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  1. BlackSheep

    Thanksgiving weekend!

    bad news for me on this trip. I’ve decided to stay off interstates so it’s taken me two days to make about 300 miles headed north to see family. At this rate I won’t arrive there until mid next week.Staying for any time to visit will put me in way too much time crunch to make it all the way...
  2. BlackSheep

    Thanksgiving weekend!

    is THIS the place you're talking about? Friday morning after T-day is easier for me than before that. I'm coming all the way from the NE and I don't want to be in too much of a hurry. I also have family in Albuquerque that I am hoping to catch up with. That could be before or after though.
  3. BlackSheep

    What kind of a-hole has a Bday on election day?

    Happy Birthday @Cody! And a belated Happy Birthday to @I Lean !!
  4. BlackSheep

    Thanksgiving weekend!

    I'm going to defer to you and @Hickey for routes. It's been 13 years since I've been out that way other than my 3 week trip in July/Aug this year. Whatever your truck can do, it's likely my van is less capable. I'm not afraid to push a little, but it is an 8500# full size, high roof Transit...
  5. BlackSheep

    Thanksgiving weekend!

    @Rot Box are you looking at routes for Thanksgiving? I"m still working on my plan. I'll be in Massachusetts from Nov 11-15 before I start heading south and west. Looks like T-day is the 26th so that gives me 10-11 days to get out that way.
  6. BlackSheep

    2020 Virtual SEMA show

    I'm 100% with you on that. I know people are trying to keep the activities / events / whatever alive, but to participate in a virtual event doesn't have near the same appeal as attending in-person.
  7. BlackSheep

    Let's talk about the Biden family problem.

    I heard an interesting commentary on difference between the 2 party system and a parliamentary system as in the UK. Essentially, and I'm paraphrasing here - in a parliamentary system, you WILL have a REAL Nazi party. Eventually, there will be a situation where other parties need to make...
  8. BlackSheep

    Let's talk about the Biden family problem.

    Whatever you think about Jared Kushner (as one example that you may be referring to), you probably don't really know him. This is a very interesting interview with him.
  9. BlackSheep

    Murder Hornet nest found in Washington

    here we go, trying to ramp up the next crisis - prepping for the end of the china virus. :rofl:
  10. BlackSheep

    Coronavirus

    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: well, according to some that should be the case.
  11. BlackSheep

    Coronavirus

    Most states that are being most strict seem to have a 14 day quarantine for visitors. I believe at my work, the instructions are, if I feel that I've been exposed, it's 14 days. So, at least that's a starting point.
  12. BlackSheep

    Thanksgiving weekend!

    I'm into that. I'll just be drifting anyway so finding the beautiful areas of the country is really mostly my goal.
  13. BlackSheep

    Thanksgiving weekend!

    How hardcore are you talking? I will be full-time VanLife at that point, and will be looking to do some fun and challenging routes for my van. It's a Ford Transit with the Quigley 4x4 conversion. As it is a high roof, it also fits into the 'extra big' category.
  14. BlackSheep

    Trip Report Montezuma Canyon, Alstrom Point, Smokey Mountain Rd to Left Hand Collett Canyon (Oct 15-18)

    man, when is the next trip of this sort? Around Thanksgiving I'll be full-time VanLife and in the SW USA and will be looking for just this kind of terrain. Technically Nov 9 will launch my VanLife but I have to visit family before heading SW.
  15. BlackSheep

    RME October Trip - Montezuma Canyon, Alstrom Point, Left Hand Collett canyon

    I thought there was some talk of an overlanding trip through Death Valley over Thanksgiving (hint, hint @Greg) I hope @Greg and @I Lean recover quickly!! To get the thread back on track - I hope everyone has a great time, and I'm can't wait to see the photos and the trip reports.
  16. BlackSheep

    Wilderness First Aid Courses

    In part because they were offering courses close to me - I live in South Carolina. The scheduled (and then cancelled) Wilderness First Aid course was at a college about 20 minutes from my house. In part because NOLS is a brand I've heard of for a number of years. I'd not heard of any others...
  17. BlackSheep

    Wilderness First Aid Courses

    Before covid, my plan was to take the NOLS Wilderness First Aid (2 day course) in March, then in December, the 11 (or 12) day Wilderness First Responder. Because of Covid, the March class, which I was signed up for, was canceled. I had not signed up yet for the WFR course, and I've decided to...
  18. BlackSheep

    RME October Trip - Montezuma Canyon, Alstrom Point, Left Hand Collett canyon

    When I rolled through Big Water (and Escalante) in late July / early Aug both offices were closed but had signs posted with the phone number. There were Rangers working at the office so I called and chatted with a Ranger about road conditions while I was standing outside the visitor center.
  19. BlackSheep

    Favorite carry?

    Yeah, I'm not near as accurate with the XDS as I am with my 1911, but with the XDS I can put a magazine in a head sized group at 40 feet pretty easily, even with rapid fire. That's good enough for a carry. If I want to play with accuracy, as in target shooting, the 1911 is the one. And yes...
  20. BlackSheep

    Favorite carry?

    I'm seeking a carry in .45 cal. I recently purchased a 1911 from Springfield Armory but I want something that I can easily carry. I'm meeting a friend to shoot his Springfield Armory XDS (also in .45) tomorrow. I've shot a rental at the local range and I like it. What others are out there in...
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