The Rules….

The Rules….

The Rules#1 Heat kills.  #2 Water is our best friend and worst enemy.  #3 Just because it was expensive doesn’t mean it won’t break. #4 Imitation is NOT the highest form of flattery.  #5 Nothing is Idiot Proof! #6 If it ain’t broke, don’t try… Too often.  Yeah, I screwed up. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone! You’ll ruin my DISreputation! I am here to help you avoid some mistakes. I can’t save you from all of them. I do hope I can save you time and money by learning from my mistakes. Rule # 1 Heat kills Your gear has a usable temperature range. Food spoils faster at higher temperatures. Band aids get slimy in a summer car trunk. Medications lose their potency when toasted. We all know the car gets hot in the sun. If you keep your bag in the trunk, you’ll have to rotate your perishables and adhesive items more frequently. If you keep it in the closet with the electric water heater… yeah, it’s not much better. Rule #2 Water is our best friend and worst enemy Mold sucks. Period. Keep your gear away from moisture. I lost an entire travel trailer to mold. A winter storm came through and destroyed thousands of trees in our area. We had a medium sized branch fall on our Get Out Of Dodge trailer. I didn’t notice the quarter sized hole in the roof until spring. It looked like a science experiment in there. Rule # 3 Just because it was expensive doesn’t mean it won’t break I’m a hard use kinda guy. I treat most things really well....
Review – Cast Iron Scrubber

Review – Cast Iron Scrubber

Now that the website is working again, I can post the reviews from our friends In Arizona! They are camping for an extended period and we had the opportunity to send them some gear to test for us.  Stainless Steel Chainmail Cast Iron Scrubber(7×7 size with a hanging ring) I love cooking with our cast iron set. And detest cleaning it after certain meals. After a couple weeks out here I realized it was affecting what we eat. We were eating way more junk food than normal simply because less clean-up was involved.  When we have a big sink with hot running water and a washer in the next room I love using the regular heavy duty dish sponges with a scrubbie side. They get thoroughly rinsed after each use and rotated out daily. I have a ventilated basket just for kitchen cloths and scrubbies. The moment they get too gunked up (such as after cleaning a casserole dish or a pot from spaghetti sauce) into the wash-bin they go. Easy peasy.  But at camp that gunky scrubbie is the bane of my existence. First, water is a premium so I can’t rinse them out as well. Second, food traces bring unwanted pests – and in certain places can even be dangerous. So all our rinse water must be accounted for carefully. Any wet scrubbies and cloths must be dried before being put in a laundry bag or they’ll get super smelly before laundry day. Which then makes it harder to get the entire load clean at a DIY laundromat. I just can’t afford to throw away a scrubbie...
Reviews from 1/2 a world away

Reviews from 1/2 a world away

We had the opportunity to help sponsor an amazing young woman on the trip of a lifetime. An 11 month, 11 country backpacking mission trip. With the help of some manufacturers, we were able to set her up with some great gear for her 3rd world adventures. Here are her reviews of the goods. –Katie As we head into our next country, it was so fun making this video and being able to reflect on this past month and all that was experienced and ways that I was impacted by the people in Pretoria, South Africa. From the kids and staff at the township, to our host and the friendships that were formed. Watch and see a glimpse of what life was like the past month!   The World Race South Africa     Shoutouts!   Okay, so this part is WAY overdue, but so important. There were a lot of people and companies that sponsored me with gear to make this trip a little better so here are some shoutouts to them as well as some awesome gear recommendations- whether you are a future world racer or just someone that has an adventurous spirit and will be traveling soon I highly recommend all of these products!    First of all, huge thank you to Todd Jones for setting this up, you are a great rep for your companies and I am so thankful to you and the extra work you put in to make this happen.    Okay here it goes:    Luci EMRG Light by Mpowered: http://amzn.to/2h9dmqN This is an awesome solar powered blow up lantern that was...
10 Ways to Stay Safe in a Dangerous World. 

10 Ways to Stay Safe in a Dangerous World. 

10 Ways to Stay Safe in a Dangerous World.  RELEVANT NEWS STORY . 1. WHILE THE CAT IS AWAY Some people left their car in the long-term parking lot while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car’s registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people’s home and robbed it. So I guess if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener. . 2. GETTING LOST AND LOSING IT Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents. Something to consider if you have a GPS – don’t put your home address in...
Review – PATRIOT PANTRY COFFEE

Review – PATRIOT PANTRY COFFEE

So, we have some wonderful fans who are spending the next few months camping all over the place in Arizona. They’ve graciously agreed to write some reviews for us. Here is the first one… Patriot Pantry Coffee The package is extremely lightweight and easy to pack.  I made 2 cups with hot water boiled in a standard kettle on the propane camp stove.  We didn’t pack any measuring cups or spoons. So using an actual long handled teaspoon, I measured one very rounded and the other a little shallow. Then I eyeballed 6oz of hot water into each of our 20oz travel mugs    (if you are hiking or backpacking I would recommend these carabiner mugs with measure marks inside).  The coffee blended nearly instantly. It certainly is the quickest way to a cup of coffee. I had two cups made in less than half the time it normally takes us to make one cup.  I took the shallower spoonful. It was a little bland. I realized belatedly that I could’ve simply added a bit more of the coffee to the water. And if it was too much I could’ve added a bit more water. Keep in mind, I was making the coffee before I had the coffee 😉 . So, instead I added a bit of the kids’ chocolate powder. It just finished my cup. It was pleasant if not spectacular. Like a cafe mocha I might’ve got at the shop at my high school summer camp. I gave the rounded teaspoonful to my husband. My first sip had an initial bitterness that dissipated quickly. Perfectly drinkable but...
Review – Convoy S3 Flashlight

Review – Convoy S3 Flashlight

The Convoy S3 is an attractive light with great output, decent grip knurling, and some attention to detail that I’ve found lacking in some higher end lights, lately. This medium EDC light comes with your choice of LED emitters. You can choose either a cool white XM-L2 U2 or the more neutral white XM-L2 T6. With your emitter choice you can also pick your maximum lumen output. Options range from 500 lumens to 1100 lumens. The S3 offers an option usually seen on lights from higher end companies like FourSevens and Thrunite; the ability to change the output choices or “group”. In this instance, you get to choose “Group 1”: A 5 mode setup – Low, Medium, High, strobe, and SOS Or, for those who prefer a simpler setup you can choose “Group 2”: The normal – Low, Medium, High arrangement. It sounds simple in the instructions but took me a couple of tries to figure out. Here goes: -Turn on the light with a full “click” of the tail switch. -1/2 press (no click but the light will change) the tail switch, a couple times, until you get to Low mode. -Once there, wait a few seconds and the light will blink once. -When it does, 1/2 press the tail switch and hold for a couple seconds and then release. -The light should still be in Low mode. Wait a few seconds for the light to blink once again. -Turn the light off (full click) for 5 seconds (to bypass the setting memory). -When you turn the light back on, it will be in the other mode. Sounds...
Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!