Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Full Moon Photography Camp-out

When: Feb 10-12, 2017
Where: Boulder Beach Campground-Lake Mead, Boulder City, Nevada.

This is a family friendly weekend.  While we do partake in adult beverages, if you are not well behaved around other people, kids, and our grandmothers, please seek out another event.   :-)

Disclaimer: We hope we have the moon timing correctly plotted for the area :-)

Map to Campground

Are you a photography buff wanting to photograph the moon rise?  Want to camp?  Enjoy a potluck meal?  Or sit around a campfire?

We will be securing sites in the dry camping area. They are not open to be reserved in advance.  But this time of year there should not be a problem with availability. 

RV sites with full hook-ups are available in an area adjacent to the dry camping sites. 

Dry camping sites are first come first served and all attending must make their own arrangements to secure their site and pay directly to the park.  This is in the Lake Mead National Park.  There are entrances fee's at the Park main gate even if you come in for the day.  Annual, senior, and other passes may reduce your entrance and camping fees.  Our group does not charge any additional fee's.

Link to NPS Website Fee's Page

Some will be in trailers, camping out of their vehicles, in tents, and RV's.  RV's can set up in the dry camping sites if you don't need full hook ups and want to be closer to the group.

There is a Full moon, moon rise timed with sunset Friday evening.  We are combining this photo op with Camping all weekend.  We will be on the western shore of the lake.  There is an open area that offers full view of the lake and distance mountain peaks across the lake to the east.

We are putting together a very informal group Photography, Moon viewing, Dutch Oven Potluck, & Die Hard Camping Event for this February 2017 Weekend.  You can interact or not, as much as you wish with others attending.  On Saturday afternoon we will have a Potluck meal get together in the dry camping area.

Camp with us for the weekend or come out for some photography.  If you can't camp all weekend, at least bring a chair and your hot chocolate or favorite hot beverage to share the evening campfire.  At a minimum don't miss the potluck.  We are close enough to Boulder City, Henderson, and Las Vegas that some may just want to drive out during the day or evening?  Since this is one of the cooler months I expect this group to be rather small.

Contact me if you want an invite, or view the details. The event is set to private in Facebook. I will have to send you an invite.  Email to:  info@toponautic.com   (In the subject line type: ATTN Rick I want in on Shoot the Moon)  If you don't hear back within 24 hrs please attempt another contact.

Some of our regular member campers and Dutch Oven Cookers are already invited.  This is camping, Potluck Dutch Oven Cooking (other cooking techniques gladly accepted).

This time of year in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, the weather can be nice or on the cool side.  Prepare accordingly.  Bring firewood for evening campfires.

For a personal invite and access to more details on our Facebook event please email:   info@toponautic.com   In the Subject line of your email type ATTN Rick:Add me on Facebook/Shoot the Moon .   I will have to send you a FB friend request.  Once you approve it I will add you to the event.  If you don't see it happen please send me another email and let me know.

We charge no fee's to attend this group event. This is just an informal gathering of like minds taking care of their own arrangements.  (you do have to make your camping reservations, pay that to the park, as well as park access fee's)

Saturday, October 29, 2016


Be sure to follow the link to what was happening in our world over the summer of 2016.  Fall has just begun.  The 2016 adventures have not ended yet.

Camping a Ghost town.  Major mechanical problems on the road.  Airstream Boutique.  A great Glacier National Park Trip. 

Article on the Summer of 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016


Follow over to one of our favorite bread recipes and baking techniques.

Bursting with flavor with the addition of Fresh Basil Leave, Garlic, and Cheese.

Link for Recipe and Baking Tips.  Fire Roasted Tomato Herb & Cheese Bread

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

COCA COLA Themed Patio Furniture

Take some rusty metal garage sale finds and turn them into those special one of a kind items.

This resurrection took some rusty metal flower/tea carts from junk to show pieces.  See the article on our Coca Cola Stenciling project. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016


Recipe & Image ©Rick Beach
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup canola oil
1/8 cup melted butter (but not hot)


1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture.

3. Combine 1 cup water, vinegar, and vanilla.  Whisk together.  Just prior to combining the liquids to the dry whisk the beaten egg into the water vinegar/vanilla mixture.  Whisk quickly then immediately progress to adding to the dry mixture.

4. Pour the mixed liquids into the well of the dry mixture.  Stir well with a whisk until combined.

5. Stir in Chocolate Chips.

6. Add in the oil/melted butter mixture.   Stir until combined.
7. Place 12 muffin-cup liners in muffin cups, and coat liners with cooking spray. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack.