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.

15
May
2016
jloomis

Stansport 700 Lumen Cree LED Lantern Review

Product Rating: 
3
Picture of Stansport 700 Lumen Cree LED Lantern

Features:

From Stansport, "The Stansport Cree LED Lantern gives off an amazing 700 lumens, making it one of the brightest battery lanterns on the market! This powerhouse is capable of lighting up the campsite, the inside of the largest tents, and even rooms at home during a power outage. The rubber coated housing makes the Cree LED 700 lantern ideal for the rugged outdoors."

The Stansport 700 lumen Cree LED lantern is water resistant, features a carry handle, and has three lighting modes (high, low, and strobe).

10
May
2016
jloomis

Shad fishing with my family on the Willamette River

Picture of shad fishing with my family on the Willamette River

Shad have started going over Bonneville Damn, so that means its time to start fishing the Willamette River for them. Katie has every other Tuesday off from work, so I have decided to leave early from work on corresponding Tuesdays to take the whole family shad fishing.

01
May
2016
jloomis

A quick fishing trip to Rock Creek Reservoir

I haven't been fishing in awhile and when my friend John suggested we go trout fishing sometime, I thought of Rock Creek Reservoir. It's a 100 acre (when full in the spring) reservoir and is stocked several times in the Spring with rainbow trout. It shrinks down to a pond by the end of summer. Rock Creek Reservoir is located in Tygh Valley within the Mount Hood National Forest. It's about 6 miles WSW of the town of Wamic. Rock Creek Campground is located on the Southeast shore of the lake and has 33 sites with water and outhouses nearby.

13
Mar
2016
jloomis

Finally a spring snowstorm worthy of another snowmobile trip

Picture of snowmobiling near High Rock, Oregon

Snow levels have finally come back down to pass level, so my friend John and I went snowmobiling near Mt Hood on Sunday. We were the only ones at Skyline Sno Park. Most of the snow at pass level had melted since we were last up. But luckily there was enough new snow to cover the bare spots.

13
Feb
2016
jloomis

Family Snow Day 2016 - Frog Lake, Oregon

Picture of family snow day 2016 near Frog Lake, Oregon

After not being able to host our annual family snow day last year due to a lack of snow, we were happy to continue with our tradition this weekend. We had eighteen of us this year with family from San Diego, CA and Reno, NV joining us. The weather was nearly perfect with mostly cloudy skies and a temperature around freezing much of the day.

06
Feb
2016
jloomis

Snowmobiling around Mt Hood, Oregon

Picture of snowmobiling near Mt Hood, Oregon

I took my brother-in-law Scott snowmobiling Saturday near Mt Hood. We unloaded from Frog Lake SnoPark and had beautiful weather. The temperature started just below freezing and warmed into the upper 30's. The trails were packed snow with consolidated snow off trail.

03
Feb
2016
jloomis

UST 10-Day Classic LED Lantern Review

Product Rating: 
1
Picture of UST 10-Day Classic LED Lantern

***** BUYER BEWARE *****
Stay away from Ultimate Survival Technologies.
Cheap circuitry, false advertising, and potentially dangerous LED products.

Features:

From UST, "The 10-Day Classic LED Lantern combines state-of-the-art functionality and a classic look to provide up to 10 days of emergency lighting."

24
Jan
2016
jloomis

Snow Camping near Elk Lake - Detroit Ranger District, Oregon

Picture of snow camping near Elk Lake, Oregon

The annual snow camping trip with my friend Kyle had finally arrived. Unfortunately the weather forecast was less than stellar, with rain in the mountains in January. That's Western Oregon for you: never predictable which makes planning anything in advance difficult.

17
Jan
2016
jloomis

Suboos Gen 2 Ultimate LED Tent Lantern Review

Product Rating: 
4
Picture of Suboos Gen 2 LED Tent Lantern

Features:

The Suboos Gen 2 Ultimate LED Tent Lantern features 3 light modes: 280 lumens on high, 100 lumens on medium, and red light on low. It will run off one or two 18650 Li-ion rechargeable batteries (2 included) and can charge them via USB. The Suboos Gen 2 Ultimate LED tent lantern can also be used to charge mobile devices.

16
Jan
2016
jloomis

Eskimo FatFish 6120i Pop-Up Shelter Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of Eskimo FatFish 6120i Pop-Up Shelter

Features:

The Eskimo FatFish 6120i features up to 23% more fishable area than shelters with similar capacity and size. The FatFish 6120i is built with fully insulated 300 denier IceTight™ fabric which features a 59% higher thread count than similar shelter skins. The portability, durable design and materials, ample storage pockets, removable windows, and two doors make the Eskimo FatFish 6120i pop-up shelter a great winter tent.

10
Jan
2016
jloomis

Trillium Lake Snowshoeing with our Mini Adventurer

Picture of Katie and Julian snowshoeing to Trillium Lake, Oregon

It has been a while since Katie and I have snowshoed, so we finally planned a trip Sunday to Twin Lakes. Our Mini Adventurer traveled along on my back. Twin Lakes are a pair of hike-in lakes near Frog Lake about 8 miles SE of Government Camp, Oregon. It's about a 2.2 mile hike each way to the first lake (the bigger of the two). It was a beautiful day today with the temperature around 28°F with partly cloudy skies. Frog Lake SnoPark was already packed with dog sled racers by the time we arrived around 8:15 AM.

10
Jan
2016
jloomis

ThermaCELL ProFLEX Heated Insoles Review

Product Rating: 
4
Picture of ThermaCell ProFLEX Heated Insoles

Features:

ThermaCELL ProFLEX Heated Insoles charge in 4 hours using a USB port or wall charger. They are operated by a small wireless remote. They feature removable lithium-ion batteries and extra sets are available as spares. The ProFLEX Heated Insoles can be trimmed to fit most shoe sizes.

09
Jan
2016
jloomis

Barlow Creek and Bonney Meadows Snowmobile Ride

Picture of snowmobiling at Bonney Meadows, Oregon

While Julian spent the day with "Grammy", Katie and I went to the mountain to snowmobile. Originally we planned to ride from Frog Lake SnoPark, but it was too busy with dog sled races, so we ended up nearby at Skyline SnoPark. It was snowing lightly and about 24°F which was quite a bit warmer than last weekend.

02
Jan
2016
jloomis

Snow Camping near Clear Lake, Oregon

Picture of snow camping near Clear Lake, Oregon along Clear Creek

It's the new year, so it's time for another adventure - snow camping with a two year old. Even through we were working around a toddler's schedule, we still managed to leave only 15 minutes later than I wanted. Luckily we still made it to Skyline SnoPark before it became crowded. It was 9°F when we arrived with moderate wind and snow flurries. It was definitely going to be a cold snow camping trip.

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