Girls Road Trip 2018 - Currently need to decide on hiking boots or trail shoes

Hiking Boots: This week the plans include hopefully picking out new hiking boots or trail shoes as well as our power source(s).

I've been researching online and reading reviews but it's crazy; you get two reviewers in a row and one says 5/5 stars and loves them, great out of the box, fits perfectly and they hiked 5 miles with no issues.  The very next review gives 2/5 stars and complains they run extremely small so order a full size larger than you usually wear, they needed 2-3 hikes to wear in and they'd never order them again.

Originally I gave up online, decided I'd have to find the time to drive to some brick and mortar stores to try on a bajillion pairs and find them that way; but honestly that "time" never materialized... and the thought of driving all over God's green earth to search for styles, brands, colors, fit, function AND the best price (because I have to rob Peter to pay Paul to budget for the Girls Road Trip items) I can do that MUCH EASIER FROM HOME, barefoot, in pajamas with a hot cup of coffee by my side.

And that is why I'm continuing my research on shoes/boots.  I have about 5 picked out and sitting in my Amazon Wish List so I've got it narrowed down a little bit.


I intended this post to be longer, with some details and a second topic of our power source options but I'm running behind and need to get started on some 'real' work that doesn't include rambling away at the keyboard on my blog while sipping coffee.  A second post will come soon for that whole power topic.

If you have some trail shoes and hiking boots (low) advice to offer, I'd love to hear it. 

Here are the trail shoes I have bookmarked at Amazon that I'm currently considering:


Gun Control? What about a Minimum Age Requirement?

Obviously the latest mass shooting is all over the news and everyone is upset and angry and frustrated and in feeling so, conversations are all over the place with blame.  Mostly and usually misplaced.

It seems in the past decade, immediately the blame is NOT put on the perpetrator, but on anyone and anything else depending on the political leanings of the person or the news station.  (Because honestly, we don't have unbiased news anymore, it isn't about facts - it's all editorials, conjecture and in the case of CNN, just completely made up in order to try to get ratings)

But I'm already rambling over coffee... (yes, I've got my fourth cup of the morning in front of me now).

Age mandate.

How about it?

Science tells us the young brain is not fully mature until approximately age 25/26.

And today's little college snowflakes that need 'safe places' to bubble wrap themselves (and insist on snapping fingers instead of clapping because loud noises might be a trigger for someone, and yada yada) and a plethora of other issues show us today's young adults age 18-24 are no where near as mature and responsible as any time in American history. 

So back to my idea.


A minimum age to purchase guns.  Twenty-five.

Yes, I know a LOT of responsible, law abiding, mature young people age 15-25... but I'm not talking about my circle of friends, family and people who live in my geographical demographic or follow my political views.  I'm looking at the USA as a whole.  That includes the half of the country that is pretty much full of bat-shit crazy liberals with poor parenting skills who believe socialism and communism are great ideals among a thousand other things I need to just not get sidetracked discussing.

Stepping back and looking at our country as it is today - with all things being relevant - I would fully support a minimum age requirement of 25 to legally purchase guns.  Now, this won't help in most cases because guns are gotten illegally (BECAUSE CRIMINALS DON'T FOLLOW LAWS - INCLUDING GUN LAWS) but this last shooting in Florida, I'm reading he (the screwed up young Democrat with years of mental issues, anger and discipline) bought his gun legally.  He's 19 and the news said he bought it last year; at 18.

There is no way we should be letting 18 year old hot heads buy guns.
Or vote in presidential elections.

Their brains just aren't physically mature enough and they don't have the ability to use critical thinking skills.
Not until the approximate age of 25/26.


Sources for brain maturity studies are numerous and show 25/26 and even 30.  You can look it up for yourself but here are a couple to get you started.

  • https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=141164708
  • http://hrweb.mit.edu/worklife/youngadult/brain.html



Thanksgiving: The harvest of 1621 was not bountiful, nor were the colonists hard-working or tenacious. 1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves.

Read this over coffee tonight... thought I'd post here to ponder over coffee at another date too.

Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-24/great-thanksgiving-hoax-or-how-pilgrims-ended-socialism-400-years-ago

Submitted by Richard J.Maybury via The Mises Institute
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The Great Thanksgiving Hoax - Or, How Pilgrims Ended Socialism 400 Years Ago

Each year at this time, schoolchildren all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating.

It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgiving's real meaning.

The official story has the Pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America, and establishing the Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620–21. This first winter is hard, and half the colonists die. But the survivors are hard working and tenacious, and they learn new farming techniques from the Indians. The harvest of 1621 is bountiful. The pilgrims hold a celebration, and give thanks to God. They are grateful for the wonderful new abundant land He has given them.

The official story then has the Pilgrims living more or less happily ever after, each year repeating the first Thanksgiving. Other early colonies also have hard times at first, but they soon prosper and adopt the annual tradition of giving thanks for this prosperous new land called America.

The problem with this official story is that the harvest of 1621 was not bountiful, nor were the colonists hard-working or tenacious. 1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves.

In his History of Plymouth Plantation, the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years because they refused to work in the field. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with "corruption," and with "confusion and discontent." The crops were small because "much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable."

In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, "all had their hungry bellies filled," but only briefly. The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims, it was famine and death. The first "Thanksgiving" was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.

But in subsequent years something changes. The harvest of 1623 was different. Suddenly, "instead of famine now God gave them plenty," Bradford wrote, "and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God." Thereafter, he wrote, "any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day." In fact, in 1624, so much food was produced that the colonists were able to begin exporting corn.

What happened? After the poor harvest of 1622, writes Bradford, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop." They began to question their form of economic organization.

This had required that "all profits and benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means" were to be placed in the common stock of the colony, and that, "all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provisions out of the common stock." A person was to put into the common stock all he could, and take only what he needed.

This "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" was an early form of socialism, and it is why the Pilgrims were starving. Bradford writes that "young men that were most able and fit for labor and service" complained about being forced to "spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children." Also, "the strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes, than he that was weak." So the young and strong refused to work and the total amount of food produced was never adequate.

To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a markets, and that was the end of the famines.

Many early groups of colonists set up socialist states, all with the same terrible results. At Jamestown, established in 1607, out of every shipload of settlers that arrived, less than half would survive their first twelve months in America. Most of the work was being done by only one-fifth of the men, the other four-fifths choosing to be parasites. In the winter of 1609–10, called "The Starving Time," the population fell from five-hundred to sixty. Then the Jamestown colony was converted to a relatively free market, and the results were every bit as dramatic as those at Plymouth.

Of Plymouth Plantation was written over a period of years by William Bradford, the leader of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. It is regarded as the most authoritative account of the Pilgrims and the early years of the colony which they founded. Wikipedia

 You can read Of Plymouth Plantation for free as it's a Project Gutenberg ebook.

It's also available in text form here:  The Project Gutenberg eBook, Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation', by William Bradford