On contract in Fort Defiance Arizona (staying in Gallup, NM)
CAIRN TRAVELER VLOG | EP 40
With a bit of a slow week and with only a day and a half off in between shifts at work, this week I thought I would share some awesome internet finds and every day carry (EDC) items that have become some of my favorites lately. Use the links below to check them out! Coming up next week, the last road trip in New Mexico/Arizona to some of the Southern National Parks sites.
Be creative and find your adventure this week!! ✌️😎
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With a mobile hotspot now permanently
at the rig and providing a continuous internet connection, I am able to start adding home monitoring systems. I have two sensors for this system - one inside and the other outside (specifically on my black/grey tank release valve).
They are bluetooth connectable and can be accessed while near the rig under that protocol, however the Wifi Gateway adds the ability to check the sensors and receive push notifications (such as outside or inside temperatures approaching freezing). With a dog home alone while I’m at work, another valuable notification would be inside temperatures exceeding the maximum set (i.e. in the case of a power and subsequent A/C failure).
I have been using this system since the RPOD and I’m still very happy with it. While the SensorPush system does have superior connect-ability, this system is great at a glance while at home - I have three sensors outside - inside an exterior compartment (which I feel is the best predictor of interior plumbing temperatures), on the front a-frame next to the battery box, and under the rig (on the black/grey tank release valve with the SensorPush sensor - I feel this is the best indicator of freezing conditions to the outside plumbing and gives a shaded temperature reading). Finally the display itself measures the inside temperature and all sensors give a humidity reading (I’ve found anything over 50% feels sticky and uncomfortable).
This has got to be one of the coolest knives I’ve ever owned. It’s certainly not inexpensive but fits neatly and concealed in the hand while say out for a run. It comes with multiple holstering options and honestly is just one of the best fidget devices EVER with the way it magnetically collapses.
Another from CRKT and again not inexpensive but a solid, metal, tactical pen. The magnetic cap clips to either end and again does great double duty as a fidget device. I have to say, the pressurized “astronaut” pen ink cartridge seemed leaky and inconsistent to me but I have since replaced with a Parker-style ballpoint cartridge and I’m very happy with that.
Great for traveling or just as a tabletop organizer that also doubles with charging capabilities. I have mine sitting by the door as a catchall and it’s where my Apple AirPods sit to recharge wirelessly in between uses.
These are just really cool and are a great durable plastic in terms of quality. The black-out theme is undeniably awesome but I will say trying to play without the timeless black and red colors is challenging.
I’m certainly not the first person to adopt this over the pandemic but as you may or may not know, CMS regulations allow hospital nurses stations to have a dedicated place for staff beverages with the caveat that they must be covered. The importance of this is again punctuated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This cap allows for coverage of cans with an easy access cap and drinking spout cover that can be easily flipped and then clicked back into place. They are sturdy enough that standing upright in my bag, I do not worry about spillage but I wouldn’t go so far as to trust them upside down.
While we usually have plentiful plastic cutlery for staff breaks at any place I have worked, I’ve adopted a mindset of trying to be less wasteful and to create less trash. This set is the same camping version which I have two sets of for use back at the rig but now there is one in my bag for eating on the go as well. No, I don’t think I’m saving the planet or any other grandiose goal, it’s just who I want to be and how I want to live - intentionally, creating as little waste as possible.
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