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day 4166 – 331/365. ’tis the season for a hockey double header!

day 4166 - 331/365. ’tis the season for a hockey double header!

we drove back from the upper peninsula of michigan and turn around the next day and drive 35 miles for a double header hockey game against onalaska.

odin’s team won the first game, 3-9, with 22 shots on goal to their 16 shots on goal and they tied the second game against the same team 7-7, with 33 shots on goat to their 23 shots on goal.

rumor has it onalaska was not expecting to lose by 6 points the first game so they had fire in their bellies for the second game. congrats to both teams for a great games.

i have to say, odin did a good job but he was off a bit and didn’t play his best games. i think vacation sleep schedule, the drive and quick turnaround took a toll on him.

day 4165 – 330/365. odin demonstrates his advanced card house building skills.

day 4165 - 330/365. odin demonstrates his advanced card house building skills.

post thanksgiving hanging-out with family and odin decides he wants to build a card house. he’s pretty good at building them as we’ve been doing it for many years, but i was skeptical he could build one sturdy enough to stay standing after stacking magazines and books on top of it.

i thought it would topple after the first magazine. nope. ok, but surely it wouldn’t remain standing under a thin book and a magazine? it stood. how about a magazine, a thin book and several hundred pages of theodore roosevelt’s “the wilderness hunter”? IT STILL STOOD!

at this point everyone was so amazed that the dogs had to come check out what was going on. it did not still stand.

( he’s looking a serious here because it’s the fourth shot i’ve taken and he’s a little Over IT. )

the results from beta testing the roofbag.

the results from beta testing the roofbag.

the beta test of the roof bag is a resounding success. we did learn that you want to fill up the bag as much as you can to get the straps to proper tightness and to avoid the sound of the bag deforming in the breeze. if you don’t have it completely full then we found it’s best to have space all filled up in the front of the bag, again to avoid excess bag flapping noise. some people said they had problems with strap noise with other soft carriers, but we’re old hats at straps from hauling canoes around and know there’s a bit of an art to getting them juuuuuuuuust tight enough to not flap but not so tight that the wind makes them “whine”. so no strap noise for us.

works for us! very affordable ( i think we got it for $60 on sale), easy to put on and take off, provides lots of extra storage for trips which gives us enough room to put the two dogs comfortably in the back ( which they loved! ). and there was even room of the roof to strap on a christmas tree for the ride home! the christmas tree is only being help on by “friction” of straps from the roofbag, so hopefully it stays put for the 6 hour drive!

about the only downside that i i can think of, is it doesn’t present much of an obstacle to theft so on multiday trips or while taking extended time away from the car during a trip, i’m not sure how comfortable i would be having our possessions a knife slit way from being stolen. but that’s not our most common “use case” which is simply taking long day trips from point A to point B which as few stops as we can manage :-)