The Dome: Outdoor Recreation Center

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My wife and I would like to start an outdoor recreation center for people who are blind or visually impaired.  Sue is blind herself and we have spent most of our careers working in the field of blind rehabilitation.  Peope who are blind are often left out when it comes to outdoor recreation.  But we know differently, having hiked, swam, kayaked, cross country skied, fished and in general enjoyed the natural environment everywhere we have lived.  Last year we bought a geodesic dome on 19 acres of land with lake frontage on Great Pond, in Franklin, Maine.  We would like to open up our home and property to anyone who is blind or visually impaired, and wants to learn how to enjoy outdoor recreation. 

What funds will be used for:
Finish building a pole barn/sleeping space in loft: $20,000

A wood stove for the loft: $300.00

Three yurts for camping with three wood stoves: $30,300.00

15 cots for sleeping: $750.00

2 Composting toilet/outhouses: $3000.00 each = $6000.00

2 Solar shower: $160.00 for two Rinsekit
2 Texsport Instant Portable Outdoor Camping Shower Privacy Shelter Changing Room: $180.00
4 Solar panels to power lights and power for bunk house and yurts: 4 Humless Solar Generator (Sentinel)

 4 1500 Series .64 kWh Solar Kit: $8000.00

6 kayaks: $1020.00 Sears

6 canoes: $4800.00 Old Town

12 life preservers: 6 Stearns Child Classic Series Vest: $92.58 Amazon
6 Stearns Adult Classic Series Vest: $137.94

Fishing equipment: 12 Zebco 202 Spincast Rod and Reel Combo, $180.00, Hooks, $14.99 for 25, Nylon-Coated Wire Leaders, $8.00 for 12, Premier Plastics Round Bobbers, $6.00 for 10, Tin Removable Split-Shot Sinkers, $2.99 for 30 all from Bass Pro Shops
Outdoor cooking and fire pit apparatus

 4 Texsport Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp Grill, $120.00  Amazon.com
4 Victoria Cast Iron 12" Skillet Fry Pan with Long Handle, Seasoned, Large, 12 inch, $156.00  Amazon
Marshmallow Roasting Set of 15 Smores Sticks – Keep Kids in Safe, $56.85 Amazon
2 Lodge L12CO3 Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven, 6 quart, $120.00 Amazon
4 GSI Outdoors Enamelware Percolators, $100.00 Amazon
4 Stanley Adventure Series Base Camp 19-Piece Cookset, $320.00  REI, may be lower with membership

We would like to get started with this project next Spring, 2018.  This project could make a profound difference in the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.  Not only will they learn outdoor recreation skills, but will build the self confidence needed to continue living the life they choose. 

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We are hoping to start an outdoor recreation center for people who are blind or visually impaired. Thanks to all of you who have donated so far. We need many more donations to make this happen, so please share this far and wide! Thanks, Jim and Sue
Jim while on one of our many hikes.
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An early photographic journey of some of our adventures in Maine. This could be you...
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A photographic journey through some of our early outdoor adventures in Maine.
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