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Trip 40 Thursday-Sunday Oct 1 – 4, 2009

Posted in: Bravo by Radar on October 6, 2009

Who:  Chunkie, Rooster, Radar

Site:  Bravo   – Chuckwagon, tent, Blazer

Wx:  Perfect fall wx. Lows mid 30s Highs 70.  Breezy

Menu:  Grilled chicken quarters, pork steak, BBQ beans, T-bone steaks, fried potatoes, hamhock and beans,bacon, sausage, eggs, fried bologna.

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Highlights:

Chunkie:

First Octoberfest trip in several years. Weather is perfect. All went for walk to spring Friday. Later made a circle to Sutton’s Bluff and got firewood. Solved timing for retirement. Met some new camp friends from St.Louis area. Enjoyed several walks and many hours sitting around campfire. We plan to start doing Octoberfest trips again – my favorite time for camping.

Radar:

I rode up with Rooster this trip. Arrived at 3:30pm and set up camp. Chunkies chicken quarters for supper & nice campfire chat until turning in about 10:30.  Friday we made a couple of hiking trips around area and truck circle to Sutton’s Bluff. Had campfire debates about politics and retirement timing with plenty of refreshments untill midnight.  Saturday morning I made up an egg omelet recipie that all enjoyed.  Rooster and I took a couple mile hike while Chunkie recovered from cutting his thumb tip nearly off with a limb saw while doing some unnecessary chore. On our return to camp he had recovered and had the bleeding stopped.  We socialized with another camping group several times. We had one of the best 1-1/2 ” thick T-bone steaks I’ve ever had for supper – prepared by Chunkie.

Rooster:

First trip for the extra large food cooler on the chuck wagon. It works great with a couple of very large ice blocks, allowing all the food to fit in one cooler. We met some folks from Farmington camping in a couple of motorhomes at the lookout point. Visited back and forth a few times over the weekend. They really enjoyed a sample of our campfire hamhocks and beans. We saw several deer tracks on our walks. We used walking sticks on our hikes, so we brought home some good hackberry and oak limbs to make some permanent walking sticks. Radar captured a box turtle for his grandson. I hope it doesn’t wind up like the honey he packed away on a previous trip.

We missed Munchkin on this trip and hope he can make it for the next one.

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Trip 39 Wed – Sun, June 24-28, 2009

Posted in: Bravo by Radar on June 30, 2009

Who: Munchkin, Radar, Mayor-Rooster, Chunkie, Shane, Bumble Bee,  and 4
youngsters Dalton, Steven, Alex M., Alex S.  plus two dogs – Birdie
& Sarge

Site: Bravo.  Tents, cot, Blazer, chuck wagon, van.

Menu:  Grab Bag – Everyone brought their own food and supplies this trip.

Weather: Hot and humid. 15 minute shower Fri am. Highs 90’s, Lows 60’s.

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First, comments from the four youngsters who were asked to write in the journal their favorite part of the camping trip

The Dalton Gang
  • Dalton: Sitting around the camp fire telling stories and catching fish. Making a dam in the water.
  • Steven: I really enjoyed catching crawdads, tadpoles, fishing and
    swimming. All four of us jumped off the rope swing. I really enjoyed
    sitting around the fire and making smores.
    Camp CoonI also enjoyed sleeping in the tent and seeing raccoons and walking to the spring with Mr. Chunkie and Mr. Denny.
    We also shot fireworks Saturday night. Thanks for reading the journal.
  • Alex M: Being with my friends, fishing, catching tadpoles, and swimming.
  • Alex S: Having fun!!!
In photo above from left to right are:  Dalton; Steven;Alex
M;Alex S
Time Out to Eat

Now comments from the grown up kids:

Radar: When I arrived around 8am Wed. the road to Bravo was impassable. The storms a few weeks back blew several large trees down blocking the road. I managed to circumvent some fallen trees and made it to Camp Alpha only to find it fully occupied by several tents of strangers.  I drove around the area a while waiting for Bumble Bee and the boys he was bringing to arrive. Somehow I missed him early. With
his chain saw and new Jeep he made his way into Camp Bravo. We finally connected about 11am and he led me through the new path to Bravo. We spent the day setting up camp, relaxing and enjoying the weather along the river.
Chunkie: As always – trip was great. Radar and I made a 5 mile hike to turnoff on ridgetop and back. Rooster and I talked about this trip being historic since Lee and Shane  brought the boys. This is looking
at the future, keeping the tradition so the Black River Gang will continue for many years to come. Of course, we plan to make many more trips before we pass the torch to the youngsters in twenty years or so.
Bumble Bee: Bringing 4 boys camping seemed like a good idea from town and after 4 days in the woods it is still a good idea.  Everyone enjoyed watching them and playing games on – and with- them. I got to
do more fishing than usual and actually snuk off early one morning with Shane to float and fish. Great times!
Shane: The trip here was a little adventurous, but we finally made it around 2am Thursday morning. The fishing was great. I think I’m getting the hang of river fishing. Got to spend some time with Lee,
Radar, Munchkin, Chunkie, & Rooster. They are a bunch of great guys. Enjoyed Radar’s magic show for the boys. The float trip down to Suttons Bluff with the boys was a lot of fun. All in all it was a great
trip with a bunch of funny guys at a great place. Can’t wait to come back next trip.
Rooster: There was a sudden 15 minute shower Friday am while most adults were gone hiking or fishing. Munchkin, Rooster, and the four youngsters scurried to put rain flys on the tents and cover what we could. Dalton even thought to put the T-top on Lee’s new jeep. Every thing in camp got a little wet, but dried out quickly when the sun returned and temps hit the 90s.  Friday night around the campfire Radar taught the four boys (ages 10-12) the ritual of homage to the three camp spirits; OWAH, TAGU, & SIAM.  They were also treated to a snipe hunt. No snipes, but plenty of fun. The mayor told the story of the glutchmaker, but the audience had mostly dozed off by the end. Everyone shared cooking duties this trip. Under Bumble Bee’s supervision the boys were very good at doing the camp chores they were assigned. Munchkin pulled out Saturday morning.  Everyone else packed up and pulled out about 9:30 Sunday morning.  As a parting gesture Bumble Bee ceremonially burned Rooster’s straw hat with duct tape hatband. Other than one speeding ticket  in the group the trips home were uneventful.

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Trip 38 Thurs – Sun. April 23-26, 2009

Posted in: Bravo by Radar on April 27, 2009

Who: Radar and Rooster

Site: Bravo – Chuckwagon, Van, Tent-cot.

Menu: Baked Coon and Sweet Potatoes, Cajun Boudin, Portabello Mushrooms, Thick Pork Chops, Veggies, Baked Beans

Weather: Highs 80s, Lows 55-60. Sunny and breezy.

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Highlights:
Rooster’s Blazer was in shop so Radar provided Rooster a ride and sleeping quarters in the stretch van. Radar used his Cabella’s tent/cot. Radar brought a brand new lounging chair which broke Thursday night and pitched him out on the ground, resulting in a cut over eye and a strained back.
Here’s a picture; think twice before you purchase this chair.  This one came from SAMs.  Radar submitted a photo of the damage this chair did to his face on Thursday afternoon:  Chair 1 – Radar 0…
denny facebroken chairlook at brandRooster cut the leaning tree that has been under discussion for a few years.  After some effort it is now on the ground and no longer presents a danger of falling on someone.  Rooster 2, leaning tree 1. We brought enough fire wood from the January ice storm to last the first day or so. Friday we rode up to the lookout and found a bonanza of cut firewood left by prior campers. We loaded up enough to last the rest of the weekend.
We had fine cusine this trip and will be adding a couple of recipes to the recipe page as a result. The racoon baked with sweet potatos was fantastic. Cajun boudin, portabello mushrooms, and grilled thick lean pork chops made a few more fine meals accompanied by steamed veggies, baked beans, corn on the cob, or other side dishes. A couple of slow walks along the river, some unsuccessful morell mushroom hunting, and a circle through Sutton’s Bluff in the van were the only activities for the two, lone, campers this trip. Munchkin, Chunkie, and Bumble Bee had other comittments this weekend so couldn’t make this trip. All were missed. Packed up and headed home about 10:30 Sunday morning.

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Trip 35: Thr-Sun, May 10-13, 2007

Posted in: Bravo by Radar on May 13, 2007

Who: Chunkie, Rooster, Tucker

Site: Camp Bravo

Menu: Ham & beans, sirloin steak, P. sausage, snacks.

Weather: Showers enroute Thu. 80/48. Shower Fri pm 68deg high. Soggy and 48deg Sat am. Then clear and sunny.

Summary: Set up camp in dark. Sat around fire till 12:30. Friday Chunkie & Tucker five mile bike ride/run to Charlie, Delta, and low water bridge. Put beans on campfire and made wood run. Called wives and told them no double insurance – we are still kicking.  Lots of wood ticks around this trip. Having to check Tucker several times a day for ticks.

Chunkie & Tucker maed trip to the Pines Sat. Folks were camping with families. Saw 2 deer, 1 rabbit & squirrel on ride. Tucker chased deer into the hills. Took swim at high noon. – Chunkie

High was 85 deg Sat evening. Turned in early. Temp at sunup Sunday 42 deg. Coffee & cookies, then packed up. Left at 10am. Chunkie hit a stump leaving camp. Minor damage to front bumper. Otherwise – great trip. – Rooster

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Trip 34: Thur-Sun, April 19-22, 2007

Posted in: Alpha,Bravo by Radar on April 22, 2007

Who: Munchkin, Mayor, Radar, Bumble Bee, Duke

Site: Bravo – Alpha – Bravo

Menu: Bologna stick, Polish sausage, Taco soup, West Fork pot roast.

Weather: Clear 68/28 Thu. 78/36 Fri. 80/38 Sat. Light wind.

Summary: Munchkin arrived first about 4pm Thu.  After setting up camp heard Mayor & Radar pulling up. The silly bxxtards waved, circled toward Camp Charlie & headed out to Alpha. Daylight fading. Walked down road thinking I’d head them off before they made it out to road. Saw them up on Alpha road already. Ran hollering and waving to get their attention. Too much effort for an old man. Retreated to camp and hopped on scooter and made for Alpha. Told them I was here first & I wasn’t changing camps. – Munchkin

Now… the rest of the story. Munchkin had said he was coming up Friday, so Rooster & Radar thought someone else beat us to the campsite. Therefore we were going to Alpha as second choice to wait for Munchkin to arrive tomorrow. All was settled and we encamped at Bravo. Mini Luau Thu night till about 2am.

Friday made early wood run. Made calls from lookout and left Chunkie a voice mail at work. Bumble Bee and Duke arrived about 6pm. Taco soup for supper. Bed 11:30pm. Someone has cut about three trees around Bravo site. Will hurt shade eventually.

Saturday big breakfast. First bisquits in Radar’s new propane camp oven. Bumble Bee fished – no luck. West Fork pot roast in double roastpan over campfire for supper. Great day. – Rooster

Radar took a quick bath in river Sat am. Rooster went in knee deep, froze out and took pan bath. Radar went mushroom hunting but had same luck as Lee’s fishing trip.  Thought I should mention coyotes this trip. Heard two different packs several times. Sometimes only 200 yards, or so, from camp. – Munchkin

My first addition to the journal but far from my 1st trip. Make it a point to fish every time I come up. Fish aren’t anything like they used to be, but I still enjoy the solitude. Saw the biggest grey squirrel I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ve seen more squirrels this trip (six or eight) than I’ve seen around here in a long time. Now if they would just go round up the goggle eyes. – Bumble Bee

Sunday morning note: Radar birthday (64) today. Got up and found a honey bun with a lit eight hour candle and a styrofoam cup with “Happy Birthday” written on side. Also solved quart jar mystery. I found a jar half full of something inside my sleeping bag when setting up Thursday. Everyone trying to figure out why I had a quart jar of something in my sleeping bag. This morning I remembered a buddy giving me a jar of honey during deer season last year. I forgot about it and it turned into greasy looking sugar mass over winter months. Also need to mention a birthday present from Munchkin. A small viewing stone. Some people would call it a rock.

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