Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fishin' Stick Tracker Challenge

While gathering with family at a friend's Tiroler Berghutte high in the Sierra's last weekend, I made m'self a fishin' stick out of live oak. Here's a quick vid and some Polka for ye'r pleasure!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A High Sierra Trail Dayhike

5 falls ring round Valhalla's cirque
Whose thunder booms above the murk
Where path winds through the rock and wood
Which I traveled as if berserk

For this hall must be understood
Viewed from afar the best I could
And turned around outside its walls
One day's travel too far for good

Gifts bestowed from Valkyrie calls
Whose runes spoken above the squalls
That tell of lands to rightly roam
Free from the warrior's swinging mauls

Before granite waves rise and foam
I must return before night's gloam
And miles to go before I'm home
And miles to go before I'm home

Czech rucksack

Moro Rock resting above Three Rivers and beyond

The Great Western Divide

Upper range of the Black Oak - Quercus kelloggii

Western Wallflower - Erysimum capitatum

Mountain Misery - Chamaebatia foliolosa

Mehrten Creek

Mehrten Creek


Same photo as above. Just later on the return trip.

Castle Rocks above the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River

Buck Creek Canyon

Fivespot - Nemophila maculata

Torrey's Blue-Eyed Mary - Collinsia torreyi

Western Blue-Bellied Fence Lizard - Tantilla hobartsmithi

Alta Peak

Cliff Creek and Glacier Pass

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Range Day At Englishman Ridge

An English friend of ours had his family from the old country in town. He was nice enough to invite us along for a day at his range. They tell me that in England it is hard to get a permit to actually own a gun. And if you get that permit, you have to keep your gun at the gun club and can only shoot it there or if you are hunting. So not to get into the politics of things, we thought we would just show them a good time at the range. I can fairly say we all enjoyed every minute of it.

Do ya feel lucky punk?....... Well, do ya?

Ruger 44 Magnum

Marlin 30-30       Savage win 270       Marlin Greenfield 22

Ruger 10-22

Three brothers enjoying a moment

Wayne and his Winchester 30-30

James and his newly built AR 15 firing for the first time

Mark and an M-16

Adventure Sworn getting' in on the action

Yours Truly with Josh's AR and iron sights. I enjoyed this gun the most.

Oh bloody 'ell......

Afterwards, went back to Munkle's Garage to see what the boys were workin' on.

Barrel-rider and the '62 Comet

And of course, Lil' Sleepy

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Quick Tea with The High Brass

Had a couple of hours to get out to the woods. Took my new Adventure Sworn and High Brass Leather out for a quick test run. I must say I am very pleased with both! Really like the firesteel necker and various carry options. And the knife, well, it's just perfect. Real quality with both these tools. But I'll let the pictures do the talking. Shot a quick video too.

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Old skin and older Earth elements
Combine to form new visions from illuminations
Ancient wood wrapped around new ideas
Like a fresh hewn cabin in the forest

The sure purchase of textured canvas in the hand
Together with the greens and golds of springtime in drought
Lend themselves to the worthy pursuits
To slow down with the humbling breeze

Where families congregate once more
In the new light of Easter mornings
Their hopes strung out like dew upon the grasses
And revelations shine through new leaves upon the oaks

To revel in the grand gift of time upon the rock
Brought forth from resurrections of long ago
To contemplate among the washed worn boulders
And enjoy a quick tea with the high brass