We didn’t do an individual post when we replaced the sealant, mostly because I didn’t think to do it, but I think we were remiss in doing so, as it was actually a really important part of the roof refinishing as a whole.
This is what the old sealant looked like. It clearly had not been touched since the trailer was originally put together.
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This weekend, we refinished the roof of Foxy, our 22 foot 1999 Arctic Fox Travel Trailer, in which we enjoy living full time. It was looooooong past due. The trailer is sixteen years old, and it looks like it has never had the roof refinished. The original coating appears to have more or less worn through to the roof underneath, giving it a grey speckled appearance. Not good. Here, take a look for yourself…
The roof before applying Dicor Cool Coat.
The roof before applying Dicor Cool Coat.
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Friday, we hiked the Blodgett Canyon Overlook. This trail is a favorite of ours for a last minute evening hike, due to the easily attainable 2.8 mile total distance out and back. While the trail itself is not the most appealing trail in the Bitterroot Mountains, the views it provides are nothing short of awe inspiring.
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Yesterday, we played hooky and took our first hike up Camas Creek Trail No. 125 to Camas Lake. It will not be our last. Despite being somewhat strenuous in incline, it was a gorgeous climb that ended in a pristine alpine lake with several excellent campgrounds. We cannot wait to come back and backpack up for a few nights of camping.
The drive up to Camas Creek Trail is looooong. The paved part is not so bad, but once you hit FR496, it’s gravel for SIX MILES, which you have to take at 10-20 miles an hour because its full of wicked ruts and your truck is only two wheel drive! (I mean our truck is only two wheel drive. Too bad we couldn’t see the future when we bought it back in 2011.)
Important note about the Camas Creek Trail: FR 496 is close to impassible until the snow has completely melted in the summer. We tried to do this hike in June, but the ice was so thick and slippery across the narrow gravel road that we actually had to back down the mountain half a mile before we found somewhere we could turn around and drive back down to Coyote Coulee, the lower, non ice covered trail at the base of the mountain below.
Arriving at the trailhead, we found ample parking but only one car. (Awesome!) When we first started hiking in the mountains last year as newly transplanted California suburbanites whose previous relationship with nature consisted mainly of beaches, parks and short vacations at the cabin, we were admittedly unnerved by an empty trail. (We were also afraid of the dark. Eeek, is that a WOLF? What was that sound??? But I digress.) Now, nothing is more exciting than an empty trailhead. Aside from the CRAZY, mind blowing concept of literally being the only people for miles, it’s nice to know you won’t be running into Dolly Dog Wrangler and her eight insane and untrained dogs running amok off-leash. A peaceful, deserted trail is bliss.
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Today being a lovely day, we decided on a whim that we’d go for a hike. Normally, we avoid the trails on the weekends, but after being deprived of the outdoors for close to the whole month of August due to the smoke in the valley, we thought we’d give it a go. We hadn’t hiked Bass Creek yet, so despite it’s somewhat lengthy distance from us (about 25-30 minutes away from home base), we gave it a try.
First of all… don’t hike in the Bitterroots on the weekend if you want a relaxing time to be at one with the wilderness. Weekends are bizzaaaayyy. (Do as I say, not as I do, kids.) The proximity of this particular trail to Missoula probably doesn’t help with the busyness. We probably passed a total of between 7-8 other groups of hikers, which over the duration of two miles out and two miles back, I would consider to be a bunch of peoples.
We didn’t get to stop and take many shots of the trail thanks to an older lady with three off-leash Springer Spaniels on our heels. Diesel’s a pretty good dog, but he definitely isn’t a huge fan of packs of loose dogs. Here are the few that we did manage to get…
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