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In Bozeman, Montana, Anders Lewendal and Aaron Sullivan in Kennewick, Wash have one thing in common. They both want their homes built with materials Made in USA. Both have had challenges along the way. As we all know these materials exist in the US but they are scattered and hard to locate or purchase. It requires adding the time to contact the manufacturer, get pricing and shipping to the building site.

It becomes an act of love for America that they have sacrificed delaying the completion of their home and having to pay for the land without the benefit of having a place to live or selling the home.

Luckily they have shared a master list of their suppliers so it is one step easier for others to follow in their footsteps. Even if home builders commit to using 10% more building materials Made in USA it is a start. Just taking the list to stores such as Home Depot and asking “which of these items do you carry” can speed the process.

It all begins by trying and not thinking it has to be 100% in the first attempt.

Print version of the list.

Product Manufacturer/Supplier State
Windows Amsco Windows UT
J bolts/foundation S.C. Prototypes MT
J bolts/foundation/stock Pacific Steel UT
Gorilla Duct tape The Gorilla Glue Co OH
4″ perforated pipe, radon Northern Pipe Co. ND
4″ pvc fittings GPK ND
pvc glue Oatey OH
8d ring shank nails True Spec CA
16d sinkers Griptite WI
1/2″ foundation nuts CAT IL
gun nails Maze IL
damp proofing Mulseal/Tremco OH
Rebar Nucor UT
Concrete CMI MT
Concrete Portland Ash Grove MT
Concrete aggregate CMC. Beglade MT
Concrete sand CMC. Beglade MT
Hangers, straps, H clips Simpson Strong-Tie CA
TJI’s I-Level Truss Joist OR
2×4′s and 2×6′s RY Lumber MT
Plywood Potlatch ID
2×4′s and 2×6′s F.H. Stoltze MT
2×4′s and 2×6′s Idaho Forest ID
PL 400 sub floor adhesive Loctite CT
MiraTEC fascia CMI Corp PA
treated plate McFarland Cascade WA
T braces/framing Appleton Supply WI
sill seal Reflectix IN
powder actuated pins TW Ramset/Redhead IL
foam board Dow IL
Spray paint Rustoleum IL
Spray insulation JM Corbond MT, TX
Screws Por Pac CO, CT
Wire joint Thomas & Betts TN
Spray paint ACE IL
paint Sherwin Williams OH
Window foam Touch n Seal MO
Caulking White Lightning OH
Plastic elect. Straps Handy Straps WI
meter base Eaton/Cutler Hammer PA
electric panel Eaton/Cutler Hammer PA
Breakers Eaton/Cutler Hammer PA
PVC pipe/fittings Ridgeline Pipe OR
2″ Romex connectors Bridgeport CT
Boxes Allied OH
Wire-service, romex Southwire GA
staples Sturgeon Bay WI
4/0 SER straps Sturgeon Bay WI
Telephone wire 3M MN
wire connectors/crimp sleeves Ideal IL
wire staples Sturgeon Bay WI
Furnace disconnect Eaton/Cutler Hammer PA
recessed cans Juno/Schneider Electric IL
recycled glass Livingston Landfill MT
Furnace Trane TX
Cooling Coil Trane TX
HRV Trane TX
Air Cleaner Trane TX
Zoning/Thermostats Trane TX
Ductwork Norwesco WA
Screws Brynolf Manufacturing IL
PVC Cresline-Northwest WA
Condensate Trap Airtec MA
Registers/Grilles Hart & Cooley MI
Allthread Rod Chicago Hardware IL
Pipe Brackets C&S Manufacturing WI
Conensate Pump Franklin Electric IN
Unistrut Cooper B-Line IL
Flexible Duct Atco TX
Duct Sealant Hardcast TX
Flex Duct Straps Source 1 OK
PVC Glue/Primer Oatey OH
Thermostat Wire Honeywell MS
Exhaust Fans Broan WI
Concentric Vent Source 1 OK
Exhaust Hoods Broan WI
Nuts/ Washers Perine Danforth WA
Dryer Box In O Vate Tech FL
Duct Liner Johns Manville CO
Duct Liner Pins Hardcast TX
Allthread Anchors ITW Buildex IL
Ductstrap Colombia Man WA
Manual Dampers Norwesco WA
Sill Sealer Reflectix, Inc. IN
PVC Primer and Cement Oatey OH
PVC Pipe Cresline-Northwest WA
Pex Pipe Viega KS
Kitchen Sink Moen PA
Kitchen Faucet Moen NC
Kitchen Basket strainer Dearborn Brass TX
Kitchen disposer In-Sink-Erator WI
Bathroom Pedestal Lav Mansfield OH
Bathroom Lav faucet Moen NC
Bathroom Lav sink Mansfield IL
Bathroom toilets Mansfield IL
Bathroom toilet seats Kohler AR
Master Shower Aquaglass OR
Master shower valve Moen NC
Master shower trim Moen NC
Master soaker tub Aquaglass OR
Master soaker tub trim Moen NC
Master soaker tub valve Moen NC
Bathtub waste and overflow Watco MO
Full Bath tub/shower Aquaglass OR
Full Bath tub/shower trim Moen NC
Full Bath tub/shower valve Moen NC
Water Heater Bradford White PA
Pex Fittings Zurn TX
PVC Fittings Sioux Chief MO
Hangers/pipe insulators Sioux Chief MO
Roof Jack Oatey OH
Plumber Putty Hercules NJ
Wax rings Hercules NJ
Thread Dope Hercules NJ
Plumber tape Smith/Cooper CA
Black pipe RJB Wholesale, Inc WA
Black pipe fittings Anvil International NV
Gastite pipe and fittings Gastite MA
Soulder Flux Rectorseal TX
Soulder Exeon Inc. IL
Copper Pipe Cerro Flow Products Inc. MO
Copper fittings Elkhart Products Corp. IL
Backflow preventor/PRV Watts ME
Expansion Tank Amtrol RI
Hose bibs Woodford CO
Chattahoochee Pencil Company Atlanta GA
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Our American Flag Was Designed For A Class Project

Robert G. HeftThe facts behind designing the iconic 50-star flag will surprise you.

Our current design started as a high school assignment. We didn’t have an official flag for the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the original 13-star flag was modified 26 times.

For the official flag to be declared, it took until 1777 when the 2nd Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution which stated:

Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

The flag was also made of hemp and became known as the “Betsy Ross flag” although it’s not confirmed whether or not she actually made it.

In 1795, the number of stars and stripes were increased from 13 to 15 (to reflect the entry of Vermont and Kentucky as states of the Union). This version inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner”

Over time the stripes were reduced to 13 from 15 to honor the original colonies. Eventually we badly needed a new design to increase the number of stars to represent our 50 states. Robert G. Heft, who was only 17 years old, created a flag design in 1958 as a high school class project while living with his grandparents in Ohio.

Heft originally received a B for the design but his teacher, Stanley Pratt, said his grade would be reconsidered if his design was chosen and adopted by presidential proclamation after Alaska and before Hawaii were admitted into the union in 1959.

Once chosen, his teacher changed his grade to an A. Heft has also stated he had copyrighted designs for American flags with 51 to 60 stars. Bob Heft recounted to StoryCorps the tale of his design being chosen among about 1,500 submitted to become the 27th official U.S. flag:

In an American history class, we had to do an outside of class project. We could make or do whatever we wanted, like a science fair or something like that where you bring your project in.

The Betsy Ross story intrigued me.  My Mom and Dad had a 48 star flag they received as a wedding present, which of course meant a lot to them.  Well, I took scissors and cut it up.  I had never sewn in my life.  I watched my mom sew, but I’d never sewn.  And since making the flag of our country, I’ve never sewn again.

So anyhow we get to class, I had my flag on my teacher’s desk.  The teacher said, “What’s this thing on my desk?”  So I got up and approached the desk, and I’m shaking like a leaf and he says “Why have you got too many stars?  You don’t even know how many states we have.”  (He had added more for the potential new states of Alaska and Hawaii being added to the U.S.)  And he gave me the grade of a B-.

Now, a B- wasn’t that bad of a grade.  However, a friend of mine, Jim, picked up 5 leaves off the ground, he’s taping these leaves down to a notebook and labeled them elm, hickory, maple, and the teacher gave him the grade of an A.

I was really upset, teacher said, “If you don’t like your grade, get it accepted into Washington, then come back and see me and I might consider changing your grade.”

Two years later, I’d written 21 letters to the White House, made 18 phone calls, now you can imagine when my mom got the phone bill.  “What’s this number?”  I said, “Well, mom that’s the White House.”

(Though he doesn’t mention it in this specific interview, he mentions in others that he gave his flag to congressman Walter H. Moeller, who then tirelessly promoted it in Washington and was instrumental in getting it accepted)

So anyhow, I got this call and they said “The President of the United States is going to call you later today.”

Well, at that time, Eisenhower was president, and he comes on the phone and he says, “Is this Robert G. Heft?”

And I said, “Yes sir, but you can just call me Bob.”And he says, “I want to know the possibility of you coming to Washington D.C. on July 4th for the official adoption of the new flag.”

And so, I have the grade book encased in plastic…  My teacher said, “I guess if it’s good enough for Washington, it’s good enough for me. I hereby change your grade to an A.”

Shortly after he recorded his story he died on Dec 12, 2009. After his passing he gave his 51 star flag, which he also designed, to Rep. Clarence Miller of Ohio to submit should a new state be added to the union. 

Get a FREE flag today till July 6th at OHSAY USA. 

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Austin Texas Floods In Minutes – Ask Whole Foods

Made in USA Rain Gauge

Last night the iPhone sounded the flash flood sirens. It’s always unnerving when it does that. Since we have tornadoes in Austin I immediately started thinking about how to get the family, including 3 skittish cats and a 45 lb dog, into the space under the stairs which is already full. Luckily it was only a flash flood. I don’t say that lightly though. Ask Whole Foods.

Whole Foods Market, previously known as Saferway, started in 1980 as the crunchy “health food store.” Remember this was the time of microwave popcorn, packets of Hidden Valley dressing and Chicken McNuggets. We were too busy to cook since both husband and wife were working.

About 7 months after Whole Foods launched, Austin had the worst flood in 75 years and Whole Foods’ entire inventory was soaked to the tune of $400,000. It was the Austin community that quickly helped them recover. My personal theory is that the flood was the catalyst to their empire. Nothing sparks an entrepreneurial drive better than adversity not to mention knowing the community was willing to give them free sweat equity. As you know they are really big now.

Our rain gauge topped out at 5″ but some parts of Central Texas got 13″ of rain. 500 homes were flooded, 60 people had to be rescued from their roofs and 6,500 people were without power. Austin may not have a drop of rain during the unbearable heat of the summer but when it rains, it pours here.

The photo is of the rain gauge in our front yard. Full to the top. The gauge is Made in the USA of course.


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Made in USA Shopping Trip – Bed Bath & Beyond

tervis tumbler

I recently made a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond for some clear 16 oz Tervis Tumblers which I love for holding my iced tea. I’ve been slowly buying the 2-packs with my 20% off coupons that are a must to have when you shop there.

Tervis is lucky and gets the prime front spot in the store. The front display did not have the 2-packs so I had to go further back in the store to find them.

I did a quick survey as I walked around the store looking for other Made in USA products. Here are my findings:

Calibowl – It seemed like a good price for 3 bowls and I liked that they were colorful, especially since I love red as you may have noticed in the design of the OHSAY USA website. Since I already own the “rainbow” 1986 vintage Pyrex mixing bowls I did not need them.


Dexas Chop & Scoop. Once again I like the color choices and it seemed very convenient to have the handle on the end. I’m always concerned about the level of bacteria that remains on cutting boards but it states that it is bacteria and odor resistant. They were hard to find in the store & the Made in USA label was not prominent. They should rethink their packaging.










USA Pan – They had a large display on an end cap along with a lot of Made in USA signage. They also had a nice position in the store. They were located just a little way down the right side path.

My initial reaction was to their light weight. I prefer heavier cookware but I do need new cookie sheets. I’m inclined to buy Nordic Ware since I use some of their bakeware and love the weight. I also use All-Clad, manufactured in Canonsburg, PA., for my stove top cooking but it is expensive. I look for sales online and have slowly bought pieces at outlet stores. As a side note All-Clad is guaranteed for life and I recently replaced 2 non-stick fry pans.










Add your product reviews from your finds at Bed Bath & Beyond ONLY and let us know if you have used the Calibowl, Chop & Scoop or USA Pan. I highly endorse the Tervis Tumblers myself and will be buying more in the future.

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Holiday Retro Toy Guide

Happy Thanksgiving
Let Our Sock Monkey Be Your Guide

Shopping Sock MonkeyOur Favorite Retro Toys

Roy Toy Log Building Set   Roy Toy Logs – 1930’s
This is the same USA-made building set and package design that was first introduced in the 1930s in East Machias, Maine. Lift the box top and smell the all-natural pine wood. Watch a smile form on the face of a new grandparent as they are reminded of a time many years ago when he/she, as a small child, was helped by his/her grandparents to build a log cabin for the first time.

Kit-Cat ClockKit-Cat Clock – 1930’s
This classic American iconic Kit-Cat clock has been in family homes for over 3 generations, is still made in USA, and continues to be the most loved timekeeper in the household.

Sock MonkeyAmerican Sock Monkey – 1930’s
In 1932 during the Great Depression, times where tough and worn-out Rockford Red Heel socks became the iconic American sock monkey for gifts. The smile or frown mouth was achieved using the red patented heel. By 1955 every pair of “Rockfords” included a sock monkey pattern. A common phrase also began during that era –  “I’ll be a monkey’s uncle,” to express surprise or disbelief.

Wooden Cone ToyWooden Cone Toy – 1930’s
This is the original Classic Rocky Color Wood Cone educational toy that was first designed 1938 and continues to be a bestseller today! Unlike cheaper imitations, this original Wood Cone features a rounded wood base which is a trademarked design and is still made in USA.

SlinkySlinky – 1940’s
Slinky originated in 1945 as part of an antivibration device developed by American naval engineer Richard James, who thought the spring might be a successful toy because of its comical walking behavior. Over half a century later, Slinky still lives.

Potholder LoomPot Holder Loom – 1950’s
We made these potholders as kids and still treasure them today. When the kettle boils these are the potholders we use, not the fancy ones we got as gifts. Originally weavers looped threads around a tree branch to create a natural type of loom but we make it easier today. The loom is made of US steel to last a lifetime.

Wooly Willy   Wooly Willy – 1950’s
This is the same Wooly Willy we all know and love. Children and adults love playing with the magnetic magic dust and making crazy hair styles on Willy. In 1955 James Herzog made a brilliant discovery—that the dust from magnet grinding could be used for magnetic drawing! He patented the first workable Wooly Willy.
Mister Rogers TrolleyMister Rogers Trolley – 1960’s
This is an amazing crafted replica of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Trolley made right here in the USA. The classic Trolley brings memories to parents and grandparents and attracts a new generation of fans. The USA-made Mr. Roger’s Trolley is a popular desktop toy and conversation piece or can become a treasured toy for children.

Army MenArmy Men – 1960’s
Originally produced in the late 60’s, these figures may have been the first to represent US infantry troops during the Cold War with contemporary equipment including M16 A1 rifles and an experimental M60 light machine gun.

Get Going Before Sock Monkey Takes It All >>>

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Everything Can Be Made in America








In an article from Forbes the writer, Baizhu Chen, said Apple would “be better off focusing on designing iPhones in America but letting the Chinese handle the assembly” because of the current cost structure.

Forbes readers changed his mind after heated discussions and his realization that 3D printing will play a huge role in manufacturing American products in our near future.

Just as cassette tapes gave way to CDs and CDs transitioned towards MP3s so will follow the technology of manufacturing everything. It will not just be about WHERE it is made but HOW it is made.

When 3D printing is added to the equation the game changes. We no longer need to outsource anything. That is, IF we put money into training people in America to use 3D printing machines.

This change will not create new American jobs. It will reduce the number of many positions since it will take fewer people to create a product. We will still need assembly workers to put products into their display boxes or items into a kit. That means we need to shift all our assembly oriented jobs back to being made in America or we will be in a dire situation.

It’s not all doom and gloom here. We have plenty of companies that will continue to make American products “the old fashioned way,” even by hand. It is also still to be determined if 3D made products will have the same quality as traditionally made products.

Product safety will also be important. Items used for food containers such as the plastic Bento Box must not contain phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), PVC, or lead. So the materials used by 3D printers must evolve.

In some industries 3D manufacturing will bring about miracles. Imagine a new heart valve  custom made to fit an individual. Think about racing the lightweight Air Bike in the Tour de France. How about custom shoes for Olympic runners? If we can imagine it we can make it.

This means we need to rethink the role that art and science play together. Those that will excel in this new world need to be creative and technical. In fact the designer can also be the manufacturer in many small businesses. You can buy a small MakerBot 3D printer today for $1,700.

Wait until the next Henry Ford inspired leader figures out how to harness the full potential of 3D printing. We just need to get everyone educated and ready for the explosion when it happens in America.

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Top 5 Made In America Muscle Cars

We are setting ourselves up for failure attempting to name only 5 classic Made in America cars but instead of completing a longer list we want to know your favorite muscle car and why. Just put your choices in the comments. If you own a muscle car send us a picture at –  photos(at) We will post it.

1966 Chevrolet Camaro Made in America

1966 Chevrolet Camaro

1. Chevrolet Camaro – 1966 – $2,466

The Mustang and Camaro had a fierce rivalry starting in the 60’s. Both were fast and great looking on the “strip.”

The first generation Camaro was based on Chevy’s compact Nova. It was rated at 140 horsepower but an RS/SS convertible powered by a 396 was provided by Chevy as a pace car for the 1967 Indianapolis 500. Motor Trend reported that its SS-350 did a quarter-mile in 15.4 seconds at 90 mph.

In 2009 Papa John’s owner, Papa John Schnatter, paid $250,000 to get his original Bumblebee-striped black-and-gold 1971½ Chevy Camaro Z28 back home again. He also gave all customers who owned Camaros a free pizza the day he got it back.

Boss 301 Mustang Made in America

1969 Boss 301 Mustang

2. Ford Boss 302 Mustang – 1969 – $3,720

To compete with the Camaro, Ford launched the Mustang in 1964. It did not have the power of the Camaro so Ford created the Boss 302 engine which topped out at 14.6 seconds for a quarter mile at 98 mph.

The car’s “Boss” nickname was immortalized when its creator Larry Shinoda was asked what project he was working on, he answered “the boss’s car” because the project was a secret.

Ford Thunderbolt Made in America

1964 Ford Thunderbolt

3. Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt – 1964 – $3,780

Only 120 were produced for the sole purpose of drag racing. It ran a quarter mile in 11.61 seconds at 124.8 mph. The first 11 produced were painted Vintage Burgundy and the others were Wimbledon White.

The car was street legal however Ford included a disclaimer mounted in the glove box warning the owner it was not really a safe car for the average Joe to drive.

It is a popular Hot Wheels car and appears in the Xbox360 game Forza Motorsport 4.

1967 Chevrolet Corvette

1967 Chevrolet Corvette

4. Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray – 1967 – $4,240

The 1967 model was the last of the second generation Corvette after 5 years of working out the kinks. To keep up with the current fad a black vinyl cover was offered on the model.

In May 2012 Neil Armstrong’s 67 Corvette was discovered in an old barn. He received the Corvette along with all the other astronauts December of 1966 as part of a program initiated by Jim Rathman Chevrolet in Melbourne Florida. It was put on eBay with a reserve of $245,00 and sold for $250,090

1949 Cadillac

1949 Cadillac

5. Cadillac – 1949 – $3,050

It was the newly redesigned engine that made this year’s model explode in popularity. It was fast and good-looking. It also became a symbol in America that “you were a success.” This Caddie was a new sensation on race tracks.

In 1949, “Uncle” Tom McCahill reported in Mechanix Illustrated that “With this engine, Cadillac, despite its large size, out-performs just about every car being made.”

In Conclusion

Americans love their cars. We posed the question on our Facebook page asking fans to guess which Made in USA cars would be on this list. We had fans of the Challenger, Bandit, 67 Malibu SS, 55 Chevy, Shelby Cobra, 65 Mustang, and 70 GTO among others. Add your favorites too.

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A Pancake By Any Other Name is Still a Pancake

USA Made Pancakes Pan - BarnyardCombine a little eggs, flour, milk and baking soda to magically create a simple food which can be enjoyed anytime of the day. Pancakes were an early American staple and are still as loved for breakfast as is bacon and eggs. Add a few blueberries, pecans, bananas or strawberries and you get some very fancy cakes. Top with whipped cream and it becomes dessert for breakfast. Even football players host “pancake night” to raise money for various causes.

The simple pancake is know by many names in the USA such as hotcakes, griddlecakes, johnnycakes and flapjacks. The early American prospectors lived off of sourdough pancakes and bread and as they panned for gold. It took just a little flour and water to keep the natural yeast alive. Today the sourdough pancake is a favorite meal in Alaska.

USA Made Pancake PanNamed after the US silver dollar coin, we celebrate the silver dollar pancake with our Garden Bugs Griddle Pan and Barnyard Animals Pan. The shapes add fun and no one can resist a plate of mini pancakes topped with Vermont maple syrup. They can also be frozen for an instant breakfast during the week.

“Come, thou shant go home, and we’ll have flesh for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and moreo’er puddings and flap-jacks, and thou shalt be welcome.”
— Shakespeare in All’s Well That Ends Well, Act II, Scene I

Get Flippin’ and Order One Now.

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Before Blood Banks There Was Clara Barton

Clara BartonIt took the determination of women’s suffrage advocate Clara Barton to create the American Red Cross. She began her humanitarian work by organizing a program for locating men listed as missing in action during the Civil War and getting the information to their families. After the war she was determined to expand the organization’s duties to include providing needed assistance during national disasters.

In 1881 her American Red Cross foundation was tested during the Great Fire of 1881 in Michigan. The foundation cared for around 5,000 people left homeless.

Today there are a million Red Cross volunteers and 30,000 employees mobilized annually to provide relief to people affected by more than 67,000 disasters.

Citizens are also encouraged to maintain supplies for local disasters including keeping bottled water, food and first aid supplies easily accessible at home and in the car.

Medibag First Aid kit

Medibag First Aid KitMost First Aid kits include all the supplies needed for adults but do not have kid-friendly supplies. Our Medibag First Aid kit includes all the basic supplies needed for the inevitable mishaps that occur around the home and while traveling. From scuffed knees to bug bites you are covered.

The kit includes 117 supplies and a free 45 supply refill kit. It’s pediatrician recommended and all the products are latex free.

Get your Medibag First Aid Kit Now.

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“Go West Young Man”

Pioneers Travel West

Pioneers Travel West

We Americans began as travelers and outdoors people. Our ancestors left their birth countries and journeyed to America with low odds of surviving. It was expected that many in the family would perish and even the hardiest of the bunch would live short lives. Despite these odds, we still headed out and lived off the land. In many cases, shortly after surviving the trip to America we started heading West.

“Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country.” –Horace Greeley in the mid-1800s.

We kept diaries as we moved west. Lewis and Clark documented our path to the Pacific coast so that everyone would know what to expect. Pioneers shared their travel journals through letters with relatives moving Westward.

Our journals primarily insured us that we would not be forgotten after we were gone. 

Go North, South, East or West Young Man

All-Weather Travel Journal Kit

All-Weather Travel Journal Kit

Now it’s time to renew the pioneer spirit. Pick any direction and go! There are still places across America that you can discover and share with others. Use the Rite in the Rain Travel Journal kit to record your adventures.

If it rains, no problem. The 78 sheets of journal pages will not get soggy and illegible. The 9 pages of reference material will help you navigate. The kit includes an all-weather tactical pen which writes on wet paper and upside down in temperatures from -30F to 250F in all latitudes and longitudes. The journal and pen fit snugly in the rugged case which you can attach to your belt.

What are you waiting for? Buy the Journal now. Carpe diem.

Made in the USA




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