Philmont 2012 a look back by Austin Nutting Day 1

Hello everyone I wanted to share with you my brothers story from his Philmont Scout Ranch trip in 2012. If you are not familiar with Philmont Scout Ranch its located in New Mexico and allows young men in Boy Scouts to partake in a 12 day High Adventure backpacking adventure. You can learn more about Philmont over at their website which can be found here.

A little about my brother. Austin is a sophomore in high school that enjoy video games, air soft guns, model trains, and the outdoors. He is also very close to earning his Eagle Scout  award.

On to the story.

Day 1, Basecamp: We arrived at Philmont Scout Ranch and everyone is bewildered by the Tooth Of Time. You can see it for miles before you actually get to camp. We took 2 cars, Rob Walling is pulling the trailer and Kyle Adams is the second driver. I rode with Rob, Michael, Ron Stallborries, Ginette Kurtz and her son, Seth. The other car was Kyle, Robert and Jakob (Kyle’s sons) and then Dalton.

The first thing we have to do is go to the welcome center and wait for our ranger. He finally shows up and he introduces himself as Spencer Washichek. He goes over the basic rules and guidelines and then takes us over to logistics. We have to wait for a good hour while our crew leader, Ron, and his leader adviser, Rob, were talking with the the staff about paperwork and all that fun stuff.

They get back and it’s already 12:15ish so we go to lunch, which is normal camp food, edible but kind of flavorless. During lunch, Spencer tells us about the 5 most important rules at Philmont: 1: Don’t die. 2: Always look good. 3: If you do die, look good doing it. 4: Absolutely no naked at Philmont. 5: No flirting with rangers or other staff members. He also told us there is a 6th rule but it’s only for staffies. 6: If you break rule 5, no regrets. Thus ending lunch. Spencer then takes us to get food and troop gear, which we have to inspect and then distribute between us.

We then head back to our tents for the evening, and we do a shake down to make sure we have everything we need and take out anything we don’t. It is also about this time that we learn a little something about one of our members, Dalton. Its been 4 hours and everyone is already sick and tired of him one-upping people and being a know-it-all. He thought that because he was at Philmont the year before that he was an expert on everything.

We all relax and talk for an hour then Robert introduces Michael and me to a game called 3Hit Run. It’s where you have to pass the hacky sac to 2 people and touch it 3 times before you can catch it and throw it to get people out. It was surprisingly fun! After a while of that, its time for dinner which is another tasteless meal but not near as bad as it could be. Spencer then leaves us for the night and Kyle, Michael, Robert, Jakob, and I go to church.

The priest asked us to stand up and shout when our state was called. He was naming off states and then got to Missouri and everyone in our crew stood up and shouted. He finally said Iowa and apparently I was the only one from Iowa there at the time so I stood up and yelled “YEA IOWA!!!!!!” Everyone thought it was hilarious that I was the only Iowagian there. The rest of the sermon was really good and then he took an olive branch and covered us in Holy water. Next, we had to go to opening campfire. Honestly, it was kinda boring all they went over was the history and all I wanted to do was sleep. It finally ended and sleep was just what we did!

Armchair adventures 50 great documentaries 21 – 30


To continue with my 50 great documentaries here are another 9 great ones. If you missed the first and second lists you can check them out at Armchair adventures 50 great documentaries 1-10 and Armchair adventures 50 great documentaries 11 – 20.


Why I am leaving Instagram


As of this afternoon 12/18/2012 Instagram responded to the outrage and hordes of angry users that fled the Instragram platform after the release of the updated Terms and Privacy policy. You can view Instragram CO Founder Kevin Systrom’s open letter here.

To be honest I am still very leery of the changes they are making and did not delete my account however I am not sure they have won me back at this point. What are your thoughts on all of this?

Original Post: I typically try not to mix my social media / geek life with my backpacking life but after recent changes with the Instagram policies I wanted to write you all a quick note. As of today I will stop using my Instagram account. I will be moving back over to Flickr. I have been using Flickr to power my blog’s photo albums as well as archive my photos. Here are two articles that talk about the issues. and

The biggest reason why I wanted to bring this up is because the way they have worded things in their Terms and Privacy policies.  I may not be a lawyer but this just seems wrong to me

“Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service,…”

So that reads to me that they can use it however they want but they do go on to say

“except that you can control who can view certain of your Content and activities on the Service as described in the Service’s Privacy Policy, available here:”

Head on over the the privacy policy and right away you are greeted with how they share your information and they will share your information with:

*people who help us provide Instagram to you
* business partners, which may include advertising partners
* businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that Instagram is part of, or that become part of the same group
*outside parties to comply with the law and legal obligations

So to me it opens it up to really do whatever they want with your photos in a way they see fit. I am just waiting for someones child to be used in a marketing or advertising campaign of sorts and the parents not have a leg to stand on in court when trying to battle the rights to use the photo.

I am not going to stand on a soap box and lecture you all on how you should or shouldn’t do things, but at minimum I wanted to make sure you were aware that Facebook who owns Instagram had made that change and plans on changing the policies again in mid January.

With all of that said I recommend Flickr as a great replacement and will only be posting my photos there from now on. Flickr recently updated their app for the iPhone and Droid and has a nice user interface on their website.  If you would like to check out my Flicker photos you can view them here.

Trail Mix and Holiday Cheer


Trail mix packed up and ready to eat.

Over the weekend. I took some time and started working packing up some trail mix. I wanted to share with you the ingredients in this batch and also provide you with some substitute Items I like to put into my mixes. I am a salty and sweet kind of person. I am not much of a fan of the hot and spicy or the semi strange mixes out there. I keep mine pretty simple.

Main ingredients in Nutt’s Trail Mix.

  1. Salted Peanuts
  2. Honey Roasted Nut mix (almonds, peanuts, Pecan, Cashews, etc)
  3. Plain M & Ms
  4. Peanut M & Ms
  5. Shelled Pistachios
  6. Dried Apericots
  7. Dried Blueberries
  8. Raisons
  9. Cheezits
  10. Smokehouse Flavored Almonds.
  11. Honey Nut Cheerios
  12. I am sure I missed something.

Some Substitute Items.

  1. Skittles
  2. Chex Cerial
  3. pretzels
  4. Ritzbitz Cheese or Peanut butter crackers
  5. Any type of sugary cereal.
  6. Anything else you really like and feel would go good in your trail mix.

What are your favorite items you put in your trail mixes?

Happy Trails.


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