=-“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.” –
Ralph Waldo Emerson
My story begins in a small second grade classroom located in the High Ridge Elementary school in the year 1961. That is when David Tripp and I became friends. I begin writing about our friendship on the eve our next adventure. I hope you find it entertaining.
As I have stated in the beginning David and I met in second grade. We went on to become graduates of Northwest High School in House Springs, MO. We went our separate ways and were actually reunited through social media. In 2010 our ole buddy Tommy Parton planned a fishing day and we saw each other face to face for the first time in over 35 years. After that reunion David and I started getting together once a year to do some fishing and reminiscing. The subject of this blog is our 2018 trip.
David is quite an accomplished artist and is quite busy with art shows so it is hard for him to get free. We finally got it pinned down for this year and we decided on Silver Mines. I did a blog on Silver Mines in the fall 0f 2017. I used to visit the area when I was a teenager.
We arrived around 11:30 am and began setting up camp. The weather forecast called for rain and wouldn’t you know it, they actually got it right. Now I am here to tell you when two 64 year old men go tent camping there can be some humorous moments.
The first one was getting our lean, athletic (yeah right LOL) into those tents. Now let me tell you that is no easy feat. The best way I found was to just drop to the ground like you are on fire then do the worm through the tent entrance. Ahh, I am safely with in the cocoon. Oh crap! At sometime I have to leave the cocoon. When the time came I once again did the worm through the entrance and there I lay on my belly. A grown man who looks like he has fallen and can’t get up. I finally muster enough energy and coordination to get up and it sounded like somebody poured milk over a bowl of Rice Krispies, snap, crackle, pop.
Now I have to tell on my friend David. The ground was causing David some problems. so to help him sleep we went to town and he bought him an air mattress. Now David’s tent wasn’t 2,000 square feet. So David sets about placing this spacious mattress within the confines of his tent. I now know what it looks like when someone tries to put a size 38 waist into a pair of 34 jeans. However I do now know it can be done!
Well the weather more than PPed on our parade. It poured. I lost track but I think we survived four typhoons and a hurricane. Both our tents were one man tents. David had a Magellan and I had a Bushnell. I can say they both were fantastic through the storms. Only tense moment with my tent happened at 3:05 am. My bladder woke me from a deep sleep and when I tried to get out, the zipper was stuck. When you are 64 years old you just don’t have the holding power and knowing this I began to panic. Finally I was able to get it unstuck and I found I could get out of the tent easier than I thought I could.
“Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.” – Epicurus
Friendship is the greatest gift someone can give you. Don’t take it for granted.
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Vacation time is upon us. Do you like small towns? If you do, don’t look any further than Bonne Terre, MO located in St. Francois County about 60 miles south of St. Louis, MO.. Population is a little over seven thousand and it is located in the lead belt of Missouri. The French settled here in 1720 after the discovery of iron ore. It was platted as a town in 1880.
National Geographic calls Bonne Terre Mine “One of America’s Top 10 Greatest adventures. Take a walking tour of the old mine and take a boat ride on the Billion Gallon underground lake. They also have scuba diving classes. You can find out more at http://www.bonneterremine.com.
There are many near by attractions one can also enjoy. If you are a fisherman you are in luck. Big river is near by and Bismark Lake. Bonne Terre has its own city lake. Then there is Monsanto Lake located in beautiful St. Joe Park. You can also ride your four wheeler or dirt bike in the off road park inside St. Joe Park.
Bonne Terre is only 32 miles from the Arcadia Valley. In the valley you will find the towns of Arcadia, Ironton and Pilot Knob. A significant battle of the Civil War happened in the valley at Fort Davidson in Pilot Knob. Just up the road from there you can find Johnson’s Shut-Ins, Elephant Rocks and Taum Sauk State Parks.
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“Life is but a dream for the dead.” – Gerard Way
Have you ever thought, who am I? What am I doing here? Is there a purpose for me to be here? If you are like me you have thought of these and several more.
I think most of us have seen the movie “Its A Wonderful Life“. George Bailey is shown the lives he had touched and what would have happened if he had not been born. “A Christmas Carol” depicted a miser with no compassion, who is visited by three spirits and shown the error of his ways.
Now back to real life. You pretty much don’t have any control of your birth, so the beginning of your life is pretty much controlled by where the birth canal you come out of resides and the owners outlook on life. Until you leave home your parents are pretty much in control of your life. Your parents are a crucial part of your road to adulthood.
“The anguish of death hangs over and leads the human spirit to wonder about the mysteries of existence, man’s destiny, life, the world.” E. Morin
So you finally make it to adulthood. Your prize: work your arse off to make ends meet. Now you are going to spend the next 40 to 50 years of your life going to work and dreaming about retirement. Life is grand. Really it is.
There you stand at the beginning of the road of life with some big decisions. May I make some suggestions? First off I am not a psychologist, or the owner of any big degree title for that matter, but I have graduated from the school of hard knocks.
- Are you happy with your life?
- Are you harboring any grudges or bad feelings toward anyone.
- Do you love yourself?
- Do you keep a journal?
- Do you take me time?
If you aren’t happy with your life take a step back and figure out why. Once you have figured that out then devise a plan to fix it.
If you are holding a grudge or any ill feelings toward anyone, STOP! Drop it! Forget about it. FORGIVE them. As long as you are holding a grudge, that negative energy is holding you back keeping you from being what you are capable of being.
You can be the type of person that loves everyone but don’t love yourself. Why don’t you love yourself? Do you not think you are worthy of your own love? You have to figure this one out. I am a firm believer that life holds those back that don’t love themselves. This is a very toxic negative energy.
If you don’t keep a journal may I suggest you keep one. You don’t have to write a book. Just keep track of your thoughts for a day and 6 months later go back and read it. You may learn a lot more about yourself.
If you don’t take time for yourself then please start doing so in the very near future say, like yesterday. There is so many ways you can enjoy “me time”. Yoga, meditation, reading, fishing, drawing/painting etc. Just find something that you enjoy, love doing, something that oozes of positive energy. Take this time to clear you mind, body and soul of the negative energy that has hitched a ride with you, trying to bring you down.
Don’t get caught up in it. Focus on the positive energy. The only one who will hold you back in life is you! Have fun and enjoy life.
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“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins
Duality is found everywhere in nature. We usually call it ‘yin’ and ‘yang’.
Yang is the energising, activating and motivating principle of life. Yin is the nourishing and building principle of life.
Here some examples:
- driving the car, playing sports, multitasking, drinking coffee, eating spicy, making deals/business is yang activities. It is also hot, bright, fast, dry, aggressive, male, daytime, sun.
- sleeping, mediating, getting massage, eating oatmeal is yin activities. As well as it is cool, dark, slow, soft, stable, moist, female, night, moon.
So if we’ll look at our hormones in the body, we’ll see that stress hormones are yang and sex hormones are yin. They are also harmoniously balanced and complement each other perfectly, because they are actually aspects of the One.
If you remember I’ve told you before that every human being has a life force or energy (you can call it Soul…
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“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… the power to choose, to respond, to change.” Stephen Covey
Once we squeeze through the birth canal and leave the warmth of the womb and take that first breath there is no turning back. Our “life clock” has began ticking and we have so much to learn and everything we learn is subject to change. Sometimes change is good and sometimes it isn’t.
Life experiences are responsible for defining our character and preparing us for adulthood. The leaders of life experiences are parenting and schooling. One prime example of change is parenting. Parenting of the 50s and 60s was a whole lot different than the parenting of today. My life clock began in 1954 and I have seen parenting change for the worse in my opinion. Schooling has changed immensely also and all I have to say is I am glad I was a child of the 50s and 60s.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Unfortunately as we are rolling along down life’s highway with adulthood in our sights, we can pick up something like “bigotry” or other negative energies and they pollute our hearts and minds and if we let it, it will pollute everything around us. Therefore we need some kind of filtration system and be smart enough to identify these negative energies.
My filtration system is Mother Nature. It might be camping out along the river, kayaking the river or sitting on a high spot on a ridge watching the sun set or rise. Mother Nature does a good job of absorbing those negative energies that have hitched a ride with me. It doesn’t have to be Mother Nature but should be something you love doing. Shedding those negative energies is a positive change.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
I don’t think we understand that “egos” cause a lot of problems and changes. I call it the “hungry beast” because it seems like it needs to be fed a lot. I know some people who are constantly feeding their egos without realizing how much damage that massive ego can do. It can be a person’s worse nightmare. It can completely change a person from well liked to a person who can clear a room by just walking into it.
Sometimes society goes head first in the world trying to change things. A lot of times they do this without thinking it through and not taking the time to envision what these changes are going to do in the long run. What impact is this change going to have on the highway of life? Is it going to be full of speed bumps or is it going to be like gliding down a toll road? We really need to start looking at the full impact of changing something before we do it. Just this humble bloggers opinion for what it is worth.
“Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.” – Hugh Prather
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“Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.” – Christian Lous Lange
Is it just me? Am I just old school? Is technology infallible? I am sorry but the way we have become so dependent on technology makes me nervous. We store everything on hard drives but have no real hard copies of anything. That works great until something happens.
Maybe I just don’t understand technology well enough but if the power grid were to go down for some reason what would we do? Computers run the power grid and computers run off the power grid. What would happen if someone attacked our power grid and took it out? I mean computer glitches grounded some airlines for a while disrupting the travel of thousands of people. What if it would have been the power grid that went down for five or six hours.
I can see you shaking your head at me. Another old fart who just doesn’t get it. There are safeguards built into our system to protect us from that thing. Really? Well listen up. They said the Titanic was unsinkable too.
Please remember I learned to count on an abacus. Actually did, and still do, math problems in my head. We didn’t have those fancy little calculators.
“Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.” – Steven Spielberg
Technology is so easy to become dependent on. I use to know everyone’s phone number and had them memorized. Not anymore. They are all in this little ole phone now where you push a button and abracadabra, phone number has arrived. One can live in St. Louis, MO and be vacationing in Mexico and see in your living room and check to make sure everything is ok. However, if you are flying you still end up in Dallas, Texas and your luggage ends up in Chicago, Illinois. We have driverless cars but they still need to work all the bugs out of that idea. Yet at a fast food restaurant when you order a hamburger you never get one that looks like the one in the picture on the wall.
All we can do is hope that nothing causes our system to go down for a long time. Hope you enjoyed my post and thank you for taking the time to read it. Spread the love.
“If you want to make a million dollars racing start with two.” – Ken Shrader
For many years the ground that Bonne Terre Dragstrip sits on was a place to pump tailings and water from the mines. Eventually it was turned into a 300 foot sand drag strip. After a lengthy time of sand drags the track changed hands many times then finally closed down.
Then it was given a new life when Jarrod Keen purchased the property and made several improvements to the property. One of the improvements ended the chance of ever having sand drag races there again. An eighth mile track was built and a drag strip was born. That was in 2014 and it is still going strong.
“I’ve been upside down, backwards, and on fire, faster than most people will ever think of going in their life.” – “Big Daddy” Don Garlits
Bonne Terre Dragstrip is located at 7640 Blackberry Lane, Bonne Terre, MO. Presently racing is on Sunday and gates open at 10 a.m. Friday nights is “Test and Tune” and starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the gate. Kids 12 and under admission is free when with an adult. I have been there a couple of times and it is well run and a great place to take the whole family. They do have a cook shack and the food has been good and priced right. Make sure to check them out this summer.
The world of drag racing is very exciting and if you have never been to a drag race, by all means put it on your bucket list. Hint: You may want to take some ear plugs with you.
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“No one is the same, and we all have different life experiences. It’s not my place to judge them or for them to judge me. We should all be accountable for own lives.” – Joanna Krupa
Experience can be a direct observation of or participation events as a basis of knowledge. It can be practical knowledge, skill, or practice derived from direct observation or participation, or the length of time of such participation, something personally encountered or lived through. It can also be defined as the conscious events that you have lived through.
Our lives are a collection of experiences that starts as soon as we are pushed from the warmth and darkness of our mother’s womb into the bright light. We live a life full of different experiences and there are those who have had near death experiences that say they were drawn toward a bright light.
There are good and bad experiences. Experience builds character and can give you an edge in making some decisions. I have always said that experience is life’s education system. Book learning is good but when you learn something from experience you tend not to forget it. Experience has a way of etching a lesson in your mind permanently.
“We are all born with a unique genetic blue print, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance…And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us.” – Joan D. Vinge
Unfortunately we can’t choose our experiences. We have to take them as they come. Parenthood is quite an experience. We experienced childhood and went through many changes. The day comes we find out we are going to be parents and we say we are going to use a different approach of rearing our children than our parents because we think we can give our children a better experience. Then that fateful day arrives, you turn into your mom and say “If you don’t stop crying I am going to give you something to cry about!”
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller
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“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau
I have been fishing for a lot of years. I had the big bass boat with the big gas guzzling motor on it. I fished bass tournaments, mostly held on lakes. Then one day I was diagnosed with melanoma and had to have it cut off. They didn’t get all of the cancer cells so they cut some more and this time got it all.
Growing up we always fished the rivers. So I decided to sell the bass boat and head back to the river where I had learned to fish and I have no regrets. I bought a kayak and started fishing with ultra-light gear. I prefer a spinning reel loaded with 4 pound test line. I like a medium action rod. If you catch an eight ounce fish on this rig it feels like it weighs five pounds. I have a lot of fun with this set up on the rivers.
“Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.” – Ted Hughes
My favorite way of fishing is with a fly rod and reel. set up. Personally I have a difficult time trying to cast from the kayak.
There are all kinds of different artificial baits one can pick from. There are soft baits, jigs, crank baits, spinner baits, top water lures, just to name a few. For those of you who would prefer using real bait there are worms, crawdads, minnows and crickets.
Here in Missouri I would say the 4 most sought after fish are large mouth bass, small mouth bass, crappie and the catfish. In Missouri we are blessed with some great places to fish. I fish the Big River and the Missouri Department of Conservation has designated several miles of the upper part as a Small Mouth Trophy area.
“There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.” – Steven Wright
I hope this post helped inspire some of you to pick up some fishing equipment and head out to the river or lake. It was short so feel free to ask me any question you might have.
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Somewhere in time’s own space there must be some sweet pastured place
where creeks sing on and tall trees grow, some paradise where horses go.
For by the love that guides my pen, I know great horses live again.
Well it is that time of year when the pastures start to green up and the sugars come to the top. Some horses can’t handle this sudden onslaught of sugar and the result is laminitis.
Laminitis is inflammation of the laminae of the foot – the soft tissue structures that attach the coffin bone of the hoof to the hoof wall. The inflammation and damage to the laminae causes extreme pain and leads to instability of the coffin bone. When the coffin bone rotates it becomes founder. The only sure way to know if the bone has rotated or become founder is by taking a set of x-rays. Unfortunately the term “founder” is used loosely and what is just a case of laminitis is labeled founder. You cannot have founder without laminitis but you can have laminitis without founder.
A good owner, veterinarian and farrier team can do a lot to help these horses if caught early enough. In severe cases they can have a bad ending though where the coffin bone drops through the bottom of the foot. It is usually in the front feet, all four feet can be affected.
- Reluctant to move and they rock back on the hind quarters.
- They will lie down a lot.
- It will be hard for you to pick the leg up because of the pain in the opposite limb
- The hoof wall and coronary band are often warm to the touch.
- A hoof tester will reveal pain particularly when applied over the toe area.
- The horse will have a strong, rapid digital pulse.
Laminitis can be caused by insulin resistance as well as retained placenta, overfeeding grain, septicaemic conditions, obesity, and lameness which prevents weight bearing on one of the legs.
I recommend taking the horse off grain and put on dry lot until you are able to get a vet out to evaluate the situation. The vet will figure out what has caused the laminitic episode and then devise a plan to get the horse on the road to recovery. He/she will take x-rays and if there is any rotation they will get together with the farrier and decide what kind of a shoe package they want to use. Steward clogs and heart bars are a common prescription. I use a Myron Mclane pad and a bar shoe.
I have been lucky enough to work with Dr. Don Walsh founder of the Animal Health Foundation. The AHF is dedicated to supporting research and education about the disease of equine laminitis. Checkout their web page at http://www.ahf-laminitis.org.
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