Nevadablue’s 2019 Trip Report Challenge

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  1. NevadaBlue

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    January 9, 2019. Temperature 40 degrees F. Snow on the ground, sun shining. Clouds around. Elevation about 6800 feet, 1000 feet above our house, which is in the distance in the photo from the ‘SPOT’.

    I got OUT today. Just for a short time but I did get my son Mike out too! We drove up to the campground on the mountain behind us, as a scouting trip for the challenge. Got some snow stomping in! Hooah!

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    Old man wrestling the day pack and coat, headed up the hill. I would regret the coat before I got back. OMG, HOT. It was 40 degrees up there, about 8 to 10 inches of snow everywhere.

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    That is the ‘exit’ from the campground to the trail up the mountains. Ruby Dome is the highest peak in the range. This spot is 4 miles from our house, three miles to the gate and a mile up the mountain. I have been to Griswold lake in the past, but probably have no chance of making that trip again. Oh well.

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    Across the bridge/creek and through the gate and I’m on public land, out of the campground proper.

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    Looking down the creek from the bridge. The really good thing is that the creek is quite loud under the ice. Plenty of water here.

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    The trail goes up from here, around the corner and then up a steep, short climb to a ridge that parallels the creek. The brush and trees are too thick to cut trail so it goes up on the bare ridge. That is where I will probably camp and also where I found the ‘SPOT’ for the monthly pics. Note my cherry walking stick on the right. This is it’s first real ‘outing’. It earned it’s keep. The snow is crunchy, but the stick is a great help for me. Someone had been through on snowshoes in the last day or so. The next pic is directly behind me from this point. 180 degrees opposite.

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    Those two aspens on the right would make a good hang site for the hammock. But, I found better farther up.

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    Around the corner and up on the base of the ridge, I found this view. It was a candidate for the ‘SPOT’ but I realized that greenery would block most of the view later. This is looking back over where I just came from. Next pic looks to the right and is a neat spot for a camp. Game trail right through the middle of it.

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    The view is from the trail, which goes UP to the right of me. The grove of trees in front of me looks like a perfect camp site. Greenery will block it from view later in the season.

    Continued...
     
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  2. NevadaBlue

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    Game trail goes through the draw on the right side of the pic. I will follow that.

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    Lots of deer tracks and deer poop in the trail. The ‘SPOT’ is just on the other side of the draw.

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    The ‘SPOT’. I guess I will print a copy to take along next time. I didn’t mark the place, darn it.

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    Looking back at the draw. This will be a good spot to camp. Plenty of dead small wood, rocks to make a circle for a fire and flat enough ground to be comfortable. Two of the trees will make a good hang spot.

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    Back down at the creek now. Looking out of the ‘tunnel’ that will become green later on. Creek on the left. My walking stick was stuck next to the tree on the left of the ‘tunnel’ in the earlier pic.

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    Sasquatch headed back down to the truck. Darn, I wish I had left that coat in the truck. Got too hot, but it was a short trip and I didn’t want to take it off and carry it.

    The only gear I carried was my Czech breadbag and walking stick. Since Mike went along and had to wait in the truck, I didn’t stop to use any of the stuff in the bag. Just went out, took some pics, was happy that the old body worked OK and returned.

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    More next month!
     
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  3. gohammergo

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    Way to go Ken! Tis the best therapy there is. Fresh air and crunchy snow. Awesome pics and thanks for sharing your adventure with us. :)
     
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    Glad it is coming together for you. Enjoy. Cell service at the new spot?
     
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    That was a nice hike, thanks for taking us along.
     
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    nice :) I'm sure you'll enjoy visiting "the spot" the next eleven months!
     
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    Good trip, I'm glad ya got out young fellar. joe
     
  8. NevadaBlue

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    Probably. I don’t take a phone though. Mike took the pics of me going out and coming back with his phone. I will ask him if we had service there.

    I sure wish you would join in, you go on all sorts of interesting adventures. :)
     
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    I would have, but got lucky (drawing) and won the challenge last year, so wouldn't look good if I got lucky again :) I'll be there in spirit and no plans on slowing down on my outings at all :D
     
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    That's some beautiful country! I would've had a hard time picking just one spot there! I don't do a whole lot of snow stomping, but I've done lots of creek stomping :) That's what we always called it when we followed a creek anyway (for some reason we loved following creeks). I just did some creek stomping today, exploring the area around my trip challenge spot!
     
  11. NevadaBlue

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    I am posting pics from a second site (my back door) so I will have a 12 month record of at least one place. It keeps snowing here and I am afraid I may not get to the primary site for February. So, here is the beginning of a fun set of shots.

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    So cool that you have a great place to go so close to home! We live on the high plains... read flat farmland and the occasional sage bush. It take a concerted effort to get out into the sticks here, especially if your trying to get away from people. I'm jealous!
     
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    How did I miss this thread?! Wow! You live in a pretty part of the world and I'm so glad that you got to spend time with Mike. I'm watching this space!

    This could be our The Roughians logo!! :)

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  14. NevadaBlue

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    LOL, that one isn’t too rough any more. Never was really. Tough, yes, rough, no.
    I would try to get to the site soon, but if the road isn’t graded (slim chance considering all the snow we have had) I just can’t make it. It is a mile up a STEEP road, and with a couple of feet of soft snow on it, I would never make it. Probably wouldn’t make it on a nice dry spring day.
    That’s OK. Looking that direction now, I think I could cheat and just post this pic. It would be the view from the spot! :4:

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  16. NevadaBlue

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    I made it!

    Today, it has been almost 3 months since I have been able to get up to the spot. More of the report later, but here is the all important second pic from there.

    March 26 Temperature about 60 F, slight breeze mostly sunny. DEEP rotten snow.

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    January 9

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    Was that your "YA HOOOO!!" I heard today? :D
     
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    Probably! I’ll try to put together the report soon. There is even a gurgling stream video. ;)
     
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    :D :D :D
     
  20. Luchtaine

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    Outstanding thread. This is a perfect example of how to play the game. One ongoing report thread, required photo posted in the challenge thread. It’s great to see how much you’re enjoying it and getting out. Keep it coming!!
     
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    Not sure if it's just the lighting, but it looks even more dead in March than January. ;) Glad you got out Ken!
     
  22. NevadaBlue

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    Thanks everyone!

    So, I tried to get to the spot in February and this is what the road looked like at the base of the mountain. I was in the pickup and had my son with me, but no matter, there was no way the truck would have made it.

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    There was a layer of ice under the snow, no go...

    So, I punted. But, the weather didn’t cooperate much. It did warm up, but snowed more. The last couple of days were warmer and melted a lot of snow. More bad weather coming, so this was the last chance to get up there this month.

    I picked my Pattern 37 small pack for the trip. I am pretty sentimental about stuff and ‘37 is when my Mom and Dad got married. So, 37 it was.

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    Then this little dog came over to inspect, as normal. “Whatcha doin’ Daddy?” She knew something was up.

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    Then she discovered something...

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    Oh, you have M&Ms! Too bad doggy, you can’t have chocolate. Besides, the snow will be too much for you today. (Makes me sad to leave her behind, I hope she can go next time)

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  23. NevadaBlue

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    We have a Kubota RTV. It is orange, so we call it the Punkin. (What else would you call a miniature orange pickup truck?) I decided to take the Punkin since it would have the best chance of getting me up the mountain.
    This is what the road looked like today. Good at this spot, same place as last month.

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    So, I headed up.

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    It wasn’t long until I started hitting places like this. Punkin went into 4x4 low range and plowed on. Didn’t even have to use the rear axle diff lock... yet.

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    Before long it looked like this. I did lock the rear diff but it was just too slick About 10” of icy snow on top of a layer of ice was too much even for the wide aggressive tires.

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    So, I backed down, turned around and left the Punkin by the road with the tires chocked with rocks. Started walking. It isn’t too far to the parking lot and trail head. NOT easy walking though. Some people and dogs had been up a few days ago, but not enough to pack the rotten snow.

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    You can see the Punkin’s tracks. I had to go up this run and around the corner to the left to get to the trailhead. Idiot me did not bring my gaiters OR snow shoes. My little snowshoes are about twice as big as my boots and would have been perfect. This was almost a deal breaker.

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  24. NevadaBlue

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    I made it to the parking lot at the top of the road and took a break at the little shelter house.

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    I headed toward the Trailhead sign, but couldn’t make it. Postholing every other step in 2’ of wet snow won’t work. I can’t do it. So, I turned and followed the ‘shortcut’ that others had made, heading for the bridge over the creek.

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    The flat spot in the middle of the pic is the bridge. Note the snow on this side of it. It is 24 to 30” deep all over. And rotten. Killer for me. My right foot has no strength and stepping into rotten snow causes it to fold up and I sink. Grrr... My walking stick saved the day. That and going very slowly, one step at a time.

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    The creek from the bridge. It is gurgling nicely. I haven’t uploaded the video yet.

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    More deep snow, more postholes. I seriously thought about giving up. The exertion was not the problem, I thought I had a good chance of breaking my ankle or leg when the snow gave way on my right foot. Keep slogging... Slowly.

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    Getting steep here. This is ridiculous, I should have brought my ice axe. Except the snow is too soft for that. I started kicking/stomping steps about here. Grrr... But not too far to go.

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    Ha, I made it to the level of the ‘spot’ It is at the far side of this pic. But, there is still deep rotten snow between me and the spot. More grrr.. I got smart (LOL) and decided to try walking in the wells around the sagebrush and tried stepping ON the brush. Not a good idea. The wells are deep and the brush is like a spring. I sat on one brush... thankfully not in the snow.

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    I crossed some bare ground and got to this draw. The spot is on the other side. Of course, this is still DEEP in the bottom.

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    Looking up the draw

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    And down the draw. There is a lot of good dead wood for fires and excellent rocks for a fire ring. Also, plenty of spots to hang a hammock.

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    I made it!

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    March pic from the spot.

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    Looks like a nice day out. Nice pics
     
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    So, I dropped my pack and broke out the little pipe kit and enjoyed a bowl of Capstan.

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    This little doodad turns my staff into a camera mount. Perfect selfie stick. I really like this staff too. It is the cherry tree I cut last year up here. The bark grip are is perfect and the camera mount isn’t in the way at all. I do think I will wrap the top and bottom edges of the bark grip area with rawhide to protect them.

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    Here’s my kit. I did grab my tripod chair too. It came in handy.

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    There is a fairly large (although sloped) spot here. It will be a good place for outings and overnights.

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    As I was getting ready to head back, I noticed a tiny orange dot which I have circled in that photo. The roof of the Punkin was looking at me off in the distance.

    Then I headed back down. I passed spiders walking on the snow, flies buzzing and a large anthill that was a mass of crawling ants.

    At several places on the way back, my staff was like a short cane... the snow was so deep, the top of the stick was below my waist.

    After leaving the locked gate at the bottom of the hill, I saw this herd of about 30 mule deer.

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    I had a great day and am quite happy with myself. I know now I can enjoy this spot for a while yet.
     
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    Love seeing some wildlife and a healthy amount of snow. :dblthumb:
     
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    I almost forgot. I was so happy to make it up to the spot, I didn’t even feel hungry or thirsty. I had brought coffee and a small stove, but didn’t want it. I did have a handful of M&Ms for energy before starting back down, and a drink of water.
     
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    Great trip. Thanks for toughing it out so we could follow along.
     
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    I updated the alternate site (back yard) pic today. Hope to get up to the real ‘spot’ next week.
     
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    Seems I didn’t update this for April.

    Continued...
     
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    The clouds lifted their skirts to show the base of the mountains, so I grabbed my walking stick a rain jacket and headed over there. WET here, rain, rain, rain. Clouds have been hiding the mountains for days at a time. So, I took my shot.

    My wife rode in the truck with me and the dawg. I left them at the trailhead and ‘ran’ up the hill to the spot.

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    Much greener this month.

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    Creek’s up. Surprise!

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    Looking back from the previous pic. There was close to 3’ of snow along here in March.

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    Service berries. Looks like we could have a bumper crop this year. I should try making some real pemmican.

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    Lots of flowers.

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    Looking toward the ‘spot’ from the trail. I walked on top of some of those sagebrush plants in March.

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    More Flowers.

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    The pic from the SPOT.

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    Creosote bush blooming.

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    Continued...
     
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    May continued.

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    Looking back at the ravine. The trees are filling out. I hope to camp in this area at least once this year. More if possible.

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    More flowers. The Lupin are just starting to bloom. They are amazing plants. I have seen them from here in the desert, clear up to the arctic circle.

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    Did I say it is wet here? It wasn’t raining while I was up there, but it had and did later...

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    My lady snapped a pic of me at the trail head, next to a service berry bush.
     
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  36. Bobsdock

    Bobsdock So long, and thanks for all the fish Supporter

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    Looks like spring has sprung brother.
     
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    bacpacjac Queen of the Cups Supporter Bushclass I

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    Great updates, Ken. I feel better for just having read it. I'm so glad you got out. Looks like Spring is finally arriving there. That wet snow slog didn't sound fun but it sure looked gorgeous. YAY for you for doing it!

    I had to stop reading to go put my stool in my pack for today's adventure. Then I realized that I have no chocolate in there. GASP! Sometimes a couple bites is all you need. Thanks for both reminders!
     
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    beautiful pics, but damn I hate snow, even pics of snow makes me cringe.
     
  39. NevadaBlue

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    Big plans for today. I hope it works out. Supposed to be sunny and 70 degrees, so two grandkids, the dog and I are headed up to the ‘spot’ later this morning. I hope to build a small fire ring and cook lunch on a fire. The do some exploring and planning for camping up there.
    Wish us luck.
     
  40. NevadaBlue

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    Hopefully this is still on. Delayed and only grandson and dog going, but they will earn honorary Roughian patches for attending. :) This will be the first use of the prototype Roughian trail log, my personal one.

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    You taking the canoe out?:29:
     
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    No canoeing today. But, we made it to the spot for June!

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    This time I had company! What a wonderful day!

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    The place smells like a perfume factory and it was perfect, though a bit hot today. The shade in the background will be our spot for lunch next month. Hopefully we can go up there several times this summer and spend the night a couple of times at least.

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    We dropped our packs, poured the coolaid and started lunch prep. A tiny fire ring was in order, with bare dirt under the fire.

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    We decided to try flint and steel to get the fire going.

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    There is magic in that @Red Yeti fire snake! I struck the flint once and realized I couldn’t see the char cloth to see if was taking... so I moved it into the shade of my hat and saw it was glowing! ONE STRIKE! Hooah, we had fire.
    I realized that I didn’t get any pics of cooking lunch, we were having too much fun. We had cream of chicken soup (cup-a-soup) which is perfect for a quick lunch, no noodles to cook. Also had velveeta squeeze cheese in a packet with crackers. Slim jims and coolaid with granola bars for desert.

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    That’s a million dollar pic, IMO.

    After lunch (we got a late start today) we packed up and headed home. I did make an entry in my Roughian trail log and declared Austin as an honorary Roughian. He is beside himself. I explained who George Washington Sears (Nessmuk) was and what he said about smoothing it. Austin loved it. He is excited about being a Roughian. I explained the play on words with the name and we decided that each of our Roughian outings would earn a coup. I will make each of us a leather patch with a cord on it and each outing will get another coup. He liked that a lot. What fun!

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    A good time was had by all. ;)
     
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    It is, and in my opinion you are a rich man indeed.
     
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    Way to smooth it brother ! Looks like you and Austin had a great time.
     
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    What an awesome time! Looks like a fun lunch spot. Truly smoothed there.
     
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    That is absolutely awesome!
     
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    The little boy is awesome! He told me “I love the outdoors”. And while I was cutting plants away from the fire area with my Nessmuk knife, he said “that’s a sharp knife”.
    We should have some great adventures this year.
     
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    Love, love, LOVE this. What an awesome day. That smile on your Grandson's face is priceless. Id say that he's a prefect addition to The Roughians! Well done, Grandpa!
     
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    What a perfect day!
     
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    Way to go. You're an example for all of us older folks who don't get out much anymore. Thank you.
     
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