Mystery camp pre-trip


Today we took a ride over to French Creek State Park to do a pre-trip for the Mystery Camp.  We scoped out our camp site (Organized Group Tent Camp #9) and found it to be more than acceptable… it’s on top of the hill in a relatively flat treed area.

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After checking that out, we went down to the road where you go to the fire tower… it was a pretty steep climb up the road to the top.  We stopped at the picnic area at the top and checked out some of the trails running off the top to the hill.  We make about a 1.5 mile round trip with about a 250 ft elevation change.

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Following our decent from the hill… we went over and checked out Scouts run… Looks like a nice place to do some fishing.  This is right down the hill from our campsites and would make for a nice afternoon of fishing.  We need to make sure that we have trout stamps for this lake.

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We followed around some of the other trails and drove around the park to the main lake down the hill.

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A nice ride home…

Some days I take the back road home for the scenery… today was one of those days.  It was very windy here, but things are starting to green up.  I know the pictures don’t quite reflect that (the green), but trust me its there.  It was a tough day at work today, so a nice relaxing drive home seemed like a good idea!

It’s hard to believe that they are predicting snow for Saturday.



It’s not as easy as the video makes it look….

This weekend (with the help of a friend) installed a new laminate floor in my Kitchen and Laundry Room.  While it looks really nice (today), it was a chore to install.   I started on Saturday morning by removing about a 1/2 inch from the base boards with a tool called a "" with an attachment for flush cuts.  That took about 3 hours to complete.  Then the challenge of putting in the floor.  My laundry room has a strange shape, so that was the most challenging part and since my kitchen has entries with differing depths, determining the appropriate length for the floor was a row by row decision.  The videos at the home stores, not to mention the , make it look very easy… but go in eyes wide open… they show you a big square room without many things to have to cut around.

So after two days of crawling around on the floor, pulling all the appliances in (to do underneath) and getting up and down to run out to the table saw, I’m officially soar as hell… the only thing worse that the dust from cutting the laminate floor is sheet rock dust.   This stuff is everywhere in the house.  But hey, it looks nice!

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Thoughts from the edge….

I was contemplating the night sky on the way home from work tonight….

The edge of night is the time when the day gives way to the darkness that will soon envelope everything around.  After the last bright colors of the sunset go from gold to pink they give way to the rich jewel like blues of the evening sky.  Shadows fall to the ground and shrink into the twilight as they turn to darkness.  As the shadows of grays take over the earth and fade to black, the sky is changing to clear crisp deep blues and purples.  Silence forms a bond with the dark as it over takes the countryside and the death of a day is nearly upon us.  Crickets will sing the last farewell to this day… only the promise of the next day dawning brings us hope to all who wait out the night.

Anna gets a job – Woot

Well, Anna has herself a summer job now… she will be working at for the summer in the Trading Post.  She had her interview tonight at 4 PM and was hired during the interview.  She was reluctant to do the trading post thing, but now seems rather excited about it.  She will be living in Popular Lodge during the summer with several other girls who will be working at summer camp.

I think that it’s neat that she will get to spend the summer at Boy Scout Camp working…  I mean she’s been to Philmont and climbed a mountain to 14,442 in elevation… so I think that she’s qualified to work at summer camp.  I’ll miss her this summer, but I think it will be a good growth opportunity for her.

The making of Mash Potatoes

On Sunday, we cooked the

for the Cub Scout Pack associated with our Troop.  We had fifteen eye round roasts, 60 lbs of potatoes, 6 Institutional sized cans of corn and 6 Institutional sized cans of green beans.

We started cooking around 9 am by boiling potatoes and cooking the roasts.  Dinner was served at 1:30 PM at the local fire hall down the hill from the scout house.  It was a long day, but always rewarding.  I snapped a picture as they were finishing off one of the pots of Mashed Potatoes…..

We typically don’t tell our wives how "men" cook… it’s good to have tools that can serve multiple functions!




We had a possum out in the bushes under our front porch on Saturday night… I snapped a couple of pictures.  It was pretty amazing to watch him play dead… I’ve got to say though I was impressed with the claws on his front paws.  I’m hoping that he (or she) is not borrowing next to the foundation on my house…. that would be a bad thing!

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