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No more pitching tents for the owner of this sweet camper.

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Son Sam and I just completed a 5304 mile road trip. That is about 1/5th of the way around the world via Subaru. It was a lot of fun. THAT means it was a lot of fun and work combined with a lot of driving. It was meaningful. It was meaningful in a father child way […]

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Chopsticks or refrigerator? Refrigerator. Ahh. The miracle of the Google. I searched  “engel cricket” and found these lost gentlemen. I think the soul of English Cricket is likely a Cricket trailer with a trusty Engel MT45 inside –  classic, exciting, rugged, sticking around for another century. THAT is an “Engel Cricket”. THIS is a Cricket with […]

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Dear Diary Blog, We have been very busy. I suppose I should embrace this. On April first we took control of our new factory! A rather larger spot, one building instead of three, a fenced yard, 6 freakin loading docks (maybe overkill as our products have wheels), a picnic table. That means we are growing […]

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[This series focuses on those individuals, products, or companies which are taking a new perspective on the age old practice of camping] A few weeks ago we wrote about high altitude tenting at a European resort. If that was too far or too high, this weeks Camp Different is for you. Tentsile specializes in suspended […]

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Here is my question of the morning: Why do station wagons and SUVs have rear windshield wipers but not sedans? Is it not a comforting thought to think that we can all see out the back of our car equally well? Who is being smarter / safer? Are we being sold styling or safety? I […]

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I am always torn between writing about gear – meaning gear for camping and the outdoors, more or less nakedly related to using a Cricket …. OR …. about gear meaning well designed tools that are useful for life in general and might interest people who are interested in Crickets. I will abstain from writing […]

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Gear? Loving gear? I love coffee.  I need coffee like I need love. Does that count? I am not picky but I like good coffee. Big ones. Small ones. Ones with milk. Ones without milk. Ones from foreign countries.  Cold ones and hot ones. I would say I love the Doctor Seuss of ones except that […]

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my first knife was a swiss army knife. i got it from llbeans. it had toothpick. as i am middle aged i got it from llbeans when they were still up a long flight of worn wooden stairs, with clothes on top of long wooden tables. now that i am writing this i remember hearing […]

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okay. i should mention now that, just like buildings in new york city, i will be skipping right over number thirteen when i get that far. i am not that superstitious, just a little bit, just like buildings in new york city. i have always wondered how people that live on the fourteenth floor feel […]

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