Monday, August 3, 2015

Island Lake Kayaking adventure with Brian & Melissa 2015-08-03

Today we went to Island Lake and paddled south to Deer lake then to Crooked Lake. Good times and a paddle day with our awesome friends Brian and Melissa of Vernon. We have been waiting for for quite some time. Here are some shots of the day.

PS: Thank you George for the cucumbers! 

~GuyThaLizard #KAYAKokanagan #Kayaking #Okanagan

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ripley Lake - Rainy trip May 16/17, 2015

Ripley Lake camp. The first part of the day was warm, sunny and very picturesque as the fellow campers in the area enjoyed their country music and fishing we got our camp set up.

Enjoyed a nice rocketstove hot shower
before bed last night.
 As evening approached it began to cloud over then poured buckets while we were there after we set up camp. On top of that young partiers pulled in while it was pouring. Very loud almost all night. Then it poured more. Funny thing though, they just through a tarp over their pickup trucks and slept under it, I think they got real wet cause they ended up sleeping in their truck cabs by morning. 

Morning came and we listened to Margaritaville
 loud on Serius radio while dry under our awning. LMAO. 

 having the awning was a "God-send" when the rain came. Next trip, if there is a chance of rain, we will bring the tarp over the tent as well to provide a dry passage between the tent and the cooking living room area. ;)

Day 2 The day of rain

 Kathy made the most awesome breakfast under the awning sheltered from the heavy rain. 

 The Rocketstove worked awesome in the rain. We watched others in the camp struggle in the morning trying to build a campfire.

For fear of washouts from the heavy rainstorm last night that continued all morning we decided we would head back early. Some parts of the road had began to washout, little rivers running across the roads near Ripley as we drove back in 4 wheel drive.


Always an adventure! At least we had an opportunity to test out our new gear and the Rocketstove/shower as well as were able to make some adjustments and get ideas for improvements to our camping setups for next trips. 

~GuyThaLizard #KAYAKokanagan #Kayaking #Okanagan

Saturday, March 28, 2015

GuyThaLizard's Rocket Stove update - BlogLog: March 28 2015


Today I added 6" stove pipe to the feed opening on the stove and enlarged the opening on the top, under the coffee pot. The stove seems to heat the water coil much faster and the stove seems to run much better. 

In a previous post I explained that I used a 5 Gallon tin pail. Just a note this pail is about 50 years (+-) so the tin is a very heavy gauge and used a Dremel cutting wheel after drilling little holes around where I wanted my 6"hole to be then cut between the holes with the Dremel. I think this is the best way to do it. After making my hole I used a Ball Pein Hammer to flange the inside of the stove pipe to lock it into place so the pipe doesn't fall out, especially while the stove is fire up. The 5 gallon water pail on the table is insulated with blue camping foam. 2 hours after heating the water to 95 degrees Fahrenheit the water was still too hot to have a shower with it. This is good, it seems to be just enough insulation. Will be great for washing dishes then showering later after it cools down to a decent temperature.

In the water bucket I have a marine bailing pump to circulate the water in the tank and to pump the water to the shower nozzle. 

This is posted just to give you some ideas for your rocket stove.

Going to be awesome for our kayaking camping trips.

~GuyThaLizard #KAYAKokanagan #Kayaking #Okanagan

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Calm Lake kayaking with a Breeze and a Tsunami Skaha Lake 2015-03-22

Calm Lake kayaking with a 
Breeze and a Tsunami

Skaha Lake 2015-03-22

Kathy tried out her new Breeze today on Skaha Lake. The Breeze is the yellow kayak on the right by Current Designs. We enjoyed a short paddle to the dog beach and back. Kathy says her new kayak handles beautifully, very stable tracks nice and the rudder handles like a dream, 
In and out of clouds today but mainly sunny this morning during our paddle. Later in the afternoon it clouded over and became windy from the South.

we stopped at the dog beach and took a break, enjoying the sounds of the Redwinged Blackbirds and the other birds singing away in the sunshine.

Here are some shots of the day.


~GuyThaLizard #KAYAKokanagan #Kayaking #Okanagan