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IndianSummer
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Howdy folks.  I'm IndianSummer aka: "The Vagabond."  I'm an itinerant archaeologist with experience in many other jobs ranging from oilfield roughnecking to a physics lab technician.  My hobbies include personal finance, gold prospecting, playing the fiddle and mandolin, cooking, and reading historical biographies.  My real passion is long distance hiking (100 mile +).  In addition to writing for InfoBarrel, I have a personal finance/travel blog that you can visit at www.vagabondfinance.com.  Please feel free to contact me if you share any of my interests or just have a question, and thanks for taking the time to view my profile.
Regards,
IndianSummer aka.  "The Vagabond"

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Lifestyle
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Make Perfect S'mores

The classic s'more consists of three ingredients: graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. The first recorded mention of S'mores comes from a Girl Scout manuscript entitled "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts." Since it's popularization as the classic camping treat the s'more has been introduced in many variations ranging from candy bars to toaster pastries. It even has garnered it's own holiday: National S'mores day is celebrated each August 10'th in the U.S.A. There are many recipes for s'mores but the classic campfire version is considered by many to be the best.

Home & Garden
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Maintain, Clean, and Polish Granite Counter Tops

Granite counter tops are a great addition to any kitchen or bathroom. They will help increase the value of your home and will add a sophisticated air to any residence. Granite is expensive, however, so you will want to be sure that you know how to properly maintain, clean, and polish your investment.

Home & Garden
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Remove Fleas from Carpet

Your home has fleas and it's nothing to be embarrassed about. Most pet owners have to face this unhappy situation sooner or later. Fleas can be just about anywhere in the house but the carpets always seem to have the brunt of the infestation. This article will give you the knowledge of how to kill fleas in your carpets and how to practice flea control in your home.

Lifestyle
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
A Beginner's Guide to Coin Shooting

This is guide provides a basic introduction to finding coins with a metal detector. It covers things to consider when buying a metal detector, where to find coins, how to find coins, and tips to increase the number of coins that you find. In addition to coin shooting, many of these tips will help the beginner to find jewelry with a metal detector.

Business & Money
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Start a Handyman Business Cheaply

A handyman business is perhaps one of the easiest and cheapest ways to start your own business. It is also one of the easiest small businesses to transform into a larger company. Many multi-million dollar businesses have been started by handymen working out of their truck or garage. In this article, we'll discuss the ins and outs of starting a handyman business and how just about anyone can do it on a shoestring budget.

History
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
The 5 Bloodiest Battles of the American Civil War

The American Civil War cost more lives than any other war that the US had been involved in up until that point. One of the main reasons for the huge numbers of casualties is that every soldier who was injured, regardless of which side he was on, was an American. Below is a list of the bloodiest battles of the war along with some historical information regarding each. Casualties include killed, wounded, captured, and missing.

Lifestyle
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
Quick, Cheap, and Easy Meals for College Students

You finally made it to the university. Congratulations! Soon you'll be attending classes and you'll be learning many new life skills to go along with the academics. Many students who show up at the dorms for their first year of school are searching for ways to make quick, cheap, and easy meals. After all, who wants to eat at the dinning-hall for every meal? Below is a list of inexpensive, quick meals that can be prepared with minimal kitchen equipment and are, of course, delicious!

Travel & Places
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Travel Cheaply with Long Distance Hiking Trails

If you love to travel, your cheapest option might just be long distance hiking. Aside from an initial purchase of gear just about all you will need is a food budget. If you plan correctly, you'll be shopping mostly at grocery stores just like you do at home. I know what you're thinking "wait, isn't long distance hiking just walking?" The answer is "No, it's far more than that!"

Travel & Places
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Purify Water while Outdoors

The ability to obtain safe, potable water outdoors is a necessary skill if you plan to be spending any significant amount of time hiking or camping. After shelter, water is the most important necessity for nearly every outdoor activity. Ideally you'd want to be able to bring potable water from home with you on your trips. Unfortunately, this is not always possible.

Lifestyle
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Do Laundry for College Students

You finally made it to the university. Congratulations! Soon you'll be attending classes and you'll be learning many new life skills to go along with the academics. Many students who show up at the dorms for their first year of school have not had the opportunity to learn basic laundry skills. There are a million different reasons why this may be the case, but washing your clothes is a simple skill that can be learned in a few minutes and will serve you well for the rest of your life.

Business & Money
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Make Money in the Fall Months

Fall has arrived. There's a nip in the air, the leaves are changing, and children are headed back to school. What are you going to be doing with your autumn months? You could be earning some serious cash if you have an entrepreneurial bent and are willing to go out there and grab some of autumn's cash making opportunities. Because, just like the seasons of spring, summer, and winter, fall has its own unique opportunities for the entrepreneur to earn some money.

Business & Money
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Make Money in the Spring Months

Winter's over and the world is beginning to thaw out. Bees are buzzing and flowers are blooming. It's time to get out of your winter slump, go out, and make some cash! Just like the seasons of summer, fall, and winter, spring has its own unique opportunities for the entrepreneur to earn some money.

Business & Money
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Make Money in the Summer Months

Summer is finally here. School is out, the weather is hot, and the days are long. What are you going to be doing with your summer? Just like the seasons of winter, spring, and fall, summer has its own unique opportunities for a hard worker. You could quickly be earning some serious cash if you have an entrepreneurial spirit and are willing to go out there and grab the opportunities that only summer can provide.

Business & Money
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Make Money In Winter Months

Every year as winter approaches some things tend to slow down. If you've got an outdoor or seasonal job hours may be hard to come by. Even if your hours are still the same, you might find it harder to get outside and do something productive. Just like the seasons of spring, summer, and fall, winter has its own unique opportunities for the entrepreneur to earn some money.

Technology
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
Primitive Fire Starting Techniques

Perhaps you spend a lot of time outdoors and want to learn basic survival skills. One of the most basic and most important skills that an outdoorsman can have is how to build a fire. Ideally, you'll want a lighter or matches, but both can stop working in wet conditions and both can be lost. If you have the knowledge of how to build a fire using only what you can find in the outdoors, you'll never have to spend a night without a source of light and comforting warmth.

Health
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
The Financial Benefits of Quitting Smoking

We've all heard about the health benefits of quitting smoking and we've all read articles on how to quit smoking. This article will not be covering these topics, but instead will cover the financial benefits of quitting.

Business & Money
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
The Difference Between Commodities and Stocks as Investments

This article covers the difference between commodities and stocks as investment options.This article reviews the differences and similarities between the two forms of investments and how they relate to the individual investor and personal finance.

Business & Money
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Invest in United States Savings Bonds

United States Savings Bonds have been around for decades and continue to provide a secure investment options for both the private investor and public entities. Investing in savings bonds is a great way to diversify your investment portfolio and to protect your assets.

Entertainment
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Sluice for Gold

So you want to learn how to sluice for gold? First we'll assume that you know where to find gold because you've already prospected out a site by gold panning. You've hit a good strike and now it's time to step up your game because you know that a pan just isn't going to cut it anymore. The next step for you is to purchase or build a sluice box.

Entertainment
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Pan for Gold

Understand the basic methods of gold panning, how to find a likely location for gold bearing materials and pay dirt, and how to recover and store your gold.

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