Special Announcement! Corona Virus Update
Update: Because of the Corona Virus, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has recommended that no one start the trail at this time and anyone on the trail should get off the trail to protect all the small towns near the trail. I delayed my start until almost the end of May and will see what the ATC recommends at that time. Stay tuned. In the meantime, I continue to post new videos with thoughts and gear information. Thank you for following me.
I have decided to have the trip of a lifetime; I’m going to thru-hike the entire Appalachian Trail beginning in March 2020!
it is over 2,192 miles long stretching through 14 states from Springer Mountain in Georgia to the top of Mt. Katahdin in Maine. It will take 5,000,000 steps and I’ll go through 6 pairs of trail runner shoes.
I will be VLOGGING the entire hike on YouTube. Please subscribe to my channel and view various gear and hiking videos. If you click the little bell on a video page, you will be notified when I post new videos. My channel is JLDRDOTCOM and is located here: https://www.youtube.com/user/jldrdotcom
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I also created a Gear page of gear i will be taking on the AT. You can find the Backpacking Gear page Here. I also posted a video of all the gear I’m taking on the hike. You can view the video by clicking on the picture below:
Guess what? There are tons of Privy’s / Outhouses so you know I’ll be featuring lots of them in my VLogs.
George Borum Outhouse Sketches
George Borum (1913-2012) from Centralia, Illinois, was a man of many talents. He was a sign painter, calligrapher, auctioneer, carver, and a tramp art artist to name a few. To Mickie H., he was a priviologist, an outhouse expert. Mickie and George got acquainted through outhouses. George wrote and illustrated “Our Vanishing Americana… The Little House Out Back”. Mickie was an outhouse collector, bought George’s book, and became penpals for years.
Mickie sent me many of the original sketches that George Borum sent to him. They are all pages out of his sketch book and signed. I think you will enjoy these pictures. You can read more about them and see all of them on the page dedicated to George Borum. They are under the Drawings and Sketches category in the tour.
Victor Hayes Outhouse Art
Comment from a visitor about the shirt his pictures are on…
I met Victor Hayes probably about the time he drew the outhouses that were on the t-shirt. I was a high school kid from Grand Rapids, MI. My parents were teachers and we lived in Elk Rapids during the summer.I don’t remember where he lived in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, but he rented a tiny white cabin, across from the Elk Rapids Golf Club, for the Summer. He would sit outside his tiny cabin and paint. He had his art displayed, for sale. I think he rented that same little cabin for multiple years.
He was known to be kind of a jerk. If a golfer hit a ball across the street, and near into the little cabin resort, Victor would grab it and wouldn’t give it back.
I somehow got hold of him and made an appointment to meet him. I was hoping to get some advice and encouragement. I wanted to be an artist (I ended up not a painter, but a graphic designer). I don’t remember what he told me (or didn’t tell me), but I remember going back to our cottage and telling my mom that he wasn’t encouraging and that he was kind of a grump. He wasn’t very nice.
A few years later I heard that he died in a car accident. He used to drive an old Chevy Impala. I think it was a ’64. It was copper color or medium brown metallic.
That’s my memory of Victor Hayes. I liked his art, he did a lot of fall-color landscapes in watercolor. He was a good artist, but not such a nice guy.
Regards, Brek R.
Many talented people visit The Outhouses of America Tour web site. Missy has an incredible talent for creating images. Above is an example of her work. Her twitter is @MLSterling11 if you need any work done.
Have you ever wondered what someone would do with an Outhouse Seat? How about a 3-Holer seat used as a bed headboard?
My friends and relatives are always thinking of me. These POOP MINTS are a gift from a caring friend!
The featured outhouse shown on the home page was found by the Outhouses of America curator while in the Alaska bush in 2016. He was flown into the bush by a local pilot in an old Cessna 170 tail dragger that had huge bush tires.
This particular outhouse was build by a real bush person who lives by himself. He has a cabin, sauna and this outhouse. Saunas are commonly used to bathe and are heated with wood. We opened the door of the outhouse and inside was a hornets nest right above the seat. It might be best to remove the nest before sitting!