Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Grrr!


Those of you who know me know how much I love my little RAV4. This baby is tricked out with all sorts of stuff and turns heads wherever I go. Well, someone clipped her in the parking lot yesterday. They shoved my heavy-tube cow catcher up into my bumper which knocked out my left turn signal. No note, no witnesses. They just hit her and ran. On the plus side it looks like I may have given them worse than they got from me. I'm sure my cow catcher took a chunk out of their car.

It happened at the local Academy Sporting goods store. Miniwether and I were looking at backpacks and picking up a set of oars for "Kon-Texas", my new inflatable boat. I'm all set now to take the the Kon-Texas through the borderlands. Clark still needs to get his boat and then we need some heavy rains to refill the river. After that, the expedition begins!

Friday, May 27, 2005

Inflatable boats


About a month ago Clark and I rented a canoe to further explore the borderland waterways. We had a most excellent adventure and saw many areas that begged further exploration. Since then we've been pricing canoes in hopes of finding one that'd fit our pocketbooks (in other words, one cheap enough for our wives would let us get!). So far no luck. I was in Big Lots over the weekend and saw they had a selection of inflatable boats ranging from one-man up to four-man rafts. The biggest, most expensive one was only $20. We figure at that price they are almost disposable (Oh, bad American!) and that they would lead to a great adventure. If they survived the trip downriver they'd be worth it and if they didn't survive then we'd have an even more exciting tale to tell! Seems win-win to me. Clark is fairly tall but wirey and so he'll get by with a $10 two-man boat. I'm 6'5" and weigh 200lbs without gear, so I'll be going for the four-man boat. I'm little concerned about how long it'll take to inflate the boats with my little car-adapter powered air compressor, but what they hey. If need be we can inflate them with my regular compressor and carry them through town to the borderlands. I suspect at this point most neighbors wouldn't even bat an eye at us.

This should be fun. The first (hopefully of many) trip won't happen this weekend. Probably not until late June and that's assuming the water levels stay high enough. Adventure! Excitement! Exploration!

Revenge of the Sith


Well, I saw it last night.

Wow.

Those of you who know me know what a fan I am. I enjoyed "The Phantom Menace" (I even liked Jar Jar!). The plot holes in "Attack of the Clones" bothered me and the story itself was somewhat weak, but I enjoy plots inside of plots inside of plots, so it worked for me.

I was concerned about what I was hearing about "Revenge of the Sith", especially the anti-Bush jabs, the horrible dialogue and acting. Well, all that was in there. Obi Wan, Anakin and Pademe had absolutely no chemistry between them. The dialogue sounded like someone's poor idea of how royalty should talk and was so bad that Misseswether covered her ears at points and just watched "the pretty people". Any scene with Natile Portman just ground to a halt.

But then there was the Emperor. He was absolutely spellbinding! You almost expected his body to be composed of slithering eels, he was so EVIL. He rocked. Artoo also showed his plucky fighting spirit in several scenes. I need to get an R2 unit. Yoda was great although very arrogant, and it was a thrill to see Chewbacca again.

So, the acting was bad, the dialogue was bad, but oh my God was the story good!!!! Plots in plots, manipulations, betrayals, and the creation of Darth Vader. Oh man oh man oh man oh man!!!!!! You know what? What happens in "Revenge of the Sith" makes the Luke-triology even better. That makes me very happy.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Clark

Here is Clark, my fellow adventurer. This guy is the best! He loves adventure, excitement, and exploration as much as I do. I don't think I've known anyone else as willing to put up with the hard side of exploration with as much humor and patience as Clark. Heat, mud, water, sand: nothing cracks his spirit.
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He's the one that gave me the name Merriwether after both the Hobbit and the famed American explorer. He finds my fascination with maps and gear amusing and useful. He's a very busy guy so he doesn't have time to fiddle with that sort of stuff. Luckily I can break him free from time to time to enjoy the borderlands.
Clark

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Sunday in the borderlands.

Sunday in the borderlands.
I love this area. It is all thick forest cut through with many creeks and streams. Right now most of them are drying up for the summer so they make excellent pathways. Clark and I were out there exploring for four hours and had an absolute blast. It was hot and humid, but for some reason there weren't any bugs. Thank God for that!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Adventure Weekend

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It was a good weekend of adventures. Friday night Misseswether, Miniwether and I camped out. Sure, it was only in the backyard, but Miniwether had a blast. She's not even two but she's a great camper. She helped Misseswether put up the tent, then went right to sleep at bedtime. Me and Misseswether stayed up watching the campfire and talking for hours.
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I had made a little terracotta pipe out of some clay I found along a streambank in the borderlands and was baking it in the fire. It heated unevenly causing some cracks, but it fired in principle. I've brought home a lot of this red clay and will try to make a small pot next.

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Saturday morning found Me and Miniwether feeding fish and squirrels at a nearby park. There are swarms of turtles, giant koi, and sunfish in a pond at a nearby park. Every Saturday morning Miniwether and I go there to feed them.

Sunday morning my adventure friend Clark and I headed out into the borderlands at 5:30am. The weather was already hot and very humid but as the sun rose a wind rose with it cooling things off a tiny bit. We hiked through the borderlands for four hours following a series of drying creek beds. Blackberries are starting to ripen and the raccoons were out in force. We didn't actually see any but their tracks were everywhere along with those of deer, possums, turtles, snakes, and mice. Better still, we discovered what appears to be the best secret fishing hole I've ever seen. There were dozens of large fish skeletons in a pile near a large, unmarked pond. There was also a catfish head that measured over 12" across at the widest. Amazing. A little farther in we discovered a pile of freshly fileted white bass guts! Whoever had caught them had been there just minutes before we came on the spot.

Soon after that discovery we bushwacked over to Spring Creek and followed it back to the edge of town. From there it was a several block walk back to our homes. We got some odd stares from people who didn't know us, but most of our neighbors are used to seeing us trudge by mud covered, old army fatigues (hey, cheap and durable!). We were back to our homes by 9:30am and made it to church smelling vaguely of deep forest. By noon thermometers in this area were breaking the heat record at 96 F. It was HOT HOT HOT! Even in the shade of old groves the heat was penetrating. The borderlands will be a tough place to explore in the coming months, but hey, that's what we do!

Oh, we never did make it to the "X". We got close, but that area turned out to be pretty boring, so we turned south into the woods. It turned out to be a much better choice. It is so unbelievably beautiful there.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Exploration!

Well, I'm pretty happy. This weekend my friend, Clark, and I will be heading into the borderlands for several hours of exploration. A satellite photo of the area shows a giant "X" deep inside the area and I want to see what it is. According to the topo map it's just where two pipelines cross, but you never know.

You may be wondering just what the borderlands are. I'll talk more about them in a few days. Right now I need to start preping my gear.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Jim Beam Black and Clamato Juice

In case you are wondering what I drink while blogging, playing poker, or hanging out in the backyard see the title of this post. It may sound awful but try it, you might actually fall for it. It's based on a "Caeser", which is the preferred drink of Canadians in Calgary during their big rodeo. Up there they mix the clamato with vodka and put a ring of celery salt around the rim of the glass. I like the taste of bourbon better so I switched it. Oh, in case you haven't figured it out, clamato is a mixture of clam juice and tomato juice. Delicious and nutritious!! Sure, my poker buddies think it's nasty, but they aren't adventurers.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Adventure! Excitement! Exploration!

Welcome to my adventure blog. You'll find maps, gear lists, pictures and assorted thoughts from my adventures in the borderlands. I hope you find something useful or at least entertaining here.