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Monday, January 23, 2012

The Weekend

Good morning, my friends. Yes, I made it back safe and sound - sore too. It was fun, tiring, and since we completed our objectives, satisfying.

The weather out at the Boar's Nest was cool and windy. Perfect weather for hard work. Our goal was to dig, by hand, a trench of 200 feet long, two and half feet deep (in one stretch, three foot) and place a power line and conduit inside and cover the trench in one day. I'm proud to say we completed the job within four hours. Four hard hours, but we did it.

As a simple explanation, the location of our Boar's Nest serves two purposes. It is a location for our group to gather and camp, shoot, and relax. Our firing range is within yards of a nice wild river. It is also our BOL if and when needed. As such we utilize redundant systems, a backup to a backup to a backup.  The power line we installed this weekend is our second means of electrical backup. Our first is a gas operated generator with a hard wired panel. The third system will be solar. These systems take time - we use cash. A person asked me this weekend whey we didn't just rent a power tool to dig the trench. I said we have eight men and a boy....with shovels. We're frugal.

The weekend in pictures, in random order...warning, this post is picture heavy.

The trench. The pipe to the left is a ten foot section of conduit for the power line. The power line is forever known as The Modern Day Redneck power line. Our good friend, MDR, donated the wire for our installation. We've adopted him into our group. As old timers once said, he's family.

We hit water.

Above, Rebel sizes up the situation. We had to trench under the house. He's thinking, I'm slim so they'll make me do it. Rebel is one of the hardest working men I know....he's fine people and I'm proud to call him my friend. As a side note...to the left is our radio tower...it's on the list of things 'to do.'

This is ShooterSteve. He's a master electrician, and a valuable member of our group. Here he's prepping the MDR wire for removal and placement into the conduit. The one strand he holds measured two hundred and forty seven feet.

We had to dig one section of the trench under two sections of fence through a horse corral. Above, the conduit about to be placed into the trench.

ShooterSteve and Rebel as they pull wire through the conduit.

Above, the starting point of the trench, a nearby farm. Here's Duke (wearing the 1911) Rebel, with the young man in the forefront, William, and ShooterSteve, all hard at work on a gas line repair (yes, we cut it). I'm of course holding a shovel and camera. Duke has a unique gift...he can repair dust, torn trousers, tractors, children's toys...or severed pipes with ease.

Above, my friend Duke hard at work beginning the dig under the Boar's Nest.

We didn't work all weekend. Here's a shot of the guys on the firing range. Our friend, Senior, husband of Jacked Up Glock Mom, built us a rolling target stand. We had fun. Senior did a fine job. The stand is attached to a rope. Place rope in someone's hands, tell them to run....fast. Try and keep the front sight on the target and not the runner. All joking aside, the runner is well out of range....

This is Duke drawing a bead on the moving target...look closely to his right, just under his arm, see it in the distance...my camera doesn't do well on long range shots. The river is just beyond the trees. When the river floods it fills the background of the range. Then it's time for catfishing.

Tools of the trade. All these men are exceptional riflemen. You do not want them shooting at you. Each are veterans. Two of us with combat experience, including my friend Duke. Together, God help those that pose any threat to our families.

Just another picture of the range. It was a beautiful day. This is a pretty good shot of Senior's target stand. It has four tires and rolls fairly fast. It's a challenge at fifty yards - the sucker bounces.

Camp life at the Boar's Nest. In the foreground is ShooterSteve's tent...he snores. The fire bucket ready for a night of lies and yarns of old. To the right is our generator. ShooterSteve took a basic generator, donated to the group by Senior, and installed a marine stainless steel tank, 32 gallons worth, and made other improvements. On the far edge of the picture is the MDR deck table...

Just before sunset. Rebel relaxing with a cup of coffee. You know, any man that will refuse a cup of coffee, at any time of day, must be a damn communist. Nice fire. It will be two years, this April, since we began construction on the Boar's Nest. It's been hard sweaty work, but worth the effort.

Above, here is the most valuable man in the group. Please, may I introduce, Jim. Jim is our medic. He patches us up when we're hurt, which is quite often, makes us eat correctly, mends our souls, and is just an all around nice person. Like Duke once said, Jim has the biggest heart among us. I'm proud to call him friend. Before I forget, he's also our group secretary. He collects our funds, sets aside money for group projects and makes sure (along with Senior) that we make group stored food purchases. This month it's Winter Red Wheat. We would like to thank all of the nice people at our local LDS cannery for their help and kindness. Even though we're not members they treat us as such with grace and gentleness.

Another deck picture. I had to post this one of Rebel. He hates me to post his picture.

This is Senior, making breakfast. He did bacon, eggs, and grits. Did a fine job of it too.

Above, an American made kerosene lantern I found at a flea market last year. We use it on the deck at night as a reference point for when we visit the outhouse. Its tank holds plenty of fuel for a long nights burn.

Which has reading materials suitable to its purpose. All firearms related, by the way.

Here's ShooterSteve's fine craftsmanship. Notice he fabricated and installed a muffler. Soon we'll build a generator house and Shooter will wire our generator to a panel.

The fuel filter.

Nice work, isn't it. ShooterSteve, like Duke, can repair a drowned mouse.

And, last but not least, Rebel's 1986 Dodge van, beautifully restored. He sleeps in it....he likes his privacy you know....most of us sleep in the Boar's Nest. We're normal. To the right is ShooterSteve.


Thanks for your time. I hope to be able to get around to all my friends blogs today....can't promise. I've been away from my business for the last four days. I've much to do...Oh, I haven't the time to edit this post, so please, ignore my mistakes.

So, until then. God bless.

Stephen

25 comments:

  1. Just so very much to admire about the progress you guys have made. Really impressed with the generator mods. How quiet is it?

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    1. Thank you, Matt. We're proud of our efforts. How quiet, you ask...well, it's very quiet and when its installed in its future home, I'm fairly certain we'll not be able to hear it run at night. Thank you, my friend.

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  2. Looks like you had a very fun and productive weekend.
    I hope you had enough wire. The youngest and I rolled it all out, measured it and then rolled it all back up so if it was short it was her fault. LOL
    I also like that you named it. That's funny. Thank you for the plug.

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    1. You did well, and again, thank you. You saved us hundreds of dollars. It's our pleasure to name the power line in your honor. You'll forever have a home when the SHTF. Stay safe.

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  3. Wow - very nice, you guys got a lot done, and had some fun too - sounds like a perfect weekend. Welcome home:)

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    1. Thank you, Lovely Lady. It was fun, and tiring, and very satisfying. Nice to be home.

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  4. Good post, It was a good weekend, got a lot accomplished.

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  5. Looks like a well earned beer and sense of accomplishment.

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    1. Very much so, my friend. Thank you.

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  6. Sounds like a fun productive weekend. Looks like you guys have it all squared away. I do have a question though about the radio tower. Have you thought about concealing its purpose? Say for instance using a flag pole as an antenna?

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    1. It was fun, thanks...the tower, no we haven't. Remember we're far out in the boonies, and besides, there are towers scattered across this state and country for such purposes as ham, cb, and general radio use...I do understand your concern, but unfortunately we can't have our cake and eat it too.

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  7. Nothing better than like minded folks getting together for hard work and good times. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Looks like you have a really solid group. You should be all ready when TSHTF!

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    1. Thanks, my friend, but in all truthfulness, I don't believe its possible to be fully ready. Hard fact, but there it is.

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  9. Very Impressive Stephen. I am envious.

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  10. Dear Stephen - thanks for sharing the pics and introducing us to the different members of your group. it sounds like you all had a very productive weekend and i am glad!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Pretty Lady, you are more than welcome, my pleasure.

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  11. Great post. I love the moving target...and the abductor van.

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    1. Shhh, on the van...it serves its purpose...the rolling target stand is a big hit. Thanks, My Friend.

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  12. This is off topic-just finished off a giant bowl of Creole shrimp from the recipe you posted. Good stuff, Brother. going to hang on to that one. BTW, I made that 9mm DB purchase we talked about and love it. She's a jumpy little joker, but plenty small and awesome. Thanks.

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    1. That's great, Hillbilly, glad you enjoyed it. Good news too on the self-protection. Now, practice your heart out. Thanks, My good friend.

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  13. Wow...what a cool place to escape to even when not a SHTF situation!

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