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    Jones Gap - March 12-14 with pics

    Went to Jones Gap State Park with two of my sons and my daughter-in-law. Weatherman was calling for considerable rain and thunderstorms with temps in the upper 30s at night but they wanted to go anyway so... we went.
    It was pouring rain when we arrived, so the first thing we did was put up a honkin' big tarp. We had two small tents and way off in the distance on the right, you can just see my Blackbird.


    I had a chance to try out several new toys acquired since my last trip in November.
    Santa Claus took advantage of the Jacks-R-Better sale over Christmas and brought me a Mt. Washington 4 UQ and an Old Rag Mountain TQ.
    Just last week, I had a MacCat Ultra modified with doors by the Zipper Queen. Here it is with the doors deployed on one end.
    I found two perfect trees, right next to the river. Man, did it sound good at night!




    Here, I'm sitting under the big tarp watching it rain. With the doors, it looks bombproof. It was waterproof. Never had a drop of anything get in.
    Thank you Donna, for a beautiful job.



    Here is the JRB stuff




    The big poofy thing inside is the Old Rag Mountain Quilt



    Notice the solid ridgeline and prussiks. I'm really liking that.

    Both nights were in the high 30s and wet. On the first night, I suffered some from cold butt syndrome. It wasn't enough to make me get out though. I grabbed a fleece and put it under me. Just goes to prove that even with the best equipment, there's no accounting for human ineptitude. Checked it after I got up and sure enough, there was a gap between the UQ and the hammock. Fixed that and the second night was a dream.

    I've also been messing with alcohol stoves, thanks to 2 Questions and his video on the Caldera Cone. If you haven't seen it, check it out.
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    It's very nicely done.





    You can't see it, but there is blue flame coming out of the ports


    That's a Snow Peak 700 ml pot




    No campout would be complete without some Dutch Oven cooking. My sons have come to expect cookies around the campfire at night.
    I put 1 inch pipe nipples in the bottom to keep the baking plate off the bottom and keep from burning.



    Put the cookie dough on the metal plate and spread it around.





    Bake it for 20 minutes.






    Dutch Oven $60
    Cookie dough $3
    Warm cookies on a campout with your grown kids...priceless

    Breakfast was cinnamon rolls and baggie omelets




    All in all, it turned into a much better weekend than I was expecting. The weather kept us from hiking, but we had a great time just hanging out.

    Many thanks to all those on the forum that helped make this weekend a success.
    Last edited by swampfox; 03-15-2010 at 17:41. Reason: spelling
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    Nice report. You had me drooling on two counts . The ultra with the doors and the cinnamon rolls for breakfast and i don't even eat cinnamon rolls. Sounds like a great time with your kids . Your right , priceless.
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    Brilliant report!
    Loved seeing your gear.
    The DO cooking made me swoon.........
    Way to get out there......
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    Whoooo Buddy)))) I Love Onions, Grits, Greens, Livermush, NC Style BBQ, Potted Meat, Anchovies, 'Naner Puddin", Peanut Butter Pie, Red Velvet Cake and Cocoa and Straaaaaawwwwberrrry Milk and Coffee Crisps....
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    OH MAN ... what a great memory with the kids ... most excellent trip and report. Thanks for sharing ... love my DO cooking. Had Pork and white veg dish this Sunday ... but .. it was in the backyard ...

    WARNING: Will discuss Rhurbarb Strawberry Pie and Livermush at random.


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    Thanks guys,
    Mbiraman,
    The zipper queen and 2 questions will fix you right up with a set of doors.

    Shug,
    You've been an inspiration. You're part of the reason I have 20 homemade alky stoves in various configurations of size of cans, size of holes, number of holes, and position of holes.
    He is your friend, your companion, your defender... he is your dog. You are his life, his leader, and master. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of that devotion.

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    I love Jones Gap! I actually think I stayed at that same campsite about this time last year!

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    I really like Jones Gap, and it sounds like you had a great weekend there regardless of the weather. Good on ya for showing Mother Nature how it's done!
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    Thanks for sharing! The pic of that cookie browning made my mouth water!

    One question... are those pipe nipples galvanized? If so, aren't you worried about the fumes? Or, am I just being a fussy worry-wort?

    Rain Man

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    Quote Originally Posted by schwieb View Post
    I love Jones Gap! I actually think I stayed at that same campsite about this time last year!
    That was #6.

    Rain Man,
    I misplaced my old ones and picked these up. That particular set is galvanized. Is that a problem?
    He is your friend, your companion, your defender... he is your dog. You are his life, his leader, and master. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of that devotion.

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    swampfox, that looks like a great time! Especially the food!

    What size Dutch Oven was that?

    Your tarp looks wonderful with those doors! What a beautiful site there!

    Making great outdoor memories with your family.... doesn't get any better than that! Thanks for sharing your report and photos.

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