Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Monday, January 19, 2009


Today we did the annual rabbit hunt. Everyone is invited but it never changes that there are just four of us that show up. We go anyway and hope for the best. It was a really fun day---lots of rabbits---lots of shooting and more laughing than anything else.

I hunted as long as I could and started getting charlie horses (cramps) so told the guys I was going to hunt up a ridge to the highway and then walk back to the truck. I wanted them to kow that I wasn't going to be with them when they finished going south. I couldn't believe how bad my legs got and when I got to the highway I was just moseying along carrying my rifle in plain sight.

Several cars passed me but never slowed down so when I heard a car coming behind me I didn't look around to see what they were doing. It was a woman and her son coming back from ice fishing and they stopped and asked me if I had broken down on the road. I told them no we were just hunting rabbits and I got cramps in my legs and had to quit. They asked me if I wanted a ride to our truck---it was over a mile to it so I said thanks and got in their car---when we got to the truck they stopped and let me out. I told them thanks a lot and laughed when I said it was pretty hard to believe anyone would stop and pick up someone carrying a rifle down the road. They both laughed too and said "We don't do that a lot but could tell from the way you were walking you were hurting pretty badly. We thought you had been in a car accident and were walking for help."

DAMN I HATE GETTING OLD---A CAR ACCIDENT---I KNEW I WAS LIMPING ALONG BUT DIDN'T know it was bad enough someone would think I had been in a car accident.

When I got to the truck I didn't have the keys so put the end gate down to sit on. After sitting there a few minutes I laid my jacket across the tail gate and laid down with my head on the jacket. I heard the others coming (about an hour later) and sat up quickly. I thought I had gotten away with the nap---but no---one of the guys had to notice that I had been asleep because he saw me sit up quickly. They had a lot of fun razzing me about sleeping while everyone else was hunting. A.LOT.OF.FUN.

You want to know the amazing thing about that---IT IS JANUARY 19---THE MIDDLE OF WINTER---AND I'M TAKING A NAP IN MY SHIRT SLEEVES. It was a very nice day---55 degrees and the sun shining. I had a great time. I'll pay in the legs for the walk tomorrow but the nap was great.


deputymomof6 said...

Sounds like a great time. I am glad you got to enjoy yourself.

Amber said...

it does sound like it was a nice day and I wouldn't worry about it - think how many guys wouldn't even be able to do that at ages younger than yours!

Epitome of Sweetness said...

Some people kill rabbits...
Some people keep them as pets.
That's what makes us different.

I'm glad you had fun. Sometimes just getting outside for a day and messing around makes you feel so much better.

Scott thinks we should all go to DJ this year and camp somewhere as a family.

Native Minnow said...

Sounds like a good day. And I think Epitome's suggestion is a good one. Let's go to DJ.

PsychDoctor said...

I agree with both sentiments