Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Traveling First Cabin... sorta

After buying the new in-the-box appliances at $.25 on the dollar I posted a comment that went something like.... I can hardly wait to see what God will do next. I have a friend who has a lumber yard in No. Cal. We spoke a few days ago and he asked how quickly I could get up there because he had a bunch of surplus stuff for the cabin. Twenty-four hours and 450 miles later I was at his doorstep. He opened a container where he stored his mis-orders and such, and said to rummage through and take out anything I could use, and had one other strong word, "Don't leave until your truck is full!" The upshot is he gave me nine windows. (Seven were brand new!) And four new interior doors. Sounds funny but we are going to build the cabin around the windows. I did some drawings and found places for all of them. Some are slightly bigger than I wanted for long winters, but the price is right. Weight is critical so I weighed the windows.... 693 lbs.. I need to get a few more and we'll have all the glass. Basically I still need only one exterior door, four windows, all the framing lumber, exterior siding, and metal roofing to get it built and dry. Oh, plus the foundation concrete and a few odds and ends of hardware. A big expense yet will be getting all these materials up there. I'm going to buy the lumber up in Alaska because there is no way I can transport that much weight. My friend Richard made the following suggestion, "Buy a big pile of wood and throw away everything that doesn't look like a house." Thanx Richard. I'll consider that.
p.s. to the left just out of the picture is Gustavus.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Death Valley trip

Presidents weekend we did our annual migration to Death Valley. The weather was great. We did three days of runs in and out of canyons near Panamint Valley. Some fellow travelers wanted to see the U2 Joshua tree. I thought I knew where it was located because I had been there twice. But the desert area all looks the same after awhile. After an hour of searching we finally found it again and posed with a few momentos left by previous visitors.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


This is one of the best commenaries I've seen in a year.
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New picture in the header of the Salmon River near our place. You could say this is our front lawn.... sorta. Our property is near the right edge of the pix. The river bends to the right over there.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Trace Adkins and the West Point Glee Club

This moved me to misty eyes. Especially the line, "I hope we did not die in vain." That seems especially poignant under this President. When my country called I fought in Vietnam to stop Communism. I will spare you my memories except to say we now have an administration that asks me to embrace principles 58,000+ of my generation died to halt. I hope there is enough of freedom's virtue left in our country so that they did not die in vain.
Click on the title above to link to the performance

My name is Mel and I Want My Country Back.