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I’ve lurked around here a bit and have made good use of the gear reviews in particular, but I finally decided to join up so this is my first post. Please allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Bob and I’ll be turning 50 this summer. My wife and I live on an off grid homestead we’ve carved out for ourselves in the hills of Washington state.
Our home is a small straw bale cottage and we raise rabbits for meat and goats for meat and milk ( no, I haven’t trained one to carry a pack yet! ) grow a decent garden, hunt and gather some of what the forest has to offer.
We enjoy canoeing, Priest Lake in Idaho is a favorite spot of ours and I’ve done the Bowron circuit in Canada twice so far. I’ve been backpacking since I was a kid but no thru hikes or anything longer than two weeks, and two summers ago I decided pick up a new hobby so I bought a mountain bike and rode it across Iceland on the Koljur route, ( Mostly, anyway.. ).
Ah,we like horses but sold ours off not long ago. I miss them and riding but I don’t miss being thrown! I enjoy shooting as a hobby and cast some of my own bullets and load my own ammo. My wife enjoys quite a few different crafts which keeps her busy during our long winters up here. My wife gets to stay home and in the mornings I get to snow shoe down our mountain to where I park my car, and work a day job in town. I guess we’re pretty self-sufficient, at least by modern American standards.
Just this winter I borrowed a copy of Ray Jardines “Trail Life” and now I’m a’ thinking hard about this here ultralight stuff.
My wife can sew well enough, I need to see if I can talk her into making me a tarp and an ultralight backpack.
Did Golite have to discontinue the Breeze and the Cave before I could buy ‘em? Very inconsiderate of them!