When is the best time to visit National Parks in the US?

Yes we have asked this question a time or two. Then we looked at our schedule, and found out that what others think the best time to visit National Parks are. Well, it does not line up with our available times.

Our son asked about going out to see the Grand Canyon. I had never been there, Sonya has passed through once, so we decided that is where the vacation would take us in 2023. We found a time that worked with work schedules and applied for the time off. We started planning.

The list started being compiled from an Atlas, a large book of National Parks, and of course, Google Earth.

We took out Our Travel Planner, blocked off the dates, and started penciling in our intended trip. Our Travel Planner allows us to keep all the information about locations and reservations in one convenient spot.

We packed up our home and hooked it to the truck and started our journey to north Florida to stage for the long drive west. During this slow move time, we made reservations to assure AC for the pup in locations that she was not welcome.

Our list of places to see include Arches, Zion, Petrified Forest, Roswell, and of course, a part of the Grand Canyon. This is a big list to keep track of and knowing the cell phones and cellular internet will be intermittent at best, everything got laid out on a calendar and the reservations and ticking information listed near the times we will use them.

When we set off on this summer adventure, it was before we saw the infographic put out by the National Park Experience. As we are headed west from Florida, and seeing temperatures on the rise from mid 90’s to the low 100’s I really wish I would have seen this sooner.

At the time of this writing, we are 5 stops in, headed west. The real adventure starts soon, and of course, we’ll try to keep some great photos coming for everyone.

Here is the graphic, and the blog it was in is linked below.

Best Times to Visit U.S. National Parks, from thenationalparksexperience.org

What? You mean you DON’T have this in your car?

I know the saying “Expect to Self Rescue” is something a few of us know, and many have never heard before. So why not be at least somewhat ready for whatever life throws at you?

Most of the time the grey matter between the ears is enough to get through a lot of situations. I assume you think that way too? I know I’m not MacGyver, and I know that I need more than a paper clip and bubble gum to get out of a few situations.

As an RVer, I expect something to go wrong while out in the real world. To simplify the process of getting back on the road, or back to camping, or back to life, I make sure there are certain tools on hand in my truck at all times.

Lets take a look behind the seat:

  • Umbrella
  • Hiking stick
  • Tow Strap
  • BIG Jack
  • Lug Nut Wrench
  • Orange Tire Plugs/Plug Kit
  • Air Pump

Umbrella, well, gentlemen, you keep the umbrella in the vehicle so that the lady in your life doesn’t get her hair wet. Nope, not an emergency, but very important in the “happy wife, happy life” category.

Hiking Stick. This too is useful if you find yourself on the hiking trails. Oops, also not for emergency.

Tow Strap. Here is a piece of kit that you don’t need until you NEED it. RVing puts us sometimes off the beaten path, and hopefully close enough to others that if we need to get UN-stuck, we can use it to tie to another vehicle to get out of a sticky situation.

BIG Jack. I have tried to get a tire up off the ground using a 2 ton jack before, on a 10 ton trailer. It didn’t move, at all. So to a tool store to get a bigger jack. Now I have a 12 ton bottle jack that stays in the truck. I know that I can lift the truck or the trailer now.

Lug Nut Wrench. Bot the truck and the 5er has the same size lug nuts. A breaker bar and the proper size socket is always in the tool box. If you are unsure, or have multiple lug nut sizes, a 4-way wrench may be the way to go. Don’t forget the key if you have security or locking lug nuts on your car.

Orange Tire Plugs/Plug Kit. Orange plugs are heavy duty tire plugs. These are used for truck tires, and tires that are under higher pressure. The Plug Kit is used for plugging holes when they happen in a tire. In my plug kit, I keep a set of wire cutters to use to grab the nail or other object that is in the tire causing the leak.

Air Pump. The High Volume inflation pump can be used to air up tires that have a leak, or change pressures if temperatures have lowered your tire pressure. If you have a flat, add air, find out the ‘why’ your tire went flat, fix the hole, and fill to the tire pressure for your vehicle (see sticker in driver door jam.)

Of course, there is always roadside assistance, but once again…”Expect To Self Rescue.”

This is not the whole kit that I keep, but some of the bare basics that I make sure are close at hand. Let me know in the comments if there is something you MUST have, or something you’d like to learn to use.

Barnes On Move: Our Story

The whole family was participating in the rat race. But we were a multi-generational home. To accommodate everyone, we up-sized our house. Enlarged our footprint, and had to live bigger. This included more time for maintenance, cleaning, repairs, cleaning, and just taking care of the time sucks.
We thought the pool would be a great addition. But that took money to upkeep, it was only usable part of the year. We used more time keeping it up than actually using it.
The yard was great, but that required mowing, or paying someone else to mow. So this took time and money.

All these little things that are “normal” just seemed to take away from the time in the day to see the world, travel, learn, explore, and quality family time.

We finally decided to do what we though right for our immediate family system. Parents were all healthy and had moved out on their own. The oldest child had moved out. So now was the time for us.

Sonya and I had traveled significantly throughout childhood.

When Sonya was a child, she road tripped with her family all over the US, to include out west, and up to Alaska. She has checked off all 50 states, and 9 different countries to this day.

When BJ was a child, he hiked/camped with his dad. Along with road trips in the South East. I have 30+ states, and 3 countries.

When we got together, we day tripped a lot to different Florida cities, from Tampa, to Daytona, St Augustine, to Key West.

One year-2016, we packed up our youngest, only 5 at the time, loaded up a tent, a cooler, and some clothing and headed north. This road trip took us up the eastern seaboard all the way to Quebec Canada.

The trip was a huge success! We saw many of the “not destination” things that were interesting and historical, along with food. On that trip there were only a couple hotels, but a few friends to couch surf with. All in all we consider this a “trip of a lifetime.”

That trip reignited the want to travel.

Here’s the timeline. We tent camped for a while. Found an easier way to do it, a Wolf Pup tow behind camper. A glorified tent (with bathroom) on wheels. This was small enough to be pulled by a Jeep Cherokee, and big enough to sleep, cook, and entertain.

We outgrew this when our son reached about 4′ tall. He could no longer sleep on the dinette table sleeping area. It got sold, I wonder how that lil trailer is doing?

We then got back in a tent, but not nearly enough thanks to the heat and bugs in Florida.

We got a boat, loads of fun! How does this fit? Well, we camped ON the boat in Hontoon Island near Blue Springs, Fl.

Come 2019, before the great lock down of COVID, we discussed going full-time in a Camper. Many hours researching, looking, shopping, we settled on a 5th wheel bunk house.

2021: Purchased the camper, sold the house…It was go time.

From then, we have moved around Florida into areas we had visited, but never had enough time in. We have lived in the Keys. We have lived on a river. We have lived near the springs. We have lived near the beach a few times. In horse country, in the country, near the retirement areas, and we have yet to get to all the places we want to see in our home state.

Outside of Florida, we have RV’d into Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas. We will adventure farther out every time we get a chance.

This adventure is for us to see this state, and country we live in, along with looking at places we may want to settle down at in the future.

Follow, like, and share and follow along with our adventure. We may not be doing everything correctly, but we are doing it…

RVing with a Portable Dog Fence

April 22, 2023

We have been RVing for over a year now and have been “on the fence” about getting a portable dog fence.

Our pups loved having a yard to run around in and have missed that. But with Molly, our senior doxie, a reactor to some vaccines and cannot get them, it means we limit contact for both of them and avoid dog parks. That means they are on a leash if they are outside, or on their tie out if we are all out.

We have also had issues with some park resident’s pets either escaping or just being off leash, and wandering into our site. Since Luna and I were attacked a couple of years ago by a loose dog, we are very skittish. We like the idea of that additional barrier for when they, and we, are enjoying time outside.

On the other hand, it is extra money to spend and inventory to carry around. Some parks have limitations on height, or even if you can have them, so it is something else to think about. And since we move every week or two, it is an extra chore and time on set up and break down.

After going back and forth on it, we decided to give it a try, especially when we found an inexpensive option from Tractor supply (8 24″ panels with a gate were $39 at the time of this blog). We picked up two of them and set them up.

This particular set isn’t the sturdiest and doesn’t stake into the ground like some more expensive options, but it is extremely lightweight, folds up compactly, and works well for our little dogs. We opted to go around the back of our steps, so the two sets give them a good amount of space and they can go down the steps on their own if we leave the doors open on a nice day. The girls have enjoyed the freedom to be off leash. It is also light enough to be used indoors, a great option for when we travel and stay with friends or family and want to limit how far they can go or what they can get into.

We are currently at a park that doesn’t allow fencing, but, because it is lightweight and compact, it was easy to move them out of the way and set up. I’d love to get another set or two to give them more area and fence in our entire under awning area, but not sure we want to spend the money or have the cargo.

So, if you are like us and not sure, start with the less expensive option and only one set for a month or so. It will be a small investment and you can always add more panels or upgrade to another set once you have had a chance to try it.

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FL State Parks Tag is taking off!

A couple years ago the state of Florida put out a new vehicle tag. This tag featured a kayak in the mangroves, along with some of our favorite animals in the area.

This tag cost $35 to put one on your car. $25 of that goes directly to the state parks.

Our family loves using the state parks and with the lifestyle we were taking up, we pre-ordered our tag when the option opened up. About a year ago, we were finally able to pick up our new tag at the tag agency near our home town. It looked GREAT on our truck!

March of 2023, the social media for the Florida State Parks posted this on Facebook.

Our choice in getting this tag has helped place over 800 bottle filling stations in the state parks. This will help reduce trash in both the parks and landfills.

You can order your plate from the Florida State Parks Foundation.

Camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness in Florida

February 28, 2023

Our site at Fort Wilderness – 1400’s loop near the Meadow

Our family decided we would spend a week at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground to celebrate our Christmas this year. We waited until January, when the prices drop and time was more available in our schedule. We have stayed there before for both tent and RV camping weekends, so wanted to enjoy an extended stay and skip the parks to just enjoy the resort and resort hopping (an activity of just visiting the various resorts and strolling around to see the shops and enjoy a snack or meal).

The check in process is pretty simple, just have your photo ID and confirmation information readily at hand. You’ll get a map to your site and a key card for access to facilities after hours. As in any campground, drive slowly and with caution, there are lots of bikes, golf carts and pedestrians around.

The roads to the sites are one way and can be narrow if you are in a large vehicle or rig, so it may be good to get to your loop and stop and walk it to plan your approach. Being a one way loop road, traffic can build up quickly.

The sites themselves are spacious and the hookups are neat and easy to access. In the sites we’ve been in, they are about midway on the pad. Be mindful as you set up to keep your vehicle and any decor clear of the road so you aren’t an obstruction as you come and go. Our 5th wheel is 37 feet, but as we were trying to park in our site, the campers across from us had posts and lights right up to the road that we had to move to have enough swing to park. We moved them and put them back in place because they weren’t home at the time, or we would have asked them to do it.

The campground is a giant loop around which is nice for walking or navigating. There is a bus stop at the loop areas for getting around within the campground, if you don’t have bikes or carts and don’t want to pay to rent them. You can stop in all the areas of the park, or get transport to the front for busses to all the other parks and areas, or the back for transport to the Magic Kingdom.

In the middle is The Meadows, a recreation area with a pool, splashpad and rental area for canoes and kayaks along the waterways in the campground. It doesn’t appear they would allow personal SUPs or watercraft, but we didn’t ask and didn’t have time to use ours since it was cooler. There is a dog park on the outside of the loop about midway, and seems to be well maintained and has an area for both large and small dogs, as well as vehicle parking if you don’t want to walk.

At the front of the park you’ll find the main bus stop to connect to other parks and areas, the front office, and the horse barn. There is also overflow parking up front for dollies or spare vehicles, as well as guests.

At the back of the park, you’ll find the camp store, a play ground, the restaurants (both sit down and walk up), and the boat area for rentals and boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom. We had breakfast at the walkup restaurant and it was not only tasty, but a fair price, considering it is Disney property.

There are activity schedules and nightly movies and smores, so be sure to check the schedule they give you at check in.

Sidewalks are all around the park, but it does get dark at night, so be sure to have some sort of flashlight if you will be out after dark and not using the busses. They do enforce the bicycle helmet laws for children, so be sure to have those ready. Once confusion we ran into was that some cast members tell you to ride your bikes on the sidewalks, although they are not wide enough for two way traffic or for both pedestrian and bicycle, and there are blind corners. Just be sure to proceed with caution whichever surface you ride on. There are bike parking racks at the bus and boat stops for you to secure to if you are taking transportation. We forgot our bike chains, but never had an issues with them–but they are not electric either.

If you do want a golf cart/club car during your stay, the website does have information about renting them. At the time of our stay, they were $60-$80 per day and we prefer a bike ride anyway. If you do rent one, have some sort of lights or streamers to temporarily decorate with so it is identifiable in the sea of carts in the parking. Also be aware there are some Cart Only pathways and No Carts areas, so watch for signs.

Park admission is not required to stay at the campground, or any of the resorts, so that can save lots of money and you’ll still have plenty to do. We did end up spending one day at a park, courtesy of a friend with tickets. If you decide to enjoy the parks, be aware of the rotating additional hours at the parks for those staying in resorts and plan accordingly for transportation. The busses and boats can get pretty busy at peak times. We spent our time around work and school exploring the resorts, Disney Springs and The Boardwalk.

Another helpful tip, be flexible in your dates to stay–this can save you a lot of money. Our stay in January was a fraction of the cost to have stayed in December or February and we had a variety of sites to choose from.

While it does have resort prices and great amenities, it’s a bit lackluster in delivery and the sites are kind of small for larger rigs, making arrival, departure and setup a bit challenging. But it is very well maintained–all sites are washed down and reset before guests arrive.

There is resort wifi, but we didn’t use it much. We have Verizon cell service and I was able to work all week with no issues, even with tree coverage. Due to the tree coverage, Starlink won’t work well. We saw many people reaching theirs through the back of sites and out to open areas on the sidewalks for signals–not recommended.

This is a great location if you want to explore Disney property or visit the many things to do in the area. You can park your vehicle and won’t have to drive again, if you don’t want to! We did enjoy it, but are undecided on whether we will return, unless we have plans to visit parks. We had annual passes for 7 years, so have done a lot of it.

In my next blog post, I’ll go more in depth about navigating around the WDW Resort system using their free transportation, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it and other great information!

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2021 Keystone Sprinter 32BH – One Year Review

February 22, 2023

We have owned our 2021 Keystone Sprinter 32BH (also called a Campfire Series, or 32FWBH, depending on your source) for a little over a year now. We purchased it new in November 2021 from a local central Florida dealer after having searched for years to find an option that suited us.

We were at a point in life we were downsizing from a large house with a large family, so traveling frequently was going to be a great option since I already worked remotely and our son does virtual school. It just made sense. However, we weren’t interested in a huge RV with all the bells and whistles just yet, and didn’t want to invest the money, so this was our happy medium while we tried it for a year.

Sadly, we had what has come to be known as a “Covid Camper”, meaning that there were a lot of things that didn’t work when we first got it. Due to shortages in both supplies and people during 2022, it took time, but we got all the kinks worked out in our home on wheels and settled into a simple maintenance routine.

WHAT WE LOVE We love that this rig is right at 37 feet in length, so we can still get into many state and national parks without issues, but it can be tight, so we still do our research! The kitchen is a good size for cooking a family meal and, even with a smaller fridge, the pantry is a decent size so we can store 2-3 weeks of food in here. The outdoor kitchen is also spacious and with a larger compact fridge, so it does great for drinks and snacks. The second bath in the bunkroom is great so our son doesn’t have to cross the house (aka wake the dogs) in the night, and we can store toiletry overflow and cleaning supplies here. There is plenty of headroom for our tall friends and family that visit, and some have been surprised at how open it feels. The outside garage is spacious and, with two access doors, allowed us to keep tools and gear at both doors for when needed so we didn’t have to unload everything.

QUIRKS OF THIS MODEL No RV is perfect, of course, but there’s a few things in this one that were odd once we lived in it a bit. The living room has a 2 seater recliner loveseat, so the family cannot comfortably all watch a movie together without modifications or someone at a dining chair. Bunk bed sizes are odd dimensions, but that is normal for all RVs. The ladder to the upper bunk was small metal bars that hurt the feet, so we had to modify it to larger wood steps–but that made such a difference! Also, the master bedroom had strange storage. The closets had hanging racks, but hangers didn’t actually fit, so we swapped to the stackable hanger rack. Also, the overhead storage doors over the bed swung from the middle and were awkward to get to, so we flipped the doors on the inner two. Outside, the awning stops right at the door, so on a rainy day, even extended, you may get dripped on. In Florida, there is usually wind if there’s rain, so ours was closed up, so not a problem that often for us. The kitchen is on the back of the RV, but the living room slide is between the covered outside area and the kitchen, so often we are divided outside if one is cooking. We just usually kept the picnic table by the kitchen and sat there when cooking and eating.

WHY WE DECIDED TO CHANGE Alas, we did decide to change to a new rig. Not because we didn’t enjoy this one, quirks and all, but because our family’s daily needs were just not being met. We work and school from home full time and needed a better option for multiple work set ups that allowed for privacy with calls and meetings. We wanted a better living room set up since our kiddo has decided he prefers to spend time with us instead of tucked into his bunkroom. We also chose one with a loft so we have space for guests that are tall and won’t fit a bunk, and can store our photography and active gear there when not in use, but still keep it temperature controlled. We also wanted to have a better solar set up and larger tanks to allow us to boondock more. While we could have made modifications for some of these on our 32BH, and we did have temporary changes, there were some things we couldn’t modify and resolve.

Luckily, we found our unicorn–the RV that has all the things to meet our needs. While it is still under 40 feet, it is larger than I would prefer for traveling, but it is what we need in this season of traveling as a working family and still allows us to pack and move easily on travel days. Once we are empty-nesters, then I can negotiate my tiny living options.

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DIY Projects: Turning a Dog Crate Into a Side Table

February 9, 2023

When you live in a small space, multipurpose items are a huge help. When we needed a side table in our RV, but still needed a place for the dog bed, we decided to pull the dog crate out of storage and put it to work doing double duty.

It isn’t as difficult a project as you might think.

First, make sure the crate is sturdy enough for what you will put on top of it–the wood table top and any other decor or functional items.

Second, measure your crate top. We wanted to round our edges and corners, so we added a quarter inch.

Third, find a piece of wood for it. Many DIY stores carry pre-made table tops, but check the prices in case a piece of pine is a bit cheaper. We opted for pine since it was a better price and they were out of table tops anyway.

We chose a finish that nearly matches our RV cabinetry

Fourth, choose a paint or stain color and a polyurethane coating you like and be sure to get the correct supplies for these as well.

Fifth, cut, sand, paint/stain and coat it to your preferences.

Finally, attach it to the crate. We attached ours with wire shelf hooks so we could simply slide it off and fold the crate up, if we needed to store it. If you want a more permanent option, there are fasteners and hooks to fix it in place so it won’t move.

Be sure to let it air out so you don’t bring fumes into your home for you or your pet to breathe.

This simple project made great use of our limited space and has been a nice addition. Since our pup was used to having her crate while we were in the house, she has enjoyed having her “room” back while in the RV, and it is a perfect fit for her dog bed, and her heating pad during the winter.

Happy DIY’ing!

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Camping the Outer Banks at Oregon Inlet

January 25, 2023

Our truck and 5er at Oregon Inlet with the Milky Way visible. Used with permission from the Mister. Available for purchase at etsy.com/shop/lcbphotographystore

The Outer Banks has long been on my bucket list of places to travel. I was stationed in North Carolina decades ago, but never made the time to make the journey. On a road trip in 2016, we briefly traveled through and saw the Wright Brothers on a day trip.

So when the chance to go in the Fall of last year came up while on a trip to see family, we decided to jump on it.

November is off peak season, so cold weather, storms and many things closed are things to factor in, but we didn’t mind. It’s dark sky area and we managed to get there during New Moon, so we could see the Milky Way. It did not disappoint.

We chose to stay at Oregon Inlet, a part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore located on Nags Head, NC. Booking was through recreation.gov, and there are great maps and satellite views of the campground to get an idea of what spot you want to be in, or could fit into if you are a larger rig. There were many small ones, a few larger than us, and several about our size. This campground has many spaces that could accommodate our 37 foot 5th wheel without issue. There are electric and water hook ups at the RV sites and I believe the tent sites loop had them at several, as well. While there are no dumps at the sites, there is a dump station about a half mile away across the street at the marina at no cost.

Some of the spots back up to the dunes and you can easily walk out to the beach. The other side of the campground backs up to the highway and, during peak commuter times and during the day, there can be a lot of road noise, but it was pretty quiet from late evening to around 7AM. Bathhouses are onsite, but the showers are outdoor stalls and the hot water isn’t really hot, so be prepared if you plan to stay when it is very cold. There’s no laundry facility in the campground, but there were some in town. We didn’t use any, so none to recommend.

Driving on the beach as well as campfires are allowed as long as you get a permit, and there are other parts of the Outer Banks this applies to, as well. Be sure you to check the area. We didn’t opt for this since we wouldn’t get our money’s worth since it was windy and cold.

The family at Bodie Lighthouse, across from Oregon Inlet Campground

Since it is an island, many of the local attractions are going to be a drive, but all are worth it. There are 5 lighthouses along the Outer Banks and one, Bodie Lighthouse, is visible from the campground and easily drivable. While we were there in the off season, they were all closed for climbing, but the grounds were open, as were the visitor’s center, and are free to visit, so it was a great way to spend some time. There are museums and information centers with so much history and information about the area, as well as Roanoke Island with it’s history of lost settlements, Civil War battles and settlements.

While many restaurants close for the season, there are several local restaurants to try for meals and treats. If you visit, find a Duck Donuts–custom order donuts made while you wait! Seafood restaurants abound, as well as fast food, sit down, and options for breweries and taphouses.

If you venture south of Cape Hatteras, there are ferries to get around. Ocracoke Island does have a ferry on both the north end and south end. The ferry on the north end is free, whether a vehicle or RV, but the southern end ferry does have a cost, depending on the size of your vehicles, so research ahead of time. Some may need a reservation, but it’s mostly first come, first serve. In peak season, be prepared to wait a while. You can use this to connect all the way back to the mainland, and there are other campgrounds along the way to check out.

To the south you will find the wild ponies, more lighthouses, and a bit more of the island life charm since it isn’t as easy to reach due to ferry travel required.

We have visited in the heat of the summer and during a very cold snap in late fall. I recommend being prepared for the weather and researching and planning the indoor options to rotate into your visit to get a break from the sun and heat of summer, as well as the windy chill of Winter.

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How to light stove/oven in an RV with Propane

Living in the RV does not mean you lose all the creature comforts of home. Reality, the RV is home. Breads, baked goods, baked pastas, and dehydrated foods are all things we love to have for meals or snacks. To get this we do have to bake in the RV. One issue we see is added heat coming in the RV, but that is a necessary evil to deal with.

Our Keystone Sprinter 32BH comes with 2 30# propane tanks. They are linked together at the regulator with a switch and an indicator.

Make sure your tank is turned on, turn the handle counter clockwise until it stops, and if you have a selector switch, have it pointed to the tank you just turned on.

Our stove has 3 burners and an oven. This is why we have 4 knobs controlling the flow of gas into the stove. The 5th knob is an ignitor. Twisting this produces the spark that lights the gas!

Let’s go over how to light the stove. LP gas has to flow from the valves at the knobs down to where the fire will be lit. The burners will light quickly because the travel is short. Turn the burner knob to a medium spot and strike the ignitor. This should give you a nice flame on top. If you are coming from an electric stove to a gas stove, it may cook hotter than you expect, therefore experiment some.

Seems simple enough, right? But with the oven, don’t get in a hurry. Hold the pilot on, count to 5 strike the igniter. Probably wont light the first time, count to 5 again, and strike. Our oven usually takes about 20 seconds for gas to get to the pilot light. Once the pilot is lit, hold the knob long enough for the heat coupler to get hot. This tells the stove it’s ok for the pilot light to get gas, because there is a flame. Then set your oven to the desired temperature.

Turn on the exhaust fan! This moves gasses and exhaust out of the rig. If something smells rotten, turn off the knobs, open some windows, let it air out and then try again!

Happy cooking! Comment below on your favorite dishes to cook or bake!

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