Friday, December 11, 2009
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
I've uploaded a selection of photos from our Haleakala hike to Flickr. You can see them here:
Flickr Photo Set
and you can see them on a map of Haleakala here:
Flickr Map of Haleakala Hike
Hope you enjoy them!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Despite only getting 8 hours of sleep last night, I felt fine most of the day. Other than a near-flat tire, which was quickly repaired, it was a good day.
We had lunch at my folks house, and then Gary and I went shopping for some fresh goods and some impromptu hiking sticks. Gary had to replace his entire supply of eggs because each and every one was broken, despite being in a hard plastic egg carrier. Tells you how our bags were treated!
After that the kids played and I packed, repacked, repacked again, and generally fiddled with my gear all day.
Now we're all in bed, and I think I'm the last one awake. In the back
Of my mind are questions about myself, my training, our planning,.... Last time we did this we were 18 & 19. How different will it be at 42 & 43? Did we train enough? The only way to know, is to go.
Pushing aside those thoughts, we are hoping for beautiful, clear skies, a gentle breeze, and abundant water on the trip.
I will do my best to share the adventure, but of course access to the Internet may not be reliable. If can, I will.
Getting sleepy now as I type this. Our adventure begins in the morning.
Originally uploaded by RichFuel
Our first day in the crater will be a long long walk, and when we
arrive at the cabin we are going to be able to enjoy a hot meal right
away, courtesy these Meals Ready To Eat (MRE). You just add saltwater
(included) and a chemical reaction begins the makes a hot meal ready
in 10 minutes! Click the link to see videos of it at work and get
This box contained 10 meals and cost $72.
Packed our 3 backpacks. Brad's is 23lbs, Bry's is 24lbs., and mine is
only 39lbs out the door. I'm sure it will be more by the time we get
to the trail, but I'm encouraged. Right on target.
Got the MREs today and tested the solar panels with the iPhone.
Worked like a charm!
More tomorrow. The adventure begins after a 2 hour nap. Goodnight.
Peace, Love and Weighty Plans,
(Sent from my iPhone. Please forgive brevity or typos.)
Friday, October 09, 2009
Stayed up very late tonight making lists and gathering materials. Spent much of tonight updating our first aid kit. It will be top notch for this trip! Also made a long shopping list for Friday (payday). Em's gonna help me out with some of the non technical shopping tomorrow. I've still got quite a few loose ends to tie up. I'd show you pictures, but I've got to get to bed. The final rush has begun!
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Power To Spare!!
Originally uploaded by RichFuel
I have great friends! I went to my buddy Hank (KH6HAK) here at work
to try to help me think through a power solution so I could keep my
iPhone on all day as a GPS tracker. He surprised me instead my
offering to let me use this Innergy Power IP15B which is rated at 15
watts at 10 volts in direct sunlight. I tested it with my ham radio
and it worked great! I still need to test it with my iPhone but I am
missing my 12v iPhone charging cable, and it looks like I'll have to
pick up a new one tomorrow.
Without having to worry about power during the day, I can leave the
iPhone on to track our GPS progress, upload photos, navigate, and just
be the happy hiking geek that I want to be.
I am so looking forward to this trip, but there is still so much to
do! Tomorrow is payday, and I have a lot of last minute outfitting to
gather up. I'll be visiting Gary tonight and we're going to have a
backpack packing party.
Peace, Live and Preparation,
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Today we did another 'warm up hike' along the Manana Ridge Trail. It was beautiful! I can't believe it has taken me this long to enjoy this trail! Gorgeous. I would love to take it all the way to the end someday!
Peace Love and Long Walks,
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Hmm.. Doesn't work . I was expecting a graph of my elevation versus pace. This is exactly the kind of problem I want to solve now, rather than when I am really counting on it!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Trying out a new hike tracking app for iPhone called Accuterra. We'll see. I wish I could measure map distances on the app. I was surprised to find I could not. I'm warm to the app but not giddy. It needs more refinement.
I also need to solve the power issue for the iPhone. Anyone have some flexible solar panels they want me to test for them? Spread the word!
I used AccuTerra on my iPhone to record a waypoint. Check it out:
Story: we thought this was an isolated location, but then discovered how crowded it is now.
The AccuTerra applications are available on Apple's iPhone App Store:
To learn more about AccuTerra on your phone visit: mobile.AccuTerra.com
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009
When I was a kid my family did a lot of backpacking. We spent many 3 day weekends in the woods or high on a mountaintop. Sometimes it was beautiful, and sometimes it was a wet miserable experience. Even if it was hard I still cherished every moment (at least that's how I remember it. My dad will assure you that I whined a lot, especially as a younger hiker!). I have forgotten any pain or tiredness and only remember the beautiful views and experiences.
Well now I want my boys to have those same experiences and memories. Early this summer, I committed myself to taking the boys to Haleakala for a 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip. I got my buddy on board, with his boys, and now we are just a little over a month away from making it a reality!
I have been gathering gear and taking the boys on day hikes around Oahu. They have been great and really enjoy it! I still need a pack for Bryan and then I think I'll have all my non-food major purchases covered.
I plan on making this blog the online journal for the trip. I don't quite know what kind of access I'll have in the crater, maybe not much, but I'll post what I can. If you'd like to follow along, check back here often!
Looking forward to sharing our adventure with all of you!,
Peace, Love and Long Walks,
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Just thought I'd drop a little line in here to say "Hey". I was just reading an article on CNN.com about the shift from blogging to micro-blogging, and in that discussion I realized why this blog has died: It was strippped of it's purpose.
I started blogging with another blog called "A Hope and a Future", which was how I dealt with leaving my home church of 12 years in search for another.
I caught the blogging bug then, and I enjoyed the self expression and creative outlet it provided. I wanted to maintain the theme of that blog, but I was beginning to have other things I wanted to share about in my life. That is when I started The Fuel Depot. It was just my creative outlet regarding observations, funny experiences and the comings and goings of my family.
When Twitter, and then Facebook came along, those were better vehicles for this kind of expression. I never stopped sharing, it just sort of transferred over there. I didn't realize it, but I had killed this blog's purpose.
So now what? I'm not going to delete this blog,... ever! I am in search of a new expressive purpose for this space. I think if I ever identify something that excites me, that needs the longer format of a blog, and that other people would be interested in reading, then things will pick up here again. Any suggestions? For now, this blog is chillin'.
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Peace, Love and Purpose,
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Today is Bradley's 11th birthday! Hard to believe it was eleven years ago that he completed our family! I remember that when the doctor arrived to check on Em they were surprised how quickly Bradley was coming and the had to rush to set up for the delivery just in time!
Bradley is such a tender hearted kid who is generous, and thoughtful and loves music and games and laughter! Happy 11th birthday Bradley!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
GeoTagged, [N21.44553, E158.01993]
I know many of you noticed when my blogging habits changed and it seemed I fell off the face of the earth. What have I been doing? Micro-blogging on a service called Twitter. I've alreadt written about Twitter and Facebook before, so you can scroll back to find that, but I just wanted to share that I just passed the 5,000 twitters mark! Wow, who knew I had 5,000 comments to make about anything!
Anyways, mostly with this entry I am testing the paid version of Blogwriter for iPhone to see how the photo attaching and geotagging functions work.
Peace, Love and 5,000 Alohas,
Friday, March 20, 2009
I suppose it started with being rather unsuccessful at sports. I was fearful of being hit by the pitcher when I played baseball, and I hated running which limited most other sports. I played (and loved) volleyball and tennis in high school, but that faded away after college.
I loved Star Trek as a kid. It appealed to me very deeply, and I'm not sure I could tell you why. I had the Enterprise blueprints and all sorts of inane facts memorized. Star Trek was soon followed by Star Wars and it was all over. Yeah, I had the Star Wars bedsheets, what's it to ya!
I think the first real computer I saw was during a field trip to the National Weather Service. Buttons, lights, satellites, faxes, radios, meters, dials,... I was in geek heaven. It was on that day I decided I wanted to work with "buttons and lights". That's exactly how I phrased it!
At the time, the biggest job involving buttons and lights was at Houston's Mission Control for NASA. That seemed like the dream job to me!
I think my future geekdom was set in concrete though, when my parents sent me to Computer Summer School at JAIMS (Japan American Institute of Management Science) in Hawaii Kai with my best friend, David. It was also the first time I learned how to ride the bus by myself! We had 3 weeks of BASIC training on TRS-80s, and 3 weeks of FORTRAN on the schools giant mainframe computer! The computer guys wore lab coats! It filled a large room and required using a card punch to program! I am so glad I had that experience, even though I never again touched FORTRAN.
David's dad was a lawyer, and they had a WANG computer! He invited us over on a weekend once and we logged onto "The Well" (an early Compuserve-like service) and played a rudimentary Star Trek like game in all it's green monochrome text-based goodness. All resistance was futile from that point on!
TRS-80s, Apple ]['s, our family's first Mac (512k Fat mac) and the story continues on to today, as I sit in a Starbucks, reminiscing with you via my iPhone, about to go to work as a computer graphics artist. Amazing!
Peace, love, and dreams which come true,
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
OK, so that is the most dramatic way I could phrase what really happened. I was getting off the bus downtown and I was getting my bike off the front rack. I like this driver and I told her I was getting my bike. Usually I'm very fast getting my bike off, and this time was no exception, but a part of the rack that is spring loaded didn't retract normally and was sticking out. I set my bike down on the sidewalk and went back to fix the rack (changed my pattern). I was still fiddling with that spring loaded arm, when the engine fires up and the bus starts moving toward me, and not just a little! She's leaving! I jumped back to the curb, the bus literally brushing my backpack! The sudden movement catches her eye and she stops the bus, and we trade good intentioned nervous looks. I returned to fix the rack which only required a good thwack to retract (nearly my dying act!) and waved aloha to the bus driver.
Then I sat down. Wow. What if....
The good news? I was OK with the what if's. Yesterday, I told my parents I loved them (each personally).
Last weekend I told Bryan how proud I was of him and that I love him. I also told him no matter how successful he is in life, it is his relationship with God that is most important, and how happy I was that he has already begun that relationship. My last words to him were words of thanks.
Last night I gave Bradley his cough medicine at 4am, gave him a big hug and sat on the edge of his bed until he fell back asleep, stroking his hair and humming "Amazing Grace".
Yesterday, I gave Em a smothering hug too (she was trying to tell me something and I wasn't listening) and held her hand while I fell asleep (she was already fast asleep). I regretted the little "nipping at each other" that we do when life pressures get the best of us.
Our family is (recently) out of consumer debt, own our own home, and my life insurance is paid up. My family would be fine financially.
I hold nothing against anyone and I don't think anyone is holding anything against me. Other than for being a general selfish clod, my forgiveness slate is clear.
KITV would miss me, initially, but no one is indispensable and Trish or someone new would take my place.
Lastly, I live in the confident assurance that if something happened to me, my eternity is secure. Not because of any goodness on my part, but based solely on my faith in Jesus, with whom I have a deep and very real relationship. I have no doubt that for me to be "absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord" and I still hold on to that inevitable future ahead of me.
Now let's be clear, I have no desire to die early, but today's bus close-call made me check how I'm living, against what I value. I am relieved at what I discovered, and I think that is rare.
Still, I think it might be healthy to treat everyday here forward as a gift, and make the very most of whatever time I have left, be it a day or another 60 years. Clearly God isn't done with me here yet.
Peace, Love and... Peace,
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
We had a great time there having one the the geekiest Show-and-Tells I've ever had and we loved every minute of it.
One thing that they made very clear was that they wanted Bryan to attend UH when he gets to college. It is an exciting time at the University because they may be the ONLY university to have the capability to build AND LAUNCH their own Cubesats.
Anyway, check out Bryan's Scienze Blog for his perspective and all the photos.
Peace, Love and Opportunities,
Monday, February 23, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Many of you don't know that I have been wearing half eyeglasses this week because the arm (temple) broke off and I am still waiting for new contacts. It has been annoying and kind of embarrassing and was really getting on my nerves this week.
I just want to share my experience with all of you about my chance visit to WalMart Vision Center tonight. I was passing by as I was headed into the store and saw Matteo hanging out behind the otherwise quiet optical counter. For some reason I changed course and without a plan or a clue entered the optical section at Walmart. Right away Matteo greeted me and set me at ease. I told him I had a problem, showed him my broken glasses and asked him if there was anything he could do to help.
He kindly took my glasses and without making any promises, began to rummage through a box of old glasses and spare parts. Eventually we found the right combination of a temple and a screw and he had my glasses fixed!
But then he continued on and replaced my gross old nose pads and adjusted their position. He cleaned the lenses for me and fitted the glasses to my head until they were just right. All this took him a little past his closing time, but he didn't complain at all.
After all of that time and above-the-call-of-duty service he even posed for a great picture for me with a smile!
Thanks to Matteo for an awesome job helping me see clearly again and renewing a pair of old glasses to feel like new! Everyone should go visit my new friend Matteo at the Walmart Vision Center!
Peace Love and Clear Focus,