Sunday, August 3, 2014

End of the season

The blackberry season is winding down rapidly here, I only got about a pint this evening and there aren't many more on the canes. My season here is also winding down, about 4 months late. I have managed to get the yard looking fairly respectable, and the neighbor's adult son is going to mow it once in a while so it doesn't look completely abandoned while I'm gone. In return they got the large chain link dog kennel and all the organic raspberries they can pick between now and frost. I'll settle up with him when I get back if I owe him more.I've got a day or two of sorting and packing the camper, then finally I'll head north. I'm still trying to work out a good system for filtering water into the camper holding tank and I'm not sure I"ll get that sorted out before I leave. I may just pack up the homemade Berkey style filter and hope the fragile candles survive bouncing down the highway.


  1. Why do you need to filter the water into the tank? Or are you not filling it from a tap?

  2. I'm on a well, and the water grows a strange pink slime. Arnold Air Force Base is just down the road a bit, and it's a Superfund site. I just don't trust the ground water/well water. Don't trust "city" water either as it's fluoridated. Yeah, I'm one of those people. Plus if the SHTF I want to have a system in place for getting potable water from any source, hence trying to come up with a good gravity flow filtration system. The Sawyer Point Zero Two is good, but I'm working on adding a good GAC and bone char filter to the gravity flow setup.

  3. A sand trap filter, then a Commercial grade Reverse Osmosis system would be best, but the highest output I've seen is 500gpd and that was well into the four figure range.

    Now, if the slime was kind of a brownish orange, then it would be simply be iron oxide cake, but I've never heard of pink before, without it being a red-algae bloom, which as I recall, requires sunlight.

  4. I don't care for RO, it uses too much water. I need something small and fairly light weight to eventually be fitted into the Caboose, and it has to be gravity flow.

    1. I wish you the best of luck, but most filtering systems that would remove dangers from water sources require pumping and pressure. The pour through units similar to what hikers use, still have to have a treatment tablet added in order to make it safe to drink.