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We haven't long since finished the awesome PDC at Paul's Place. The whole experience was great. I wanted to start this thread to just post a few pics and stories from our 6000 mile journey too and from as well as some of the Pics from the PDC. A few people have ask us to start a thread about our property and projects and its in the works but for now ill use my limited interweb access to post a few pics.
 
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Our trip there a few pics
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THE BLUEBERRY (aka cheapest rental)
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Quick stop on Lookout Mnt
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What Dynamite is used for
 
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Man Montana is a long way from home
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Buffalo I could not eat
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Crazy South Dakota
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Corn Palace
 
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"Working my way back to you girl"
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Flat for days (speed limit 80 im sure we can get away with 95)
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Oh wait a hill
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Spirit animal
 
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Where the hell is wall drug
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Jackalope
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Cant stop anywhere without buying Nikki another knife
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better be hauling chow
 
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almost 3 days in a car and a much needed bath was taken in the random "crazy head" spring
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perrty
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A very much needed bath in a random spring
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OUr randon spring
 
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So in some random fly over state we ran into a gnarrly hail storm. It was on top of a mountain right outside an indian reservation. People were freaking out on this narrow road. I kept driving through the storm even though i wanted to stop. Im glad we didnt i stoped at a rest area on the other side of the storm to smoke like 3 cigs. Everyone that stoped had there vehicles ruined by the golf ball sized hail I wish we would of got better pics.
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Topping a mountain not knowing we would find hell
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Driving into a hail storm
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Some how made it out
 
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I promise I am working towards the PDC and Pauls place.
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Recycle, re purpose, and reuse
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first stop at an native american reservation
 
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SO comin down pauls road (without disclosing location) I knew it was his place from the road. I was told it would be really hard to find the drive. as soon as I pulled up I looked at Nikki and said "look at those big ass berms it must be Pauls"
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almost there
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"OMG Becky Look at that Berm"
 
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We made it. This will be the last of my posting today but all the rest of the pics will be PDC, and Lab related. Hopefully I can get Nikki to do some posting so we can get it done faster. Thanks
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Berm Shed Progress when we arrived
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Tired as shit 3 days travel, just set up camp, and learned first hand that Montana Has steep hills
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I had to steal that sexy kubota after my nap
 
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thanks for posting pics.

we have jackalopes in our area, but they arent as calm as the ones youve encountered. stay safe!
 
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Okay okay okay already, I get the picture(s)...ha.ha.hahahaha
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I thought this one was so funny!
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Fun in Colorado
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That's a bit of ice we encountered...FREAK OUT!
 
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Here's a few more
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Gawrsh, why is he so hungry?
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Post Card Maybe?
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Smoking in a food joint?! WHAT?!
 
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...and more!
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Neat-O art work!
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Bridge to what?
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What a dome?!
 
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...last for today.
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Home Sweet Home
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Mileage dude!
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TaTa For Now
 
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Great slideshow! I wonder about the record for furthest distance travelled for a PDC EVER, y'all set the bar pretty high
 
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What a great album. You guys had a hell of a trip to get out here. I like the jackalope pic the best. We miss you out here... or rather we'really missin' y'all and your smooth accents.
 
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So I got kinda out of order so I may just start posing random pics with descriptions. I forgot what state we stoped for our swim
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this is on the way to the PDC, needing a shower we took this sketch road to find crazy head springs
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After a bath/swim in freezing cold water
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Ok so I posted those previous pics already
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Rocket mass In tipi
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Look a camera
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Bags of rice?
 
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Tractor driving our first night before the PDC, wasn't sure best way to crop the pic not tech savvy
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Pooper pics
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Directions for composting shitter
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inside the beautiful pooper
 
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More pooper pics with one more round of them to come
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pooper hand pump sink (for the ladys only)
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Ajustable foot rest fancy
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Board for writing inapropriate things
 
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We had lots of pooper pics mainly cause Nikki thought it was the coolest. The pic with the two toilets is not to poop with a friend but one had a urine diverter and one did not.
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Saw dust for covering the act
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little fine reading
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Poop with a friend
 
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Showering at base camp was an experience. The first few days we were at base camp the compost pile was in the process of getting warm, but by the end of the PDC the water was quite nice with a quick recharge of the system. If it wasn't for water shortages I bet I could of took a 20 min shower by the end of the two weeks. Oh and my new favorite biker put a ball valve to modify the over pressured shower to help conserve water but the adjusted it a bit low so if anyone washed there hands while you showered you would lose most the pressure in the shower. But that's the point of these systems to work with them and find the kinks. I really miss those outside awesome showers If you cant tell. They always smelled like lavender because of the Dr. Woods soap great stuff it smelled so good I couldn't go pooless. Sorry no pics of the inside but trust me it was well built and really nice.
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THe next stream of pics is from Paul's guided tour of base camp, and the lab. So keep you hands and feet inside the vehicle for the duration of the ride as we go exploring. oh these first pics are of the bee hut and the back of Nikki's head.
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Nikki Paying close attention as paul describes how to keep bears out of the honey
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Paul Beeing
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The woodland dwarf
 
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SO these pics go into one of my favorite parts of the trip "getting to see the wofatis in real life." Not sure what one is, check out this article webpage . one of the reasons I ran across permaculture and permies.com was my goggling about Oehler stuff after my brother-in-law gave me a copy of the 50 dollar an up underground hose book. I ran across pauls videos "bad video is better than no video" days. I read the wofiti article when it first came out and just dreamed about having my own one day. anyways heres some of the pics of 0.7 and 0.8. so I may confuse .7 and .8 a bit in these pics to follow sorry.
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Mike Creeply staring at my soul
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HOw bout that for a front door.
 
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More wofti pics. There so sweet
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Mass heater in 0.8
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So that's the last of the pics for today Ill try not to take so long before I post my next set. Thnks
 
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Nice pics, making me wish I could take another month off and go to the lab again. Maybe next year.

That wasn't me looking into your soul (do Coasties even have souls, I thought you had to sell yours to get into such a cake-walk billet ), that was me trying to figure out "why is Brandon taking a picture of me? I know he's going to miss me, but..."
 
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So I have tons more pics from the PDC, but I have been hiding in the woods to much to post anything. Im finally back on a computer so Ill post a few more over the next few weeks hopefully. I'm super missing Montana, Everyone from the Lab and the PDC the best part of our summer experience was how encouraging it was to be around like minded people.
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Tools building a tool shed
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I am not sure the original function of this skidable structure but it made a neat tool shed for the ants.
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team work makes it square
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LOOK LOOK im pretending to actually work
 
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Super fun day we got to learn and play with assorted equipment on the lab
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heather driving it like she stole it
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Nikki geting the scoup
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Running away as the arm starts to swing
 
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More dirt moving
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THis was not a purple PDC but sing-a-longs did organically occur after some of Montanas amazing micro-brews.
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One of the swiming spots we ran across
 
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how many newbs does it take to light a stove
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Missoula has great beer what can I say
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Signing off for now, but Ill post some more soon. Nikki pretty much got a hundred selfies with everyone in the state of Montana I am going to try to get her to post some of those. Also as we have pics of everyone receiving there PDC certificate from Howard and Paul I'll try to get those posted as well.
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Graduation
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Graduation
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Graduation
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