=-“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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