The Air is Fine!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Ice fishing season is upon us
Outdoors , By Dave Sartwell, Correspondent
Gloucester Daily Times
Now that the cold weather is back in earnest, it's time to get out on the ice, cut a few holes and jig up some fresh fish.
Ice fishing is a fairly uncomplicated outing where a minimal amount of equipment can produce some surprisingly large returns. With a little thought and preparation, can be a great outing for the whole family.
The first difficulty in ice fishing is getting down through the ice. A good iron bar chisel works very well when the ice is not too deep. Hard, deep ice can be sliced through pretty quickly using a power auger, but they are fairly expensive and are only appropriate if you are going to fish a lot during the winter. If you use a hand bar, attach a line to the end. A lot of chisels have been lost on that final stroke when the ice gives way and the whole rig heads for the bottom.
There are several productive ways to set up for fishing through the ice. Each has its strengths and weaknesses.
Tip-ups work great if you are going to drill and fish several holes at the same time. Because you do not need to tend to them all of the time, they are great if you are bringing the kids along. They allow you to start a bonfire, cook hot dogs or marshmallows, etc. When the flag pops up you walk over and hopefully pull up your fish.
However, if you are really serious about catching fish, jig fishing will out produce tip-ups almost every time. They do demand continuous involvement of the angler. Making jigs is very easy and can be a great activity to do with young folks before you go on your fishing adventure.
Take a piece of hardwood that is about an inch and a half wide and cut it into pieces about 15 inches long. Take a jig saw or coping saw and cut a small u-shaped notch on both ends around which you are going to wrap your line. Drill a small hole near one end through which you are going to thread your line and knot it securely to your jig. Let the kids paint these with their own designs. It is a way they can claim ownership of their own rigs.
Wind about a 100 feet of 12-pound. test mono onto these jigs end to end, and then tie on about 10 feet of fairly heavy duty fluorocarbon leader material. A rubber band works good to keep the line on the jig sticks when they are stored in the tackle box.
I like to use a size 6 hook or smaller, even when fishing for large fish. During the winter, fish usually move slower and attack the bait with less vigor, so we want the terminal tackle to be as non-visible as possible. Attach a one or two-ounce jig to the line. Put a piece of five-inch long cut sucker, a shiner or other bait on the hook.
This Story Is Continued...
Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The train only goes up to this point in the winter. When we got off the train it was about -10 degrees outside and there was about a 30mph wind with some good gusts. Pretty chilly!
A Train To The Moon? Almost
Mount Washington Cog Railway
Begun as a wild dream of Sylvester Marsh in 1852, the Mount Washington Cog Railway opened in 1869 when “Old Peppersass” became the first cog driven train to climb to the summit of Mount Washington and became the first cog driven train anywhere in the world. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is still there today, over 135 years later, offering riders a chance to experience a train ride that cannot be duplicated anywhere else.
Revolutionary at the time and still today, the Mount Washington Cog Railway was the first train that used a “cog” to climb its way up a mountain. The track and trains have a distinctive design that allows the two to interconnect and gives the trains the ability to climb the steep slopes that were required to get to the summit of Mount Washington.
(More from jps246...)
Mount Washington Cog Railway Winter Train
Enjoy riding Mount Washington from fully enclosed and heated Coaches!
Welcome to the SNOWFLAKE EXPRESS
A Scenic One Hour Round Trip to Upper Waumbek - Elevation 4,000'
Trains Run Weekends At 10:00 & 1:00
CHILDREN (4-12) $26.00
Children 3 & under ride free if seated on an adult's lap - one child per adult.
Buy Tickets Online!
Coal-fired steam engines, with tilted boilers that compensate for the uphill angle of their ascent, are designed to travel along a traditional 4'8" track with a cog rack running parallel between the traditional rails. A toothed cogwheel connected to the drive shaft of the engine securely engages the rack (similar to the way a person climbs a ladder), allowing the engine to climb upward along the slope of Mt. Washington.
Each engine, staffed with an engineer and a fireman, pushes a single passenger coach that is staffed with a brakeman who is well versed in the history and operating procedures of the trains. Each ascent to Waumbek consumes one-quarter ton of soft-grade bituminous coal and 300 gallons of water. The coaches are heated and accommodate 70 passengers.
The estimated travel time from Marshfield Station to Waumbek is 15 minutes. The maximum uphill capacity is 350 people per hour.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway operates under guidelines established by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. In addition, numerous measures are taken to ensure the safety of all passengers. Although the aesthetics of the Cog are reminiscent of the original engines and coaches, many modern technologies are employed to optimize the safety and enjoyment of passengers during each excursion.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Now that the New Hampshire's First in the Nation primary is over, NHites have returned to the peaceful life that is the norm. NH is a great place to kick back and enjoy the outdoors throughout the year. In winter we like to play on the slopes (skiing, snowboarding and tubing), hiking, sledding, cross country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing. When it is time to come in and warm up, there is nothing like sitting next to a blazing fire with a cup of hot cocoa.
Come visit New Hampshire, as the new state slogan says, you are going to love it here.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Over 600 photos leading up to the First in the Nation Presidential Primary on January 8, 2008.
Monday, January 07, 2008
An open letter to New Hampshire:
Such is your power
Use this privilege wisely
Your vote affects more than just your state
it impacts us all
around the world
Obama or Clinton
it matters not
but not another Republican
with eyes on more wars please
the power of now
that is yours
to make the world a better place
Thank you New Hampshire.
And Thank You Fabian!
See, New Hampshire, the whole world is watching us. Let's do the right thing, for us and for the world.
Get out and vote tomorrow!! It is time not really for a change, but for a chance; the chance to set things right, to make our country respectable again. To show the world we know how to heal our wounds and move on in the right direction. The tyranny of Bush and Chenney is all but behind us.
This message totally endorsed by me and may not reflect all of the New Hampshire group, but at this time, I cannot contain my beliefs and feelings. This the the state of Live Free or Die, and I reserve the right to speak as I wish.
Tomorrow is a new day! Tomorrow begins NOW!
Friday, January 04, 2008
A quick visit to Massebesic Lake in Manchester, NH. It was
COLD FRIGID!! I nearly froze my fingers off, but the colours were fabulous!
THANK YOU to Roger Goun for the loan of his Canon 20D whilst mine is being repaired!!
Frigid weather hits New Hampshire as the political front reaches red hot. The warm winds are blowing the presidential candidates into town now that the Iowa Caucus is over. The big winners there are Barack Obabma and Mike Huckabee. It will be interesting to see how New Hampshire's First in the Nation Primary goes as current polls show Hillary Clinton in the lead for the democrats (she placed third in Iowa) and MacCain in the lead and Huckabee in fourth. Very different atmosphere here.
Let the games begin!