Each year, we make special pendants (on necklaces) for all our camp members. After 35 hours of work, this year’s design is finally done. These are going to be polished nickel with red enamel inlay on both sides. Now we’re negotiating with tool and die manufacturers on the the pendant production. While camp dues cover the manufacturing cost enough to provide each camp member with one of these, we can’t afford to produce extras. If anyone would like to order additional camp necklaces for gifting, let us know by June 27 so we can add it to the bulk order. The cost is $5 per extra necklace.
Monthly Archives: June 2017
In the process of acquiring this water trailer to support the camp shower and kitchen. These things cost thousands of dollars. This one is discounted, but has no title or registration, so in addition to finding time to make a five-hour round trip to get this in the opposite direction from anything we really need to do, we’ll then face a daunting process of getting this thing titled, which is really difficult in California and Nevada. It has been a nightmare to coordinate schedules with the seller. There are several inspections and ton of red tape. In all, someone must sacrifice the equivalent of five full days for all the appointments necessary to make it legal, get it ready to go, then haul it to the desert. This is an essential camp item that we’ll fill on the way in, then pay to refill several times during the event, then we must pay to store it the rest of the year. No, dues don’t cover this expense, only the water that goes into it. (This is not for drinking! Everyone still needs to bring their own drinking water).
This project recycles and repurposes a substance that would normally be thrown away. Burners love bacon, strangely comforting it is for the meat-eaters wandering the desert. Camps cook a lot of it to give away. They are left with bacon grease that is a very tricky substance that must be hauled out, but is notoriously difficult to store and transport without spilling. We have a solution: the baconator. We have been experimenting with “choofers,” named for the sound they make as they burn oil to keep fruit crops from frost damage. We’ve discovered a way to tune these to burn bacon grease with minimal smoke. We have two of them we’ll be setting up in back of camp with the required secondary fuel containment and safety setbacks. They will be lit for a few hours nightly, depending on the volume of bacon grease other camps leave with us. They will be placed near the evapotron along the back street for pedestrian warming.