Thursday, February 26, 2015


Hammy is the mascot for the Rockford Ice Hogs (the local minor league hockey team). He was featured at a promotional event this morning at Steiner Electric. I mentioned it to my wife. She remembered she had taken this picture of him at a KMart back on May 3, 2008, and had me print it up last night and take it to him this morning so he could autograph it for her.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

2015-02-21 distillery conservation area

A shortish 2 mile walk in a conservation area in Boone County. A lot of work walking through the snow. I had in mind walking around a couple of fields but ended up cutting it to just one field as we ran out of time. It started to snow a little on us as we were finishing.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Wilma and I had a nice hike in the snow. We basically walked the perimeter of the site with a short detour to the I39 bridge that provides access to County Line Forest Preserve. There is a sign at the trailhead that says County Line FP is closed due to tollway construction but the barricade I have been told was at the bridge was nowhere in evidence. Not even a sign. We did not go into County Line. Lots of snow and no foot prints. We encountered 4-6 inches of wet snow. The first two legs had trail broken by someone on a snow mobile. The 3rd leg it was mostly me and wilma and occasionally some deer prints. The 4th leg we just walked up along Ipsen Road as I was tired of the snow.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


This is the final video in the series. They have finally failed in a way I cannot fix them.

Ranger Pac Boots
First Update
Repair Attempt
The repair attempt sealed the holes in the bottom of the boots, but the RTV just wore off the wear surface, so I guess the repair was a partial success.

I can't really recommend them as anything other than light duty boots that are likely to fail.They were not real expensive.

2015-02-01 SNOW

Blizzard warning for later today.