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    CAMP SAW FOR FIREWOOD

    For years, I’ve used pruning saws in camp. They are generally a folding saw that cuts on the pull-back. If you think about it, we’re cutting branches, usually in the 2”-4” range. Exactly what is being cut when pruning trees. I’ve been buying inexpensive saws at the local hardware. They’re...
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    A Long Way Around, a Pirouge Build

    Clamps?? They look like radio antennae. That boat can communicate with outer space! ;-).
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    FOUR DAYS OF AU SABLE RIVER HEAVEN DAY 1 It was familiar, an old friend; and, it was a new and strange place. I’ve camped at the Au Sable River Canoe Camp 25 or 30 times. I’ve been here alone, and I’ve been here during a candle lit ceremony when a young man was proposing to his intended. (She...
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    You guys have me pretty well figured out. ;-). Guilty on just about all counts. I got home about 6:30 last night. After a lonnnggg shower, I relaxed. Today has been spent doing laundry, and unpacking. I’ll write up an after action report this weekend. Bald eagles will be part of it. And...
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    A FALL COLOR TRIP IN THE HEART OF THE GREAT LAKES TERRITORY It‘s going to be a baked potato. I’d figured for two of them - along with a couple of frozen steaks. Charlie has a neat, little folding charcoal grill, and it does a bang-up job with beefsteak. So, Monday night supper will be steak...
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    IN A SECURE HANGAR When the plane was first delivered, hangar space at Mason Jewett TEW was at a premium. The only space I could find was a dirt floor, open bay shed. I was on a couple of waiting lists. Then, yesterday morning at our weekly pilots’ breakfast, an old friend walked in. I’d...
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    A Preacher

    Clever!
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    Surviving Laura, Etc

    Mother Nature is an all encompassing concept. From beautiful sunsets, to high power winds. My hopes are with you folks who are cleaning up behind the storm. Again, as Professor Higgins said in “My Fair Lady” - Damn! Damn! DAMN!
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    Thanks for the thought, Tom. I think that it may be best for me to not try to fly anymore. Some very good memories. I’m glad that I undertook it and got it. I started at 70, when many are quitting. That square is now filled. I’m going back to pedaling and paddling. I live in Michigan - the...
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    You're right, Andy. I’ve got some good memories. Now, the traveling on bike riding, and paddling my canoe will do just fine, This canoe is one I built from plans about 16-17 years ago. It’s named the Katybug, after my Granddaughter, Kayla. It’s a good, little boat. Tally ho!
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    I think that what’s next is simply continuation of pedaling and paddling. I don’t have to get up at 05:00 to do them', and I can go see the sights here in the Great Lakes areas, and pretty much anywhere else too. sigh
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    END OF A BUBBLE THAT NEVER LAUNCHED After more closely reviewing the flight envelope of my brand new ultralight plane, I’ve decided to sell it. I’m disappointed more in myself than the plane. It’s a machine with specific engineering details. I’m a human with elastic engineering details, plus...
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    Joey, I’d gladly take full credit for your total, moral deterioration. But, I’m afraid that your status as an innocent had begun eroding before I came into the scene. But, I did give you a nudge, or two. ;-) And, will gamely try to give a couple more nudges the next time, too.
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    God help us. I have 2 each one man tents, a 4 man, tent, plus a hammock. I gave my Son a 1 man and a 4 man tent. i still look at tent ads. I may be sick. My Little Boy (the one who lives and romps around inside me, the one who wraps a blanket around his shoulders like a cape and jumps off of...
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    THE FINAL BRICK Today, the last of the eastern leg of Michigan’s Pere Marquette Trail was completed. (Western leg from Baldwin to Reed City, central leg from Reed City to Clare, and eastern leg from Clare to Midland.) Charlie and I finally navigated around the badly broken area of Sanford...
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    Both Farwell, and his woman partner, whose moniker does not come to mind, were nasty. They were defensive as all git out. I think they recognized that someone with knowledge and experience had views that challenged theirs. Their insecurities were pretty obvious. Participants here share their...
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    They wilted and disappeared. But - there are “wooden boat associations” all over the world. Now, ain’t that interesting!
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    THE PERE MARQUETTE TRAIL In Michigan’s history, similar to other locales, well meaning missionaries visited the area. Pere Marquette (Father Marquette) traveled our area. Among other things a railroad and a city were named after him. Now, there is a bike trail named for him. Get out your...
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    My air speed indicator is a clear plastic tube with a forward-pointing hole in the bottom for ram air. A red, plastic ring goes up & down to indicate speed. I bought little rolls of red, yellow, and green tape for range markers.
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    GAINES AIRFIELD ULTRALITE FLY IN Early yesterday morning, I left for a fly-in of ultralite planes, pilots, friends, and kids. This is a private field that exists only once or twice a year. The Michigan Ultra Lite Association has been gathering here and doing this for 32 years now. A small...