Blue View – Do Cetane Boosters Really Work?

Blue View – Do Cetane Boosters Really Work?

There are a number of companies that sell “Cetane Boosters” - additives that are poured into the tank of a diesel powered vehicle and which supposedly not only improve the MPG and power, but also clean and lubricate the injectors, remove water from the tank, make the exhaust sweet smelling, make your teeth whiter and your hemorrhoids shrink. Okay – I made up the last three, but you get the point. So, are these really worthwhile or just snake oil?

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Blue View – Top Ten Reasons to Use Trekking Poles

Blue View – Top Ten Reasons to Use Trekking Poles

On one of our hikes a few months ago, someone had left a nice walking stick at the trailhead that was fashioned from a piece of green willow, presumably for the next hiker to use. Marcie picked it up and used it during the day's hike. She liked having it so much, in fact, that she kept it. Unfortunately, it didn't fare well as it dried out, so we decided to get a set of trekking poles.

After hiking with them for quite a few miles, we’ve found them to be quite useful - despite my initial reservations. Here is our list of the top ten uses we’ve found for trekking poles.

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Blue View - Our Camping Pet Peeves

Blue View - Our Camping Pet Peeves

Traveling around in a van has a lot of similarities with sailing. One of them is settling into an anchorage/campground for the evening - or a few days. Often, we end up parking in somewhat close proximity to other sailboats/campers/RVs, and it's nice when everyone is at least a little considerate of the others parked nearby. We've found, however, that whether it be an anchorage or a campground, there are at least a few who have no clue about about proper etiquette. I think it’s only right that I devote a little space to the annoyances of camping. So here are our ten top pet peeves of camping.

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