Our trip to Deadhorse AK in TCT Magazine


My latest article ,on our trip to Deadhorse Alaska was just published in TCT magazine.

This past summer , my wife ,Lisa and I spent three months and 13,000 miles  traveling to Alaska and Canada .  This article highlights our drive to Deadhorse Alaska on the famous Dalton Highway

I hope you enjoy the article and welcome your comments.

Just click on the below link  and enjoy.


I look forward to your comments.



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My Big Bend article in Toyota Trails magazine.

I had an article I wrote on a trip to Big bend National Park published in the latest issues of Toyota Trails.

Part One


Part Two



Hope you enjoy them.



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My Big Bend trip article in Toyota Trails Magazine

I had an article I wrote on a trip to Big bend National Park publish in the latest issue of Toyota Trails.   The next issue will have part two in Big Bend ranch Ranch State park, TX.



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Land Cruiser Heritage Museum Salt Lake City, Utah

While in SLC today, we stopped to visit the Land Cruiser Heritage Museum.  The collection is breathtaking.  Kyle met us and answered some questions . His knowledge was extensive and I learned a couple of new things.

If in SLC, this museum is a must see even if not a Land Cruiser aficionado.  Below is from the official website.

Greg Miller has always loved Land Cruisers. In his words, “When I’m in a Land Cruiser, I’m usually in a place I love, with people I love, doing what I love.” For many years, Greg has been collecting historically significant Land Cruisers and adding them to his collection.  Greg also outfitted several 78 series Land Cruisers and took them on a journey around the world, driving them on all seven continents, including Antarctica. http://www.expeditions7.com

When Greg realized that Toyota did not maintain a museum to celebrate the history of his favorite vehicle, the idea to create a museum of his own both as a place to display his collection and as a way to celebrate Land Cruiser heritage started to form in his mind.

The museum began in a specially designed building at the former Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, but moved to Salt Lake City in 2015 where it is more accessible to guests who wish to visit and explore.

The Land Cruiser Heritage Museum is designed for those who share a passion for these remarkable vehicles. Within the walls of the museum rare and classic Land Cruisers are carefully preserved while their stories are shared.

The Land Cruiser Heritage Museum houses what is believed to be the world’s most diverse collection of Land Cruisers. Models range from a beautifully patina’d 1953 Toyota Jeep to a pristine 200 series. You’ll see 20 series, 40 series, 55s, 60 series, 70 series, 80s, 90 series, 100s, a 105 and many other rare “cousins” of the Land Cruiser, including a Delta mini-Cruiser, Blizzards, a PX-10, and Mega-Cruisers. You’ll see the first Land Cruiser sold in the United States, the first (and only) four-wheeled vehicle to traverse all seven continents, and more.

The Land Cruiser Heritage Museum is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, just six minutes from the Salt Lake International airport. Our address is 470 West 600 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101  M-F 0800-1700

Contact Information:

Dan Busey – 505.615.5470
Kyle Patten – 801.717.6017

H/T: http://www.landcruiserhm.com/





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Emergency signaling kit

The only downside to traveling to beautiful remote places is the lack of help should an emergency arise. The other issue some don’t think much about is how are the rescuers going to find you?
I have thought about that and put together this kit for just a situation. Note: This is a signaling kit not a survival kit.
From left to right is a flare gun. With an insert, this gun shoots commonly available 12 ga flares. I know there are other smaller flare guns but I like this one. I also carry several spare flares.
Next are some smoke generators. These are very useful to allow a helicopter to read the wind when landing.
I have a Breitling Emergency watch. This watch has an emergency transmitter on 121.5 GUARD frequency . With the In Reach device, this watch is now a backup
The In Reach device, working on the Iridium satellite constellation, is a two way text messenger as well as a SOS device. Turning on the SOS feature will send a signal to GEOS Worldwide, LTD .
GOES is an independent emergency response organization headquartered outside of Houston, Texas. Their high-tech underground facility is the central component in their International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC). That facet of their operation is somewhat self explanatory. When GEOS receives a distress call, their IERCC department swings into action to coordinate an immediate and appropriate response. Sounds simple enough, but what does that actually mean?
A subcontractor of SPOT and Delorme, GEOS is tasked with receiving inbound distress calls, determining their location, then initiating the dispatch of emergency resources known to service that location. To achieve this end, GEOS maintains a database of local first-responder assets in over 130 countries and maintains an on-call translator service to facilitate communications in more than 200 languages. GEOS also maintains a large network of offices around the globe in Perth, Marrakech, Paris, London, New York, San Jose, and Los Angeles.
You can read more here. https://expeditionportal.com/what-happens-when-you-press-the-sos-button.

All so included is a VS-17 signaling panel, strobe light , whistle , space blanket, GPS and fire starter round out the kit.

The VS-17 panel is a military surplus signalling panel that is a bright florescent orange and pink colors.

The strobe light is another military item SDU-5 . This strobe has  a battery conversion to use civilian batteries and also  has an IR filter for visibility at night if rescuers are using night vision. Both the panel and and strobe are widely available on line.

Everyone has their own ideas of what they want to take out to double of what I have to nothing at all.


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5 VDC USB to 12 VDC

The new  lithium-ion mini jump-starters on the market  are a convenient way to have a jump pack and power supply  stored in your vehicle.

Most of these fit nicely in a glove compartment or center console.  In addition to having clamps for jumping a car battery,these battery packs have USB ports and some have  adapters for a laptop .

One item missing is a female cigarette plug .  While most electronics use some sort of USB interface for power there are still some that use a cigarette plug.

A simple Internet search revealed a 5VDC USB to  12VDC cigarette plug.


A quick test with my Fluke and sure enough  there is 12 VDC.    This will be perfect for using my XM portable radio out at the camp site .


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12 VDC Crock Pot test

I like using my crock pot on occasion. When at a truck stop I saw a 12VDC crock pot. What the heck. Yesterday I decide to test it out and make chili. 1lb, chopped meat, can of pinto beans, can diced tomatoes, red wine and chili mix . I plugged the crock pot into my Arkpak . Set and forget.

After six hours the temp was 170F and and the battery was at 11.9 volts and 50%. At that point, I plugged in the battery. At the 8 hour mark the temp was just over 200F and ready to eat.

I stirred the chili three times during the cooking process. I also did the test in my garage so the air temp was in the 50’s. I could have done the same thing on my pressure cooker in 20 minutes. I can see using the crock pot in a base-camp situation when one would want to dig in to something after a day exploring.


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My FJ-60 in Toyota Trails magazine



Toyota Trails magazine has a “Trail Rigs” section in each edition.  I sent in a write up and some photos and was selected to be published.



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Remote lighting system and 12VDC power supply

My friend lives in Florida and I wanted to make her a remote lighting system and 12VDC power supply for power outages.
Tractor supply had 14” Flambeau dry boxes on sale for 50% off and I picked up two. I took one of the boxes to Batteries Plus and found that two 20 amp hour deep cycle batteries that fit in the box with room to add outlets and an integral charger.
The build was very simple. I wired the batteries in parallel, drilled for the outlets. I put in two cigarette lighter plugs and a dual USB plug. I found the switched voltmeter on Ebay and it fit perfectly inside the case.
I had an old Black and Decker 2 amp charger that fit perfectly inside the case. Rather than opening the case to plug in the charger I found the NOCO Genius GCP1 Black 13 Amp 125V AC Port Plug on Amazon.
Next up was lighting. I found a tripod for $18.00 and a 50 watt light for $10.00 on Amazon.
The power pack was able to power the LED light for 40 hours. Below is the supply list.IMG_20151219_171006026 IMG_20151219_171043710 IMG_20151220_110204603 IMG_20151220_174952294 IMG_20151221_135250635 IMG_20151221_135256752 IMG_20151228_231342476 IMG_20151230_205856632 IMG_20151230_205930695



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Camino del Diablo February 2015

I’ve been remiss on keeping up with my posts.  Now I am trying to catch up.  My friends and I planned and went a on an extended trip to the Camino del Diablo in Southern Arizona.  Since I was writing an article I really could not write about the trip until the article was published.  The trip was great with fantastic scenery and great traveling companions. I’ll add more pictures to this post.

Here is the link to the article.  I hope you like it and appreciate your comments.  Highway Men Camino del Diablo







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