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Free Campsite Finder

Camping is one of my all-time favorite vacation activities. Unfortunately, the price of campsite rentals has really skyrocketed.  I remember spending one summer as a kid road-tripping with my family and camping all along the way.  With a membership to a national campground chain, we could find a site almost anywhere for $8.00 per night.  Not anymore.  Many sites now range from $25.00 to $50.00 (US) per night.  In some places, it’s actually cheaper to rent a motel room.  That’s why I’m so excited about  The site has interactive maps for finding free and cheap campsites throughout the United States and Canada.

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Adventures in Dishwasher Installation

Today, I finally got my new dishwasher working.

I must admit, this is the same dishwasher that I purchased in August and which almost killed me when I stepped in a dog-hole whilst trying to carry it in from the truck. I installed it shortly after the trip to the ER, but it wouldn’t fill with water and, thus, was useless. Until today.

Turns out that there was a little yellow wire that had become disengaged (possibly during the scuffle on the front lawn when the appliance attempted to take my life). This afternoon, after being encouraged by my awesome brother to take another look, I reunited the wire to its proper location and re-installed the dishwasher as I had before.

Behold! Two loads of sparkling clean dishes!

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