Lamoille Canyon, Ruby Mountains, A visit with pictures by a geologist

She says she is Looking for Detachment and the latest post is about a geologist’s First Trip into the Ruby Mountains of Nevada. The event was the 2nd Annual Great Basin Rendezvous of the Nevada Mineral Exploration Coalition.

If you want to see what you’ve been missing in North East Nevada complete with a bit of geology, take at look. Here’s an example:



“At this point, where a falling rock sign appears on the side of the road, the overall U-shaped nature of the glacially carved canyon can be seen.
 The main part of Lamoille Canyon forms the foreground right of the road and highway sign, and it continues to the far left where cliffs of brownish gneiss, marble, and granite abound. The Right Fork of Lamoille Creek shoots off to the right, into the U-shaped canyon where its eastern, sunlit slopes are covered by green, yellow, and orange aspen trees.”

there’s more … go see!  

Go visit, too. Fall is time for color and sharp horizons in Nevada. As always, prepare for very cool mornings and beware of the potential for early storms. 

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SNU October Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The  October 2014 Newsletter has been posted  Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the October newsletter — October Rally at Ft Churchill -|- Review of Crocker Rally -|- Prez Meanderings -|- Don & Gail Home Again -|- SNU Updates (Elections, WBCCI directory, Mesquite Cancelled, Back to Basics) -|- Repair and Maintenance -|- Airstream Resources -|- Opportunities to assist with rallies

October Rally at  Ft Churchill

The SNU October rally will be at Ft Churchill Thursday October 23- Sunday 26 2014.  The park is located eight miles south of Silver Springs on Alternate U.S. 95, and one mile on Fort Churchill Road. This is a Nevada State Park with 20 individual sites and a nearby dump station. There are no reservations. Site selection is on a first come basis. There are fire rings so bring wood for campfires. Although it is unlikely that the campground will be busy in October, if that does happen, the SNU will relocate to Lahontan Beach 7 for our rally.

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SNU September Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The  September 2014 Newsletter has been posted Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the September newsletter: Crocker Rally in October -|- Prez Meanderings -|-  Obsidian Rally Review -|- Welcome to the Trabitz’s -|- Dues are due -|- From WBCCI -|- SNU 2015 Officers -|- Planned Informality

September Rally at Crocker

Thursday September 25–Sunday 28, 2014 are the dates for the rally at Crocker.. This campground is off Hwy 70 near Beckworth, CA.  We’ll be having our usual shared meals on Friday and Saturday.  Not sure yet about fire restrictions but hopefully we’ll be able to have campfires

For more information

Keep Informed about the SNU

SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars

SNU Facebook page

What’s new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org

Email: hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org

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RV Composting Toilet Thoughts

The Wynn’s YouTube channel has several videos about their RV composting toilet experience. Composting Toilet Secret Tips and Tricks is a good place to start if considering this option. Nature’s Head Dry Composting Toilet / Standard Crank Handle (Amazon affiliate link) is a popular example of the appliance. There are a few things to consider about composting toilets in an RV:

  • The RV composting toilet costs 3 times (or more) that of a typical RV toilet.
  • Proper composting requires aeration, 50F or better temperatures, 50% (+/- 10%) moisture content, and weeks to months of time.
  • Disposal of waste remains an issue. The Wynn’s experience is that they need to dump the urine bottle every 2 or 3 days and the compost bucket every 2 to 3 weeks.
  • The RV toilet needs a continuous electrical supply to keep its ventilation running. That is key to smell management, aeration, and moisture removal.
  • Water use may be a bit less. The typical RV toilet needs enough water to keep solid waste in the tank covered. A composting toilet only needs enough to clean the bowl.
  • A composting toilet needs to be ‘primed’ with peat moss or something like Worm Factory COIR250G10 Coconut Coir Growing Medium 250g – 10 pack (Amazon) to help aerate the feces and optimize decomposition.
  • Flushing the RV composting toilet involves cranking the aeration and maceration paddles.

Some cabin and house type composting toilets can get really sophisticated. The big issues that complicate the operation are that of removing moisture, allowing for a proper composting time, managing temperature, and facilitating final disposal.The RV toilet manages moisture by operator attention to separating feces and urine into separate containers, depending upon mild ambient temperatures, forced continuous ventilation, and removal of waste prior to complete decomposition. 

The comments I see indicate some of the same issues and attitudes regarding waste disposal as occur with gray water. With regulations and laws getting ever more strict, disposal of any biologic waste outside of specially designated places should be assumed to be prohibited. You might get away with dumping the urine bottle in a privy or toilet but the compost is another issue.

RV toilet compost should be handled and treated much the same way as cat litter. It should be considered dried out rather than composted. Some toilets allow rotating compost buckets to help further composting but the RV situation with a total bucket time of only a week or two with additions within a day or two of disposal isn’t going to do much other than start the initial phases of composting. The week or two does provide a good composting start and does remove a lot of moisture and that tends to reduce the volume and weight of the waste. The result isn’t the sort of thing to put in a privy or other toilet. It also isn’t the sort of thing to spread out in the open. That leaves bag and trash or shallow burying (if allowed).

There are a number of DIY composing projects out there. The RV provides a few opportunities for such a system. For example, the air feed for the toilet could come from the top of the refrigerator heat exchanger. That would help refrigerator efficiency as well as provide pre-warmed air for the compost pile. Both the compost pile air exhaust and the urine bottle could be routed into the RV black tank to reduce the necessary waste disposal intervals. 

The standard RV toilet works well for most RV needs and provides a fairly high barrier for competing technologies. What seems to give composting toilets an edge for some are ideological fantasies. These center on ‘green’ ideas like saving water or recycling or personalized waste handling. Perhaps the old style gopher hole should be considered for comparison. As with all waste, the issue is really more a problem of concentration than it is with where it goes.

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RV swamp cooler on the cheap

Burning Man fallout: DIY portable camping PVC pipe evap air conditioner by graywolf.

What he built is a tube framed by PVC pipe with a Fantastic Endless Breeze fan at the top, a tub at the bottom, wrapped in cooler pad material, and a small 12v water pump to circulate water. The fan runs about $70 and the pump under $15. Tub, pipe, and pad are common hardware store items and should run well under $50 with the pads the most expensive item (e.g. Dial Mfg. 3072 Dura-Cool Pads at ~$16 ea).

If you are looking at the RV Motorhome Solar Battery 12-Volt Evaporative Swamp Air Conditioning Cooler that runs nearly $600 and want to see what evaporative cooling will do in your RV and what it takes, the DIY project makes for an inexpensive experimental apparatus. The most expensive part of the DIY swamp cooler is the Fan-Tastic Vent 01100WH Endless Breeze 12V Fan and that is a nice item to have even as just an RV table fan.  The KEEDOX® DC30A-1230 12V DC 2 Phase CPU Cooling Car Brushless Water Pump Waterproof Submersible isn’t that expensive and appears to be a general purpose submersible 12v low volume water pump. (note: Amazon affiliate links – check ‘em out and support this site!).

You might start the experimenting using the bathtub as a water reservoir. If you want automatic water filling, add a standard cooler float valve connected to the RV water supply. The two variables you will want to watch are water and power consumption. A few amps and a gallon or two of water per hour can make a big dent in an RV reserves over a hot afternoon.

Note: waste water is an attractive source for an evaporative cooler. The Burning Man have worked on that, too (see the Zyphers post on the evapotron). To use gray water for indoor cooling would require a water treatment plant to filter the waste water, apply a disinfectant, and, perhaps, a bit of perfume. — Possible but needs a bit of effort and care.

Power needs could be handled with a 100 watt or better solar system. The cost of that (think $4 per watt as a good guide) could be shared with other RV electrical power needs.

Another basic cooling device is shade. Awnings are a good start. Putting one of those 10×10 tent gazebos over the RV might also help. The problem with any of these is the afternoon Zephyrs as they can come with strong enough gusts at times to cause havoc with awnings and light structures.

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SNU Newsletter August 2014

SNU Folks,

The  August 2014 Newsletter has been posted - Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the August newsletter

August rally at Obsidian Dome -|- Weed Heights rally review -|- Welcome Stan & Geri -|- Prez Meanderings -|- Time to Renew Membership -|- 2015 Rally Schedule -|- Update from Don & Gail -|- SNU Officers and Elections -|- Summer Travels -|- Measuring Battery Status

August Rally at Obsidian Dome

The annual SNU rally at Obsidian Dome is Thursday August 14 – Sunday 17 2014 Obsidian Dome is located between June Lakes and Mammoth Lakes, CA. The campground is 2.7 miles off of US 395 Please check the link below for detailed information and directions to the rally site, including Rick’s PDF file with photos and route details. Bobbi will be stopping by Schat’s Bakery in Bishop and picking up  a variety of breads and rolls for Thursday dinner. The rest of us will bring salads or sandwich makings. Bring a salad or sandwich fillings for our Thursday evening salad and sandwich dinner.

note: Rick checked the road in and says “road has had some rain on it so it a little bit rougher but still very passable. Take your time going in.”

For more information on Obsidian

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SNU at Weed Heights July 2014

Weather was warm but not all that hot so it made for a good air conditioner exercise.



see the photo gallery!

The SNU rally at Weed Heights was on A Night in the Country weekend. That weekend musical festival was down at the fairgrounds where thousands camped on the dirt. Since both that event and the SNU rally ended on Sunday, US 91A from Yerington to Silver Springs was bumper to bumper white box RV’s with an Airstream sprinkled in here and there on the way home.

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SNU July Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The  July 2014 Newsletter has been posted – Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the July newsletter: July Weed Heights rally -|- Sweetwater rally review -|- Welcome new members -|- 1st draft 2015 rally schedule -|- time to renew for 2015 -|- Prez Meanderings -|- 2014 Road to Gillette -|- 2015 Joint Rally with NorCal -|- Silver Trailer Event -|- camera basics

July Rally at Weed Heights

Thursday July 25 to Sunday July 27 are the dates for the SNU rally at Weed Heights RV Park. This year the rally is on the weekend of a Night in the Country Music Festival  There is a shuttle that runs from the RV Park to the Fairgrounds. The SNU has reserved spaces in the RV park for our rally so please let us know ASAP if you plan to attend.  For more information:

Check out Don and Gail’s photos

The photo gallery of the WBCCI rally includes photos of some of the unique features on 2015 Airstreams. - 

Summer travels 

Keep Informed about the SNU

SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars

SNU Facebook page

Email: hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org

What’s new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org

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Trailering, 1952

Josh dug up Living in a Trailer by James Jones from the July 1952 edition of Holiday Magazine. Some things haven’t changed much in 63 years — some have.

“THE FIRST TIME you tow a house trailer you keep jerking the wheel to compensate for that crazy sway in the back end. It takes a long time to get enough used to it to ignore it. The first haul I ever made with mine—a trip that, although I didn’t know it then, turned out to be the first leg of a junket that would take me clear across the country and back and consume a year and a half—was to Memphis, Tennessee, from my home in Illinois. That’s about 400 miles, and it took me four days to make it. A year and a half later, on my way home from California, I hauled from Tucson, Arizona, to El Paso in one day. I had left a green-eared neophyte, and I was coming back a veteran. There is no pride in the world more rabid than that of a confirmed and dedicated trailerite. The next winter I took my trailer to Florida in four days, just about 1,200 miles.”

check it out. People, parks, and tours back when.

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Sweetwater Summit June 2014

The rally was timed for the amateur radio field day event at 7000′ with lots of room for everyone.

See the photo gallery!

Randy got the kit up with adjustments for the stiff breezes. Jerry calibrated his camp oven. Even with the solar powered LED lights, you could see the Milky Way if you stayed up long enough past sundown.

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Coffee water

There is a page on Coffee in the Owner’s Guide that mentions the key ingredient but that ingredient is often overlooked in the obsession about beans and roasting and procedures and protocols. The science behind the perfect coffee is a report on research to find out just how the water can influence the taste of coffee. Here are some highlights from the report.

“Hendon used computational chemistry methods to look at how different compositions of water affect the extraction of six chemicals that contribute to the flavour of coffee, along with caffeine. The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, found that water composition can make a dramatic difference to the taste of coffee made from the same bean.

“Hendon explained: “Coffee beans contain hundreds of chemicals; the precise composition depends on the type of bean and how it is roasted. The flavour of the resulting coffee is determined by how much of these chemicals are extracted by the water, which is influenced by roast time, grind, temperature, pressure and brew time.

“We’ve found that the water composition is key to the proportions of sugars, starches, bases and acids extracted from a particular roast.”

“The coffee industry uses guidelines on the ideal water for coffee extraction from the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), which measures ionic conductivity to quantify the total dissolved solids, however the researchers found that it was the proportions of these ions that Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, co-author on the paper, said: “Unfortunately most of the time you are limited by the source water available. Water from the tap varies regionally and from day to day depending on how much it rains affected the extraction and therefore the taste of the coffee.

It seems a bit of magnesium is better than sodium but they key to keep in mind is that this taste stuff is getting into the weeds. Both the water minerals and the coffee taste chemicals are in very small amounts and you don’t have a whole lot of control over them. In an RV, you deal with what you can get as you travel. Use the tastes you encounter as another local phenomena to enjoy like the scenery and other attractions.

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Pictures!

Time to catch up on photo galleries and other additions to the web site.

First up is Eagle Lake. The gathering there in 2014 at Rocky Point East had wheels working CAP exercises so we got an aerial view.


Eagle Lake 2014
There are several photo galleries of the event linked so go see!

Then there’s the Likely RV Park. This is in the northeast corner of California where the Astronomy club likes the dark skies.


Likely RV Park
See the photo gallery!

The park management has been soliciting business so Randy checked it out. Not only does it provide good opportunities for astronomers but it also has a golf course and other amenities … maybe a bit civilized for the SNU ?

The top pages for early rally photos have been updated, too. See Rallies of the 1950′s and 1960′s and Rallies 1970′s, 1980′s & 1990′s and Rallies 2000, 2001 & 2002. See what was and compare the scenery to what it is today.

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SNU Newsletter

SNU Folks,

*The  June 2014 Newsletter has been posted*
http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/2014/14-news/index.html

Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

_Topics in the June newsletter_
Rally Sweetwater Summit  -|- Prez Meanderings  -|- Rocky Point Rally Review -|- Weed Heights Reminder  -|-  Sringtime In Kentucky 2014  -|- Region 12 Rally in Pahrump -|- November in Mesquite -|- Traveling Pets

*June  Rally at Sweetwater*
The dates are Thursday June 26 to Sunday 29 2014.  This is Field Day for ham radio operators. You don’t have to be a ham to enjoy Sweetwater. Sweetwater is a good place for hiking, bike riding, and of course, just enjoying the beautiful scenery. The rally site is off Hwy 338 between Smith, NV and Bridgeport, CA. There is a weather station on the summit and that is where you turn off the highway.  There is a small air strip on the opposite side of the highway.

Bring wood for campfires. For more information check this link

http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/2014/14-events/14jn-sweetwater.html

Keep Informed about the SNU
 * SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars
http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/2014/14-events/docs/14-rallyschedule.html

* SNU Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/178368645651150

* What’s new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org
http://www.sierranevadaairstreams.org/snuze/index.php?cat=14

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April 2014 Boca Rest SNU Rally

Just off I80 near the California and Nevada Border are several NFS campgrounds on holding reservoirs for Truckee River water.  As this is a drought year, the water levels are rather low.

The rally weekend also happened to be one where spring storms were working their way through so the wind chill was significant and the propane consumption rather high. The wind was perhaps a bit strong for Randy’s kites, too. See the photo gallery!

 

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SNU May Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The  May 2014 Newsletter has been posted

Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

_Topics in the May newsletter_

May Rally at Rocky Point -|- Boca Rally Review -|- Prez Meanderings -|- RSVP’s needed for Weed Heights -|- WBCCI International Rally -|- A Tale of Two Restorations -|- Washboard Roads

May Rally at Rocky Point

Thursday May 15 to Sunday 18 2014 is the Rally at Rocky Point on Eagle Lake.  The road to the rally site is well marked as long as you look for the signs. It follows the west side of Buck’s Bay. If you haven’t been to Rocky Point before, check the rally link or contact the SNU at hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org and we’ll arrange for you to caravan with somebody who knows the route.

Special dinner –  772 will stop by KFC to obtain chicken and sides for everyone for a shared dinner on Thursday. Be sure and let us know if you plan on coming to Rocky Point so we can get enough fixin’s for all.

 Bring wood for campfires. (and a permit)

Keep Informed about the SNU

 * SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars

 

* SNU Facebook page

 

* What’s new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org

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SNU April 2014 Newsletter

SNU Folks,

*The  April 2014 Newsletter has been posted*
Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

_Topics in the April newsletter_
Boca Rest April Rally -|- Lahontan Rally Review -|- Prez Meanderings -|- Ideas Wanted for the 2015 Region Rally & the 2016 SNU Anniversary Rally -|- Rally Site Possibilities -| !965 & 2014 Alaska trips

*April Rally at Boca*
Boca Rest is the site for our April Rally. Dates: Thursday April 24 to Sunday April 27, 2014  To get there take I-80 west, about 20 miles towards Truckee. Take the Hershdale exit and go over the bridge and up the road past the dam. The campground is right off the paved road on the shore of the reservoir.  Bring wood for campfires.

*Special Note*

Check the April Blue Beret.  SNU member Gail Williams  is in the picture (between the lady with the red hair and the one in the stripped shirt) of Lodi Region Rally group that took the wine tour bottom right on page 75.

*SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars*

Check Zephyrs and find out what else is new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org

Also check the SNU Facebook page


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SNU Rally at Lahontan March 2014

Beautiful weather: cool mornings, warm sun., breezy at times. The SNU gathered for the spring breakout rally at Lahontan State Park on the sand.


Morning campfire and coffee – See the photo gallery!

good time had by all. The only emergency trip for forgotten supplies was to get S’mores components for the kids.

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Popcorn with an aluminum can

There are those hot air type popcorn poppers but electricity and special gear aren’t necessarily a good thing in the RV. There are those Jiffy Pop (Jiffy Pop – Amazon Affiliate link) but you can also use an aluminum can and a few kernels. Eric Ravencraft describes how to turn an aluminum can into a DIY popcorn popper. Cut a flap for a popped corn deflecter and make a handfull with minimal hassle.

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Squirrels

Some call them rats with PR. They don’t hibernate but they do hunker down when it’s cold or the weather is bad. Since they live off nuts with an occasional bird or bird egg and insects and whatnot, we probably ought to avoid putting out peanuts for the Blue Jays. Most of those peanuts get stashed and that means the squirrels can probably get a good meal robbing the Blue Jay stash. They are ‘cute’ but there are reasons people don’t like them around. GruntDoc has a nice picture about why the War on Squirrels got started. They chew on wires and other things.

A few years ago, some squirrels built a nest in the V of my B-Van V-8 engine. The smell of roasting sagebrush on the annual spring trip to the smog and lube center was quite nice but also quite a fire hazard. It took a bit of doing to get into the area to remove all the debris and clean things out. Now, its just another item on pre-trip the checkoff list.

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Sierra Nevada Unit March Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The  March 2014 Newsletter has been posted

Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the March newsletter: Black Bear February Lunch -|- March rally at Lahontan -|- Prez Meanderings about the Hobo Rally -|- SNU rally update -|- Welcome New Members

March Rally at Lahontan

Thursday March 20 to Sunday March 23 2014 are the dates for the rally at Lahontan. The rally site is  the Beach 7 unstructured camping area just after the end of the paved road.  Be sure and bring wood for campfires. For more information check this link.

SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars

Check Zephyrs and find out what else is new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org

Also check the SNU Facebook page


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