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A Day In The Shade

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Waking up around 11, I stumbled outside to begin tearing off old siding (but remember, save the styrofoam!) that had been warped by our neighbor's garage when it had caught fire. Scaffolding soon went up and my brother joined us in nailing up the new siding, bottom to top. Fast-forward to the last row, where the new siding meets the old. The siding is eight inches tall and the gap is 8.5 inches. Pulling and renailing ensues until we manage to slide piece upon piece to complete the last row.

 

And during all this, I'd only had a banana beforehand. We picked up some pizza and I ate way too much of it way too quickly, I even had the nerve to throw in an apple and a cup of milk to top it all off. I felt like I was going to puke for a few minutes after I finished the apple and milk. No regrets.

 

Potentially bad news: My council isn't really getting any Philmont sign-ups (minimum crew members is seven) and it seems only my dad, brother, and I have signed up (though we haven't sent in our applications, apparently). I'll be infinitely disappointed if they cancel the trip.

 

Tomorrow will be filled with reading chapter upon chapter for US History and minor English homework. All blah-work, but at least I finished my book tonight.

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Guess what - I'm going to Philmont now, too :DMy crew is a group of guys, girls, and only one leader (since two of us are 20, venturing ftw). Gonna be interesting :3

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You better not be my sister crew. :mad:Now we just need Hawk to go for the trip and not learning. :box:

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Next year if council doesn't cancel, this year's for Florida Seabase. I'm determined to take home an awesome picture of the stars, though. I really regret not taking a picture the night before we left.

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I'll take plenty for you. I'm going this year, mid summer. Any object in particular you want, or just the whole sky itself? I'm actually building myself a small telescope to get some good pictures, since my camera has a very crappy resolution. Although there'r more surfaces, I should be able to balance out the crap with the focus stuffs, and stack the images I take afterward to make it look at least decent.Also, Seabase was awesome. Went there with the same crew I've got going to Philmont. Which particular trip are you doing? I did the general sailing one, we stopped in Key West for a day, and it was amazing. I forget the name of the store, but they sell Mad Dog hotsauce. Go there, maybe even get it. It's awesome :3

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Have you been to Philmont? Just wait till you see the stars. :wub: And always watch for the sunrises and sunsets around mountains. I expect you to beat my pictures. :lol:

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Yup :3I've not been to Philmont before, though I've been to similar remote places with awesome views of the night sky. Any particular requests for pics?

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Not really picture requests, just promise you'll take a ton of pictures.Out of curiosity, what kind of camera are you using (digital/film)? I think I brought five batteries and filled a 2G SD card which nearly worked out perfectly. And it's handy to have a digital camera that can do panoramic pictures, you can only imagine the possibilities. :P

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It'll depend on what I get my hands on. Probably just a moderate Nikon, but if I'm lucky I'll get a decent black/white camera and some color filters, too. All digital :3I'll probably only bring one battery, 'cause that's all I'll need, and 2G of memory should be good, even with the super low compression I like to use.So no specific requests otherwise?Also, did you have any spare time to read up there, or was it all fun all the time? :P

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Really, just one battery? :P Not really any time to read. When you're not hiking you're cooking. When you're not cooking you're learning. Besides, you need the backpack space. :( That's why my camera fit in my pocket. :(

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Yeah, one battery has 24 hours of power at minimum, that should be enough for me :/Also, I've got myself a nice little setup with my pack that allows for extra room, so I should be fine. Basically, my water tank (yeah, a 5-gallon tank ;)), and a bunch of other random stuff is all on the outside, all I really have in the main bit of my pack will be clothes and by sleeping bag, which is down, anyway. I've been backpacking with it plenty of times before, always works out well. Last time, I even brought a laptop and two or three batteries and watched a few episodes of anime with my friends in our tent. The time before, we watched V for Vendetta, had a mini-surround sound system set up, all powered by the laptop. T'was quite incredible. My crew basically does the drive-in camping without the car :xd:Of course, we might not get that excessive at Philmont :aware:So, learning about what? :(

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The staff camps are themed in a certain year and each camp has some little (sometimes big) tour or event for people to go to learn.Is your backpack internal or external frame? Don't ever underestimate how much food you'll have to carry. ;) (You're only getting two shirts [again, experience from my crew, I don't know if it's standard] and two pants I believe, so clothes don't really take up too much space) A bag of food (a meal for two) is about 2/3 the size of a 1L Nalgene, usually a little smaller and depending on how long you're going without restocking at a commissary, you may need to fit 9 or so bags into your backpack (damn the ritz crackers!). And then there's the crew gear which includes some bear bags, ropes, a pot, other cookware, and a fly/tarp. It all depends on how many people you have in your crew to divvy up the equipment. So...5 gallons? :( I managed to go with maybe 5 liters (3 1L bottles and a 2L bladder) where I went through 4L on the daily hike and had the one as back-up/cooking water.Since I chopped my paragraph up so badly, I'll start a new one. I left my sleeping bag strapped to the bottom of my backpack, with my pad inside on the side against my back, and then clothes, shoes, and food in a U going around it all the way up.Sorry I dumped all this info, hopefully something's useful to you.

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Maybe :3My pack is actually sort of interesting, I made it myself. Basically, it's an internal frame, where the frame is extended by two feet out of the main pack. Basically, I strapped on one of those water jugs you see in offices up top, and tie most of the stuff on the sides. Also, I can't strap my pack to the outside because it can't get wet. Down, remember :PEven with all that stuff, I should be fine. When I said I had plenty of room to spare, I mean like half of the inside of my pack is empty :xd:All that, too, only weighs 30 pounds :3Also, are they strict on what you have for footwear? And I hear they make you empty your packs for them to inspect, and they say what to leave behind. Will I have to listen? I plan on having a bit of excess with me :(

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Well, boots of course, then some light shoes for when you're in camp or if your boots get wet. Yes, your guide does make you empty your pack, probably more to make sure you have what you need and not so much for your excesses. I couldn't really say they'd force you to listen, probably only if it's something you're not supposed to have that violates scout rules. A tip, your backpack will probably weigh closer to mid-forties with all your stuff, so get practicing. :PI don't know how strong of a hiker you are, but I know I'd be wishing I didn't strap a 5 gallon water tank onto my pack when I hit switchbacks. :(A tip I think the guides tell you is that you can put your sleeping bag inside a trash bag, then put that inside your sleeping bag stuff-bag (you can buy one there if you wanted), that way you can have them on the outside without getting wet. Besides, you'll need a packcover that covers your whole backpack to keep it dry, the tank may cause a few damp spots.

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I've got all that stuff worked out, and having hiked many times before (the Presidential Range once, and somewhere in the Rockies another time), I can say I don't start to get into a bad mood/get achy until my pack hits 50 pounds.As for the water tank, I actually find it easier to have than some of the other stuff. It doesn't actually cause any damp anything, which I found surprising at first, and weighs pretty much nothing when it's empty. Works well :3Should be good fun, anyways. One of my friends in the crew is gonna try and bring her DVD player <_<

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