Where’s the money?

Oil and gas leases should fund more conservation

Not quite what Ernie had in mind.

Newspapers are still indeed worthwhile. Especially when an editorial brings to light a government screw up like the failure of Congress to consistently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Created in 1965, it was to be annually funded to the tune of $900 million from “excess” profits of offshore oil and gas leases. To date, that has happened only twice. Last year, offshore drilling leases generated $18 billion. Not to mention one hell of a freaking mess.

Thanks to Katherine Skinner, executive director of the N.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, for making my local newspaper worth reading again. At least this week. Read her editorial here.

Meeting on Falls Whitewater Park

Next week, Tuesday, 7/27, there will be a progress meeting on the efforts pertaining to the proposed Falls Whitewater Park just beneath Falls Dam. While there is a solid amount of money already set aside, no final decision on construction has been made. If you have interest in the park, learning about boating, hearing people complain about a cool thing to do outside or just want to grab a beer around a bunch of outdoor types, head down to Sammy’s Tap & Grill on Avent Ferry Rd. between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The video above shows the conditions when the dam is released.

I’m not a boater, but I wonder if that little wedge wouldn’t allow me to river surf.

How’s it work on stains?

Camelbak bladders have been helping hikers, runners, bikers, kayakers and climbers fill theirs for almost a decade. And now, it appears Camelbak is set to improve on its already urinary system-leading hydration products by introducing the Antidote line this fall, so says GearJunkie.com. I own three Camelbak bladders and outside of falling victim to a combination of North Carolina humidity and my habit of forgetting them after use in my far-from-climate-controlled garage, they have functioned perfectly for years. Hell, they’re the Kleenex of the hydration bladder industry.

However, when it comes to backpacking, I’m just not a fan of inserting a bag of water into the same bag that contains my sleeping bag and emergency layers, no matter how many truck roll-overs it can stand. You see, it’s not the Camelbak’s bladder toughness one should worry about, they are durable as hell. But they still have removable parts, like hoses and mouthpieces with on and off valves. After filtering or cleaning on the trail, you better make sure you re-attach those parts correctly. I’ve seen what happens when a person doesn’t. Sleeping in wet socks blows.

I tend to just slap that puppy on top of my pack, just under the lid. Maybe I’ll put it on the outside somewhere. Anyway, maybe Camelbak will come up with something this fall to make me feel better about all this … like, an Antidote.

Jesus that was lame.