Affelder Falls

This week I saw a friend post a photo on Social Media of Affelder Falls. I had never heard of it so, I looked it up and made the trip to see it. It is in the Geauga Park District in The West Woods Park. It is a very short hike from the parking area, probably only 1/4 mile. This weekend the flow was not very strong at the falls and I would like to go back after a large storm or during a snow melt. Enjoy the photos below and you can visit the Hi-Res versions on my Photography Website in this Gallery.

Jeep Fender Repair

When I went on the 4LOhio Invades AOAA trip in October I ripped my right front fender off. I had to get it repaired and this is what I did. The good thing is it only cost about $50 as I needed to buy a new inner brace because I broke off the mount for the turn signal / marker light. Below are some photos. This YouTube Video by ExtremeTerrain has all the details on how to replace one of the stock plastic fenders. I was able to buy all the parts I needed from Amazon. Enjoy!

What it looked like when I got home, We ripped the liner and the outer cover off on the trail. I had to replace this plastic fender brace.
These are the “T Clips” that hold the plastic fender onto the sheet metal of the metal fender.
The “T Clips” are inserted into these slots on the plastic cover
“T Clip” in place on the outer fender
“Christmas Trees” that are used to attach the plastic fender liner
Plastic Rivets that hold the Inner Fender Liner to the Outer Fender Cover
This is the tool used to insert the Plastic Rivets.
Tool used to remove the “Plastic Rivets” and the “Christmas Trees”
Final Product
Final Product

303 Graphene

Recently 303 released a new automotive coating product based upon Graphene technology. It is 303 Nano Spray Coating. I ordered it immediately after seeing Pan the Organizer’s YouTube Video introducing it.

It was almost 70 degrees in northeast Ohio over the weekend and I gave it a try on my Jeep. I know a Jeep is supposed to be dirty, but I like to keep it looking nice and presentable.

After I washed the Jeep and it was dry I followed the instructions on the bottle and used a MicroFiber Applicator Pad to apply the 303 Nano Spray Coating. I then applied a little product on the pad and used a cross hatch pattern to apply it. I let it dry to a white haze and buffed it off with a Microfiber Towel. The towel picked up product and I went through about 4 of them on the Jeep. I was concerned that the coating would render the towels and applicator pad useless so I put them in a bucket of water with some Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner D101 and will wash them soon.

Overall the coating went on easy and buffed off easy. It took a little bit of work to get it off the paint. But I think that it will be worth it. You do not use a large amount of product.

Some of the features of the product from the manufacture are

  • Enhances the paint’s gloss (take a look at the reflection the photo below)+
  • Protects exterior surfaces for up to 1 year
  • Less water spotting issues compared with traditional ceramic coatings
  • Super easy to apply: spray-on, wait a few minutes, and then buff off
  • No curing time needed! After application, you can drive off in the elements.
  • Can be applied on paint, glass, plastic trim, headlights, tail lights, wheels, etc.
  • Can be applied on top of existing waxes, sealants or ceramic coatings

One thing to note about this product is that you are not required to correct your paint prior to application. If you are happy with it the way it is, then you do not need to do it. Just wash it and then apply the 303 Nano Spray Coating.

My overall thoughts are that I will keep this in my arsenal of detailing supplies and use it in the future. I need to see how long the coating lasts and how often it needs to be re-applied. Overall I give it a 5/5 stars right now.

The reflection on the hood of the Jeep is insane. Just look at that!

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4LOhio Invades AOAA

In the beginning of October a group of 5 guys from Ohio invaded AOAA (Anthracite Off Road Adventure Area). This was a weekend trip and we had 2 days of wheeling. It was a great trip and we hope to get back there in the future.

Day one

The first day started well, we got to AOAA and registered, hit the trails on the West Side of the property. We started on Trail 102B that is a newer trail I found out about online. It is a Blue Trail. Of course, as all trails are at AOAA, the rocks are loose and rather large. This makes it difficult to navigate at times as you do not have very good traction at times.

On this trail I managed to rip my right front fender off. It ended up being a quick fix when I got home after I ordered the needed parts/supplies.

We had very good lunch on the trail and the tailgate table made it nice and easy to create a “buffet” for everyone to gather their food.

After we got off the trails we headed back to the house we rented.

Day Two

Day two was spent on the East Side of AOAA. The highlight of this day was running Barney Rubble. This is the most difficult trail I have every run. I am not sure what the rating on it is. Fairly steep long climb with lots of larger loose rocks. It was a fun time for all.

GPS Tracks

While on the trails I had a GPS Track Logger going. This is an image of Google Earth with the tracks shown. Day One is in Blue and Day Two is in Green.


All the photos I took and the ones sent to me by the others on the trip are on my Photography Website in this Gallery.

YouTube Videos

I created this video from photos taken and a few video clips. It is long but you will get to see everything we did.

This video was created by another one of one of the guys on the trip.

Shooting in the rain

Who likes taking photographs in the rain? I know I like taking sports photos in the rain. I prefer it to warmer and not in 30s, bit it is fun. It adds a great look to the photos and something that most people will never see as they run from the rain to the cars or homes.

It takes a little preparation to take photos in the rain. I use camera gear that is “weather sealed”, it is not water proof but it can handle some water. In addition I put a rain coat on the camera đŸ™‚ I have a cover from LensCoat that I use.

At the Twinsburg vs Kenston Football Game a few weeks ago it started raining as the band took the field at halftime. I was able to capture some great images of the band members. Some of my favorite are below.


Twinsburg High School Girls Soccer Team wins District Championship

This past Thursday night the Twinsburg High School Girls Soccer Team defeated Walsh Jesuit in the OHSAA Northeast 1 District. I was not able to make it to the game to take photos. The Girls came to the Twinsburg High School Football Game against Cuyahoga Falls to be recognized for their accomplishment. The photo above is what i was able to capture of the girls lined up on the field. They face Strongsville in the OHSAA Region 1 Semi-Finals on Tuesday (2000/11/03) Night.