prairie (the base of Lookout Mountain). The weather was mostly cloudy with only a calm breeze and right around freezing. It was shaping up to be a beautiful day.

17
Nov
2016
jloomis

Not quite enough snow yet for the 2016/17 snowmobile season

Picture of early season snowmobiling at Bennett Pass, Oregon

We had our first real snow storm Tuesday night into Wednesday. The snow came down below pass level on Mt Hood finally. I was beginning to wonder if it would ever get cold with the record warm days we have been having this month. Being the first storm and a forecast of rising snow levels this weekend, I took Thursday off to see if there was enough snow to snowmobile. I took my friend Kevin and we headed to my customary early season riding area at Bennett Pass Sno Park.

11
Oct
2016
tylerwalts

Coleman Rio Inflatable Kayak Review

Product Rating: 
5

I first became interested in getting an inflatable kayak after hearing about someone taking one out regularly on the coast, which until then I had not thought would be a good idea. I did some research and found that inflatable boats can be quite robust! I decided to buy the Coleman Sevylor Rio because it seemed like the best one available on Amazon (plus free Prime shipping), and I've always had good luck with Coleman brand items in the past.

04
Sep
2016
jloomis

Salmon River Hike

Picture of Julian and I hiking along the Salmon River

On Sunday, Julian, Katie, and I decided to hike the Old Salmon River trail #742A. It's a short (about 2 miles each way) out-and-back hike along the Salmon River.

20
Aug
2016
jloomis

Trouble on the Willamette River

Picture of busted outboard lower unit from hitting a rock

We took the boat out again on Saturday, this time with my parents. This was their second attempt for the season. The first time we had motor troubles (the starter blew up and we never left the boat ramp).

Today we launched from Meldrum Bar on the Willamette River just downstream from Oregon City. My Grandpa was with us too, so we had four generations aboard.

19
Aug
2016
jloomis

Fun with family on the Columbia River

Picture of family enjoying our boat in the Columbia River

With upper 90's forecast for the weekend we got an earlier start at the boat ramp Friday (Chinook Landing). We met my sister and her family at the ramp. Everyone piled in (8 of us total) and we cruised downstream. It was windy which helped it feel a little cooler. We tried to find a calm place to anchor, but the current was ripping everywhere.

14
Aug
2016
jloomis

Tubing on the Columbia River

Picture of Me, Katie, and Julian tubing behind our boat

On Sunday we took our friends, Jordan and Melanie, out on our boat to have some fun on the Columbia River. It was busy, but still plenty of parking at Chinook Landing when we arrived around 10:30 am.

We headed upriver and found a spot to anchor downriver from Rooster Rock. We tossed the tube out and Julian had a blast just floating around.

07
Aug
2016
jloomis

Catalpa Lake Hike - Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon

Picture of us at Catalpa Lake, Oregon

We decided it would be fun to go on a day hike Thursday while we were camping along Barlow Creek. We started from Barlow Creek campground (actually right across the creek from the campground) following Bonney Meadows trail #471 for about 2 miles. This trail intersects Catalpa Lake trail #535 (about 3/4 of a mile) just before it ends at FS road 250. The hike is approximately 5.5 miles round-trip with 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

07
Aug
2016
jloomis

Camping near Barlow Crossing Campground - Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon

Picture of Julian camping near Barlow Crossing

We took most of the week off to go camping as a family near Barlow Crossing Campground in the Mount Hood National Forest. The campground is off forest service road 43 near its junction with road 48 on the SE side of Mt Hood. We left on Tuesday morning and arrived just after noon.

30
Jul
2016
jloomis

Boating on the Columbia River - Chinook Landing to Rooster Rock

Picture of boating on the Columbia River, Oregon

After getting our boat fixed (bad starter) we were eager to take it out and enjoy our beautiful Oregon summer. We took Katie's mom and friend Tracy out with us Saturday. We launched at Chinook Landing around 10 am. It was crowded due to a outrigger canoe race taking place Saturday.

We headed upriver toward Rooster Rock. We found a nice wide stretch of the Columbia River where there was very little boat traffic and calm conditions. It was perfect for Julian to experience his first time being pulled behind the boat in an inner-tube.

26
Jun
2016
jloomis

"I want to stay forever and ever"- Bonney Crossing Campground

Picture of Julian practicing casting his fishing rod

With a beautiful weekend forecast, we decided to go tent camping to Bonney Crossing campground with our friend John. Bonney Crossing is a small (less than 10 sites) primitive (no drinking water) campground at the Eastern edge of the Badger Creek Wilderness right along Badger Creek. It is located off FS road 2710 (about 2.5 miles North of Rock Creek Reservoir as the crow flies). Wamic is the closest town.

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