The following is a true story, only the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Woods and Water

We all have favorite places. Some are ones we dream about, others are ones we get to very seldom, sometimes they are places we take for granted and are right in our own backyards.
The Minnesota was flooded much of the prime summer months

many of us here in the twin cities know this exact spot ,but that water ins't supposed to be there

A little campfire and some cooking

My son G Man built this little cooking arrangement , which he learned how to build by watching survivor programs on tv....I was impressed 

I little kayaking after work on an extremely beautiful fall afternoon

Lock and dam no 1 on the Mississippi....also the new-ish 35w  bridge that replaced the one that collapsed not too many years ago   

Need to explore this

Is that one of them fat-bikes?

The fog

I've recently been reunited with another Karate Monkey...this one fits properly 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Family Time

Recently the boys, Lynn and myself all found ourselves with a day free of any obligations. I put together an idea for some rappelling , lunch in the woods, and general exploring and playing. The rappel was short but I want to get my kids used to it and teach them a thing or two for when we go do some big stuff one day, and keep them relatively safe at the same time. Although the vertical drop was only about 25 feet, once they were free hanging it was all up to them. After two raps each we moved on to lunch and playtime in the woods. Overall an excellent day with the family.

The boys wait as I untangle a snarled mess of rope

Super Y is the first kid on the rope....I went first just to make sure it was all good

Big D...first run

This looks tall for a little kid

Super Y....all good

where are we anyway ? 

G Man...looking like a true outdoors man 


Monday, September 22, 2014


Two times in as many weeks I got together with some friends for an old fashioned sling-shot shoot out. But this wasn't your typical kid style sling shot mix-up with aluminum cans and paper targets that your dad let you do in the back yard. Our shoot out was with glass and flammable liquids. The first go round was with some co-workers and involved a bunch of Avon perfume and aftershave bottles from the 70's and 80's. I acquired them at my mother-in-law's grizzle sizzle (garage sale) after they didn't sell, and were headed for the dumpster.

direct hit

you poor thing

scored this sweet HI-FI at the grizzle sizzle as well

shit hole

sing for me ....muther fukers
  I posted to facebook on a Thursday with my intentions of shattering them at the fast end of a wrist rocket that Friday, along with a picture of the items, and wanted to know if anyone would like to join in. I got a couple maybe's but mostly, "oh those are worth a lot of money". I checked Ebay just to make sure...they weren't worth shit, maybe a few bucks, but definitely not worth more than the happiness their demise would bring. I was surprised that three guys from work took the bait and followed me to a rather questionable area. Once we got underway with our stuff set-up and the target table engulfed in flames we were having a blast. It was one of those times when we were laughing so hard it hurt. After finishing up we planned for a return trip in two weeks.
first thing first...get the fire going for the kabobs later on

range is open

that's what ya get for doing a shitty job of singing

 Things didn't work out with the original group and didn't work for most of my other friends except one. This time I was not able to secure anymore Avon bottles or similar, so we settled on some items from the thrift store, attic, and shit I had lying around the house, as well as some old camp stove gas and some diesel fuel. The result was the same as the week before...side splitting laughter, flames and destruction. This time we also had dinner at the range before going our separate ways.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Training Day

A few weeks ago on an average weeknight, the boys and I went out to learn and practice rappelling. By no means are they ready to do anything big, but they need to start somewhere. The site I choose was close to home , not very tall, and sees very few visitors. It wasn't truly vertical, but it was steep enough that they were actually hanging on the rope.
bikes better than walking

goof ball

G man was first....Looks like about six feet to the bottom here, it's a lot taller, maybe 25 feet. 

Super Y

Big D
  Just over the edge of the outcropping was a small landing in which I was able to stand on so I could get them over the lip and on their way down. After that it was all on them. They did well and all completed three runs each before I took my turn, and we packed up and headed home.

Y,  walking along the spine

looking pro-

G Man ,more interested in rocks than rappelling