Monthly Archives: April 2012

World Wide 5K on the Cape Fear River Trail

Just got back from walking the 5K . That was fun and we have decided to start walking a lot more. Here are a few of the pictures we took on the walk. 

At the Start of the trail.

Here I am at the start of the Trail. It is a really nice place to walk , run or bike.

Along they way

It is right in the middle of the ever growing Fayetteville. But while your on it you don’t hear the traffic, or see a lot of buildings.

A 700 ft board walk that goes through a wet land.

It is very clean also not a lot of trash . We saw several people walking , power walking, running , running pushing a baby stroller, running pushing a double baby stroller, and lots of biker.

Blue Tailed Skink seen from the trail

There is quite a bit to see, we saw numerous butter flies, a snake in the marsh, birds and this Lizard. There were about 5 or 6 when we first saw them . They must live in that rotting log.

Finish line................. we made it ............LOL

And here we are at the end . No worse for wear.

The Finish line. We a had a great time. it is so nice to have a place where you can get out into nature so close to us. It is open from 0800 to dusk 365 day a year. We are planning on do this a lot more.

Here is a link to the album that I posted all of the pictures in.  There are a lot more than here. 

Worldwide WP 5k

I have talked my wife into do this with me . We will most likely be walking this since neither of us has run in a long time. We plan to go to one of our local parks here in Fayetteville. They have a trail there called the Cape Fear River trail , that is where we will walk We might even go over to the Botanical gardens and walk there too. Will post pictures of us walking , start ,and finish.  This is pretty awesome , when you think about it. A world wide

This is a brochure about the park.        CFRTBRO We are going to start at Clark park and walk to Evans Creek Bridge and back to the park. That will be a little over 3.4 miles. Then we will see how we feel and decide if we want to go back to the botanical Gardens or not. I know its pretty bad worry about a three mile stroll but it has been awhile since I left the Army and no I did not continue running when I got out.  Maybe this will be the start of getting back in shape ….we’ll see.

Enter to Win a free Stay In Brunswick NC

Taste the history of BRUNSWICK CATCH seafood caught by Brunswick County fishermen with a coastal weekend visit September 28-30, 2012. Spend two nights within the sound of the ocean and enjoy meals of delicious seafood prepared by local restaurants. On Saturday, cruise along the Cape Fear River on a vintage boat and explore the Southport Annual Wooden Boat Show along the Southport waterfront. Head home on Sunday with two Brunswick Catch t-shirts and a cooler full of fresh seafood.This is a link that tells about the event:


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RFA Calls for Continued Angler Boycott of Walmart




RFA Calls for Continued Angler Boycott of Walmart

RFA Calls for Continued Angler Boycott of Walmart.

Finally It Is All Coming Together

   Well it has been a few days since I have posted here . I would like to say it is because I was so busy working on the system , but in fact it is because I was lazy. I have been working on my system though.  I ran into a few problems , that  hopefully (fingers crossed) I have them all fixed at this moment.  None were that complicated, most could have been avoided, with a little more planning on my part.  So with several trips back and forth to Lowes , I got it all together. 

   The Flood tank valve gave me some trouble. First I had the overflow tube set to high in the tank. When I filled it up with the hose it really started to distort and bulge. I thought it was going to rupture, so I emptied it and lowered the overflow tube . Next  I had to add some washers to the flapper chain , it would not close when the bottle empted.  The washers did the trick.  It is working fine now. 
    The next problem  I had to deal with was, the grow beds , they did not fill evenly. The outboard beds seemed to be filling about twice as fast as the inboard ones, and the ones in the middle were faster than the inner but slower than the outside ones. I solved this by adding a valve in front of the second and third grow tanks. By restricting the flow I was able to even out the fill rate. Thinking about it now a tube between each bed would have probably done the job., and I will probably do that also once I get the gravel .
   My Bell Siphon was working fine but I used 1 inch PVC for the stand pipe and had a coupling at the bottom. The 1 1/2 inch pipe I used for the Bell would not go over the coupling , leaving about 2 1/2 inches of water in the bottom that would not siphon. So I upped two a 2 inch pie for the Bell . Now it siphons almost all of the water out.
     Up until now all the fittings had been dry fitted. Today I glue most of them I did leave a few just dry fitted though. Since the drain on the flood tank goes through a hole in the pallet it sits on I left the connections to the T connector from the feed pipes to the grow beds  unglued. This is so that if I do need to remove the tank I would not have to cut the pipe and get a new Tee. I also left the stand pipe connected to the pump and the elbow at its top dry fitted . Basically some thinking as above . I have no leaks at any of the dry fit areas. I did have a leak at the bottom of the flood tank., the toilet valve was not fitting exactly right and I had a small constant drip. I pulled the tank and sealed the base of the valve on the inside and out, took care of the leak.
     Lastly , ok this wasn’t a problem just wanted it, I added some trailing ground cover plants to the front of the pallets that support the Flood tank. Had the pots, that are meant for railings, on hand so why not. It adds to the relaxation factor. 
I got my Fresh Water test kit in yesterday, I had ordered from Amazon. I tested the water yesterday and think it is doing well, haft to do some research on proper levels for gold fish. The PH read 7.6, Ammonia 1.0,Nitrites .25, and Nitrates 2.0, all but the PH is measured in parts per million. This morning I started thinking about the PH. reading, it is at the highest on the regular PH. test. The kit also came with a test for higher PH. When I tested that this morning it was at 7.8. This is a little high for gold fish , this is what I have to research.

        I have been having some trouble with the editor, pictures not lining up with the post about them. I will try doing this in my word processor then pasting to the post. We’ll see how it … Continue reading


Seating by the pond yesterday I did some planning for the plumbing of the system. think I have it down now , and what is really cool is I already have most of the parts. We also added 10 more fish … Continue reading