Another day, another nickle #9: Summer Plans

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Blog entry by Thos. Angle posted 05-06-2008 12:45 PM 1447 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, summer is just around the corner. The price of gas and diesel is at an all time high and the economy is in the tank and I don’t mean the gas tank. We probably had the best first quarter we ever had but then it was like some one slammed the door. The orders just stopped. The wood shop has been dead since the Flynn’s job and shows no sign of reviving. With no saddle orders and a 4 months wait to get saddle trees, Carleen and I decided we might as well have some fun and make some cash money this summer. We called Lynn Madsen at Yellowstone Outfitters and hired on for the summer. When all else fails, take a giant step backwards. Lynn operates out of the Jackson and Afton, Wyoming areas. We will be staying in a camp trailer at Turpen Meadows base camp, just east of Moran, Wyoming. That is when we are not out with a wagon train or taking pack trips into the Bridger-Teton wilderness area. Yellowstone is an Orvis endorsed fishing guide and operates in the area just south of Yellowstone Park.The Hawk’s Rest camp is 30 miles by horseback from the trail head. This is the area farthest from a road in the lower 48 states. I used to guide just east of this area and know it pretty well so it will be like going home. I’ve wanted to show this part of the world to Carleen for many years and now will get the chance. The main problem is that I’m older, fatter and dumber than I was in those days. But, never fear, old age and treachery will over come youth and skill. I built myself a new saddle and Carleen gets some new chinks. The dogs are farmed out and the horses are on pasture. We’ll lock up the shop and house and come back in the fall. It will be a summer without phones, TV or the computer. That also means I won’t be on this site any more until fall. LumberJocks has been a part of my life for most of the last year and I have developed some fond relationships here. I will miss all of you and those associations. However, since I’m not doing much if any woodworking, I really don’t have much to contribute any more. We Will be pulling out on the 24th of May and be back after Labor Day unless I go to hunting camp for them and then it will be around the 1rst of November. I’ll think of you while I’m flipping flies in the Yellowstone or Thorfare rivers and as I ride over Two Ocean pass. I wish I could take some of you along because I know you would enjoy it as much as I do.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 05-06-2008 12:52 PM

Hi Thomas;

Have a really great summer, and we’ll look forward to your posts in the fall, with an assortment of fish stories..


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 05-06-2008 12:57 PM

We’ll miss you and your input here. So, here’s hoping your summer is fun and profitable and we’ll see you when you get back.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 05-06-2008 01:12 PM


You will truly be missed. But what you have before you is an opportunity of a lifetime for the majority of us. Enjoy yourself and bring back some photos in the fall so that we can vicariously share what you are going to be enjoying.

Have fun and enjoy your “vacation”.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-06-2008 01:24 PM

we will certainly miss your presence . however if it must be then have a wonderful summer ! be careful and dont forget the allergy meds sounds like the polyester count might be a bit high ! lol my business isnt doing any better , wish i had an alternative like that . you folks have a great time , looking forward to your return .

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#5 posted 05-06-2008 01:31 PM

Happy trails to you both.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 05-06-2008 02:25 PM

Your knowledge has always been a great contribution and will be missed, thanks and have fun. I feel in my business we have stepped back a few years and had to lay off all the help, these old joints do not like it much.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#7 posted 05-06-2008 02:33 PM

I envy you, Thomas. Fresh trout for breakfast is something to be savored. And watching the sun set behind the Tetons! Enjoy the summer.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 05-06-2008 02:40 PM

AAHH – The Tetons.

I have done much whitewater down on the Snake.

Good luck and have fun this summer.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 05-06-2008 03:35 PM

I wish you could take us all. I’d love to get a weekly update…on the mosquitoes, rain, and tenderfoots.

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#10 posted 05-06-2008 03:44 PM

Good luck to you. I love that part of the country.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 05-06-2008 04:00 PM

Sounds like a ton of fun for you this summer. Enjoy!

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#12 posted 05-06-2008 04:55 PM

As I sit here in sunny—and parched—Arizona, I will miss your input to Lunberjocks. I hope and pray that you and Carleen will have grassy trails and hungry trout! There is nothing quite like fresh-caught trout cooked on an open fire.

We may all be older, fatter and slower, but we can appreciate all that nature is displaying for our enjoyment so much more that when we were younger.

PS 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Enjoy the glory God will set before you two!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#13 posted 05-06-2008 05:53 PM

Hurrah for Old Age & Treachery! I’m sure we will all miss you during your absence, Thomas. Have a wonderful and safe experience, load up on stories, and be back to tell your tales.
God Bless you, Tom.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Thos. Angle

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#14 posted 05-06-2008 06:11 PM

Thanks for the kind words, fellows.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 05-06-2008 06:38 PM

“CAN I GO, CAN I GO?” Have a great time and take lots of pics to post when you return.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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