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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:28 am 
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I haven't heard of their Clem's brand. I've tried some of the others, Ski isn't easy to find "way" down here.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:45 am 
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I haven't heard of their Clem's brand. I've tried some of the others, Ski isn't easy to find "way" down here.


Clem's isn't anything anymore. Excel is having a hard time finding bottles to use for their return program (Specifically bottles that can be used in their old machine which does 10z bottles non twist top vs. the new 12 oz twist top). They came across an old supply of Clem's bottles and have been using them to supplement their supply of ski bottles.

http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/e ... tryID=7593

The "K C Love" crate is a now defunct brand of soda out of Kansas City (though a craft company has bought the naming rights). No idea how Excel came across those crates, but the wife liked the way it looked.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:33 am 
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And another blur of life happens….


.. but we’ve been getting out! At some point we did a little hike at Pere Marquet to try to get our mountain legs in a bit. Hiked straight up the bluff with the kids on our backs and didn’t die, so we will call that a win:
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Took a break at the top of the bluff:
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While the boy found some sticks that he had to have:
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We goofed around the lodge there a bit as well, the kids like the giant Chess set, though there game leaves a little to be desired :)

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Another weekend we loaded up the Merc and headed down Royal Gorge in arcadia valley:
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Thirsty happy hikers enjoying a drink on a warm day:
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Hiking up another Bluff:
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Little girl enjoying the view:
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We made a quick stop at Elephant rocks on the way back to let the kids stretch their legs:
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Which brings us up to last weekend where we ran down to Hugh’s mountain natural area (South of Potosi) to climb to the top and so that we could play around on the Devils Honeycomb.

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Start of the Honeycomb:
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The kids loved it as the honeycomb is just the right size for toddlers to scamper over:
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While we were in the areas, there is an old general store we stopped at as well:
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The only other thing of note is that we are getting closer to building a house again. We should close on the land here in the next couple of weeks, so we ran out to do a rough layout of the lot with the kids. The boy helped out quite a bit:
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I’ve got a feeling that I’ll be chasing him through the field at some point…
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:53 am 
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Thanks for sharing! Looks like a blast! I am glad we are past the days of carrying the kids in backpacks, but I'm not sure my 3yr old can keep up.

Let me know if you need any CAD help with the site plan layout.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:41 am 
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We headed out early to try to beat the heat on Saturday for a hike at Salt Lick Point just outside of old Valmeyer IL.

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While we got an early start, we didn’t beat the humidity at all! By the end of the 3 mile hike, we were just a touch soaked.

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However, the kids didn’t mind and enjoyed getting the wiggles out.

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There were still lots of black eyed Susan’s in bloom along the trail

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We apparently need to get another kid sized hiking pole as so long as the boy had one in his hand, he kept on walking by himself.

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And of course it wasn’t long before Sissy wanted the other pole.
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After a brief rest at the top…
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… we headed back down the bluff.

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Past a lot more flowers:
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And rocks
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With two very tired kids:
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The old mining building marked the end of our hike:
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So we ran the levee road for a bit:
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And wound up looping back around to Mayestown to see the general store:
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We did extend the weekend a bit and saw the eclipse on this past Monday:
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So not a bad busy weekend!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:41 am 
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing! Looks like a neat place!

Do you host your own images? Since Photobucket pulled their stunt, I am looking for something similar to them, but free!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:33 pm 
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jesus_man wrote:
Do you host your own images? Since Photobucket pulled their stunt, I am looking for something similar to them, but free!


We use Zenfolio. $80/year for unlimited bandwidth and storage. Very happy with them, and while I know there are cheaper options out there for hosting your stuff, it hasn't been worth it to me to figure it out.

Plus if you want to get serious about photography, you can run a 'store' out of it and sell images pretty easily.

I gave up on the free options the last time PB pulled some hi-jinks as I wanted better control of my media.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:15 am 
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I installed a new fuel pump and tested it for about 20 minutes. I am hoping this puts my fuel issues behind me!!

FWIW - I tried an Airtex E2000 pump. First one got very hot and engine lost fuel pressure. Second one, I broke the screw terminal swapping over the electronics. I did not use excessive force. Due to Amazon's great customer service, I got a refund for the E2000 and bought a Bosch 69100, which is the OEM replacement pump. Looks promising so far!

I need a few local runs to verify it's worth a try, but I may be interested in a quick day-trip locally somewhere if anyone else wants to go?!?!?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:18 am 
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^ Well I finally got my issue sorted as well! After getting a lead on "The EFI Guy" over on Classic Broncos (His profile LINK), he tuned the ECU on the Merc, and now I have very few lights lit up on my dash:
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And I put about 120 miles on it now without a single miss. So we're calling it a win! During the test run, I ran it across the scale out in Highland. 6,120 lbs with everyone in it, half tank of gas, and no tools:
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Other than that, I've just been dragging a mower back and forth knocking the weeds down on the new home site:
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Still hoping to break ground this year on that project!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:15 am 
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Congrats!! I know that feels good!!!

We have similar mowers! I just put a really nice seat from an Exmark on mine. I know of a place who may have one or two if you're interested in that. Far cheaper than anything I found online. Made the ride sooooo much better!

In fact, it's time to get out there and cut da grass now!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:21 pm 
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Well that one is a borrowed mower, but I can definitely see the appeal of one! Really knocked down the mowing time compared to when I push mow things :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:55 pm 
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Ran out to CO and back. I'll post more later...

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:50 pm 
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great picture :!:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:17 pm 
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Nice picture, I'm curious about that building next to the Merc.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:47 am 
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TJ99 wrote:
Nice picture, I'm curious about that building next to the Merc.


Me too. I think I've been there, but can't place it.

Is there some sort of little building/antenna-something off to the side?


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