Fixing a loose or rattling Corsair Survivor flash drive

By , November 25, 2013 11:53 am

Note: I’d originally included the Corsair Stealth, as I thought they were the same, just a different color.  I’ve gotten feedback that they’re different.  If you have a Stealth with the same problem and figure out how to fix it, shoot me some feedback on how it’s different, or send me a link I can provide in case anyone else has the same issue.

My USB memory stick of choice right now is a Corsair Survivor USB 3.0 stick.  It’s nearly indestructible when it’s all buttoned up!   Unfortunately, that’s not entirely true when it’s out of it’s little protective shell.

After a couple weeks of using the Survivor, I noticed that it was rattling whenever I shook or dropped it.  After using it for a few weeks weeks, I noticed that it was “wobbly” when it wasn’t in it’s little shell.  It turns out the the drive itself is just screwed onto the casing.  Those screws can get loose.  When they do, expect the rattles!  Here’s what it looks like and how to fix it.

If you can “bend” the device and it has a little space at the bottom, near the activity light and the threads, yours’ is probably loose.  I’ve included pictures of mine bending both ways.

Note the gap next above the threads on the left side.

Note the gap next above the threads on the left side.

There's a gap on the right here.  The "stick" wobbles back and forth on the base.

There’s a gap on the right here. The “stick” wobbles back and forth on the base.

Turn it over and gently peel back the existing sticker on the back.  Use something sharp to get under it without damaging it (don’t cut yourself).

Use something thin and sharp to get under the back label.

Use something thin and sharp to get under the back label.

Lift it up about a 1/2 inch or so and you’ll find two small phillips-head screws under it.  Use a very small set of screwdrivers to tighten them back down.  It’s probably not a bad idea to pull them out (one at a time) and hit them with some threadlocker.

Tighten the two small Philips screws under the label.  If you've got the time, use some threadlock compound so you don't have to do this again in a week or so. :)

Tighten the two small Philips screws under the label. If you’ve got the time, use some threadlock compound so you don’t have to do this again in a week or so. 🙂

Boom!  Snug as a drive in shell! 🙂

What It Really Says

By , July 13, 2012 4:32 pm

What you think it says: “There might be a small problem, hang on for a bit while it’s taken care of for you.”

An innocent looking error

What it really says: “There was a small problem.  But don’t worry, it’s only going to take about an hour to make sure that you never boot this computer again.  kthxbai!”

Hanging in there

By , July 5, 2012 3:33 am

Just a short update right now… more to come now that we’ve kinda settled in.

We’ve sold our original house in Virginia and the RV. We’re still working on the house here in Jacksonville (that will probably never end). I’m now working a “regular” job, while Dasy is working part-time remotely for a company back in Virginia. The sprinklers are finally running, although a couple zones need “tweaking” and we bought a new front lawn. We’re still figuring out what to do about the back yard. :S

We’ll continue to update the blog with various posts of our Florida life. Maybe some beach posts, kayaking Florida waterways, etc.

Up for Sale

By , April 21, 2012 2:47 am

Our rig is now officially up for grabs on the eBay…

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/.….

Just helping spread the word.  If you know anyone looking for a nice diesel pusher at a reasonable, send them over.

Update: The Beastie has been sold. :S

Psst… Hey you! Wanna buy an RV?

By , January 2, 2012 6:12 am

We’re still getting settled in our new home (which I really will post about soon), but I think we’re settled enough that it’s time to start working on selling the Dutch Star.  We’ll post up here for a couple weeks and see what happens.  After that, she’ll probably go to a dealer for consignment sale.

So, without further ado, we’re looking to sell our 2001 38′ Newmar Dutch Star motorhome.  I took a bunch of pictures last week, but apparently my lens is dirty or dieing, so they didn’t come out.  There are still some decent pictures and all the pertinent specs on the “Our Rig” tab, plus you can see the new laminate floors in this post.  I’ll get some more pictures some time this week and post them up with all the new revisions and some of the features that we haven’t talked about in our blog.

If you’re interested, please email me at smthngelse@gmail.com.

Welcome home!

By , August 17, 2011 5:34 am

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Sorry for the lack of updates, but we’ve both been super-busy. Most of that has been because we’ve purchased a new home in Jacksonville, FL. It’s a bit of a Fixer-Upper, but we like it and we think it has a lot of potential. I keep telling everyone that “if it was in good shape, we couldn’t afford it”. 🙂

The actual purchase was a bit of a fiasco, mostly due to me traveling and my bank being pretty much useless. I may tell that story later.

Anyway, I just wanted to post a quick update filling everyone in on our status. I’ll probably post more about the house and what we’re doing with the RV (most likely available for sale in a couple weeks)… Things are starting to settle down a bit, so we should be able to keep up with fairly regular posts.

We’ll cover a bit about the house and what’s been involved there, some of the reasons why we’re settling back down, some of the activities over the past few months and what’s next.

‘Till then!

Heading out

By , June 13, 2011 7:23 am

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Just a quick update… I’m headed to Dayton, OH for a couple days to sit a class I’ll be teaching some day. 

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I’ve been running around like a headless chicken.  Expect a bunch of updates later this week as we share our future plans.

Current location: Jacksonville, FL

Beans and Blueberries!

By , October 11, 2010 10:32 am

After leaving Lubec, we headed for Freeport, ME.  The girls had decided that was a good place to stop for the night, as it just happened to be the home of L. L. Bean.  Confused smile  But, we got distracted on the way there and had to stop at Wild Blueberry Land!

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IMG_4909It’s a strange place with all sorts of blueberry stuff.  I got a cookie (which was yummy).  Dasy got a scone, but I don’t know how that was since she ate it all before I could try it.  However, the coffee was definitely bad.  Sad smile  After sampling the wares and convincing David that he wasn’t actually the Wild Blueberry King, we continued on. Winking smile

At Freeport, we had a rather difficult time getting the RVs parked.  There is RV parking, but it’s basically a few pull-through lanes and is definitely not designed by anyone who’s actually ever driven anything more than 20 feet long. After an hour or so, we managed to get both rigs squeezed in and then did some wandering.  Most of the wandering involved a quick look in the L. L. Bean stores and then a final night out for dinner with Dave and Brenda.  We miss them. Sad smile

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The next morning, we grabbed a quick breakfast, packed up, reattached all our stuff and headed our separate ways.  D&B are probably at home preparing for a trip next month, while we’re currently back at our starting point in Northern Virginia.  We’ve had lots of visits with family and friends and a few issues with our parking spot, which we’ll tell you all about next time! Smile

Sorry it took so long to post, but we keep ending up getting way busier than expected every time we stop for any length of time. Confused smile

About as Far as We Can Go–Lubec, ME

By , October 2, 2010 8:02 am

While we were in Bar Harbor, David suggested we head up to Lubec so we could see the most Eastern point of the country.  It was only a couple of hours, so we figured “why not”.  Now, we’re really glad we went…  It ranks way up there in my list of favorite stops!

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One of our first stops was the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. It’s called West Quoddy because there’s one that even further East (called East Quoddy).  But that one is in Canada, so West Quoddy is still the Easternmost point in the US.
Note: That’s the basis for the title of the post… it’s as far as we can go and still be in the US.  Don’t worry, we’re still going to go some more. 😉

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Fortunately for us, our campground was located directly across the street from Monica’s Chocolates… a place that kind of puts Lubec on the map and is one of the main reasons to go.  If you like chocolate, Monica’s is worth going out of the way for.  But be warned, you get what you pay for… nothing she sells is cheap, but it may well be the best chocolate we’ve ever had.  Just to give you an idea of what to expect…  when Monica makes hot chocolate, she doesn’t pour powder or syrup in a cup of hot water.  She melts chocolate in a pot! Smile (It wouldn’t surprise me if Dasy wants to do another post just for this). Winking smile

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From Lubec, you can hop across the border into Canada and visit Campobello Island.  Here we found the East Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Roosevelt’s “cottage” and lots of sea critters!  Seals, porpoises, and whales! There were quite a few finback whales, but we also spotted a humpback.  In the pictures below, the whales showing only the backs are finbacks.  The tail picture is a small humpback. We also managed to see several bald eagles while exploring the island!

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Even though the weather turned a bit “icky” for a day or two, we really liked the area and were pleasantly surprised by how much we were able to see.  If you are anywhere near the area, you should definitely make the effort to come up here!

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Unfortunately, this would almost be our last stop with Dave and Brenda. Sad smile  They had to get back home and Dasy started to get an itch to get back to Virginia.  We packed up and headed South, planning to stop one more night with them, which we’ll post about later!

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Sunrises and Sandbars – Bar Harbor, Maine

By , September 24, 2010 5:53 pm

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On Monday, we woke up around 4:30 am, made lots of coffee and headed up to Cadillac Mountain again.  This time it was to watch the sunrise.  Cadillac Mountain is the first point of the continental US where sunlight hits in the morning (sometimes).

It was cold and windy.  Dasy mostly stayed in the Jeep and took pictures of me taking pictures.  I don’t really blame her, it was pretty miserable. Confused smile Sunrise wasn’t spectacular, but we were glad we went and it was still nice.  The clouds didn’t cooperate, so we mostly just saw colors and clouds… the sun didn’t actually show up until around noon that day.

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Later that day, we headed to Bar Island.  The island is connected to Bar Harbor only at low tide.  When the tide goes out, a long gravel-covered sand bar appears, allowing people to walk over to the island.  Hopefully they have watches and are paying attention because there’s only a couple of hours before the bar gets covered again and you can’t get back!

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On the way over to the island, we noticed lots of seagulls dropping things from the sky.  They have figured out that they can pry off a mussel, fly up about 20 or 30 feet, drop it on the rocks, then swoop down for dinner.  It’s pretty amusing to watch and is quite interesting.  There’s lots of behaviors and patterns that develop eventually…  “Newbies” will drop stuff on sand and it’s dumb luck if they happen to hit a rock, more accomplished birds will fly over to rocky areas instead.  If a bird goes up too high (presumably hoping to get more of an impact to break a shell), other birds have time to swoop in and steal dinner before he can get back down.  Ravens also hang out hoping to steal some unlucky bounces. Winking smile

Oh, we also saw a seagull hunt down and wrangle a pretty decent sized crab.  We were both a bit shocked that the crab didn’t fare better. Confused smile

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We went to dinner with David and Brenda, then came back to see the tide progress…  Eventually the sand bar and the beach are completely underwater, but even after only a couple hours, you can see the dramatic difference the tide makes.  It’s a pretty interesting place!

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Going for a Ride…

By , September 24, 2010 6:37 am

Acadia National Park Carriage Roads

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We took a day to go bicycle riding on the carriage roads in Acadia National Park.  After some minor difficulty, we managed to find parking at Eagle Lake.  Once we’d unloaded and gotten moving, it was a pleasant ride through the woods and around lakes for most of the afternoon.  We mostly just road the trails while chatting with Dave and Brenda.

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We stopped at Bubble Lake for a bit of leg-stretch and a scenery appreciation moment.IMG_4443IMG_4451

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We also stopped on the East side of Eagle lake, where Dasy found some of her favorite fuzzy moss!IMG_4460IMG_4464IMG_4467

We did one final quick stop at the North end of Eagle Lake so we could look back and appreciate our hard work. Winking smile

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On the way home, Dasy and I stopped at a Lobster Pound and had some less-than-spectacular lobster rolls.  Confused smile  Fortunately, our trip wasn’t over.  More next time! Smile

Tide Pools – Maine

By , September 19, 2010 1:38 pm

A little something different today…  We just got back from Acadia National Park.  I figured I’d put my video camera in a tide pool and see what there was to see.  Take a look!

You can watch directly on YouTube (in case you want the HD version) here.

Cadillac and Cats in Maine

By , September 18, 2010 12:15 pm

Yesterday, we went into Bar Harbor for breakfast!  We heard that 2 Cats Cafe was highly rated, so we started there.  Dasy ordered some blueberry pancakes and I had a lobster omelet.  The pancakes were good, but the syrup was made of 100% awesome!  My omelet was a bit too buttery, which overpowered the lobster, but it was good start to the day.

IMG_4344Dave and Brenda had blueberry pancakes down the street at Jordan’s (which they said were awesome).  We met up with them afterwards and strolled around town for a bit.  We bought a couple of trinkets and some ice cream, but otherwise just enjoyed the sights.

In the evening, IMG_3498Dasy and I headed up to Cadillac Mountain to watch the sunset.  We’ll be going back for a sunrise in a day or two.  Cadillac Mountain is the first place in the morning that the sun hits in the United States.  The sunset we saw was excellent, but I didn’t bring a tripod, so I didn’t get many good pictures.  I’ll probably be heading back for that again before we leave.

Today we took the bicycles out to Acadia National Park and rode around on some of the carriage roads, but I’ll save that for the next post!

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Land of Lobstah

By , September 16, 2010 6:56 am

We’re currently in Trenton, Maine, just off Mount Desert Island.  Mount Desert Island is where we’ll find Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.  We don’t have much planned today, just kind of taking it easy before we go exploring.

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We’re here with David and Brenda, who decided they were going to go for a sailplane ride.  We were fortunate enough to catch them taking off…

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We’ll probably be here a week or so before we figure out where we’re off to next.  We got here in the nick of time… there’s a Prevost rally going on and we managed to get two decent spots right next to each other before the place started filling up.

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Outside Their Bubble!

By , September 9, 2010 9:12 am

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We are currently just outside Rochester, New York at the home of OutsideOurBubble!  We met Dave and Brenda at the STS-131 shuttle launch in Titusville back in April.  We hit it off and they gave us a standing invite to stop at their place to suck up some electricity and wi-fi.  Winking smile  In a day or two, we’ll be joining with them on a trip to Maine! They’ve been incredibly hospitable to us and we really appreciate that we “get” each other.  It’s nice to spend a bit of time with people who don’t think we’re weird just because our home has wheels!

Birthplace of the Beastie…

By , September 7, 2010 10:31 am

As Dasy mentioned in our previous post, after leaving Colorado we were aimed for Bremen, IN.  Actually, we were going to Nappannee, but the closest campground we found was down the road in Bremen.  Nappannee is famous for two things (that we know of)…

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RV manufacturers and the Amish.  It just so happens that our RV is made by Newmar, which is in Nappannee and the owners are of Amish descent.  Our first full day there, we went to the Newmar plant to see how they built our RV (the one pictured above is a new 2011 model…  very nice!).

IMG_4028We were greeted by Mahlon Miller, the owner of Newmar Corp.  He gave us a quick introduction and some history of the company and then opened the floor to questions.  Some of the guests asked some pretty pointed questions about how Newmar weathered the depression and what effect it had on them as far as staffing and such.  Mahlon was pretty straight forward and didn’t dance around the bush, which I thought was pretty admirable.  They never closed, but went from making 16 units a day with 1000 employees to 3 units a day with 400 employees (that’s what they’re doing currently).  The RV industry as a whole was hit pretty hard and several well-known brands have folded.  Mahlon said that it’s finally looking like it’s picking up again.  Throughout our stay, I heard bits and pieces around the community of what the Miller family had done to keep Newmar going.  They’re the kind of folks most people would want to work for. Smile

As for the coaches, they start with a bare rolling chassis from Freightliner or Spartan, depending on what the unit will eventually become.  The fifth-wheel chassis are built in-house.  We were able to see almost every step of the process throughout our tour.

Here is the outside fiberglass shell going into place.  It’s once giant sheet that is epoxied and screwed to the superstructure.

IMG_3178 First, they do some basic prep of the frame, creating the sub-floor and basement areas, along with most of the components that go in there.
IMG_3179 Next is basic framing.  Newmars are all made with an aluminum super-structure, then several layers of wood and laminates for the basic shell.
IMG_3181 Electrical is done next, with some of the interior structural components going in while there’s still a lot of room to work.
IMG_3186 Here they are putting on the fiberglass side of the rig.  It is epoxied in place, then pressed in with an external wooden rig until it’s adhered correctly.
IMG_3193 The outside shell is then cut to allow for windows, slideouts, vents, etc.  Some more of the interior finishing is also done.  From what I could tell, they’re doing some kind of interior work the entire time that the exterior stuff is being done.
IMG_3195 Next, front and rear end-caps get applied.  They’re mostly fiberglass, with minimal framing.  Most of their structure is inherited from the RV chassis when it gets mounted.  Glass and roof panels are always handled with a vacuum system.  The roof is mounted after the end-caps are installed.
IMG_3209 Slide-outs are added and lined up.  Slide-outs are made exactly the same way the rest of the coach is, just in smaller areas.
IMG_3202 Most of the exterior structural work is done at this point.  More interior is done, cabinetry is finished up, along with tying in the wiring and plumbing of the slides.
IMG_4065 Prep for paint is started, which LOTS of stuff getting masked off.  They even go so far as to mask off everything INSIDE the basement compartments!
IMG_4064 A final vacuum sanding is done on the entire body, then the whole thing is sent over to the paint building, where it is painted.  We didn’t get to see the paint area… they said it was pretty boring and takes about a week for a unit to come back.

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A nice, shiny Newmar coach!  The one pictured above is an Essex, the second most expensive model.  I want three…  in different colors! Winking smile

Below are some other interesting shots.  They show just how much wiring is involved in an RV, a little bit of the furniture being installed and a cool picture of how they move them…

When the chassis arrives in the building, they put “air pads” under each wheel.  Whenever they have to move an RV from one station to the next, they hook the pads up to an air compressor and push it over on a cushion of air.  Pretty much like upside-down air-hockey tables. Smile They said they can do it with two people, but they generally use three just for an extra set of eyes (and brakes).

There’s also a couple pictures of the furniture (which is built in-house) ready to get installed and the floor grate that is the trash system.  There’s a grate covering a conveyor belt that runs the entire length of the plant.  All trash goes into the grate, then is collected at the end of the belts.  It apparently works very well, we didn’t see any trash or scraps anywhere during out tour, unless it had just been cut off a unit they were working on.

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We also picked up a handful of parts while we were at Newmar… some light covers that had faded, a couple of switches that were missing or broken, some exterior parking lights, and various other knick-knacks needed for our RV (they were actually pretty cheap for most common parts).

If you have an RV or are thinking about getting one, it’s worth touring the RV plant to see how it’s made.  We hope yours is made as well as ours!

So Good, It’s Golden!

By , September 2, 2010 8:55 am

IMG_3124Our previous week was spent in Golden, Colorado.  We had spent a couple days there during a motorcycle rally two years ago.  We had an excellent time, but we spent most of it either in the Marriott or on the motorcycle up in the mountains.  I don’t think we even made it into town then, so we wanted to give it another chance and spend some time there.  It started out kind of rocky, due to our original lodgings.  We stayed for exactly one night at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  No pictures, because it wasn’t worth taking pictures of.  Dirt field, construction 20 yards away during the day, neighbors with little “rat dogs” barking every time I went outside, etc.  We pulled out the next day when we called Clear Creek.  Score!  BTW… if you’re looking to get into Clear Creek campground, you have to call them at 7am to get a spot.  No other reservations are available, but they know what opens up during the day from people leaving.

Dasy already posted about Clear Creek, so I won’t dwell on it too much.  It definitely made the trip a whole lot nicer.  Dasy says it’s probably her favorite spot so far. 😉

IMG_3101We spent one afternoon going up to Buffalo Bill Cody’s grave.  It was interesting, but we thought the views and the road up there were the best part.  I went back a few days later to take a couple photographs of the town at night.  Then I went back up again on the Yamaha just because it’s a road that begs for a motorcycle ride. 😉

IMG_3086We also went up to Boulder for the day.  Boulder didn’t really do much for us.  It was okay, but I guess we just didn’t “get” it.  We took an “interesting” bunch of roads on the way back to Golden, where we did manage to see some… elk?  We’re not sure, but we think they’re elk of some kind.  Regardless, it was probably the highlight of the trip to Boulder. Winking smile

We actually spent a fair amount of time at the campground and playing in the creek.  We bought a grill in Loveland and got to try it out a couple of times at the campground.  While it’s certainly not charcoal, it was a worthwhile investment and will see a lot more use!

One of the other things we should mention is the abundance of statues.  Colorado really seems to have a thing for bronze statues.  We noticed them in Loveland, but then ran into bunches more here in Golden.  I don’t know why, but they have a ton of them and most are pretty interesting.

In short, we really liked Golden and were a little sad to see it in the rearview mirror.  But, there’s more places waiting for us!

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Headed East

By , August 29, 2010 6:15 pm

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Just a quick update to let everyone know where we are…

We’ve left Golden and are working our way to Indiana.  We’re stopped for the night in Iowa right now.  We are overlooking the Mississippi River (pictured), which we will be crossing first thing tomorrow morning.  I consider the right side of the ‘big muddy’ to be ‘the East’, so we’ll be back on that side of the country tomorrow. 😉

We’ll post about Golden and our trip out here as soon as we get a decent connection and power… there’s just too much to do on my little netbook computer.  I need a full sized screen!

Colorado – Loveland and Fort Collins

By , August 25, 2010 4:15 pm

On our slow trip back towards the East Coast, we wanted to spend some time in Colorado.  Our first stop was Loveland.  We actually wanted to be in Fort Collins, but Loveland was pretty close and had a couple RV parks with reasonable rates.  We didn’t really have an agenda for what we wanted to do in Colorado, we just wanted to check out some of the towns.

One thing we found when driving around Fort Collins was a flower garden set up on the CSU campus.  Dasy spent some time wandering around admiring and we both took few pictures.

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Our next real stop of note was the New Belgium Brewery.  We got there around 10:30 and signed up on “standby” for a tour.  All the tours were booked out online, so we took our chances.  While waiting for the tours to start, we wandered around the front entrance and took in some of the interesting bits they have outside.  The most interesting (although not very photogenic), was a fountain made out of some kind of pipes and a tin catch pan.  It made the coolest noises as the water fell in the tin pan!  When we get settled again, I might attempt to make one. 😉

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Since we live in an RV right now, we also had to go check out the Airstream they had parked in a flower bed in the parking lot.  It’s not really a functional RV any more, but it’s still pretty cool. 

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After spending a little bit of time in the Airstream, we headed inside to the bar area.  I’m not sure if it’s an actual bar or just a “sampling room”IMG_2997 for customers, but there were a lot of glasses of beer being passed back and forth and we didn’t see anyone paying for anything.  When we checked in for the tour, we were given a token for “a free drink”.  Apparently, “a” is plural at the brewery because I ended up trying about five different beers before finally settling on Trippel.  Dasy tried a few and actually liked one!  She’s not a beer drinker and normally just makes really cute scrunchy faces whenever she tries one.  But, she quite liked the Mothership, which is apparently the only totally organic beer that New Belgium makes.  I thought it tasted like burnt cardboard, but maybe that’s just me. 😉

After sampling a fair bit, it was time to start the tour.  Meet our tour guide, Andrew:

IMG_2999He did a good job by us and it was an interesting tour.  No one here seemed to take themselves too seriously, and I suppose it would be amazing if you were into how beer is brewed.  Personally, I just enjoyed seeing how they did everything and trying five or six different beers throughout the tour. ;)  Trippel is still my favorite. 

The tour lasted a little two hours, during which time we walked through or around several areas of the plant, mostly centered around brewing and bottling.  Speaking of bottles, Dasy got to be an official helper and poured several for the group!

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While exploring things to do in Fort Collins, we also found the Holiday Twin Drive In!  Dasy had never been to a drive-in, so we carved out a night to do so.  I had no idea how busy it would be, so we arrived fairly early, but we got a good spot.

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We watched Despicable Me, a kids animated movie, which was quite funny.  The other movie was Inception, which was just weird and a lot of work to get through.  We should have left in the middle of it, but one of our weaknesses is sitting through an entire movie once we’ve started it, even if it’s a bad one.  But, the intermission between movies made up for it…  They had dancing hot dog commercials!!! IMG_3051

The rest of the time was pretty relaxed and nothing to write home about.  Our next stop was to be Golden, Colorado, which will be in our next post!

 

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Camping Critters

By , August 24, 2010 7:21 am

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While visiting Crater Lake, we stayed at Collier Memorial State Park.  We’ve already mentioned the ground squirrels there.  As you can see below, they’re quite bold little critters!  IMG_2895

In case you were wondering, Dasy wasn’t feeding him, she was just putting on her shoes.  There were a number of these little guys harassing us on a regular basis (including jumping in the barbeque pit while I was trying to light it). We originally thought they were chipmunks, but we were mistaken.  Chipmunks are technically a ground squirrel, but they’re generally smaller and their head is shaped a little different than the ground squirrels that were all over this place.  What’s the difference between a regular squirrel and a ground squirrel?  Ground squirrels generally live in burrows, not trees.  They also tend to stand on their back legs much more frequently and for longer periods than tree squirrels.

Another group of critters we spotted while camping on the way to Colorodo were antelope. 

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We found out about Dugway BLM campground and settled there for the evening on our way from Crater Lake to Loveland, CO.  Dugway is about 8 miles north of Sinclair, WY on what we think is the North Platte river.  It’s a primitive campground that’s basically in the middle of nowhere.  We had one other van camper pull up a few hours after we did, but otherwise we had the place to ourselves.  The antelope pretty much steered clear of us, but I was able to get a few pictures down the road from the campground.  There were also mule deer, plenty of falcons and various other birds. 

This was probably the first “boondocking” I’ve actually liked.  It was remote enough that I wasn’t constantly disturbed by traffic noise.  We have two more boondock areas planned on our way East, so we’ll see if we can get some as nice as this one was! Smile

Our next stop was Loveland, CO.  We’ll have more about that in the next post!

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