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    Senior Member Law Dawg (ret)'s Avatar
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    Moto camp on the Upper Kern.

    Well this is not an epic HR, only an overnighter, but it was my first in the wild (well, wilder than my backyard). The plan was a shakedown for my motorcycle with camp kit on it. I took the WBBB with the AHE NR DW and used a 20 degree sleeping bag. The tarp was the Kelty 12x12. Meals? Well I travel with jerky, dried fruit, and English tea makings but, as you will see, some resterant stops were on the agenda.

    So first the camp;
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    Looks like someone is enjoying their retirement. Glad you're getting out there and having some fun. Thanks for posting.

    Fronkey

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    Senior Member Law Dawg (ret)'s Avatar
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    The night was more comfortable than any grond dwelling EVER and that includes cots. Learned lessons that are invaluable to pick up close to home.

    Lessons;
    1-I need MUCH smaller packing stuff as the NR DW took almost all of one panier. Solution is a HG 3 season Incubator and Burrow (ordered) and AHE Toxaway + Shangri La tarps (in hand, Paul don't let the dust settle). I will also need to add some soft luggage.

    2-I set the foot end a bit too low and the tarp was not placed to block the wind that robbed some insulation. Fortunately the NR DW is rated to zero and it never broke 45 degrees. The solutions are simple thanks to the knowledge base here.

    Here are a couple of AM shots taken from the perspective of the left and right side of my hammock.
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    Senior Member Law Dawg (ret)'s Avatar
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    Oh did I mention dinning out? Well after enjoying a hot mug of PG Tips with sugar and powdered milk from the hammock...thanks Shug...it was pack up and head to the Kernville Airport for breakfast of scrambled eggs and local made sausage while enjoying the radio chatter.

    The next shots are from McNally's Fairview Lodge for dinner. Their Prime Rib was cooked to perfection as it normally is...the last shot is proof of how good this 24 oz (count dem ounces fellas!!!) PR was!
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    Senior Member Law Dawg (ret)'s Avatar
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    Next time I get to McNally's I intend to dine outside. Right here...
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    Senior Member Law Dawg (ret)'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fronkey View Post
    Looks like someone is enjoying their retirement. Glad you're getting out there and having some fun. Thanks for posting.

    Fronkey
    Thanks Fronkey. I am working toward it...enjoying the retirement. Still not entirely free of the job yet (workman's comp) and the road kit needs some refinement. Not to mention the rider is weak from two years of nothing but short commutes on the bike.

    The thanks belong to the knowledge base here. Y'all have made the transition to hammock camping much easier and enjoyable. Kudos to the cottage industries I have sampled for gear that is pure custom and customer service well above the average.

    The high country I normally moto camp in is going to be snowed in possibly until late June. When it opens I'll show y'all some pics of the areas West of the PCT.
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    Looks like a good time. I'm hoping to head out for a similar trip in a few hours.
    Was there any GOLD in them there hills??? I like that area and volunteered for some TU work to save the natives in the Kern River system before moving out of CA.
    "I'm a connoisseur of BACON." - Anyways - 6/9/13

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    Law Dawg...
    What bike is that?
    I did a NY to CA bike trip a couple decades ago on a ZX-11...I'd love to do that again on something more off-road compliant....
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    That view the good food now you got me thinking I should clean the 3 plus years of dust off my scoot. It sounds like hammocks and scoots work very well together thanks for sharing
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    Glad to see you getting out! Nothing like a brew from the hammock....PG Tips are my favorite tea too.
    Whoooooo Retirement.
    Shug
    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....
    I Hope Heaven has a Bakery!!!!



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