Well, the PNW Group Meet wasn't exactly a standing room only event, but it was a good time anyway. With an initial interest pool of nearly twenty, it whittled itself down to five, due to a variety of circumstances. Still, those of us who made it were glad to be there. I didn't get there til Saturday morning and was happy to see Mr. and Mrs. Skeptiks ( I tease them with that moniker because they were married just a few months ago), and Big hat, who reserved the group site. Later Saturday, Duncsquatch arrived, bringing his excellent longbow and equally excellent skills therewith. The Skeptiks's, with Duncsquatch just getting there in the background... Here is Big Hat suffering with my heckling as he uses his Opinel pocket saw to get started on a mallet. And here he is, having just about enough heckling. Notice the threatening position of the saw. Some time around here I wandered off to strip bark from a downed cedar with my teeth, mumbling about making some cordage, or whatever... Having failed miserably at making cordage, and seeing Mr. and Mr.s Skeptiks, as well as Big Hat succeed brilliantly, I mentioned that perhaps I'd be better at using cedar bark for dress making. Later that night, we enjoyed some excellent rabbit chili verde and tortillas ala Big Hat, which he prepared in his Big Vat. We also feasted on a perfectly seasoned salmon fillet. I think the Skeptiks brought that. Boy! Was that good. Around dinner time, we had a rather active thunder head come over, so we quickly set up a tarp, but it was largely done in about a half hour, with just a few sprinkles from thereon. The lightshow went on for a few hours though. Later Saturday night, as the refreshments came out (I should say, after the refreshments came out), there was a deep and sincerely engaging conversation regarding the probability that Sasquatch exists. Regrettably, I cannot report on any final conclusions concerning the matter. Other debates and observations covered such eclectic subjects as the various shapes and designs of spear points, both currently available to those who do things with that kind of stuff, and those ancient and proven. Somehow, probably with the change in flavored beverages making the rounds, the subject of certain plants came up - and I have no idea how - but it was pointed out that the plant in question resembled, both in name and shape, certain anatomical features found on ...well....half of the human race. In no time at all, one of our number seemed to loose the ability to maintain comportment, at one time turning his back and walking away, all to much pointing and roaring by everyone else. There was much comedy in the air. Anyway, we had a great time and we all commented how missed were those who could not make it. It could only have been better. Sunday morning, cleaning up and getting ready to leave. The Skeptiksez are still cocooned and I'm gathering my stuff and getting ready to pull down the tarp. A few minutes later they emerged and I stuck around so they could have the last of the chickpea hash I brought. Then, they helped me with the tarp and I was on my way home. C'mon. I don't look like a heckler, do I? Looking forward to the Millersylvania GTG on Nov 1-3.