At some point it was decided to visit the Laumeier sculpture park. W being W, had to search for a geocache as well.
Auntonia enjoys her sole nephews
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
A large falling branch narrowly missed the house, leaving lots of yard work.
However, no more raking is necessary...
Friday, November 24, 2006
Official race results
Renny Blume 22:47 104th place 21st in age group
Walter Blume 24:16 134th place 29th in age group
Nichole Blume 31:17 169th place 32nd in age group
Aunt Mag and Uncle Shag chose not to run down the "competitive" chute, so do not have official times.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
W and N rushed out of the movie and back home. In the meantime R had expertly put on a tie and coat in preparation for the evening's events. R still managed to get three dances, despite being an hour late, and the show had gone on without the dance cards.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
M and W enjoyed a twelve day backpacking trip exploring the Valle Vidal wilderness in New Mexico as part of a 12 man Philmont Scout ranch crew. Philmont, sort of a "Scouting Disneyland", features backpacking programs coupled with other outdoor activities. Participants backpack to various camps, where staffed activities(mountain biking, chicken chasing, for example) can be enjoyed.
Part of the experience included doing a three hour conservation project involving carrying lots of large rocks and placing them in a gully to prevent erosion. The picture shows the crew shortly after completion of this Sisyphean task.
Since it was the monsoon season, practically every afternoon featured a thunderstorm. However, for the most part, the group found good shelter for every storm, and only really got soaked thoroughly once or twice. The crew learned to secure their rain fly carefully after the first time it blew over and soaked everybody's packs. Thanks to extremely thorough "bear bag" procedures, which included putting batteries and other "smellables" up on ropes, no bears were ever sighted, though fresh tracks were found on one on the hikes.
The crew also encountered a fresh mountain lion kill with fresh mountain lion tracks, but never saw the elusive creature. There was much evidence of mountain lion activity, as the crew found several complete deer skeletons. Scavengers seem to like all parts of a deer except for the hooves and forelimbs.
The hiking was not particularly strenuous, as some members of the crew were less physically capable than others, thus the only item W did not use in his backpack was the knee brace. Backpacking was aided by the easy availability of food and water. The group never carried more than two days worth of food. Water was normally available at "staff camps", and only had to be purified at a few sites. The only snafu occured when the group was shorted some food rations and didn't realize it until they ran out of food the next day. However, this worked out to the group's advantage as the next staff camp gave them some spaghetti to cook, allowing them to avoid a 4 mile round-trip hike to the nearest food station.
Occasionally the group had to get their food closer to the source.
M caught a chicken, while W produced some milk for his coffee.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Eagle Project - end of day 1
After over a year of planning, Marcel completed his Eagle project over the course of a weekend. He supervised the building of two benches that were installed at Hixson Middle School by their Outdoor Learning Center. He was assisted by Jim Bulejski, Renny, and Matt Francis on the first day. On the second day, Doug Weidman, Wes Bussler, and Patrick Barbercheck, helped him dig post holes and pour concrete, along with invaluable advice and coaching from Linda Neumann and her husband.
M and W partook in a recent 15 mile backpacking adventure in Southern Illinois with two other scouts and another adult. The first day was blessed with excellent weather, making it possible to hike without dying of heat exhaustion, and merely soaking one's clothes in perspiration. Told that they could "camp anywhere" along the River to River trail, the group quickly discovered that practically the entire route was blanketed with poison ivy. Horses seemed to enjoy the route, and much of it was extremely muddy, leaving the hikers the choice between tromping through the mud or carefully navigating poison ivy. The group walked to "High Knob" for lunch, a 900 foot elevation hill from which a nice panorama could be observed. From there, the group began searching for a campsite, with the plan being to be near the almost-famous "Garden of the Gods", not to be confused with the Colorado location of the same name. A serendipitous detour took the group to Buzzards Point, which had some large rocks and caves, but the group was still not far enough along to camp, so they proceeded onward.
With poison ivy omnipresent, the group navigated a hill and came to the Little Eagle Creek, where they encountered a couple on horseback. They were advised of a possible camping spot that was "only a 1/4 mile". Slogging on and struggling up a particularly tough hill, the group did eventually find the campsite, but by this time, they were very low on water. W and Doug Weidman then took all the water containers and went in search of water. They quickly reached a road and flagged down a car that took pity on them and gave them a 1 gallon water container. Another mile of walking and a water source was found and all the containers became quite heavy with water, Doug and W struggling to carry it all back to camp.
The next day brought an early morning thunderstorm, which the group hiked out in. Marcel discovered that he stayed drier by not wearing a poncho, since if you wore a poncho, you became completely soaked in sweat. Everybody made fun of W's garbage bag that he put over his backpack. The garbage bag was effective, though unwieldy. M and Wes Bussler ran with their backpacks in order to enhance their supreme conditioning, as the adults brought up the rear. W defeated the attempts of two ticks to suck his blood, but was foiled by a third that somehow got through his defenses.
W finally broke down and allowed that maybe one bunny would be ok. Thus, in an attempt to push the limits, a rare two headed Siamese bunny was procured. Fortunately, the separation surgery went extremely well, and the Blumes now have two bunnies .One bunny is named Albert, the other is still anonyrabbit
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
Complete race results are available at fleetfeet
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Marcel cooked chocolate chip pancakes in the 5 degree morning chill, while R bravely prepared frozen eggs and bacon together with his aptly named "Fridge Patrol" compatriots.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
before it was taken down.
A search on Google using the terms "casahack" and "StacOM" showed that this hacker had successfully attacked many websites.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
The text of his letter was about a dog park
Dog Park In Webster?
I think in the open space next to City Hall, there should be a fenced-in dog park open to the public, complete with a shallow fountain for drinking, two fire hydrants and grass and trees.
Our society needs a small area to let individuals and their dogs socialize on an early Sunday morning. If this doesn't work out, instead I would like to have the middle section of Larson Park made into a fenced-in dog area.
Boy Scout with Troop 300