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Juniper Springs Campground

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Juniper Springs Campground

Article by Arnie P

Juniper Springs campground is part of Ocala National Forest. This forest is in the state of Florida in the northern central part. The campground is located on route 40 which runs in an east west direction and is very straight. This campground was constructed in about 1935 and was updated a few years ago. The work was done by the civilian conservation corp more commonly known as the CCC. I believe the current facilities were reconstructed around 2010. They provide the same functions but, with improved materials. The functional differences are that the lights are only in the high ceilings and there are no electrical outlets. The showers are now equipped with water saving devices that when pushed turn on for a short time. The new facilities are very clean, allowing maximum use of the sun and provide shelter in case of a tornado or severe storm. I am a tent camper, but if I were in a camper I would feel safer in a shelter. We have all seen pictures of the aftermath of tornadoes and storms, they are scary.  To read more click here.

Final Update: BlenderBottle ProStak

IMG_20150215_005043 The BlenderBottle ProStak has been used for another month mostly for mixing protein shakes and daily hydration mixes. I am still very happy with the BlenderBottle ProStak. I have nothing bad to report just rave reviews. I have taken the bottle to work, transported in my car, and used it at home.

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Jenn K.

Final Update: BlenderBottle GoStak

IMG_20150217_155623 The GoStak has been used over the past two months to transport mostly pain relievers, vitamins, supplements, and toiletries. I love the GoStak.

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Jenn K.

Oboz Traverse Low Bdry hiking shoes

Review by Arnie P

Harold Parker wearing Oboz Traverse Low Bdry hiking shoes

Harold Parker wearing Oboz Traverse Low Bdry hiking shoes

Oboz Traverse Low Bdry hiking shoes

The Boston area has finished a winter with a record snow fall of about 110 inches. What is also amazing the snow was almost gone by Easter. I think the reason for the quick departure of the snow without flooding was because the snow arrived before the ground had really gotten very cold and the ground did not freeze as deep as it normally does. The weather in this period has been mostly in the 40-60 F range, I did wear the Oboz Traverse Low Bdry hiking shoes every day during this period with a small exception which I will discuss later. As I get older I find bending more difficult and not having to re tie my boots a lot is very comforting. I found the comfort outstanding and I will get into more detail later in the review. I will also get into their ability to stay clean. In addition to non gym use, I have hiked in Harold Parker State Forest 3 times and in the Middlesex Fells twice.  To read more please click here.

Hillsound Ultra Trail Crampon a last look

Review by Arnie P

Harold Parker State Forest wearing Hillsound Ultra Crampons

Harold Parker State Forest wearing Hillsound Ultra Trail Crampon

Hillsound Ultra Trail Crampon

It’s been about a month since my last report on the Hillsound Ultra Trail Crampon. I have carried them in my backpack for the duration of this review. During this period I have hiked in Harold Parker State Forest, Breakheart Reservation, Horn Pond, and Middlesex Fells. The weather conditions were such that I only wore them in Harold Parker and shoveling snow over an icy driveway.  

I hiked several times in Harold Parker State Forest with the Wednesday morning hiking group. These were 2 hour hikes.

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[sn] super.natural Men’s M Base LS 175 a last look

Review by Arnie P

Harold Parker State Forest wearing [sn] super.naturals

Harold Parker State Forest wearing [sn] super.natural Men’s LS 175

[sn] super.natural Men’s M Base LS 175

I have worn the [sn] super.natural men’s M base LS 175 every day since my last report.  I am pleased with the results.  Now for the details.

Cleaning

The first time I wash something with a sizable amount of wool I usually do a hand wash with lukewarm water and Woolite. This is something I have done for many years. I had worn the [sn] super.natural Men’s M Base LS 175 for about 10 days which is a bit longer than I normally wear something before a first wash. There was no noticeable odor. This was a little surprising since I had done some cooking with a lot of garlic one day and at the end of the day I could detect some garlic odor on the shirt, however it was gone by morning. I also had expected the shirt to make the wash water dirtier as I had worn the shirt while doing my daily cleaning of the pellet stove. My hands always have soot on them after the cleaning. For the next wash I used my new Speed Queen washer on the delicate cycle. This will probably be the end of my doing hand washes when I am at home anyway. These results were the same as far as I could tell. I just did not know the condition of the dirty wash water. In all the washes the shirt was air dried.  To read more please click here.