Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Last Hunting trip for this year

We have traveled to the hunting grounds ahead of the first snow storm for our area of the season.

we love hunting in fresh snow for a couple of reasons, 1) easy to find tracks and get a clue where the birds are. 2) the pheasant will "set" tighter making it easier to get closer shots.

The dogs and I are hanging out tonight warm and dry.

It is 25* outside and 75* inside

this photo is looking from the bedroom to the back of the trailer.

Photo of the bedroom from the frig area.

I store the kennels on the bed until it is bedtime, Libby is hanging out there.

Photo from the entrance door

Weather forecast for us :
Thursday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Patchy blowing snow in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. North winds 15 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night...Windy. Snow likely until midnight...then snow after midnight. Areas of blowing snow through the night. Snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches. Lows around 4. North winds 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent. Wind chill readings 8 below to 18 below zero.

Friday...Breezy. Mostly cloudy. Snow likely in the morning... Then chance of snow in the afternoon. Areas of blowing snow through the day. Highs around 11. North winds 20 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow until midnight. Lows around 1 below. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph.

New Years Day...Partly sunny. Highs around 20.

If they are right we probably will hunt tomorrow morning, and not again until New Years Day. yeah

Monday, December 27, 2010

The lost week between Christmas & New Year

The day after Christmas and the weekday after new year is a total waste of time if you are trying to do any sales or business in our world.

Soooo, It looks like there is finally going to be some snow coming our way on Thursday of this week.
I know (those of you in the frozen north are saying) "you poor soul" we will give you some of ours.

I talked it over with the dogs :)
and it has been decided that pheasant hunting with snow on the ground is "the Best". We are getting ready to go to the hunting grounds leaving on Wednesday or Thurs depending on the road condition forecast.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hunting before Christmas week

We got a late start traveling out to the Hunting Lands.
You can tell that Cody is pretty concerned about it.

We arrived at the trailer about 7pm.

On Thursday we started our hunting adventure about 9:30 am.

We went to our favorite spots and started out really good, 3 birds in 4 stops.

For the day we ended up with 3 roosters and 1 quail. Quail are really fun for us, it is getting rare to find quail, when we do Libby turns into a statue when she finds them.

We stopped in the little town of Palisade Ne. for lunch

This is the only restaurant in town and is run by volunteers from the town to keep a restaurant open for the folks. they have very good food.

We started hunting of Friday morning about 10 am. ( My hunting partner Gary got a late start, his mother, 97 years old now, has been admitted to a nursing home, trying to heal from a fall, nothing broken, hurt her back, docs think she will recover and be able to return home)

I attempted to get a picture with both dogs standing next to each other but, it became impossible with Cody never stopping .

At this point we had not had any luck getting close enough to the birds for a decent shot.

We decided to do a little "road " hunting. cruising very slowly down the country roads, Libby has to get as close to the windshield as she can, she even will leave nose marks on the windshield.

Cody stands between the seats, waits for us to stop.

about 2:30 we went to one of the spots we tried yesterday,.

We shot two birds, called it a day.

Cleaned the birds

Later that night we went to McCook Ne for dinner with Jeff, (his wife was having a girls only Christmas party, so we went and had BBQ)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mid season pheasant hunting

Well. today was 70 degrees, (sorry, those in the frozen north)

During the last trip to Neb. I noticed that we had a noisy water pump, the week before we had to replace pinion bearings in the rear differential. (noisy)

Any way, I inspected the front of the motor and found the water pump leaking, So, today with the nice weather the water pump was replaced.

The dogs and I are headed to so some more bird hunting. We left the trailer there last week.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pheasant hunting 2010

Chris, Rob, Bailey (left), Brandon (right)
2nd week of November, 70degrees, limit of birds (9)

Libby guarding the birds from Cody (those are her birds!)
The Metro-dome collapsing

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Monday, October 25, 2010

More Elk trip

Rob needed to get additional license, we stopped at the sporting goods store and parked behind a camper that has been dragging the sewer hose for a while.

Don't think it is much good anymore

We went into old town Fairplay

This store sell nothing but quality hats

The old time bar

The boys from Minnesota, met us at the bar in old town.

In this picture there are 3 generations of Elk Hunters.

(left) Rob Bendt

(to the right of the guy on white hat) Jim Bendt

(next guy to the right) George Bendt ( Jim's brother from Minnesota)

(next guy standing to the right) Bob Bendt ( Jim's son, Rob's father)

Time for elk hunting


Left on Thursday about 11:30 to Do the yearly trek to the Mountains around Jefferson Colorado.

Got to the usual camp on forest service land and found it to be "Grand Central Station "

I decided to go further up the road and find another spot, I traveled another two miles and found a large flat area and decided it would do.

The new spot is another 500 ft higher. ( the old spot is at 10,000 ft the new spot (on Georgia Pass)is at 10,500 ft but so far very quiet. :)

I decided to go to Fairplay and fill the suburban with fuel abd maybe get a burger.

Right before the town limits of Fairplay I noticed a dodge truck on the side of the road, with it's hood up, I realized it was "Easy Ed" a long time member of the International Order of the Rocky Mountain Goats. And this year, the grand puba.

I turned around and pulled up to see what was going on.

Apparently the voltage regulator for the charging system had failed, an burnt a wire on the alternator. He had called a friend from Denver and the friend was helping to repair the truck, Luckily there is a parts store in Fairplay and the regulator was replaced.

The battery was so dead that jump starting the truck did not work.

So, we hooked up a tow strap and towed the truck the the Motel in Fairplay, where they were going to stay.

The motel had an outdoor outlet, we used a battery charger that I carry and charged the battery


Woke Up this morning to a little snow

Forecast for later today is snow up to 10 inches, and 50 mph winds after midnight.

I think the windmill will get a workout.

The group of hunter that we hunt with are from the Denver area, and northern Minnesota area.

We plan to meet up tonight, to make plans for tomorrow..

We are at 10.600 ft elevation

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Smoking on the Beaver report

This year were a little better prepared, although I did not take pictures of the smoker Jeff brought a large smoker made from a lp tank.

I also took a Weber gas grille that I cut the legs off, to be able to haul in the suburban..

It worked great..

This year they added a small antique car and collector items

Some of the things I enjoyed

A John Deere hit & miss static engine mounted on an old wagon pumping water


A real good display of old steel toys and pedal cars


1926 John Deere
Solid rubber tire tread, steel lug drive

1932 English Fordson Industrial
Solid rubber tires

1925 Case 12-20 cross motor

The park surrounds a small lake

Friday, September 24, 2010

Time for "Smoking on the Beaver"

Left yesterday afternoon for a 4 hour drive to Atwood Kansas..

Arrived about 7pm and set up and stayed the night .
I was the only person staying the night, others has staked their spot by parking their campers and cookers in their favorite place.

More information on Smokin' on the Beaver

Fifth annual 'Smokin' on the Beaver' set

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
ATWOOD -- Pieces of Eight Band, the driving country/rock band that electrified the 2007 "Smokin' on the Beaver" crowd, will be back for the 2008 event set for Saturday, Sept. 27.

And Jim Ferguson, host of the popular Great American Trails Radio Magazine, will be back as a contest competitor and emcee of the fifth annual barbecue cookoff and contest!

For the fifth straight year people who are fanatic about cooking, as well as eating barbecued foods, are invited to be in Atwood to participate in the annual, event at the Columbian Hall.

Barbecue chefs are invited to "come cook, and the public at large is invited to come enjoy some of the best barbecue they'll probably ever eat," say organizers Gary Worthy and Linda Vap.

"We plan a full day of people cooking their favorite BBQ recipes with the public invited to visit the chefs, check out some unique BBQ grills and cookers, and then enjoy the various meats, beans and other foods," Worthy said.

Categories for the BBQ contest, according to Vap, include pork butt, ribs, brisket, and beans. All prepared foods are then offered in the evening, at a nominal fee, for the general public to enjoy.

"We introduced a new BBQ category our second year called "fins, fur and feather," meaning just about anything you want to barbecue, plus salsa, and then we added BBQ sauce plus homebrew and homemade wine, " she said.

We stress that people who want to participate do not have to be professional. The contest is open to anyone who wants to barbecue, and they don't have to have elaborate grills or cookers, but can cook on their "favorite backyard grill."

Persons interested in learning more about the event, or obtaining an online entry form or copy of the contest rules, can find complete information at or

Thirty-plus teams are expected to compete this year, Worthy says.

More than a dozen BBQ teams from Colorado, Nebraska and neighboring Northwest Kansas communities have already indicated they plan to participate in the fifth annual event.

I will take some picture as the weekend goes along

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Time for Dove Hunting

After weekly practice (sporting clays) Cody and I are at the camper in Nebraska.

We are going to a new spot for Doves tomorrow.

The last 2 weeks we have done some scouting and found a couple of spots where we have found Pheasants in past seasons..

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Another installment in preparing for hunting

Libby, Cody and I, left this morning and traveled to Bennett Colorado to do some shooting practice and, let the real hunters play in the tall grass.

Everything went well and was enjoyed by all of us.

The weather has been rainy the last couple of days, so I thought twice about taking the dogs, But, I changed my mind and took them anyway.
When we got there it was only partly cloudy there, so it all worked out.

I follow a rv blog, called goin' RV boondocking.
Brian had a very good post yesterday and I would like to share it ...

Hes is going full-time Rving and sums up what I would like to do the older I get...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

We're Comin' down to the wire... and The Leaving.

Thursday or Friday we pull out. I'm not planning on goin' very far, day one... or even day two!

I AM planning on getting the chains and tentacles of a cancerous system expelled from my Cowboy Brainpan in a rushin' hurry!

The biggest anchor, draggin' us back... draggin' me back... is worryin'...

Reading Box Canyon Blogger the other day, lit up a bell in my head... uh ... rang a light... uh ... Aw hell, ya'll
know what I mean...

Mark told of seein' a raggedy ass Ol' motorhome, smokin' and swayin' and waddling down the road... The kind of a rig most of us are CONDITIONED to be embarrassed to own or drive...

... and the "Light" came on, 'cause I've had thoughts like that... 'bout our current truck... and the wear and tear on our Ol' Jayco... and the punishment of the last few years...

When Mark told of passing 'em... and seein' the Old Couple inside, laughin' an' LIVIN' on the seat of that Old Rig... Bong! went the thought!

It ain't about the "STUFF"... I've said it often enough. Maybe I don't pay enough attention to my own words... hmmm... seems I've said That too! :o)

It Ain't about the "STUFF".

It's About LIVING!

So... Worryin' is the tool this soul crushing system uses as its' biggest weapon to prevent Freedom Lovin' Folks from escaping from its grasping, decieving ways.

Worry 'bout the bills, worryin' 'bout our possessions... worry about what "Other" people think... Worry 'bout "Being useful"... yadda yadda yadda... makes me sick... literally.

They got us all worryin' so much... that they even found a way to sell us pills to make all the damn "Worrying"... Hurt less!

'course... all that worryin' and all the things it leads us into... is how that nasty Ol' beast makes its nickle from
us... The 'Beast' creates the problem... and then sells us the remedy!...

When all that is really required... is to develope our "Vision"... If we can learn to see the "Problems" the Beast creates, for the sole purpose of its own profit... we can simply... Not Participate in the Scheme! and walk away from the "problem"... in the first place. :o)

So... THAT... is gettin' left behind... as quick as I can find all its bits and pieces... and carve 'em out of my hide and my thinkin'.

... These first few weeks of wandering... broke and wondering... we'll be cutting loose even more "Used to be Necessities"...

... and holding on to ONLY what are TRULY... requirements for Our life...

... like pants... NOBODY wants to see my Lily white 'appendages'... out in broad daylight... that's just more Freedom than even the toughest of you are likely to be needful of!

Take Good Care

Till next time

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Celebrating the 234th. Birthday of America

Our Susan B Anthony flag and old time bunting display

It is 9:30am the temperature is 64deg. Nice break from our heat lately, many days in the mid 90's

I hope we can outlast the communists, among us.

Can you say " I can see November from my house"

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Our First day of preparing to go hunting

Libby Cody and I traveled this morning to Kiowa Creek shooting and hunting lodge to start getting better at shooting the shotgun, and the dogs doing some field work, and start getting into hunting shape. Slowly..

A very nice day

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Contract from the American People

Check it out (click on picture)
I do not have time to go to
Tea Party stuff

Hope this will help

Monday, April 26, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rocky Mountain Oysters

After work today the folks next to us informed me of a hole in a wall restaurant that has all you can eat nuts on Wednesdays,

I accepted the invitation and they are very good...

There main claim to fame is hot wings, they have a hall of fame board of anyone who can eat their hottest wings, 12 wings in 6 minutes.

Mark ( the Mexican) wanted to know hot hot the sauce is,.. so the put a little in a tray and had us sample it .. it is VERY hot, heavy on vinegar and habinaro peppers. I took a little from the fork and mixed it with the dipping sauce for the nuts and was pretty good..

Photo of Rusty molesting the chicken in the dining room

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Snow-birding Yuma

Found a cool restaurant and popular in Yuma this week, It is called Lutes Casino. Not a casino but a bar and grill very popular .

Ordered a burrito and it was very good.

During the lunch time they have live piano playing on an old piano
Youtube link

a taste of the noise and all of the stuff everywhere you-tube

The quality is a little poor, I took the video and pics with my cell phone :)