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by Wilderness Librarian
Wed May 12, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Renovation Process
Replies: 4
Views: 415

Re: Home Renovation Process

I went through extensive reno of family house I inherited. Probably much more extensive then you seem to be planning. Went with GC recommended by my brother who had them do modest reno the year before. I requested GC designate or recommend a design person (not an architect) to make recommendations o...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu May 06, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best options for squashing scammer phone calls?
Replies: 64
Views: 5187

Re: Best options for squashing scammer phone calls?

Another possibility is an old-fashioned answering machine. With a machine, they do not have to answer any calls. They can return the calls that are real ones and ignore the rest. Many scammers do not even leave messages. This is what I do with landline. I leave the ringer off unless I am expecting ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun May 02, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Much Did You Budget for Travel in Retirement?
Replies: 122
Views: 10669

Re: How Much Did You Budget for Travel in Retirement?

Initially budgeted 20K/yr. (single & prefer to travel alone). Arrived at this figure as a balance point between what I might spend given open preferences and retiring early enough to do what I wanted. Haven't yet spent that much due to extensive & expensive house remodel - back on track fina...
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Choosing a Supplement G Medicare Company
Replies: 15
Views: 1291

Re: Choosing a Supplement G Medicare Company

I went through a review for my wife’s G plan last year, and just applied for a G for myself. Even though each company offers the same G plan, there is more to think about than the premium: 1) financial strength of the company. 2) history of rate increases. 3) customer service 4) size of customer ba...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: binoculars advise
Replies: 29
Views: 1761

Re: binoculars advise

I like 8X42 personally. I bought mine from Wild Birds Unlimited a long time ago and they are no longer made (Eagle). I would invest as much as you can afford in a good pair. They will last a long time and you will get a lot of enjoyment out of them. Wirecutter makes good recommendations as noted ab...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sat Mar 13, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your travel plans in 2021 and beyond?
Replies: 151
Views: 10286

Re: What are your travel plans in 2021 and beyond?

No flights until some degree of normalcy returns. Maybe Seattle for a couple of days in December (I much prefer Seattle in the winter). Exploratory camping with various kinds of equipment/location/duration. Off the beaten track short distance hiking in different kinds of terrain & vegetative zon...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Breakfast cereal?
Replies: 172
Views: 18424

Re: Breakfast cereal?

Cream of Wheat with milk. This is in the original red box, not instant. I put it in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Add 1 minute and watch to make sure it doesn't boil over. I'll usually stop it within the last 10 seconds. Yes, that is what I do to! I love Creamy! If you like Cream of Wheat my gu...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Breakfast cereal?
Replies: 172
Views: 18424

Re: Breakfast cereal?

I prefer hot cereal.My standard daily is the original Roasted wheat version of Cream of the West https://creamofthewest.com/product-category/best-whole-grain-cereal/ Have tried their oatmeal as well as multigrain but much prefer the original. Available in western grocery stores but not as widely as ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Starting a Christmas Tree Farm?
Replies: 17
Views: 1562

Re: Starting a Christmas Tree Farm?

No knowledge of the subject myself but I would think talking to the USDA extension agent for your area would be helpful. There might be extension service bulletins addressing particulars for your state.
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Showers and Shower faucets
Replies: 60
Views: 3692

Re: Showers and Shower faucets

I went through this in 2018. I went with Delta and am pleased especially with bathroom sink fixtures. Can't remember if it was Koehler's whole line but I thought a lot of what I saw on both websites was more fancy styling and little substantial difference after mid price points. Moen seemed too basi...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sat Jan 23, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best State and National Parks in the Southeast
Replies: 54
Views: 4113

Re: Best State and National Parks in the Southeast

I would also add Okefenokee Swamp GA/FLA which I think is a national wildlife refuge Canoeing across the Okefenokee was a fabulous experience. It was quite a while ago, but back then there was a strict reservation system and no other people/canoes were seen during the 3 day trip. Camping was on pla...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sat Jan 23, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best State and National Parks in the Southeast
Replies: 54
Views: 4113

Re: Best State and National Parks in the Southeast

If you happen to end up in South Carolina, Congaree National Park is a wonderful spot to visit (approx. 45 minutes from Columbia, SC). David If I was in SC, I wouldn’t drive more than 10 minutes out of my way to go to Congaree. We went to check the box on our NP list, and I’d imagine that’s how 2/3...
by Wilderness Librarian
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best State and National Parks in the Southeast
Replies: 54
Views: 4113

Re: Best State and National Parks in the Southeast

I am wondering about where to draw the line for what is Southeast. East of I-35 and south of I-40 works for me :-) PS: Now an Alaskan, he/she would place the entire continental USA in that category ;-) Wrong. When Alaskans say Southeast they usually mean the panhandle of Alaska. The rest of the US ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best State and National Parks in the Southeast
Replies: 54
Views: 4113

Re: Best State and National Parks in the Southeast

Arkansas/Missouri border is interesting. Buffalo River, Current River, Eleven Point River, Ouachita National Forest, Ozark National Forest. Also agreed. My family lived in S. Missouri for a couple of years when I was in grade school. In fact what amazes me about this whole thread is that although I...
by Wilderness Librarian
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best State and National Parks in the Southeast
Replies: 54
Views: 4113

Re: Best State and National Parks in the Southeast

Iporante wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:52 pm Cumberland Island National Seashore backcountry is amazing, but takes a lot of planning.
Agreed. Been there twice roughly 1990s. I would also add Okefenokee Swamp GA/FLA which I think is a national wildlife refuge
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backcountry camping trip mid-April
Replies: 16
Views: 940

Re: Backcountry camping trip mid-April

I would not rule out lower elevations north of the Colorado Plateau. Hell's' Canyon (Snake River) although you will see jet boats as well as rafters. If Covid situation permits using commercial jet boat to get into position would be a possibility.
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backcountry camping trip mid-April
Replies: 16
Views: 940

Re: Backcountry camping trip mid-April

Above answers are pretty good. It would help if you mentioned limitations such as section of the country driving time and distance. Wilderness Society web page has articles like https://www.wilderness.org/articles/article/20-best-wilderness-areas-visit-spring I tried to get them to consolidate them ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you choose a location to retire?
Replies: 113
Views: 10448

Re: How did you choose a location to retire?

Informative thread! thank you why do most folks include college town as one of the factors? Are you going back to school? Taking classes can indeed be fun, but college towns have a ton of activities even if you don't audit a class or two. Sports, theatre, music, various public lectures and speakers...
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you choose a location to retire?
Replies: 113
Views: 10448

Re: How did you choose a location to retire?

Inherited my family house when both parents had passed away (my choice of the estate distribution). Relative lived there until I could afford to retire and move back. Like the house, the neighborhood, the community, the state, the general part of the country otherwise might have done something else ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Dec 31, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Govt/Political Science major aspiring 6th grader - Recommendations ?
Replies: 51
Views: 3213

Re: Govt/Political Science major aspiring 6th grader - Recommendations ?

Encourage him to start using libraries to find his own reading material. Browse physical reference collections (well stocked ones are less common but browsing is very effective strategy). Libraries are often focusing on online packages of printed reference sources. (Gale publishing company etc). Ask...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5149
Views: 1331793

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Invention of Nature: Alexander Humbolt's New World , by Andrea Wulf. Humboldt was a German scientist (before that term was coined) who travelled extensively studying nature in Latin America in 1799-1803, and in Russia in 1824. I was disappointed that only about 20% of the book dealt with his tr...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alaska Flight costs (maybe flights generally)
Replies: 27
Views: 2365

Re: Alaska Flight costs (maybe flights generally)

I lived in Fairbanks for many years and would fly to lower 48 about 3-5 times a year to various destinations for different reasons. I agree with many of the above comments (prices are usually high, you are going in prime season so don't expect any bargains, prices sometimes drop but don't count on i...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Dec 24, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for Frugal Living
Replies: 284
Views: 27284

Re: Tips for Frugal Living

RJC wrote: Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:37 am Just buy quality and in the long run it will be more cost-effective.
Not only that, but you will enjoy things more while you are using them (or eating/drinking in the case of food & beverages).
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5149
Views: 1331793

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Indian Creek Chronicles:A Winter Alone in the Wilderness by Pete Fromm. I read this book when it first came out around 2003, rereading it now on Kindle. Really good (and humorous) book about the authors 7 months spent in the Selway-Bitterroot wilderness watching a channel with salmon eggs. He was a...
by Wilderness Librarian
Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Travel Experiences
Replies: 178
Views: 13063

Re: Favorite Travel Experiences

Did my first true "backcountry" experience this year in the Dolly Sods Wilderness of WV, and quite enjoyed it. My sister mostly planned the trip. How do you find your suitable locations? Why, I use the internet, of course! :) But seriously, I have friends and family in many places around ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm coat recommendations
Replies: 93
Views: 5160

Re: Warm coat recommendations

Accessories can make a big difference and can be used to fine tune. Wool scarf, oversize boots for extra pair of sox, mittens and gloves of different sorts, oversize gloves & mittens used with silk glove liners, headband and hats of various kinds (thin wool, thick wool, earflaps,earmuffs). I use...
by Wilderness Librarian
Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5149
Views: 1331793

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

1) American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America , by Colin Woodard. Fascinating. It is one of those books where you hear the click! of puzzle pieces fitting into place as you read. A good deal of the factual material is new to me. A good deal is facts I already...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Dec 02, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you feel you need more lighting at home as you age?
Replies: 17
Views: 1159

Re: Do you feel you need more lighting at home as you age?

Yes. and as suggested above I have had my eyes checked. So eventually I will probably need the cataract surgery but not ready yet. I prefer different Kelven ratings for different purposes: 5000 for general daytime usage (this approximates daylight) 6500 for reading and detail work like knife usage i...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for a beginner chess book for teens
Replies: 8
Views: 515

Re: Recommendation for a beginner chess book for teens

Probably overkill for the purpose but Great Courses (formerly Teaching Company) has a DVD on chess which gets excellent customer reviews last I checked. I own the DVD but haven't viewed it yet.
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing Moldy Books
Replies: 20
Views: 1595

Re: Storing Moldy Books

Why not try to donate to a library now? Otherwise, you will pass, your kids will toss them in the trash and they will be gone :) Highly recommend this!!! My late FIL had a huge book collection, when he passed we couldn't even give them away. There were only a few that were of any value... This is t...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing Moldy Books
Replies: 20
Views: 1595

Re: Storing Moldy Books

I am a retired librarian. Admittedly no experience with storing moldy books. If you want to pursue the matter you might want to discuss proper materials and procedures with an Archives or Special collections department of a public or university library. (Keep in mind archives and special collections...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fossil Collecting?
Replies: 23
Views: 1372

Re: Fossil Collecting?

As mentioned somewhere above, dinosaur tracks are visible as trace fossils in numerous areas. One is a restricted access park not far from Denver (can't remember the name even though I have been there twice on geoscience field trips). Also many years ago on a similar field trip in Texas where tracks...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electronic chess set
Replies: 48
Views: 3968

Re: Electronic chess set

The movie has inspired me to play Chinese chess (I'm already decent on International Chess), which I am learning right now. Unfortunately there are few material available to learn, so it is mostly playing against the computer (which is also not so good, poorly designed apps). The material that is a...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electronic chess set
Replies: 48
Views: 3968

Re: Electronic chess set

I heard the Queen's Gambit series is making chess sets one of the most popular gifts this season. I wonder if that is driving the price up for the products you are looking at. If you want to save money and don't need it for the holiday maybe wait until January and see if (provide stock is left) pri...
by Wilderness Librarian
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electronic chess set
Replies: 48
Views: 3968

Electronic chess set

Had one 25 or 30 years ago (Champion brand?) Some of the indicator bulbs burned out so discarded long time ago. Replacing it has long been on my want list so not really responding to current press on Queen's Gambit. But did hear today's NPR feature that chess sets everywhere are going fast. I prefer...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Items that are worth the money for the quality
Replies: 490
Views: 41953

Re: Items that are worth the money for the quality

Really interesting thread which I have been following as it develops. Took note of several things especially kitchen equipment, bicycles and other outdoor stuff (thank you whoever mentioned woolx). Been wondering what I can add especially since family says I keep possessions simple but appreciate fi...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 'Tis the Season for Snow Shoe Recommendations
Replies: 27
Views: 1466

Re: 'Tis the Season for Snow Shoe Recommendations

OP- Thanks for starting this thread! I have been considering getting some myself. Experts/Experienced-folk: I assume one needs to keep an eye on weight limits, correct? I notice many say "Loads up to 180 lbs" - I'd have to up-level a bit to the 220lb load models. Absolutely. But just as i...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 'Tis the Season for Snow Shoe Recommendations
Replies: 27
Views: 1466

Re: 'Tis the Season for Snow Shoe Recommendations

Also suggest going to the public library and check out a book that will discuss different styles with their pros & cons for different conditions. I have done little shoe shoeing preferring the kick & glide of cross country skiing. However I do have a modern pair of ss (Tubbs) and appreciate ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Silver dollars
Replies: 14
Views: 1657

Re: Silver dollars

Jack FFR1846 wrote: Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:20 am Local coin shops, pawn shops or bullion dealers will be able to sell these to you if you want to see them as you're buying.
A couple of years ago a local coin dealer told me he had $13,000 in silver dollars and had no interest in obtaining any more.
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: I bonds - Are they worth it to you?
Replies: 191
Views: 16834

Re: I bonds - Are they worth it to you?

I reluctantly stopped buying I-bonds when they stopped issuing them in paper through local banks. My reasoning somewhat like OP's but more so about my eyesight/computer skills/website changes over time including possible password lockout if I haven't used the site in a decade etc. when I (or heirs) ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for suggestions for a telescope
Replies: 12
Views: 1030

Re: Looking for suggestions for a telescope

A question on the binocs portion of this discussion: I looked at iamlucky13's link to the Sky & Telescope article. How much difference does the Porro-prism design make to the situation? Last spring I bought 8x42 roof prism design from Maven (Their larger B series version - definitely not cheap!)...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rent a goat to clear/maintain a field?
Replies: 67
Views: 6256

Re: Rent a goat to clear/maintain a field?

Also a bit of an addendum. Coordinating weed control and native vegetation preservation can be tricky especially in urban or suburban areas. That is one of the reasons you probably should talk to local people to balance the two objectives for your particular property. Native vegetation is usually ra...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rent a goat to clear/maintain a field?
Replies: 67
Views: 6256

Re: Rent a goat to clear/maintain a field?

No real experience but you might want to talk to your USDA county extension agent. Also look at rangelandswest.org (may bounce you to international global network). They may have info & have contacts & info for your specific state.Rangelandswest is interesting cooperative group of Range scie...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Campground res. via recreation.gov
Replies: 19
Views: 1049

Re: Campground res. via recreation.gov

I'm a big fan of reserving the exact site. I usually camp in more remote places, I look for tent only, and avoid RV accommodating campgrounds. In new places I have not been, Googling, there's sometimes pictures or reviews to find a good site, and if you arrive late at night, it's nice to not have t...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Campground res. via recreation.gov
Replies: 19
Views: 1049

Re: Campground res. via recreation.gov

I'm a big fan of reserving the exact site. I usually camp in more remote places, I look for tent only, and avoid RV accommodating campgrounds. In new places I have not been, Googling, there's sometimes pictures or reviews to find a good site, and if you arrive late at night, it's nice to not have t...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Campground res. via recreation.gov
Replies: 19
Views: 1049

Re: Campground res. via recreation.gov

Recently we found that for NPS and national recreation areas administered by NPS, drop-in camping is not being permitted now, due to COVID. We were told that all campsites must be reserved on reservations.gov--3 days in advance. National forest campsites (USDA) are on a more normal plan, with both ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Campground res. via recreation.gov
Replies: 19
Views: 1049

Re: Campground res. via recreation.gov

If you have to reserve a specific site I would definitely expect that you are required to actually use that site, otherwise what'd the point? Agreed that is logical. But in my experience park service operations are sometimes illogical, inconsistent and even contradictory. Hence the questions. I wil...
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Campground res. via recreation.gov
Replies: 19
Views: 1049

Re: Campground res. via recreation.gov

Thanks everyone. Not surprised at the replies. Looking at my notecards see that I did signup for recreation.gov. Just haven't booked anything from them. I realize that people have to do things this way but it is a bit annoying nonetheless. 20-30 years ago when I did a lot of this stuff things were a...
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Campground res. via recreation.gov
Replies: 19
Views: 1049

Campground res. via recreation.gov

Never booked anything on recreation.gov. Nothing specific planned at this point but I am looking at rolling 6 months at some key parks just to to get feel (Arches & Canyonlands Needles district already booked for April 6 not surprised as I expected this). The website gives small photos and you n...
by Wilderness Librarian
Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Glacier Natl Park and Montana
Replies: 36
Views: 3183

Re: Glacier Natl Park and Montana

Just remembered another point. Many years ago I ran into a group of adults (multiple families) who had driven several times over the years from NH to where I saw them (I think British Columbia not that far from Glacier in Montana but can't remember) They figured out best route was to go through Queb...