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Camping in a One-Man Tent Like a Pro

Camping in a One-Man Tent Like a Pro

September 30, 2020

Some sort of shelter is absolutely essential when out in the wild. For some, it’s a waterproof hammock or bivy sack. (Although I’ve never tried a bivy, it’s on my bucket list.) But for most solo adventurers the world over—myself included—a cozy one-man tent is the go-to solution for wilderness shelter. To say it’s an essential on my checklist is definitely an understatement.

Through my experiences camping out in the wild, I’ve learned a whole lot about the best practices and techniques for sheltering-up in a one-man, and I thought I’d share some of those tips and tricks in this blog for any interested adventurers looking to hit the wild. While I’m certainly no “expert,” I hope these tips and tricks are helpful and, perhaps, inspire the adventurer within you!

Choosing the Right Tent

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A Glimpse Into The Past

A Glimpse Into The Past

September 23, 2020

You see, the rural life comes with its own challenges, tradeoffs, and unique adventures—as many of you likely already know. And most rural people, including myself, like it that way. In keeping with the rural, “do-it-yourself” mentality, I and my family have undertaken various DIY projects using “straight-from-the-earth” materials and some good ol’ elbow grease to get the job done right.

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Garbage Disposal Discussion

Garbage Disposal Discussion

September 04, 2020

I’ve never liked that name: the “garbage disposal.” It has a nasty ring to it, and it also makes it seem like you can put anything considered to be “garbage” down your sink. 
I truly believe that a lot of people genuinely believe this. Heck, I believed it from my childhood. You see, we always had a garbage disposal built into the kitchen sink, and I always watched in wide-eyed fascination as banana peels, celery stalks, spoiled leafy greens, blemished radishes and beets, and even leftover meatloaf disappeared down into the garbage disposal’s gurgling, roaring gullet. With an upbringing like that, it’s hard to break the cycle of believing that the garbage disposal is for garbage. 

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Creating a Mixed Aviary

Creating a Mixed Aviary

August 24, 2020

I had about a dozen pigeons and yet that large aviary felt empty.  If you research mixed species aviaries, almost invariably the advice given is simply, “don’t do it!”  There are very few stories of people trying to have mixed species aviaries and even fewer personal stories of failures with mixed species aviaries. With that relative lack of evidence for or against, I decided to take the leap.  I hatched baby coturnix quail and purchased some white-crested kalij (a pheasant species from the Himalayas).  Honestly, this mix went well until the following spring.  The kalij became aggressive around breeding time, so they got their own pen.  It was a quick and easy fix.  The quail and the pigeons never had an issue.

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A Mountainside Garden

A Mountainside Garden

August 20, 2020

As a kid, I grew fascinated by the idyllic image of a garden, complete with banana trees and flower bushes bursting with colored blossoms, suspended on a mountainside. Perhaps it was some sort of mental amalgamation of pictures I’d seen of the Andes Mountains in kindergarten and my own obsession with green growing things. 

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Backpacking into a Lost Wilderness Pt. 2

Backpacking into a Lost Wilderness Pt. 2

August 14, 2020

The morning after I took my day of rest halfway through my 35-mile, solo backpack trip in the Lost Creek Wilderness, I set out with high hopes of putting in 9 miles on very hilly terrain.  I soon found out that “hilly” wasn’t exactly the right term for the 1000 foot mountains I had to traverse. No kidding. Between miles 17 and 19, the elevation jumped from 8904 up to 10,144 feet. That was one of the toughest moments of my trip, chugging up that mountain 50 feet at a time, gasping for air as my lungs burned as if someone were torching them from the inside.

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Backpacking into a Lost Wilderness

Backpacking into a Lost Wilderness

August 11, 2020

I’d marked the date two months before, gathered and packed all my gear, trained my body as if I were going to war, and now I stood on the cusp of an adventure—shaking in my boots.

Not literally shaking, you understand. No. I was far too “brave” for that. You see, I thought I couldn’t show that very real fear of going solo on a 5-day, 35-mile loop backpack trip into the Lost Creek Wilderness in early May—right as the world was embroiled in the middle of a global pandemic. No, I reasoned, to admit that fear, even to myself, would mean I might turn back, chicken out, and that was something I most certainly could not and would not do.

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Shearing the Flock

Shearing the Flock

August 04, 2020

When it comes time to shear sheep, there are a couple of options.  You can hire a professional, or you can do it yourself.  Being the kind of person who goes gung-ho on all his hobbies, I opted for the latter.  How hard can it be? I wondered.  I buzz my own hair. Surely I can do this.  So, I watched some Youtube videos and bought some Oster Showmaster shears.  Professionals can shear a sheep in under 1 minute.  I knew I wouldn’t be that fast, but I was confident in my abilities and my Youtube education. 

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Unexpected Pigeon

Unexpected Pigeon

July 29, 2020

The sun bled upwards into the sky—yellow, pink, and whitish purple—the day that they arrived. Needless to say, even though I’ve raised birds for a few years, I wasn’t expecting baby pigeons.

I remember watching that sunrise with a sense of awe, observing how the light bent double over the tops of the rolling foothills above Golden, Colorado before spilling downwards into the valley and up to the window where I sat. I thought, even before knowing that new life had actually arrived, that life is always a cycle of renewal—no matter how dark the night becomes.

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What Does 'Rural' Mean To You?

What Does 'Rural' Mean To You?

July 22, 2020

What does the term “rural” mean to you?  Here in the Unique Drain & Septic office, it is instantly associated with septic systems. That’s what we do here: make septic treatments, so of course when working, I associate those two. However, when I make my commute home, “rural” no longer means onsite wastewater. It means a dirt driveway and feeding my sheep. It means cutting trees on the weekend and digging our own ditches. “Rural” is so much more than a particular distance from the grocery store or how far away your neighbors are.

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Outhouses and Drain & Septic Products?

Outhouses and Drain & Septic Products?

July 17, 2020

Outhouses seem antiquated and irrelevant.  Yet, we still occasionally have folks reach out to us regarding our products and their outhouse.  Outhouse care is important.  After all they can easily smell bad, breed flies, and fill quickly (requiring a pump out or a move).  Using Septic System Digester can help reduce all of that.

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Grey Water with Unique Drain & Septic Logo and Photo Credits

To Greywater System Or To Not Greywater System

June 27, 2020

Grey Water System, Greywater System, Gray Water System, Graywater System.  Regardless of the naming convention you subscribe to, a greywater system is a wonderful option where it is legal and easy.  Here we discuss the uses, installation and maintenance of greywater systems.  These systems allow you to capture and utilize greywater.

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