Handy Trail Breakfast

…the lighting is a bit odd today… my hands are not quite that violet ordinarily

Peanut butter filled pretzel bites [140cal. a dozen] and Jack Links new fully-cooked AM Breakfast Sausages [150cal. for three]… nice combo. Tastes a little like crunchy satay. Very good! And just a bag in my pocket.

Finish it off with some Peanut M&Ms and a swig of water… onward into the fog

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The Traditional Ash Pack Basket

Contemporary design inspired by the earlier Northwoods pack baskets from the 19th Century.  This one was made by Bill Mackowski in Milford, Maine.

Taken from Bill’s site:

Nothing speaks of the traditions of the Maine woods or the mountains of the Adirondacks like a hand crafted brown ash (black ash if you’re from away) pack basket.  Imbedded in the very creation of the Native Abenakis (People of the Dawn), brown ash is the most unique and durable of all natural or manmade weaving materials.  Nothing can compare with its texture, workability, and visual beauty.  Even its smell has an unusual and inspiring quality.  Although it has been the preferred material of untold utilitarian and artistic basket creations, to me, it’s true beauty reaches its pinnacle in the lines and character of a hand crafted pack basket.

For hundreds of years, no self respecting guide, trapper, or woodsman ventured into the woods of Northern New England and New York without his pack.  It was as critical as his bed roll or tea bucket.  It was his signature piece of apparel.

Many of these packs were made by the guides themselves, but many more were made by the basket makers that lived and crafted throughout the North East.  To me, every one was a unique and artistic creation.  Each maker having his little variation or particular quirk in the crafting.  Unfortunately, most of these craftsman never marked their work, and their styles have been lost over time.  Those packs that remain and are traceable to any of these old craftsman, are truly a piece of North woods history.”

LL Bean used to market one much closer to those shown below [and may still].

A web clip of what I assume entries at a “common-ground” type craft fair

Traditional Pack Baskets are available from a good number of craftsmen throughout New England and can be ordered online from most.

Fraud Alert !!

This ad and site it is from are a scam>>>

 

The logo on the bag sewn to the hammock clearly shows that these guys are attempting to rip off AMOK. This is not an AMOK site… they are NOT affiliated with the gang at AMOK in any way! You are not going to be getting an AMOK Draumr for $28.88! Suck it up buttercup. This is a FRAUD… not a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get a great deal.

I have the information directly from the guys at AMOK. Since I’m a pretty big fan of their products, I wanted to be certain that I was passing on the word. Please steer clear of the above ad and site

My own suspicion is that your money would disappear down the rabbit hole and you would never see anything in your mailbox.

Remember… “caveat emptor” and there is a sucker born every minute.

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BzzzZZ Off!

Over this last weekend [July 19-21] 30+ of us had our yearly hammocking “hang” down at the Harold Parker State Forest outside Boston. Our sites were right on a rise above a quiet pond and there had been rain… so, 8:22pm and the BUGS CAME OUT!

This year, Moosenut Falls was able to contribute the “Bug Juice Buffet” shown above. The folks attending and visiting with us were able to try out a wide selection of insect repellents of all types… DEET, picariden, IR 3535 and any number of “eco-friendly” botanicals.

“As the box sez, “Try What You Want~~ Find What Works For YOU”.

[My many thanks to the vendors who donated so generously. I will be doing a post featuring the donated products ASAP]