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If you’re looking for an interesting winter project, you could do worse than taking inspiration from this excellent DIY solar shower video. The shower is designed to fit on a roof rack, be heated by the sun, and provide a 30 psi stream of water with pressure generated by an air compressor. It’s reported to get to about 95˚F after a day of driving around in mixed sun and clouds. Not bad.

I don’t think I’ve seen a more well thought out project. And the project’s creator call it H2OT. Watch him explains and demonstrate the whole thing in a sub-six-minute video. Excellent!

 

Last Sunday I took Illabot Creek Rd., in Washington’s Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, up to the Slide Lake trailhead for some winter fun and snow driving. Here are some photos and some trip notes at the end in case you go.

Chained up and ready to go.
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The U.S. House committee on Natural Resources voted last year to adopt H.R. 3650, a bill which would OK the transfer of National Forests to the States. According to sources I’ve read (Outside Magazine and the New York Times), this is seen as a thinly veiled attempt to transfer National Forests to private hands, as the States wouldn’t have the funds to maintain the lands and would, most likely, sell them. This would end public access to lands formerly held in the public trust.

The above video was filmmaker Octave Zangs reaction: go out and see Oregon’s public lands and raise awareness.

Here’s more information. If you have an opinion on this issue, write your congressman.

The Great Public Land Heist has Begun; Outside Magazine, 6/22/2016
Public Lands Belong in Federal Hands; Outside Magazine, 10/26/2016
Trump’s Interior Pick Is the Last Hope for Our Public Lands; Outside Magazine, 12/14/2016
Rule Easing Public Lands Transfer Concerns Hunters, Others; New York Times, 1/16/2017
Zang Films

How good is the most expensive Lexus? The YouTube channel Ignition aims to find out.

Engines are said, as a rule of thumb, to lose one horsepower for every year of age. So for all of you guys with older trucks, here are a few tips to increase your horsepower back toward factory specs.

Another tip I learned recently from fellow overlander and experiential marketing expert Matthew Mangus (@mangai_rollin): a mass air flow sensor cleaner like this can improve mileage and horsepower by cleaning the wires of the mass air flow sensor. This provides the car’s ecu more accurate data as it determines engine’s the best fuel/air mixture.

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Through my illustration shop, shop.l-dopa.com, I illustrated and designed this vintage Ford Bronco t-shirt. I draw them in original, factory colors, and am really happy with the way they’re turning out. This one is a 1973 in Carmel Bronze.

If you’d like to have a look, check them out here. More colors after the jump.

Link:
Ford Bronco tee at L-dopa.com

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Firelookout Route

Last week I posted about the quickest route to visit all 47 U.S. National Parks. If you’d like to optimize your own routes, there’s a website called RouteXL that will help you do it. If your route has 20 stops or less, it’s free.

For example, if you wanted to leave Portland, Oregon, and spend a night in all of the states old fire lookouts, this would be the quickest route. Click map above (click it for a live version).

To create your own route, add locations in the field at the top-left of the page and then click the Find Route button at the bottom-left corner of the page. You can then use the Download button at the bottom-left of the page to share the route, download it in any number of formats, or open it in Google Maps.

If you’d like to camp in an old fire lookout, here’s a link to all of the available sites in the western United States.

Links:
RouteXL.com
firelookout.org
recreation.gov

NationalParksTrip

August of 2016 marks 100 years since the founding of the National Park Service. To celebrate, a data scientist, Dr. Randal S. Olson, created an optimized route map showing the fastest way to visit all 47 national parks.

Click the map image for a live Google Map.

Source:
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