Why Not Take Your Dog with You on Your Next Trip Outdoors?
Since we know lots of people that Hike and Camp with their dogs we wanted to pass along some great information that the people at Dog Etiquette sent us since that’s their specialty. So here’s their advice:
“If you like to go camping, chances are your four-legged buddy will enjoy it, too. No need to hide them away in a kennel: let them take in the sights and scents of the outdoors. But there are a few safety things to consider. Here, we’ve compiled some health and safety tips for taking your dog along.
With just a little advance planning, you and your pooch can explore the world safely. Before long, they’ll be right along with you, hiking trails, swimming in lakes and ponds and cooking over a campfire. They’ll love curling up next to you at night at the end of a long day. Happy trails!”
Here are some other questions that DogEtiquette thinks everyone should consider before going Hiking and Camping with your dog:
Is my pet ready for an outdoor excursion?
How do I check for injuries on my dog?
How do I check for ticks on my pet?
Heatstroke in my dog: what do I need to know?
How do I find dog-friendly campsites and important regulations?
What are the potential camping-related dangers?
What are some other great outdoor adventures for me and my pup?
What packing checklist should I follow?
What should I put in my dog’s first aid kit?
Is a collar or harness best for my dog during our camping trip?
You can find more great information about where to go and what to do with your best friend at DogEtiquette. We certainly appreciate them sharing their expertise with us.
Sun’s Out – Guns Out
This weekend we attended a full-day Progressive Carbine Class taught by Scott Germain of Center Mass Weapons Training and Jon Green of the Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League (GOAL).
The class was a hands-on, fast paced, live fire course. Starting with the combat mindset, the training covered specialized topics such as shooting positions (prone, sitting, kneeling and standing), shooting while moving, malfunction remediation, barricade drills, strong and support side shooting, proper sling use and reloading techniques.
The instruction was great and it was a fun (albeit sandy and hot) day at the range.
Here are a few photos and a short video of what it looked like on the range.
Niagara Falls by Day and by Night
During our recent trip we spent a couple of days at Niagara Falls. Now everyone knows about Niagara Falls, and we saw people from all over the World when we were there. But in order to really appreciate it you have to see it in person.
Niagara Falls is actually made up of three waterfalls; from largest to smallest, they are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world that has a vertical drop of more than 165 feet. Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America. More than six million cubic feet of water falls over the crest line every minute in high flow, and almost four million cubic feet falls per minute on average.
Here’s a short video of Niagara Falls during the day so that you can see the massive amount of water flowing over the Horseshoe Falls:
For those that don't find Niagara Falls interesting enough, at night they light both the American Falls (on the left in red) and the Horseshoe Falls (on the right in blue) and have fireworks. Here's a short video of what it looks like during the night:
You can see some photos of our travels around Niagara Falls on the Adventures/North America page.
Hiking the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen, NY
During our recent vacation one of the many hikes that we took was on the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park. Although this trail can get a little busy if you go in the middle of the day during the summer months, we hit the trail early (they are open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM) and were successful in avoiding most of the people that seemed to be arriving as we were leaving.
There are 19 waterfalls, of all shapes and sizes, on the 1.5 mile (one way; 3 miles round trip) trail. The vertical elevation change from the beginning of the trail to the end is 554 feet. The park is open year-round, but the Gorge Trail is closed in winter and opens later in spring depending on the damage caused by the winter weather.
Here are two short videos of waterfalls that we saw along the trail.
Added Photos of Some of our Adventures in Western & Northern New York and Ontario Canada
We just made it back from our latest adventure – this time to Western/Northern New York, Ontario Canada and Vermont. During our 1,650 mile trip we:
1) Hiked the Revolutionary War battlefield at Saratoga
2) Toured the Schuyler Mansion in Albany (in honor of the Broadway musical “Hamilton”)
3) Took a boat ride on the Erie Canal
4) Hiked the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen
5) Visited the vineyards in the Finger Lakes region
6) Spent 2 days watching Niagara Falls
7) Visited friends in Toronto
8) Toured the Boldt Castle on Heart Island in the Thousand Islands region
9) Hiked up Chimney Mountain in the Adirondack Mountains
10) Toured the Revolutionary War Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Defiance
As with all trips, it was great, but it’s also nice to get home and unpack the gear.
You can see all the photos of our Adventures on the Adventures/North America page.
Went to See “The Race of the Century”
Although this activity doesn’t have anything to do with Hiking, Camping or Shooting – it was very interesting so I’m adding it to the blog.
The activity was the "Race of the Century" at the Collings Foundation. During the day they actually raced cars from 1904 to 1935 to show how fast the technology advanced during that period. The first race had a running person beat a 1904 Franklin Type A Roadster, a woman on a 1900's bicycle and a stagecoach from 1879. The last race had an 8 cylinder open-wheel Sprint racer nose out a Boeing PT-17 Tuskegee Stearman bi-plane. In between they raced thoroughbred horses, a powered bicycle (the forerunner of the motorcycle), a Steam-powered car, a 1908 Cadillac Open Roadster Runabout, 1914 Stutz Bearcat, and a 1924 Ford Model T.
Other cars that were on display, but were not driven in the races included a 1927 Rolls Royce Springfield Phantom 1 Phaeton, 1928 Pierce Arrow Series 81 Limousine, 1932 Duesenberg SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton, 1935 Packard Model 1208 Convertible Sedan and over 50 other cars.
The foundation also has a military vehicle collection that includes many tanks from WWII and several other airplanes to include working 1909 Bleriot Type XI, Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk, North American TF-51D Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX, Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24J Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell, North American AT-6F Texan and 25 other aircraft that they fly in exhibitions around the United States.
If you would like to learn more about the Collings Foundation - here's a link to their website:
Customized CZ EVO 3 S1 Scorpion Carbine
Recently we purchased a CZ EVO 3 S1 Scorpion Carbine. In addition to the fact that we are suckers for a good 9mm carbine, one of the major reasons that we purchased the Scorpion was that it is so easy to customize with aftermarket items that are available from several manufacturers at reasonable prices.
On our Scorpion we changed out the charging handle, the trigger and trigger springs, the left and right side safety selector levers, the pistol grip and added Quick Disconnect (QD) sling points. Here are some before and after pictures so that you can see the parts and the changes they make to the firearm.
You can find the details about the CZ Scorpion on the Shooting/Carbines page and the details about the aftermarket parts on the Shooting/Shrouds and Accessories, and Shooting/Slings pages.
Added Video Reviews of Firearms From Various YouTube Channels
Recently I’ve had a few people ask about video reviews of the various firearms listed on our website. Since we haven’t recorded any YouTube reviews ourselves - we decided to add the best YouTube reviews that we had seen to the site. These reviews include the following:
You can find the YouTube firearm video reviews on the Handgun, Carbine, Rifle and Shotgun pages.
As an example, here’s the Uzi review from the Military Arms Channel.
Bought New Stanley FATMAX Punch Set
If you are like me, when you only have a few applications that need a specific tool you either make do with the tools that you have or borrow it from a friend. Once you find that you need a specific tool more frequently you eventually breakdown and buy it. That's how it has been for me and punches. With all of the various roll pins that firearms have these days I finally broke down and bought a Stanley FATMAX 6 piece Punch Set.
You can find the details about the Stanley FATMAX punch set Shooting/ Range Items and Tools page.
Shooting “Courses of Fire”
Lately we’ve been doing a lot of IDPA-like (International Defensive Pistol Association) shooting at the range.
Shooting various “courses of fire” makes it so much more interesting and challenging than just stationary target shooting. Not only do you have to problem solve how to shoot the course – but then you have to move, shoot and reload while balancing accuracy with speed.
If you would like to learn more about the International Defensive Pistol Association - here's a link to their website:
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