Birthday, Views & Software Woes!

We were out celebrating my sister’s birthday and we made a side trip to the Clark State Forest in Henryville. We went to the top of the fire lookout tower to see the view and found something I hadn’t seen before.

Birthday

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Our first stop was Good Fellas Pizza. It’s a little hometown pizza place just north of here in Henryville Indiana.

I had the baked spaghetti and sis had the fettuccine alfredo. The sauce tasted great, but there wasn’t enough of it. 

Momma enjoyed her ham and cheese. We’re also ordered fried pickles and cauliflower, both were excellent!

I’ve ordered the pizza and sandwiches here a number of times and really enjoyed them. I think I’ll pass on the pasta next time though.

If you’re ever passing through southern Indiana on I-65, check them out. They’re a local business with great service and food.

Fire Tower

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We turned north on the way out. Heading out to the park for a little drive through the country. Henryville forestry is on the left as you’re heading out of town. It’s got about 60 camping sites between the primitive and horse camps. There are a couple of nature walks both totaling less than 2 miles, but my goal was the fire lookout tower.

After a short drive through narrow country roads, we came to a hill. Once you reach the summit you will find a small lot on the left and a lookout point with lots of room. A little farther along on the right is the fire tower. We pulled in and off to the top we went.

All the way up we kept finding graffiti. When we got to the top we were in for a real treat! (Not!) Some wonderful artists had decided to use the inside for a canvas.

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Artwork wasn’t all we found. Love Locks…People come up here with a lock and attach it to the bars as a symbol of their love. How sweet!

We had a good laugh at some of the writings on the way down. It’s been nice to hang out with my sister more lately.

Software Woes…RIP iMovie ’09

Yeah that’s right. I was still trying to use iMovie ’09. Told you it had been a while since I have made any movies.

This is the first video full with my new camera, the Polaroid Cube 1080p. I loaded the video into my old version of iMovie, but alas it failed to produce a decent result. So I had to acquire some new software!

I always head for the open source options first. I watched a video about a couple of applications and decided to try Open Shot first.

Open Shot

The video I saw was amazing! So I downloaded and installed it. Launch.

Boom! Crash!

So restart the computer.

Boom! Crash!

Open Shot is not on there anymore. It’s probably an amazing piece of software, but I can’t try it till they work out the bugs.

ShotCut

So next is ShotCut. While not as impressive looking as Open Shot, it’s still got a lot under the hood. Download and install went fine, so now the moment of true…Launch successful!

After a few minutes of getting used to the interface and figuring out the way it all worked I was in business! Editing was a breeze. Figuring out all the settings to make YouTube was a little harder, but I figured it out pretty quickly.

ShotCut is definitely ready for prime time. Check out their site for more details and a free download.

There you go!

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Bottle Bag Options

Here are some options for packing your Hydro Flask, Camelbak & Nalgene (or similar) water bottles. Sandwiched between is an overview of a similar product I reviewed several years ago.

So for whatever reason you’ve decided to standardize on a or you’re trying to decide what your best option is. Either way, you’re going to have to have something to pack it in. If there’s no room in your pack, here’s some great options.

Check the end of the post for the popular (and trendy!) options to fill out these pouches!

 

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First up is the Camelbak Max Gear Bottle pouch. It’s an insulated water bottle transport bag. It can securely fasten to any MOLLE attachment system. It’s made from Durable 500D Cordura and nylon webbing construction. It’s a complete zipper enclosure. It holds any .75 L or 1 L CamelBak bottle.

Get a Camelbak Max Gear Bottle Pouch

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Next up is the Maxpedition Bottle Holder. This uninsulated bottle holder is made from 1000-Denier Coated Nylon. It’s been  triple coated with polyurethane and a coat of Teflon  to repel the elements. It can securely fasten to any MOLLE attachment system. You can attach a shoulder strap to the available D-rings for a quick hike.

Maxpedition Bottle Holder – For Nalgene

Optional Shoulder Strap

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Finally is the Onoola Pocket Carrier for 32oz water bottles. They advertise that they will fit: Hydro Flasks, Lifeline Fiftyfifty flasks, Takeya Thermoflasks and  40oz Klean Canteens. It’s made from Neoprene, so it should offer some level of insulation. The front pocket is large enough to fit the iPhone 6, credit cards, keys, and other essentials – perfect for the gym, hike, or stroll around the park. The nylon shoulder strap is padded at a comfortable 1 inch width, and extends from 27 to 54 inches, making it ideal for both adults and kids.

Onoola 32oz Pocket Carrier for Hydro Flask

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I used to have a Chute. I found that it’s double cap system was awesome. I could open the small to drink or the large to fill with drink mix. Unfortunately I dropped it too many times and it shattered.

Get a Camelbak Chute

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Nalgene is long known for their quality. I’ve had several of them for years. I don’t like it nearly as much as the Chute. The wide mouth is hard to drink from without getting soaked.

Get a Nalgene

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I’ve never owned a Klean Kanteen, but lots of people like them. You can find lots of reviews on YouTube.

Get a Klean Kanteen

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I’ve also never owned a Hydro Flask, but Google seems to think it’s the TRENDY choice. It’s supposed to be well insulated and isn’t their artwork cool?

Get a Hydro Flask

Whichever option you decide, just don’t forget them at home!

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Day Hike on the Knobstone – 12-22-2016

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Day Hike on the Knobstone – 12-22-16 – Backpacking with Just Plain Phillip

I had a short hike on the Knobstone on December 22, 2016. I spent about 4 hours out on the trail. Sorry about the image quality. I have a better camera on the way!

The conditions weren’t bad. The trail was still frozen on the way in, so there were lots of little ice patches. On the way out it was a different story. The trail had thawed so it was pretty slick getting out. It took a little longer than I expected, but I was able to meet up with my sister and have a good afternoon.

I hiked in three miles to Bowery Creek to one of my favorite spots. The creek had running water, which I didn’t expect. So I packed a bunch of water for nothing!

While I was out I had some Starbucks Via Mocha (coffee is always a must on the trail). I also cut some wood and made a fire to fry up some spam and make some Spam Chili.

I had a great day out. Thanks for coming along! God bless!