Beyond the Hills: The Journey of Waite Phillips


When we came off the Trail, we had arranged to take a tour of the Villa Phlipmonte.  This was Waite Phillips’ summer home before he donated his acreage to the Boy Scouts.  After the tour, we visited a small museum that was on the premises where they were selling a copy of his (Waite Phillips’) biography.  I was curious about the man that would donate such a gift to the Boy Scouts.  In addition to the donation of Philmont, he had also donated his other home Philbrook to house an Art Museum and Gardens in Tulsa. 

Having spent a number of years in the Tulsa Area and in Scouting, I wanted to know more about the man that could give such gifts…. I purchased the Biography (Beyond the Hills: The Journey of Waite Phillips (Oklahoma Trackmaker Series)) and have found it very captivating.  It is so interesting to see places and Streets in towns that I’ve been lived and worked in listed in the book and to read about the days when Oil was king.  I’ve also found it interesting to see some of the oil field names listed that I’m familiar with from my time working for Hadson Gas Systems in Dallas.

If you have an attachment to Tulsa, Oil, Scouts, or Oklahoma…. It’s worth a read!

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Harry Potter – The Half Blood Prince


Harry Potter – The Half Blood Prince

On the trip to Oklahoma and back, I had nothing but time on my hands.  I rather enjoy listening to the Harry Potter books on CD while driving. It seems to keep my mind engaged and prevents me from getting too tired.  I find that it really makes the time fly.   Some of the audio books have narrators that dont appeal to me as much, but the guy that reads the Harry Potter books is really good.  I guess that it also helps that I can visualize all the characters as well.  I found the story pretty engaging; however, I did not like the ending very much.  I guess it left you wanting more, but it just seemed like the kind of ending that left you hanging.  Ill look forward to seeing this one at the movies when it comes out!  We also had checked out a collection of detective short stories to listen to.  These were good, but not as good as the Harry Potter book.

Mason took his second flying lesson last weekend sounds like hes on track and doing rather well.  The instructor told him that he thought that we would be ready to Solo with about 15 hours of flight time if he continued at his current pace.  Apparently his retention of the previous lessons was pretty good so they were able to move on to some more things.  Being a Saturday, there was a lot more traffic at the airport, so that was a new experience for Mason (to be flying with traffic).   On weekdays the airport is pretty slow, but comes alive on weekends.  He was trying to set up a third lesson and Anna was trying to set up her first.  She called and her instructor is on vacation until the 10th of July, so it will be sometime after that before she has another lesson.