Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Hideout update

Well, Britt and I have started the preparations for labor day camping.

While I mowed the lawn, Britt relaxed in one of the hammocks, reading the fifty shades of grey trilogy. We did a lot, but still have a long way to go. We have most of it mowed, but we still need to level out a few spots for tents. We also sprayed the weeds/grass in the places we rocked and around the horseshoe pits. And we painted the anchor lines on the hammock stands, so people don’t trip over the line.

And! The biggest project of the summer needs to be completed still…..the road. So hopefully we get the equipment needed to flatten the road out soon. Our labor day plans depend on it.

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Camping 7/15-7/18

Well, some friends from the hospital wanted to go camping, so I invited them up to the hideout for a few days.

The trip actually started the day before when Britt and I went out to mow the grass and check on the hammock stands we built during the last trip up there. Well, The posts were loose. so I repacked dirt in while Britt worked her butt off mowing the ever expanding plot of grass. Well, even after, we were a little unsure of whether the posts would hold our weight. so we decided to anchor them.

So before Zac, Conner, and I went out on Monday, I went hunting for parts. I got some cable from my grandpa Dennis. some old water pipe for the anchor, and some more eye-bolts and clamps to hold the wire. and it worked like a dream!

and with that, the hammock project was a complete success!

I even slept in it after a crazy thunder storm that my grandma later said was the worst she’d seen in some years…and I stayed dry!

Then after a long and HOT hike, I made some fish from my previous post.

I actually think I prefer sleeping in a hammock over a tent, it’s a little weird to get used to at first, but man is it a good sleep. Probably the best camping sleep I’ve had. go buy one!

Until next time.

-sg

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Beers, Cigars, and Fish.

So, this may sound crazy, but Ive never fished off of a boat before. So when B.Maree’s dad invited me along for a day of fishing, I jumped at the chance to go.

Our morning was to start pretty early, so Chuck wanted me to just come stay the night at his house, so I cooked them some dinner.

MMMMMMmmmmm Teriyaki Chicken!

After a beautiful dinner of Teriyaki chicken, my coleslaw (a fusion of my dad’s and grandma’s) and some rice, I went to bed nice and full. Chuck and I were up and out of the house by 4am.

The drive to Dent Bridge was a lot longer than I expected, but we had the boat in the water by 5:30am. And No kidding, within 30 seconds of having his line in the water, Chuck caught one. It took me a few hours to get my first of the day, but ended with an OK count of 6, while Chuck caught his limit (25), I obviously have a long ways to go!

Here are some pictures from the trip!

Kokanee Beverage, and Kokanee Fish… ūüôā great pairing.

Captain Chuck

Our Prize

fish!

Chuck and I

Happy day all!

until next time!

-sg

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Maclin turns 3!

3 years ago our baby boy Maclin was born.
(Yes, that’s a rawhide birthday card)

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Happy Birthday Maclin

Have a good day all.
-sg

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Our little ones… Part 2

The second half of our children has an equally unique story.

After about a year and a half of having Mac, we decided we needed another dog. so again, we started to look around, but this time (becoming more savvy dog owners) we decided we wanted to do our part and adopt.

Adoption for me is a funny thing, full of pros and cons. Obvious pros; your helping a dog more likely to be¬†euthanized¬†than adopted. However, you’re getting an unkown commodity, does it have¬†temperament¬†issues, is it set in its ways as far as training goes (especially house-training), and does it come from a line of dogs with medical issues, etc. So we knew we were going to adopt, but we also were going to be extremely picky, because we knew we wanted a young dog.

So we took to Pet Finder. At first we wanted to find a dog from around this area, so our distance limit was 100 miles…there was one in (Walla Walla), but we wanted multiple options. Then it was 150 miles…Nothing. then it was 250…Again, nothing. So then we put in 350, and we found our second option, in Portland Oregon. I then contacted both places, and decided that my odds of landing both dogs were slim, so I put an application in for both. And as luck would have it, I was given the rights to both dogs. Now the next dilemma was upon us. Which one do we choose?

The one in Walla Walla was a tan colored Min Pin, had been owned by an older gentleman, who just couldn’t handle him. The Portland dog was a chocolate color, but his story was much more unique. Portland dog was actually from California, the owner of the rescue service/adoption place had gone down to get a few dogs from California. When she arrived, the place where she was getting the dogs said they had 15 more that needed to go or else they would be¬†euthanized¬†at the end of the day. So, she took them, even though she had no room for them. Portland Dog was one of the 15 deemed to be euthanized.¬†So we picked Portland dog (How couldn’t you after hearing that story?). Since we won the rights to both dogs, I talked my mother into taking the Walla Walla dog.

So the next part was traveling all the way to Portland to get our new addition. We borrowed Britt’s mom’s car, and I got a¬†Saturday¬†off from work to go get the little guy. When we got to the Petco where we were to meet our newest puppy, I was so giddy. I was channeling my inner Maclin, I was so anxious. And just like with Maclin, as soon as we saw Axel, held Axel, and walked Axel around the store. We were done, and Axel was our new “baby boy”. So we then embarked on our trip back to Idaho. He was the quietest dog on the way home. We were shocked (based on our prior experiences with Mac).

Boy, did we strike adoption gold. Axel has been an absolute joy to be around. Nothing makes this pup more excited than to play with his beloved ball (one of three that he hides in various places around our house). He has also learned the same tricks as Maclin, but just isn’t as consistent in doing them. But he has learned one thing Mac hasn’t, and that’s to army crawl under our chairs. It’s absolutely hilarious to watch. Now, if Britt or I say “Axel, Hide” he runs and goes under the chair.

However, with the good comes the bad, and like I discussed earlier, there are some pros and cons. Axel, who is blessed with an amazing temperament, is not so blessed medically (nothing serious thank goodness). He had just been neutered when we got him, so his scar site had gotten infected. Then (and this is the most scary one) his immune system was down, which made him prone to a type of mite that dogs usually have on them anyway. this caused him to lose his hair, and boy oh boy, the poor dog looked like death. After about 3 different types of medications we finally got it under control and taken care of (thanks to Dr. Myers).

So that’s it. That’s our dog’s stories. Each is unique, and each has made Britt and I happier than happy, and madder than mad.

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