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In this special edition, I take a road trip to the Finger Lakes region of New York State. I camp in a very modern cabin that looks like a tiny house in Buttermilk Falls State Park. On this adventure, I also hike the falls, paddle in the channels of Ithaca, visit the famous Farmers Market and do tiny fishing in Cayuta Lake. Check out my video and enjoy!

If you are interested in more of my camping, travel and outdoor videos, please feel free to check out the following also.
Everglades Fishing With Hungry Alligators Nearby
What To Do In Yosemite With Only One Day
Camp & Canoe Adirondacks In Search of Loon Bird

5 Fun Things To Do In Cape Cod

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The following gear I used or appear in this video:
Coleman Gas Camping Stove
GSI Outdoors Camping Foldable Skillet
Yakima Jetstream Roof Rack
Fenwick Eagle Spinning 2-piece rod
Stren Original 330 Yard Spool, 8 lb test, clear blue
Berkley Trilene XL Monofilament 300 yard, 8lb
Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hook, 10 Per Pack (size 8)
Reaction Tackle Drop Shot lead weights, 1/4 oz
Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
Boga Grip, 15 lb scale
Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
Stanley Fat Max 1/2″ X 6′ Fatmax Keychain Tape Measure
Canon Vixia HF R800
GoPro Hero 8

illustration: to sofia

June 15, 2021

A friend of mine is going away to college, and I will miss her. She is smart, bubbly and full of energy. Loves to tell me drama stories about life. But best of all, her smile is infectious.

I do a drawing to bid her farewell. She is standing at the foot of the famous Arches, because she loves to travel and to hike too. My illustration symbolizes her free-spirited attitude and to wish good luck on her new adventures.

How many times have you went fishing and only got one fish? Well, it happens to everybody, once and again, so don’t feel bad. In this video, I compile 3 moments, from the year, when it happened to me, but I saw it as a positive that I did not get skunked and I was able to catch something.

This video is a special edition of my Bite-sized Fishing series, meaning that I only catch one fish each time, but still fun! I show you the 3 ways I catch (and release) the fish. Check out my short video and enjoy.

Catch #1 – While pier fishing, I get a fat aggressive 9-inch Bluegill caught on a large crankbait.
Catch #2 – While bank fishing, I get another nice Bluegill, that is dark-colored, caught on a bobber rig with a Berkley worm.
Catch #3 – While canoe fishing, I get a 2-pound toothy Chain Pickerel that is caught with a Yozuri 3DB jerkbait.

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Are you planning to visit Yosemite National Park? I have been there several times, thanks to my Dad. And I share what to do in the beautiful park, even if you only have one day to spare. In this video, I bike around Yosemite Village and in the scenic majestic valley, giving you a sampler of what Yosemite has to offer. Enjoy!

illustration: white oak

November 12, 2016

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White Oak hardwood trees grow throughout the central and east part of North America, ranging from Texas up to Maine, also reaching up to Canada. They are described as white oak due to their bark being white-ish, in comparison to their oak cousins. Its acorn nuts provide an important food source for deer, squirrels, blue jays and turkey. A distinct identifier of the white oak is its leaf shape which has seven to nine rounded lobes.

These are photos I took while hiking and camping in Lake Tahoe.  They can be used as wallpapers for the computer desktop, or textures for graphic design.  1600 x 1200 pixels.

sketch: lake tahoe

June 18, 2009

While camping in Lake Tahoe, I did a couple of sketches – one from the top most viewpoint of the Emerald Bay campground and one of a pine tree next to my tent site.

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These are photos I took while hiking at a nature preserve in NJ. They can be used as wallpapers for the computer desktop, or textures for graphic design. The resolution is 1600 x 1200 pixels. They are free. Enjoy.

The Long Path trail, in Fort Lee, NJ, is reminiscent of Frodo’s trek to Mordor in Lord of the Rings… except without the fiery skies. It begins at 4000 feet high on the cliffs of the Palisades, and then descends to the river.  Option 2: drive to the bottom where there is a boat landing parking area and climb up the trail.  Option 3: hike both ways for a great workout on the gluteus maximus!  A wonderful view of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge is the reward.

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