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  • On the way south

    Posted on September 14th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    Here resides a few places we just have to see on trips south to Alabama in future whatever Fall/Winter:


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     In order to ensure that all necessary steps are being taken to provide a safe environment for everyone, we will be scheduling routine deep cleans, sanitizing, and repairs throughout this pandemic. Please check back for updates and accept our apologies for any inconvenience these might cause. 


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  • Method: Deconstructing Racism

    Posted on September 6th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    A TED Talks: That 16 minutes that went by in a flash. Also, not too aggressive, humorous in a dark and light sort of way, carried a message, easily understood and simple and I will remember it. Thank you RL & Baratunde.

    Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of … eating, walking or generally “living while black.” In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing — while challenging us all to level up.

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  • Baiting Deer

    Posted on September 1st, 2020 cwmoore No comments

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  • Michigan Campsite Helper

    Posted on September 1st, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    We loved to boat on Lake Michigan and now we love camping there.  However, it is not always easy to find a camp site and even harder to find an open spot.  If you use the link below this will assist you tremendously.

    DNR Logo



    phone1-800-447-2757 (1-800-44PARKS)


    mail Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation DivisionP.O. Box 30257, Lansing, Michigan, USA 48909

    This website does it all.

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  • For the RV’er

    Posted on September 1st, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    How to use a portable waste water “Tote” tank. If you want to stay at your primitive campsite more than 3 days± then you need one of these pesky, somewhat smelly things.

    Remember the cardinal rule – do not overfill. They hold about 25 gallons of blackwater. Chose one with big, wide wheels of convert yours to big wide wheels. They hold about 25 gallons US.


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  • The New Yorker

    Posted on August 29th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    “Donald Trump is trying to transform the election from a referendum on his own abject performance to a contest centered on radical Democrats and unrest in the streets.”

    Professional writers are so much better than myself at expressing themselves and saying what I would like to say much more succinct. The first paragraph says exactly what I think. It always amazes me these days that his cult of trump does not see this and abandon him.

    A guy I know came up to me they other day and said “I do not know how the USA would survive if Joe Biden is elected”. While giving him a non-committal, placating sort of an answer that I was not that sure. However, all the time I was thinking that the exact opposite was true – If Trump gets elected I do not see how the USA will survive fully intact.

    This post will do nothing change minds or results but I have recorded my thoughts just to remind me that this is my thought for the moment.

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  • Michigan Camping Sites

    Posted on August 29th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    I came across this really nifty camping site finder for northern Michigan and I thought I would pass it on and bookmark it here:

    Midweek camping is a just a click away

    With the click of a button, you can find midweek camping destinations still available Aug. 30-Sept. 3. This is perfect for last-minute planners or anyone wanting to add more adventure to their already-planned trip.

    As the busy holiday weekend approaches, there are still plenty of camping opportunities at many state parks and recreation areas! These are links for central Michigan and southern Michigan.

    I find the Twitter DNR site to be informative and within the tweet there are many other Michigan links.

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  • Indiana Covid-19 by KPCNews

    Posted on August 14th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    Attached is the link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11AwMdc3IrKyiN4xFo5POj1YZ_wYBRRdVHUc42yuizwU/edit#gid=2040372266. The data is presented by KPC News as compiled by Steve Garbanz.

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  • Boondockers Welcome

    Posted on August 14th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    Some time ago we joined Boondockers Welcome ( https://www.boondockerswelcome.com/). So what exactly is BW? You can read a little about it below and if you go to the site above there is a nice video on the subject near the bottom of the website.

    Boondockers Welcome is built by RVers, for RVers. Our philosophy is that RVing brings out the best in people – being in new places, while sharing tight quarters next to complete strangers every day has a way of making people learn what is important in life and how making friends on the road is often the best part of the story.

    By definition, RVers love to travel, and want to do so comfortably and affordably. We know first hand that RVers will welcome each other to stay on their property only moments after having just met. Kindness and generosity abound. Boondockers Welcome is a venue where RVers can connect and welcome each other to camp on their property, with no expectations of being paid in anything more than gratitude and a pay-it-forward spirit.

    Hosting RVers is so easy and gratifying – there’s no need to clean the bathroom or make up the guest bed. And there are always exciting travel stories to be shared, so conversation, if you’re interested in it, is always easy and enjoyable.

    Join the growing community of Boondockers Welcome, either as a host, as a guest, or as both. See for yourself how much the journey is improved by the friends you make along the way.

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  • batshi*t crazy-as$ nutball

    Posted on July 20th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    I just cut and pasted this and the hyperlinks may or may not work – so do not blame me:


    You may have seen a recent Daily Kos post from the always-on point Walter Einenkel, where a batshi*t crazy-as$ nutball—and believe me, that doesn’t come close to capturing the depths of this woman’s Trumpian ignorance—talked about how the teachers’ union is “grooming our children for sexual predators.” Oh, and did I mention that they are apparently doing this in a coalition with (I’ll give you three guesses) “the CDC, Planned Parenthood, and Black Lives Matter incorporated”—it was very important to mention the incorporated part.

    I posted this on Facebook, with the following commentary: “This is what you get on Fox News. This is why people who believe what they see on Fox News are so extreme. This is a prime time show, and the host is on the same page with the guest. …This is why America is where it is today.” Most of my Facebook friends responded positively, but one friend—who, I will note, is not a member of either party and who comes down on the liberal side of issues such as reproductive rights and the separation of church and state—essentially said, well, the Democrats are just as bad, just as extreme, etc. I decided to not let that stand.

    Here’s my response:

    Not even a little bit. There is no comparison and there is no “both sides are doing it.” There is only one side that has completely broken with reality. This is not the party of John McCain or Mitt Romney or Bob Dole. It is a cult in thrall to a madman who rejects science, truth, and democracy, not to mention our Constitution. Joe Biden is a relative moderate, and he’s the one the most committed Democrats chose to represent them. In 2016, the most committed Republicans chose Trump from a field of 17, including many highly qualified conservatives. That movement is intellectually, culturally, and spiritually bankrupt.

    Additionally, Biden is a normal human being, and shows humane qualities like empathy. Trump, in terms of personal qualities, is clearly one of the worst human beings in America.

    Finally, let’s talk performance, and be objective here. The last two Republican presidents gave us: the most disastrous foreign policy blunder in our history (Bush invading Iraq in 2003), the most incompetent response to a natural/weather disaster in our history (Bush, Katrina—although Trump and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico isn’t much better), the worst economic crash since the Depression (Bush, 2008), and now, COVID—where we have, by far, the worst death rates in the developed world, to a large degree because our federal government played politics with our health (Trump).

    These were all things that, unlike, say, 9/11, were completely within our control, and all followed Republican control of the White House and Congress. By comparison, Clinton’s presidency had no major blunders to speak of, and he turned the largest deficits in history into surpluses—which his successor blew. Obama turned around the worst economic crash since the Depression—handing his successor a job-creating machine of an economy, oh, and expanded health care to millions of people. Both Democrats avoided getting into any new wars, for what it’s worth. There is no way I can see avoiding the conclusion that today’s Democratic party produces far better results for the American people than the Republican party does.

    That was just off the top of my head. How’d I do?

    Ian Reifowitz is the author of The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh’s Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump (Foreword by Markos Moulitsas)


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