Category: Hobby & Fun

Posted in Skiing Travel

Skiing – Alpine and Nordic

This presentation given at the Troy Public Library in January 2013 describes Alpine (downhill) skiing, and Nordic (cross-country) skiing. Places to do both types of skiing in southeast Michigan (places with ski rental – golf courses if you have your own X-C skis), and Up North (northern Michigan). Several places near Grayling have groomed cross country trails and make-them-yourself trails through woods.

Dale describes what type of clothing to wear for each type of skiing, equipment costs, and techniques for each type of skiing. If you have to drive in it, you might as well learn how to play in it.

Cross country skiing is much less expensive than downhill. Can be anything from a walk – slide – through the woods to a moderate amount of hills, to expert hills which can be strenuous. You can even telemark down an easy hill at an alpine ski resort.

http://usameltingpot.org/files/Skiing-DaleMurrishJan2013.pdf

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Posted in Hiking Travel

Hiking the Grand Canyon – Jim Day

This 2014 presentation has lots of information about hiking in the Grand Canyon. Jim Day has been hiking the Grand Canyon for more than 15 years. He gives tips about what to take on strenuous hikes (has hiked rim to rim), moderate hikes part way down, and easy hikes on the rims. Has weather on the rims and in the canyon – much hotter than on the rims. Take plenty of water!

http://usameltingpot.org/files/Hiking-Grand-Canyon-JDay.pdf

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Posted in Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing – Alan Heavner

This 2012 presentation by Alan Heavner of Heavner Canoe Rental in Milford was given at the Troy Public Library. Probably the largest visual aid ever used in their meeting room! Describes things to take along (wearing a life jacket is best!), where to go canoeing, strokes for paddling and more.

No child left inside is their motto.

http://usameltingpot.org/files/Canoeing-Alan-Heavner.pdf

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Posted in Biking

Bicycle Trailer Design – Curved Dash Olds Replica

This 2012 presentation by Ken Patton and the Pontiac Robotics Team shows their design for a bike trailer. The side panels show a replica of the Curved Dash Olds.

http://usameltingpot.org/files/Bike-Trailer-Design.pdf

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Posted in Biking

Michigander Bike Tour

This 2012 presentation on bicycle touring by Bob Paull and Catherine Herron describes the Michigander Bike Tours, rail trails and tips of bicycle gearing.

http://usameltingpot.org/files/Michigander_BobPaull.pdf

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Posted in Biking

Bill Hughes on Bicycle Touring

This presentation from 2012 by experienced cyclist Bill Hughes (4000 miles per year!) gives great information about equipment, bicycle gearing, touring, and lots more. Well worth your time to read it!

http://usameltingpot.org/files/Bicycle-Touring-Bill-Hughes3c.pdf

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Posted in Biking

Milford Dream Ride – Part 2

Here is part 2 of the GM Milford Proving Grounds Dream Ride description from 2014

http://usameltingpot.org/files/Bicycling-MPG-Dream-Ride-2-Dale-Murrish.pdf

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Posted in Biking Camping

Bicycle Camping – A Way to Combine Two Hobbies

This pdf file from 2013 describes bicycle and canoe camping, including what to bring.

http://usameltingpot.org/files/Bicycle_Camping_Dale_Murrish.pdf

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Posted in Camping

Camping – Another Way to Enjoy the Outdoors

This pdf file from 2012 describes the different types of camping: tents, bicycle camping, popup campers, hard sided campers, motor homes.

It gives advantages of each type – choose the one that suits you!

http://usameltingpot.org/files/Camping_Dale_Murrish.pdf

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Posted in Biking GM Milford Dream Ride

Bicycling Presentation and MPG Dream Ride Part 1

Here’s a pdf file from 2014 – Bicycling presentation – basics, what to bring, etc. and Part 1 of the Milford Proving Grounds Dream Ride

http://usameltingpot.org/files/Bicycling-MPG-Dream-Ride-1-Dale-Murrish.pdf

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