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  1. Family On Bikes Logo FAMILY ON BIKES   Dwelling Portably - Well that's what these folks are all about. They have spent a tremendous amount of time riding their bicycles long distances which has given them a lot of "Road Wisdom" which they share in their many books they have written.
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    Very interesting people to me.

    ►We believe everyone can (and should) pursue their passion and follow their dream – wherever it may lead. Our goal is to provide both inspiration and practical advice to get you there. Who are we? "We" are just a normal American family who happens to be following our dreams and chasing rainbows. We are adventure seekers and modern-day explorers who are limited only by our imaginations – and we have very vivid imaginations! We learned early to live life to the fullest; to grab life by the horns and enjoy the ride. So much so that we spent three years riding bicycles from Alaska to Argentina together as a family. Time is passing quickly. We can never go back. We can only take advantage of every moment we have. We're here to help you do exactly that.◄
  2. Van Dog Traveller VANDOG TRAVELLER   This is about another person who has hit the road in a converted van. This man is located originally in the country of England. And now he is bookin all over the planet and has lots of pictures of his places visited, etc.

    ►I started doing a lot of dreaming, during 2013 . . . I WANT TO LIVE IN A VAN AND TRAVEL . . . The desire became too great . . . I knew that for anything to happen I'd have to quit my job immediately and tell people my plans. This was the first step and was all I needed to do so I'd have no other choice but to work on my dream. I had some money saved up from working on offshore gas platforms in the North sea. Shop Printer Ink On the 20th September 2013, I gave my months notice and got asked many questions that I didn't yet know the answers to myself. At this point, I didn't really know what I was doing. I was just trusting new steps would appear before me once the current one had been completed, although I couldn't really say this to my employer or colleagues. I put things outside onto the street (Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield) with notes saying "free". I gave away the sofas, the bed, chairs, and tables. One woman came with a van and took most of it because her friend was leaving her husband and needed to set up a "secret house". She seemed very grateful. I gave away my shirts, trousers and shoes to the charity shop On Ecclesall Road, sold my car and packed a bag to go back to my parents house while to work on the van – I hoped this would be one step back to take two steps forward. Bought a van (LDV Convoy) on Ebay. The first few days I was overwhelmed with things I needed to do. I didn't have a clue what to work on first. The van was a mess. It got worse the more time I spent with it; more rust, holes in floor, oil leaks, bodge after bodge. It was a write-off and it even had forklift truck marks underneath where it had probably been shifted about some scrap yard. (see post on work done). Like running through treacle. My thoughts and dreams consumed with van conversions. I grew a beard and didn't see friends for months. February 2014, progress made. The conversation was so close to completion. I put a few pictures around the Internet and on this site. Within a day, the server was overloaded and I was suspended from my hosting account. Over 70k visits in the first week of being online. I couldn't believe it. This gave me a new wave of motivation just when I needed it – progress was slow and I was desperate to leave the country. March 2014, a line is drawn; the van conversion is complete! I documented the conversion here.◄
  3. 3 Mules in Southern California 3 MULES   Here's a cool little deal. I have noticed an increase in people using horses & mules to get around the country as a lifestyle of sorts. I like it myself, but quite often these people endure unnecessary hassles from the police (the cops love soft targets), what a shame. There really is not enough of them (horse & mule drivers) on the road to cause that much of a problem for motorists and so the police should accommodate them, not hassle them for breaking minor traffic laws. Very likely, if the violator was a good looking women with big breasts, the cops would probably be all over themselves to provide an "escort" for safe passage instead of a ticket for violating some minor law like: "No pedestrians on the bridge". I know for a fact that in the US things were a lot better for these horse people a number of years ago, the police were a lot more helpful, but not nowadays.

    ►Who are we? Where are we from? We are mules. We are from the outside. We live outside all day, every day. Where are we going? Nowhere. We're here: The outside, the web of life, the beautiful earth, a place like no other. We have come to this place, a place of golden sparkling light, a place for anybody and everybody. Give your faith, hope and energy to this place at which time you connect to it and receive the magic and endless possibility of infinity. As you walk in this place with these mules you spread the awareness that this beautiful earth, like no other, can only be protected by the way we live one day at a time.◄
  4. Deadwood Stove DEADWOOD STOVE   I think this is really a cool product. I love the looks of this little stove, even though i have never owned one it still looks to be well made and simple to operate. For your information, i am not receiving any commission if someone buys this stove through my website here. I just like the stove and hopefully you will too. The stove burns small pieces of wood best and is quite portable. It looks to have a heavy-duty design. It seems to be small (Only 14-1/2in Tall x 8-1/2in x 8-1/2in Wide) Weighs 18 LBS.

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    ►Warren Manufacturing LLC, is proud to produce the Deadwood Stove. Based in Valera, Texas and Weesatche, Texas, we are a family owned and operated business. All production of the Deadwood Stove and its accessories is performed by owners (and brothers) David and Dan Warren, as well as their sons, wives, and friends. The family runs every aspect of the business, so if you have a problem or question, you talk to us — directly. We take care to build each and every stove as though we were building it for ourselves. At Warren Manufacturing LLC, we use American-made tools and supplies whenever possible and aim to support other businesses and manufacturers with values similar to our own. We pride ourselves on using quality tools and the best steel to manufacture a quality product for you. We combine the work ethic of our family and the quality of our up-to-date technology to produce a product that makes us proud. We invite you to join our family as a Deadwood Stove owner and see for yourself. For more information about our product, please consult the User's Manual. To purchase a Deadwood Stove, simply follow the steps found in the shopping cart. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!◄
  5. Wagnerware 2qt Cast Iron Casserole Pot WAGNERWARE   I have owned this beautiful little 2 quart casserole cast iron pot w/Glass Lid, Item #1272 pictured on the right. They still sell it and it is worth the $36.75 they charge for it. Wagnerware is an old company and probably the number one Lodge Cast Iron cookware competitor i imagine. This cast iron casserole pot is probably big enough for one or two people at most - that is why i like it.

    ►These legendary craftsman are proud recipients of more Gold Medals and International Awards than any other cookware manufacturer in the world. Additionally, many books have been published about Wagner and Griswold which has the largest collectors following of any cookware, true testimony to Wagner's heritage of innovation, design and quality craftsmanship. The unparalleled Wagner advantage begins with yet another proprietary blend of metals developed just for cast iron cookware. Research with chefs and culinary experts to understand the most critical cooking factors has led to our current design. Precision crafted mold dimensions insure maximum heat transfer and retention. Ergonomically designed, patented metal handles provide easy lifting, ensure safe stability and ideal for broiler, stovetop or oven use. Machine polished interiors compliment a selection of griddles, fryers, and specialty pans with a smooth, slicker-quicker surface.◄
  6. Coleman Propane Stove COLEMAN PROPANE STOVE   Link goes to product at Amazon. This stove has been around for quite awhile. Pictured on the right is Model Number: 2000004120. It uses propane (LP) gas as fuel. I have owned and used these very efficient stoves. In my opinion this is the only way to go. I do not like stoves that use white gas or kerosene. They are a pain and require much more maintenance. It works well with any 1 gallon bulk propane cylinder like the one pictured below. Use hose shown below to connect between bulk tank and stove. ADULT DIAPERS Please note: Propane (LP) gas is highly explosive and produces fumes in an enclosed area that can kill you. Great to use outdoors, but not indoors in a small confined area like a small tent or even in your car or truck. Link is to product info at Amazon.

    ►The Coleman's Two-burner Propane Stove with InstaStart Technology is pretty much as easy as it gets and should happily satisfy most any portable-cooking needs. This Coleman two-burner stove has individual burner controls that go from simmer to a full boil for perfect outdoor cooking, while the PerfectFlow system of pressure-regulated propane provides consistent cooking performance (without flaring or flickering) by producing a steady fuel stream, even in cold weather, high altitudes, or when fuel is low. This Coleman stove is constructed of an aluminized-steel cooktop and removable, heavy-duty nickel-chrome grate so it resists rust and is incredibly easy to clean. With an output of 22,000 BTU in two high-performance burners you won't lack for cooking heat, and with the Windblock system you can shield the burners for maximum heat or fold the shields down into convenient side tables. Powered by a 16.4-ounce propane cylinder (not included). One 16.4-ounce propane cylinder (sold separately) will last up to 4.5 hours on low, and up to 1.1 hours with both burners on high. This stove lights easily with matchless electronic lighting. This Coleman two burner propane stove is dependable, durable, and easy to use.◄
  7. Manchester Tank MANCHESTER TANK - 1 GAL LP TANK   Link goes to product at Amazon. This 5 LB vertical Catalog #10054 portable LP (propane) tank is extremely useful in my personal experience. It is rated to hold at least 1 gallon of liquid propane. It can be used to supply fuel to all the Coleman stoves and lanterns for hours on end. You could probably even mount it on a bicyle for fuel for your camp cooking equipment. Easily refillable at any LP dispensing station. Available at the Home Depot. Also, as much as i love these tanks because of their usefulness - remember they are deadly. It is not uncommon for propane tanks to occasionally leak fuel from their overfill valve. I had this happen to me once while transporting a 5 gal LP tank in my car during a hot day in San Bernardino California. Thankfully, i was able to pull over near an empty lot and unload the tank without incident. Propane is highly explosive. One tiny spark and poof! Best not to transport inside the cab of your vehicle.

    • All cylinders conform with strict compliance to DOT specifications 4BA, 4BW and 4E.
    • All Manchester cylinders are triple tested with dry pneumatic air.
    • All Manchester cylinders are steel shot blasted prior to painting.
    • All cylinders have powder coat paint for maximum rust protection.
    • HANDLE-EZ collar design. The only collar with a built-in, formed handle with no sharp edges.
  8. Worthington 5# Cylinder WORTHINGTON CYLINDERS - 1 GAL LP TANK   Link goes to product at Amazon. This Model 4.24 holds at least 1 GAL of liquid propane. I think the shape of the tank is a little different than the Manchester tank especially on the bottom portion. This brand of tank is usually available at many propane supply companies around America. I list these small 1 gallon tanks here because they are wonderful replacements for those little green 16oz propane canisters available at most sporting goods stores and Walmart which are expensive and require frequent replacement.

    • Engineered design for lightweight strength.
    • Rugged, damage resistant all steel construction.
    • Rust inhibiting Durabond powder coat paint.
    • Interiors that are clean, dry and scale free.
    • Comfortable hand-holds in the collar for easier lifting.
  9. Coleman High-Pressure LP Hose PROPANE HOSE ASSEMBLY   Link goes to product at Amazon. Coleman item Number: Model No. 2000005062 (5ft).   This hose is used to connect between a portable propane appliance and a small refillable 1 gallon propane tank like the ones shown above. Amazon has an extremely good selection of LP hoses to use with the above LP tanks. Hose is 1/4in ID. Also called: High-Pressure Propane Hose & Adapter with Swivel 1"-20 Male Throwaway Cylinder Thread x Soft Nose Excess Flow P.O.L. w/ Handwheel - "Coleman's most popular hose; connects appliances that are designed for disposable cylinders to a 5-20 lb. Cylinder. Hand tighten swivel on both ends." Be sure to consider using items from Amazon.com because they have a number of portable products. Also, consider buying some spare o-rings for the P.O.L. end, easy to change.

    ►This High-Pressure hose is very important to your propane set-up. It allows you to save money and time by eliminating the frequent purchase and use of those small green propane canisters you can buy almost anywhere even at Walmart. But they are expensive and you are always having to remove and replace frequently. Using this hose allows a person to connect to a refillable tank and in my own experience they greatly lengthen the time between refills.◄
  10. Picture of expanded steel EXPANDED STEEL (METAL)   Provided here is a link to a source for small pieces of expanded metal (in this case steel) which can be used to cover the top of a 55 gal steel drum or the washing machine tub listed below. This expanded metal piece is very helpful when building a fire in a metal receptacle for reducing the amount of ash that goes up into the air and also provides a surface for placing things such as a metal cooking pan. But i think using these metal screens on a burn barrel makes them a lot safer. I fully realize the possibility of a person finding some of this material at their local scrap yard or hardware store.

    ►WORKABILITY - Expanded Metal is sheet metal that has been slit and expanded up to ten times its original width. The formation of the diamond-shaped pattern adds to the strength and rigidity of the sheet. This material offers savings in weight and metal, free passage of light and air, and a decorative or ornamental effect.◄

    Flattened - smooth & flat surface
    Standard - raised surface, more rigid
  11. Engelbrecht Campfire Grill ENGELBRECHT CAMPFIRE GRILL   This company actually makes and sells high quality large grilling units, some of them even mounted on trailers with four wheels. But i think this is their smallest unit and looks good for portable living.

    ►Ideal for Camping Trips or Small Backyard Cooking. Portable, quick to set up and built to last. This is the finest grill in this size and style. The 18" x 16-3/4" cooking grate has 1/4" solid stainless steel round rods for heat disbursement and durability and is large enough to feed up to six people. The cooking grate sits at a slight angle back allowing most of the drippings to cling to the grate and drip into the included stainless steel pan. This feature is especially nice if you decide to take this grill indoors to use in your wood fireplace. The grill stand folds and the handles unscrew to store and carry easily inside the included wood box. And like every grill we build, this will last generations.◄

    • Grill Dimensions (without handles): 18in x 18in x 15in
    • Grill Grate Dimensions 18in x 16-3/4in
    • Shipping Weight: 25 lbs
    • Steel frame holds the cooking grate at three heights: 5in, 9-3/4in and 14in
    • 1/4in solid rod stainless steel cooking grate
    • Stained hardwood handles with UV resistant clear coating with stainless steel handle rods
    • Stainless steel hardware
    • Portable, quick to set up and built to last a lifetime
    • Solid stainless steel cooking rack and drip pan
    • Comes in it's own wood crate for easy storage and transport
    • Can be used in your home fireplace

  12. Camp Fire Tub CAMPFIRE TUB   This item can be gotten for free or maybe a very low price at some appliance repair business. It is the inner tub from a washing machine. They are great for containment of a cooking and warming fire. Great to use camping at the beach or similar environment. The center post can be removed with some effort using a small hacksaw. You can place a piece of expanded metal (Steel) on top to use as a cooking surface for a cast iron pot or pan.

    ►These tubs do get quite messy after 6 to 10 times of use.◄
  13. Chicken A la King Quick Chicken À la King   I really like Pillsbury Grands! biscuits. I especially like to use them for a sausage patty sandwich.

    1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands!® buttermilk biscuits
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    1 can (18 oz) Progresso® Vegetable Classics creamy mushroom soup
    1 cup Green Giant® frozen sweet peas
    1½ cups cubed cooked chicken

    Cooking Directions:
    Step 1: Make biscuits as directed on can.
    Step 2: Meanwhile, in 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook bell pepper and onion in oil 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
    Step 3: Add soup, peas and chicken; cook until hot and bubbly. Serve over split biscuits.

    I would spread Real Butter on both halves of the split biscuit. Then pour the Chicken A la King onto the biscuit halves.
  14. Thermos Wheat THERMOS WHEAT   This is a link to my hand written instructions on making Thermos Wheat which is something i used to do a lot.

    In my experience making thermos wheat i found the best vacuum thermos to use which holds the heat best is one of those old fashioned glass vacuum bottles. Always preheat the bottle with boiling water before inserting ingredients. Always lay bottle on its side while cooking wheat berries. Pour out in the morning into a strainer or colander.

    ►Nothing — NOTHING — beats the thermal performance of a double-walled, glass-vacuum Dewar flask — the technical term for a Thermos bottle. It's glass — remember glass is brittle. You get the best thermal performance in return for taking care with handling. I had demonstrated to me once that the bottles are weak in the long direction. I had a thermos full of hot tea lying on the floor of my car, and I went over a hard bump, and the thermos bottle shattered. Now, I carry the bottle always upright, in a backpack. I for one am pleased that Thermos still makes these. One reviewer is correct — the weak link in this system is the plastic shell, and the gasket seal between the mouth of the glass bottle and the plastic shell. Since the plastic is flexible, too much pressure on the top can cause the gasket to distort resulting in leaks. Too little pressure, and it leaks. So it can take a little practice to get it right. Having had a number of these, I did encounter a couple where the gasket was misshapen, rendering the item useless for all but standing in the corner. This may have been the case with the negative reviewer. For me, thermal performance is king, and I put up with breaking two of these a year in order to have the pleasure the other 220 days or so out of a year, enjoying my tea exactly the way I like it, ALL DAY whenever I like it. For those for whom caring for glass in the real world is too much trouble, that's why steel containers are made. With about half the thermal performance of glass, they provide a lesser service for greater flexibility in handling. Likewise, the steel shell is less subject to deformation, and so is better able to make a seal that will handle all attitudes.◄
  15. Guide Gear Park Style Grill PARK STYLE GRILL   Link goes to product at Amazon. For those of you who would like to set one of these heavy-duty park type grills up in your camp for your own personal use, the one pictured on the right looks like it would be a good choice for you. You have probably seen and possibly used one of these grills in a state or federal park. I know they are probably pretty heavy, but it might be worth a try to take one with you to the beach or wherever. They are usually installed on a steel post stuck in the ground, but a movable base and post is available for portable set-up.

    ►Guide Gear Heavy - duty Park - style Grills deliver picnic - style taste! BIG BUCKS OFF! We love cooking in the great outdoors. What we don't love is less-considerate outdoorsmen who could be better about "leaving no trace." That's why these new Guide Gear Park-style Grills are such a great idea! What you get is the classic picnic-style flavor only quality outdoor cooking can deliver. What you DON'T get is the nagging question of what the guy who got there before you must have been cooking in order to leave all that greasy, charred-black residue. All the quality, none of the questions: Constructed of heavy, 3/16" plate steel just like the ones at the park; 4-level adjustable grate; 50"h., 2 3/8" diam. mounting pole anchors into ground (concrete recommended); Perfect for backyards, cabins, hunting shacks, etc.; Two sizes available; Height: approximately 50" high, prior to installation; Put the thrill back into your grill! Order yours now! 15.3 x 15.6 x 8"h., 256-sq. in. grill surface area. Guide Gear Heavy-duty Park-style Grill.◄
  16. Fire Pie Website FIRE PIE TRAIL STORE   This popular business has many categories of products conducive to the portable way of life. They appear to be the king of "Open Fire Cooking" because they sell a lot of products suitable for that kind of activity. Some of their items listed include: Pie Irons (A cooking system in itself!), Tent & Tarps, Cooking Gear, Grills & Stoves, Sleeping Gear, Campfire tools, Roasting forks, Campsite Gear, and More!

    ►The Fire Pie Trail Store is owned and operated by The Original Fire Pie Company, Mansfield, Ohio. Order fulfillment and customer satisfaction provided by Franks Marketing Group, Norwalk, Ohio. Cooking with pie irons is outdoor campfire fun at its essence. So simple to use, yet so delicious and versatile. Just take two slices of bread (buttered on the outsides), fill with jam, cheese, meat, etc. . . Place inside the cooking cavity and lock it closed. Hold it over your campfire for a few minutes on each side and you'll soon be enjoying a tasty toasted treat! We carry a variety of pie irons and aluminum sandwich cookers for campfire and fireplace cooking. Our rugged cast iron models are built to handle the punishment of even the largest fire, and carry a full five-year warranty. From a simple hobo pie or grilled cheese sandwich to chicken, chops & steaks, you're sure to find something here to make your next campfire meal as much fun to make as it is to eat!◄
  17. Campist Logo CAMPIST   Lots of neat items for the vagabond. The owner of this website seems to take some time off at around the end of the year and does not add much stuff until the beginning sometime of the next year. This website seems to have been in business for about three years now.

    ►Campist is an online magazine devoted to latest camping equipment, camping gear and gadgets.◄

    • Backpacks
    • Camp Showers
    • Campfire Starters
    • Camping Apparel
    • Camping Gadgets
    • Camping Pets
    • Camping Tents
    • Car Rooftop / Cargo Storage
    • First Aid Kits
    • Hammocks
    • Inflatables
    • Knives & Tools
    • Portable Furniture
    • Sleeping Bags
    • SUV Tents
    • Truck Tents

  18. 3 Plain White Disposable Toothbrushes DISPOSABLE TOOTHBRUSHES   Disposable Toothbrushes shown in the picture at the right are about 18¢ each when purchased in a case of 144. In the past years i have had a lot of dental work on my teeth, with braces, and some oral surgery and many tooth pullings and cavities filled. I currently live in a technically homeless situation without running water that one would normally use for brushing your teeth. So i had to come up with some kind of system to brush my teeth without making a big mess. I have gone through too much pain & suffering, time & money in the past to just let my teeth & gums go to heck. I discovered "disposable toothbrushes" which saved the day. So here is my system for brushing my teeth in a situation where i have no running water, plus i must be discreet in brushing my teeth: From a plastic 1 gallon bottle i pour enough water to fill one of those 3 oz bathroom cups you can buy at Walmart. I have also ready and waiting an empty 12 or 16 oz styrofoam cup used as a spitoon for the rinse water. So here are the steps: Put paste on brush. Brush teeth for about 2 to 3 minutes. Spit into styrofoam cup as you brush. After completing brushing of teeth, rinse with water in the 3oz cup, spit into styrofoam cup. Throw toothbrush away. Set aside 3oz cup for later use or throw away. Throw out spit in styrofoam cup when convenient and save cup to dry. This is the procedure when you are living in a building without water or car and need to be discreet in how you dispose of waste water. You could probably use this method while living in a car or van. I personally like & use Dr. Fresh pre-pasted disposable toothbrushes available from Dentist.net at the link shown below.

    • Wholesale Disposable 30 Tuft Toothbrushes
    • Individually wrapped
    • Unbreakable flat plastic handle
    • Packed 24/bx and 6 boxes of 24 to a master case of 144
    • Case Pack: 144 toothbrushes
    • On this date 1-24-11: Price per case, $26.40
  19. Texsport Portable Fire Ring TEXSPORT PORTABLE FIRE RING   Even though i have never used one of these portable fire rings, i bet they do increase the safety of a campfire. While i was living in North Idaho, my neighbor on the next lot started a small campfire without even using a rock fire ring and the fire from his campfire spread to the outlying brush. I happened to be nearby and eventually saw the flames as they were heading towards the trees on his property. Together, with all three of us working pulling water from the river and using my one shovel, myself - the man and his wife were able to put the fire out. Maybe if he had been using a fire ring plus scraped some dried grass away from the campfire, it would not have happened. They could have created a giant mess as there were other homes in the area. Close call.

    • Texsport Portable Fire Ring:
    • 23" Diameter
    • Consists Of 6 - 9inX13-1/2in steel panels
    • Panels easily and quickly assembled without the use of any tools
    • Weighs Less Than 6 Pounds
  20. GCI Pico Armchair GCI OUTDOOR PICO ARMCHAIR   I purchased one of these to carry on my bicycles for use at the beach. They really do fold down to a small size and seem to be well made. I carry it mostly on my Xtra-cycle Bicycle. It is kinda of heavy though.

    ►In GCI Outdoor terms, "pico" (pronounced pee-koe) means "small". With the PICO Telescoping System, the PICO Arm Chair folds down to 1/16th of its size - about the size of a laptop case - which means it can easily be stuffed into a hatchback or trunk. Those who choose to carry the PICO Arm chair over the shoulder will enjoy the stylish, self-contained carry bag, padded shoulder strap pad and lightweight 9 lbs. After quick assembly, the carry bag doubles as the Chair Back Storage Caddy, with ample space for magazines, books, a sweater, a beverage, sunglasses and more. In addition to the Chair Back Storage Caddy, the PICO Arm Chair includes a mesh side storage pocket, a media pocket and a mesh side beverage holder. Lightweight yet sturdy powder-coated aluminum and steel support up to 250lbs. Stay cool and comfortable with 600 denier polyester and breathable nylon mesh seat and seat back. Measures 17in x 22in x 34in when open and 20in x 3.75in x 12in when folded. Ideal for camping, RVing, fishing, and watching sports. Scratch-free nylon-coated feet also makes the PICO Arm Chair an affordable option for use indoors as extra, hide-away seating or dorm/apartment living.◄
  21. Cabelas Website CABELAS   Even though you may not have very much money to spend - Cabelas still has items useful to the vagabond at a very reasonable prices and their shipping and handling fees are low also. This famous old business supplies a lot of cool items for outdoor living and camping. For those of you who like to start small businesses and sell things, take a look at the story behind this business.

    ►Few, if any, businesses today survive the kitchen-table dreams of their founders, especially in the outdoor industry where businesses come and go with the changing seasons. Yet, the leader in the outdoor equipment business has done just that - survived, grown and prospered from simple beginnings to become the largest mail-order, retail and Internet outdoor outfitter in the world. Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear,

    was born somewhat inadvertently in 1961 when Dick Cabela came up with a plan to sell fishing flies he purchased while at a furniture show in Chicago. Upon returning home to Chappell, Nebraska, Dick ran a classified ad in the Casper, Wyoming, newspaper reading: "12 hand-tied flies for $1." It generated one response. Undaunted, Dick formulated a new plan, rewriting the ad to read "FREE Introductory offer! 5 hand tied Flies. . . 25c Postage. . . Handling" and placing it in national outdoor magazines. It didn't take long for the orders to begin arriving from sportsmen and women around the country. In typical direct-mail style, each order was mailed out with a mimeographed catalog of outdoor items Dick and his wife, Mary, added to their product line. In the beginning, Dick and Mary ran the business from the kitchen table of their home in Chappell. By 1964, continued success and growth demanded a bigger and better location. The operation was moved from their kitchen table to the basement of Dick and Jim's father's furniture store and then on to various buildings in Chappell. In 1969, Cabela's was operating in a 50,000 square-foot vacant John Deere building in neighboring downtown Sidney, Nebraska. Initially, Dick and Mary were able to handle the growing business with the help of temporary typists hired for mail, label and catalog preparation. However, by the fall of 1962, they realized the demands of their new venture needed full-time attention. Dick urged his younger brother Jim to join the new company, which he did in 1963. Neither Dick, Mary nor Jim took any salary from the company in those early years. Instead, they invested in more mailings, new equipment and bigger facilities. Today, Cabela's main world headquarters building along Interstate 80 in Sidney encompasses more than 250,000 square feet.◄
  22. Off-Grid Logo OFF-GRID   This website is a fair resource for those of you trying to locate items useful for your lifestyle of living off the grid portable style; i.e. not connected to electricity or running water. This site seems mostly oriented for the cabin liver but i think you can find things here suitable for portable living such as solar items and water filters.

    ►Off-Grid reports on the people, technologies, events and influences throughout the global off-grid community. The Landbuddy section helps you find others to go off-grid with and the free classifieds are full of ads for off the grid real estate. The Off-Grid101 section is packed with basic information from the right kind of solar cooker to how to gather rainwater. With daily news stories and a busy forum, off-grid.net is an indispensible part of daily routine for many off-gridders. The brainchild of author and campaigner Nick Rosen, the site now has 75,000 visitors a month, mainly from the US and UK, and continues to expand. Off-Grid.net is an eclectic mix of practical advice, news from the on-grid world and issues rarely covered by the mainstream media. It promotes the many enterprises that are working for a sustainable future. It campaigns on issues affecting people who live or work off-grid, including zoning/planning permission where we are calling for changes to allow people to receive special permission to set up off-grid homes in places which do not currently have residential permission. We want to see large-scale off-grid developments in towns and in the countryside, so that the hundreds of thousands who would like to live this way are free to do so.◄
  23. Slab city Entrance OFFICIAL SLAB CITY WEBSITE   Unless things have changed since i last visited Slab City, a person could live or camp there for free and for as long as you like. There are people living there who have been there for years. The place seems to attract both good and bad. So a person has to decide for themself whether or not it is worth it. As far as i know the place gets very hot in the summertime. Great in the winter months though.

    ►Welcome Snowbirds and Slabbers of all ages, this is the official Slab City website. Slab City is a free RV oasis located in the desert southwest near Niland, California. We are an organization dedicated to the clean-up and preservation of Slab City. We have assembled vital information for our registered members about Slab City and the surrounding community on our website. Such items include local maps, 24-hour weather conditions, and RV services. This website also contains the only known "Slab City Search Engine" to look up items of interest, and we have an extensive online library of Slab City video clips and photographs on display. The Slab City Organization is privately funded and relies upon donations from members to operate. Slab City Organization • PO Box 1122 • Portage, IN 46368 USA • info@slabcity.org.◄
  24. Business Card Pic MORE SLAB CITY   This website has some more good pictures of the "Slabs". I have visited here when i was living in Southern California, but i did not like it - too many people, way over-crowded for my liking. Plus it looked somewhat a dangerous place to stay for very long.

    ►The Slabs is short for Slab City, in the desert next to the Salton Sea in Southern California. Slab City is not a city, just a collection of RV's scattered around a large area. It is on the site of an old abandoned Navy base called Camp Dunlap, used during World War II. All the buildings have been leveled and only the slab floors remain, thus Slab City. Camping is free and RVers of all types gather to socialize and hold flea markets. The Slabs is not for everyone, but it's worth an overnight stay. The Salton sea is an inland Sea about 125 miles from San Diego, and about 35 miles from the Mexican border. Slab City has a Christian center, a Library of sorts, a Hot Bathing pool heated by Geothermal Energy, and a shower which is the outflow from the Hot pool. There is no electricity, water, or sewage facilities. Water is collected from the Gas Station in Niland or behind the grocery store where you turn onto Main street. Sewage can be dumped at Niland fairgrounds located west of highway 111 at the south edge of Niland. The charge is $3.00 payable at a red post located at the exit. Another dump is available at the rest stop just outside Calipatria.◄
  25. zzyzx sign FREE CAMPGROUNDS   This is a page from Eugene Casey's website featuring free campgrounds and free camping throughout the US only. Plus some practical camping tips, recipes, camping checklist, fire and animal safety. Lots of nice pictures of many outdoor sites.

    ►The free campgrounds reviewed on this page are some of the best in the USA. They might have incredible views or impossible landscapes. All these campgrounds are free unless otherwise specified. And yes, we camped at all these campgrounds and many more. Someone told us that you can camp anywhere on National Forests, so we did. Unless there are signs that specifically say otherwise, and as long as you stay on established roads, just find a good spot and set-up your camp. Follow the same regulations as below, and leave no trace.
    BLM REGULATIONS: You are welcome to camp almost anywhere on public lands. Certain restrictions may apply, so check with the local BLM office. Pack out all you bring in, including your trash and cigarette butts. Use only down and dead wood for camp-fires, unless otherwise restricted. Use existing fire rings when possible. Bury human waste 6 inches deep and 200 feet from camp, trails, streams, or washes. Avoid camping in undisturbed areas.◄
  26. Boondocking Logo BOONDOCKING.ORG   I like this idea a lot but i fully realize that if someone has a great camping spot that they wish to keep to themselves private they are very unlikely to participate in this program. So, put up information that you do not mind being public information and keep your secret places to yourself. I guess that's just common sense anyway. I tried entering some coordinates but was not able to find anything. I suspect that this site has not had much use. And also going back to what i mentioned here before - if someone has a good camping spot in a forest somewhere it is unlikely they are going to make it public information. I don't think i would.

    ►Welcome to boondocking.org! What is Boondocking? Boondocking is free camping, generally out in the boondocks. My name is Andrew Koransky and I love to travel by car around the USA. And one thing that allows me to travel is being frugal. Call it a pet peeve, but it sure seems ridiculous to pay for camping. You may have noticed, our wonderful National Forests really like to charge you for primitive camping. But did you know, usually just a mile or two away from the "developed" campground, you can find a secluded spot in your National Forest that's perfectly legal to camp? Many times, in these National Forest campgrounds, campsites often have nothing more than a pit toilet and a fire pit with a grill. The way I've set up my travel rig, I only need a flat spot to park. The great outdoors (used responsibly of course) serves as my toilet, and my stove serves as my cookery. Why pay for camping for nothing more than a stinky pit toilet, when just a few miles away, you can legally camp in a secluded spot? Back in September 1998, I took a year off from work and started traveling around the USA. Being a computer geek, I brought my laptop and started one of the web's first travelogues. I had plenty of adventures in technology, finding a phone line for internet access, playing with cellular modems, trying to use mapping programs, GPS's, etc. . . It was great fun, but it couldn't last for ever. I returned to society in September 1999, taking a job, and eventually got married. While dreaming about an upcoming year off (2006), I also started to dream about ways of making my free camping experience easier. During a few jaunts out west (using what little vacation time I had), I realized how difficult it is to find free camping, especially when you are constrained by time. I also realized that I had lost track of some of my GPS coordinates that I had recorded for free camping. (Anybody know where that spot is pictured above near Carlsbad Caverns/Guadelupe National Park??) So here you go. This little web application will allow you to enter GPS coordinates for your favorite camping spots, and find spots near your current location. Combining a mapping program and a GPS, now you should always be able to find free camping on your favorite public or private lands.◄ Happy boondocking! - Andrew
  27. squidoo.com/shish-kebab-recipe# SHISH KEBAB COOKING   Link goes to a product at Amazon. This is another idea for you to consider. Actually, there are many different versions of Shish Kabab or Kebab. I have purchased a ready-made Shish Kabab from the Safeway store and cooked it in my convection oven. It was very good and i would or will buy another one. I would think a person could cook these Shish Kebab's right over a campfire and marinate as they cook. Also, maybe using hot dog weiners for the meat part of a Shish Kabab might work.

    Teriyaki sauce (Any Store Brand)
    One small sirloin end pork roast (about 1.3 pounds)
    Fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
    Red bell pepper, cut into chunks
    Zucchini, washed, ends trimmed, cut into chunks
    Green onions, cut into 3 to 4-inch pieces
    Four metal skewers

    Cooking Directions:
    Using a large knife, carefully cut the pork roast into chunks about 2 x 2 inches in size. Put the chunks in a non-metal bowl and pour teriyaki sauce over top. Cover the pork and marinate in the refrigerator for an hour or two. (I didn't completely cover the pork with the teriyaki sauce, so I turned the pork pieces over about halfway through the marinating time.) Carefully thread the meat, pineapple, and vegetables onto the skewers while you're preheating the grill. When the grill is ready, place the kebabs on the rack. Cover and grill for about five minutes, then turn the kebabs over and grill for another five minutes or so or until the meat is done. Carefully remove the shish-kebabs to a platter. Serve over a bed of your favorite rice.
  28. Peanut Butter Pickle Sandwich PEANUT BUTTER AND SWEET PICKLE SANDWICH   This is a recipe listed on ABC Good Morning America home recipes from Linda Irby. I have heard about this recipe for many years but i have not tried it yet.

    2 slices white bread
    2 tablespoons peanut butter, extra chunky (or whatever your preference)
    3 or 4 Sweet Gherkin pickles, thinly-sliced lengthwise

    Cooking Directions:
    Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread, and top with slice Gherkins in a single layer. Top with remaining slice of bread and cut diagonally in half.

    Recipe Summary:
    Main Ingredients: bread, peanut butter, pickle
    Course: Brunch, Lunch
  29. Picture from instructables.com TOP RAMEN NOODLES   Because of it's questionable nutritional value, Top Ramen is kind of controversial as use for food. But you can add some green peas and fried hamburger to it to jazz it up a bit or maybe add some other kind of meats and vegetables. Actually there are a lot of recipes and additional ingredients suggested by many people on the internet. Need to mention, but i think Top Ramen has a "Cult Following". One such site click here: Ramenlicious

    ►Top Ramen. The Original Instant Ramen Since 1970. The versatility of Top Ramen makes it a true family favorite. It's a soup, it's ramen noodles, and it's the best value you'll ever find in the grocery store. And with so many ways to enjoy Top Ramen, it's one meal that always stirs the appetite. Check out our recipe collection or submit your own recipe ideas. We just may include them for Top Ramen fans everywhere to enjoy.◄


    Looking for something dirt cheap, fast and hearty that will hold you through until lunch? Try this super easy Ramen Breakfast Burrito.

    2 cups water
    1 pkg ramen noodles, any flavor you like
    1 egg, beaten
    1/4 cup shredded cheese
    hot sauce - (We use Frank's)
    flour tortilla

    Cooking Directions:
    Bring water to a boil, add ramen. While ramen is cooking slowly pour in beaten egg, add seasoning packet (Cook for 3 minutes). Drain, reserving about 1 T. of water. Add cheese & hot sauce (to taste preference). Fill a warm flour tortilla, wrap and enjoy.

    Recipe Summary:
    This makes a fast, hearty breakfast on the go for 2 people. Read more: Budget101.com - - Breakfast Burritos | Ramen Noodle Recipes | Dirt Cheap Recipes.
  30. Simply Differently Logo SIMPLY DIFFERENTLY   Lots of good info about temporary portable dwellings from this man based in Switzerland. He likes to design portable structures and uses his website to document his ideas. Very cool indeed.

    ►My name is René K. MÜller, I have been pondering on making temporary buildings for quite a while and finally started to do my own shelters, in particular tipi and yurt, which this website features. I try to document and share all information openly in order to inspire others, like you, to do alike things. I do believe by redoing things, like re-inventing the wheel if you want, new approaches are considered. It isn't really that all things are set for all time, no, sometimes we require to redo things we have become custom so much, like in case of housing, some things can be done better. What started as personal web-site, formerly known as "Housing, Dwelling & Shelters" (no longer reachable). I moved to SimplyDifferently.org finally, also a site I started which first dealt just to provide an overview on living in temporary shelters, but now also contains all my notes, online calculators - one place or web-site to find anything I gathered on temporary buildings the past years. Some of my notes are first in handwritten form, but I personally rather prefer to make it interactively, searchable and therefore transcribe it in electronic form, and create related illustrations and those end up in on this website, kind of my personal public notebook you are exploring on this website. Here in Switzerland, where I currently reside, the land is pricey and so is building houses; without mortgage from a bank almost nothing goes, and this isn't what I have in mind - additionally, planning and building houses are heavily (over)regulated too. Temporary buildings on the other hand aren't regulated here, and this means one can build and put up as I like as long I can take it down and is thereby considered temporary; and that circumstance really made me finally go ahead and do my own projects on temporary buildings.◄
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