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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why Not Wednesday ~ Hey Bloodhounded, what's for dinner?

Did you know that in addition to my "real job" as a program director for a USDA school lunch subsidy grant, on the weekends I am a saute cook at a popular restaurant? I've done it for years and I really enjoy working with a great team of guys and gals who teach and learn with enthusiasm. I like to add some dishes from my favorites to the specials and always boast how people are ordering my meals. Then I secretly urge the waitstaff to come back and tell how much the customers enjoyed it and gave their compliments to the chef. This gets the cooks all fired up and they try to out do me. It makes for a great working environment and the customers must love it!

At home I am also the primary cook. I do all the kids and Mrs. Bloodhounded's lunches for school, supervise a healthy breakfast and make dinner four of the seven days of the week. Again, I love to cook so it's all good with me. It's relaxing. Hey, some guys grab a beer after work, I grab a knife, you got a problem with that? LOL.....

By looking at these pictures of ingredients, do you know what Bloodhounded's making for dinner? If not, just click on the picture for the entree and my recipe.
Bon Appetit!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Bed Time Story from Ol' Bloodhounded

Just in time to tuck you guys in with a little 
story from one of my Geocache pages.
Nighty-nite......
click on the story to get a better view

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Morning Adventures with MrsMamaHen.com ~ The Grizzlies

While Conni and her family were salmon fishing in Valdez, Alaska USA, they found out right away that they weren't the only fishing family! Check out this post from MrsMamaHen.com, I get goose bumps just thinking about it! Thanks for sharing Conni!

As I mentioned, we weren't the only ones out there fishing for salmon in Valdez. We were joined by many in the animal kingdom, and this one paid a visit that very first night. A mama grizzly bear with....count those cubs!




Your eyes are not deceiving you. This is the mother of 4!


She would mosey on down to the water, effortlessly snag a fish, and munch away with her baby bears right along with her.


I have seen black bears in the wild before, but this was my first grizzly. I couldn't take my eyes off them. It was simply amazing to witness.


And while I couldn't take my eyes off of her...she was keeping her eye on the 2-legged critters as well. After all, she is a mama grizzly, and no one will mess with her!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Outfit your Kayak for FISHING!

How to Outfit Your Angler Kayak

Kayak angling is a fun and proven way to catch fish. Outfitting a kayak for fishing is much like outfitting any other fishing watercraft. The kayaks limited storage capacity does present some challenges, but we have created a guide to help you start customizing your kayak for fishing.
















Seating

The first and foremost thing you should consider when you start to properly outfit your kayak is the seat. This is probably the first thing you thought of, since no one wants to get a sore behind while trying to enjoy their kayak fishing trip. The most simple and obvious solution to improving your seating situation is to add padding to the original seat. You can use a self-adhesive foam pad, most of which include traction for improved control.

Another solution to help you refine your kayak seating is to reposition the seat. The most frequent adjustments made to the seat are to move it up or down. This can increase stability and leg room.

If adjusting the seat position and adding padding just aren’t cutting it for you, you can always replace the existing seat with an aftermarket seat.

Rod Holders

Rod holders are an invaluable aspect when outfitting a kayak because you can’t paddle and hold the fishing rod at the same time (unless you have a pedal powered kayak!). It’s helpful if you bring multiple holders so that you can bring several different rods on your kayak fishing adventure. To optimize space on the kayak it’s good to use a holder that offers multi-positioning for rods, quick release capability, or enables you to store a variety of rods in the same holder.

Flotation Vest

It is paramount that you use a flotation device when you are using any watercraft. However, when kayaking it’s best to purchase a kayak-specific designed vest, as it allows for better upper body movement and does not constrict you while you are paddling and casting.

Fishing Tools

This will vary from person to person, but it’s a good idea to have a multi-tool and various other items including the following: knife, scissors, forceps, clippers, a hook file, and pliers. Be sure to store these items in a place where they are easily accessible, because you will frequently be using them.

Anchor System

It’s important to get an anchor and a kayak anchor trolley kit for those windy days. The anchor allows you to stay put while fishing, and the trolley kit enables you to manipulate the position of the line for optimal positioning.











Safety and First Aid Kit

Be sure to check your state or provinces on-the-water requirements to determine what you are mandated to carry. The bare minimum of what you should bring includes a signal mirror, a whistle, a bilge pump, a bail or sponge, a throw rope and a working flashlight.

Electronics

New electronics are being utilized in the world of fishing, such as a Fish Finder/transducer. You can hang it over the side of the boat or (as most do) glue it inside of the boat. The transducer signal shoots through the plastic of the boat. Just get some really good glue, and glue the transducer to the bottom of the kayak, attach the transducer to a battery and you are ready to go fishing!

Crate System

Something that you can add to the back of your kayak is a “crate system”. You can either buy one that is already made, or you can fashion a milk crate into a carrier for your tackle. The milk crate has been around for a long time. It gives you storage compartments for your gear and enables you to fasten your tackle holder to your boat, ensuring that it will stay securely in place. This is a great option for functionality and for the betterment of the environment because you are recycling.
















Tackle Boxes and Trays

Some kayaks come with tackle tray designated spots. If yours doesn’t then you can always carry small trays in your vest or pants pocket. It’s wise to use airtight containers so that you don’t end up with rusty fishing hooks. A crate system is a great way of keeping all your tackle containers organized.

Kayak fishing is an exciting, inexpensive, simple and healthy sport that can be enjoyed solo or as a bonding experience for two. It is still considered a frontier sport since it is still in the early stages of development. It can be challenging to find viable information about it, and that is why we have created this guide to help you outfit your kayak to its fullest potential. We hope this helps and that you have many fun angling adventures!

Remember that ACK.com stands ready to outfit your next adventure as your Kayak Fishing Headquarters. Click on over and see what we have to offer!



About the Author:

Joseph is an avid kayaker based out of the central Texas area. He has paddled many of central Texas’ waterways and has attended and/or participated in many kayak fishing tournaments, races and paddling festivals. He’s currently employed at Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) and loves that he gets to spend time working with his favorite toys.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Johnnygeo on Geocaching Safety ~ Lamp Post Caches, are they safe?

In the never ending quest to enjoy life to it's fullest, the theme is, "SAFETY FIRST". Today our new friend and safety adviser at CacheCrazy.Com, Johnnygeo tells us very clearly that, skirt lifting may be hazardous to your health! Let's all learn a little and play it safe! 

Disclaimer


Lamp Post Caches, are they safe?

At the end of this post I want you to answer the question... Please take a read...

***In this post I'm refering to the type of lamp post cache that a person needs to lift a skirt or cover to grab the cache. This cover usually protects the bolts of a post and most of the time, but not all, there are no wires exposed. I am NOT talking about a lamp post cache where a cacher would hide a micro inside the opening of the lamp post beside energized wiring. A cache placed inside the opening of a lamp post is a very serious safety concern and should NEVER be created. If a cache is found inside a lamp post, please contact a Geocache.com reviewer to have the cache archived and the local utility company to close the lamp post opening properly.***

Now... let's talk about a micro under a skirt of a LPC...

I "Googled" Lamp Post Caches on my computer and came up with a lot of hits on the subject. I read how they're lame because they're so boring after finding 10 of them in a row. I read that they're on private property and that a cacher needs permission before they hide a cache in the lamp post. I read that a lamp post cache caused a bomb threat.

All of these concerns are valid but from a safety perspective I think we're missing the boat. There needs to be more thought on how a lamp posts electrical equipment fails. It's happening way too much to say.. Ahhh, that never happens...

Remember, everytime you lift a lamp post cover to find a cache, you're trusting that the lampost wiring has not failed from old age or has not been vandelized before you got there.

As I've said in the past, a city, town, etc can have the best electrical maintenance program in the world, and still, the power equipment can fail, like anything else.

For a handful of you that may be asking yourself, "I haven't heard of anyone getting killed by geocaching by a lampost", you're right, and I hope that knowbody ever does. BUT people doing other hobbies, walking their dog, playing around lamposts and other types of electrical equipment are getting killed. 

Here's some proof on what's going on "out there". (please click on the link for the full story)
(1)... The electrified spots were discovered during emergency inspections prompted by Ms. Lane's death...Manhattan had 53 electrified manholes and service-box covers, and 30 charged lampposts. The Bronx had 6 electrified manhole and service-box covers and 25 charged lampposts. READ LINK
(2) The downtown electrocution of a 9-year-old boy was caused by the failure of the insulation in a 480-volt wire in the base of a light post, according to a report from investigators. READ LINK

(3)An ungrounded light pole is being eyed as the possible cause of death of a 9-year-old girl at a self-serve carwash Monday evening, a city official said Wednesday.
(YOU NEED TO SCROLL DOWN A BIT TO FIND THE STORY) READ LINK
These are just a small hand full of incidents that are occuring out there.
Lamp posts are meant to be safe because they're out in the general public but as you have just read, that's not always the case. Lamp posts are meant to give light to an area and to be left alone... not to be played on or in.
Also, if we teach our children it's okay to lift up covers to this equipment, will they know what not to enter when they're alone? Probably NOT. READ LINK
Let's not have our kids get-used-to playing around this equipment.

There are so many other places we can hide and find geocaches, let's stay away from electrical equipment.
So, are LPC's safe?


Thanks for stopping by,


Johnnygeo
About the author: 
Name: 
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I enjoy travel, cycling, trail running, Okinawan karate and Geocaching
I work for a large power utility company as a Health & Safety Professional, "The Safety Guy". I graduated at the University of Alberta in Occupational Health & Safety in 2008. 

If you're a geocacher please take a moment to visit my blog on Geocaching Electrical Safety.

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