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