Monday, May 30, 2011


It is Memorial Day and I ask you, as I did yesterday, to remember those that have fallen in the line of duty to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy. Many of our young people have sacrificed everything to protect us for many, many years and we should honor them with dignity and respect even if we don't agree with the politics of the time.

We made it to Mt Vernon early yesterday morning and visited with my step mom and loaded our Silverado full of rounds from two fir/pine trees she had cut down in the backyard. On the way out of town, we stopped at the local co-op fuel stop for some free air. I had to put 50 lbs into the back tires to make them look normal. We drove down to Gold Bar to drop the wood off at our campsite.

My daughter, her friend and a tribe of young adults and kids had the campsite covered with tents, dogs and everything else you need to camp. They do a very good job of setting up camp. Her friend had just had surgery and he couldn't do anything and was relatively happy with that.

My grandson and his girlfriend and Nate, son of my daughters friend, help with the removal of the wood from the truck. I purchased a new eight pound wood splitting axe/maul. My grandson decided to show us how to split wood. He did a good job. Showed some real skill with the axe, however the wood was wet and didn't cooperate with him until it was split in half using a wedge. Still he does know how to split wood.

My grandsons girlfriend decides she would like to learn how to swing the axe. He decides to show her. Like a golf pro teaching someone how to swing he takes the axe in his hands and slips in behind her and proceeds to show her how to swing the axe. She tries a couple of times and he isn't happy with the results of his exercise in teaching, so he decides to show her what he means. The next image might be GRAPHIC..

He steps away and takes the axe and proceeds to show her how to swing it. From this angle it looks like she is a goner...

We went to visit some friends in the park and came back to a wonder white chili chicken dinner. We set off for home and some much needed rest after a long day of driving. I thank God every day for my wife, who took the wheel more than once during our long day.

Be safe and enjoy the day with family or whomever you are with...


  1. The kids look like they are having a good time. It's good you have someone to chop your wood now...:))))

  2. hey, that friend is my's ok to call him that too :)

    Daughter Katie