Shopping for Camping Gear on the Cheap – Worth It? #2

My second find online and a deal so far is an self inflatable camping/hiking pillow.  It compresses and rolls up to about the size of a large cantaloupe.  Those super duper OMG where did they grow those sizes.

I found it on AliExpress for $6.35 and with shipping it came out to $7.90.  The order was placed on August 9, and it arrived at my house on August 25.  Since I didn’t have a camping trip planned the wait wasn’t bad at all.  The exterior material is a polyester PVC type material with a foam interior.  Air valve is a screw type and is easy to inflate.  Since it is a “self inflating” pillow I decided to test that feature and see if it would fluff up a bit without assistance from my lungs.  When I opened the valve it did fill partially with air and with two little breaths it was full.  It weighs in at around 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack.  The size is 47x30x8cm (18.5″ x 11.8″ x 3.14″ inches).  I made sure to check the sizes since I didn’t want to get something the size of a Barbie doll pillow.  It’s been a while since I had to learn the metric system, and that didn’t stick; however, Google is your friend! If you’d like your own then you should check out AliExpress.
I have a trip planned in October so I’ll post an update once my camping trip is complete.  Also, I think I’ll make it a tiny pillow case to keep it clean.  Not that I drool, but well hiking makes me tired and I’d rather not slobber on my new pillow.
Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel

Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel 47x30x8cm

Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel 47x30x8cm

Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel 47x30x8cm

47x30x8 cm - lightly cushioned, nylon material. Easy to inflate and weighs in at 9.9 ounces - 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack.

Lightly cushioned, nylon material. Easy to inflate.  Green to match the down sleeping bag I got off E-Bay.

47x30x8 cm - lightly cushioned, nylon material. Easy to inflate and weighs in at 9.9 ounces - 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack.

Weighs in at 9.9 ounces – 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack

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Back To Where We Come From

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Mom, me (the little one) and my cousin Mike.

Growing up in the 1960’s through the 1980’s weekends and summers were spent at the lake. Nothing fancy like what we see today, but it was a cabin built by my dad and it was perfect.  From what I remember it was a design and floor plan that they saw in a magazine for Jim Walter Homes.  The plans were tweaked a little I think and what would have been two windows on the front turned into three very large bay windows looking out across the lake.  The siding was not your normal hardie board siding, but was rough cut cedar. There were two bedrooms, bathroom, and a kitchen.  The side front porch was eventually closed in and a fireplace was added.  The cabin was built weekend to weekend, pay check to pay check.  It wasn’t fast, but it was all theirs and they built it from the ground up as funds were available.

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The siding was cedar and I do remember us repainting every couple of year. The kitchen was small with a little bar separating the den from the kitchen. At meal time I always had my favorite seat at the bar on on a Arthur Umanoff style wood slat swivel bar stool. Weekends meant fishing and evening meals usually meant fried catfish or bream with all the fixings! Going fly fishing with my Dad was always a treat. Getting up before the sun came up so that we could be down the Coosa River to our favorite fishing spots before the sun came up. Fast forward 50 years and a condo complex sits at the spot of what used to be some good fly fishing. Now all the bank cover is gone…and so are the fish.

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The view from the house towards the Coosa River, before the dam was completed.

When my parents bought the property it was a 1-2 acre piece of land a good ways back from the Coosa River. Once the dam at Logan Martin was completed it all became water front property. People thought my parents and my relatives next door were a bit out there since they built retaining walls and boat houses out in the middle of a cow pasture!
Little did they know that Alabama Power had surveyed the property and they had a good idea of where the water would be once the dam was competed. The dam was completed in 1964 and the water started to rise.
We spent many a summer and/or weekend at the lake. I miss it so much that I wish we still owned the property. I still keep an eye on it from my Aunt and Uncles home next door. Maybe one day I can take custody of it once again.

Here’s my special place. I made this video when we were visiting family for the 4th of July this year.
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