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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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09-18-2013 07:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor

For all you Dad’s that take your sons camping…........... I am posting a couple of back and forth emails between me and my sons as of yesterday.

I think these are absolutely hysterical and thought some of you might either be able to relate to them or at least appreciate the spoken attitudes of my boys….......... well, men really….....they are 38 and 40…....... but they are still my boys.

Email to my sons…….. Dane and Ryan

Me:
We followed that same stream through that jungle….........jeez what an adventure that was (not).

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=26885700&title=23-year-old-in-serious-condition-after-100-foot-fall&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-2

Dane:
When was that? Which trip? We did so many but this one sounds familiar.

Me:
The trip out of Alpine over Lone Peak down into Bell Canyon and you guys ended up carrying all my stuff and then ….on the way down….lost the trail or (which I don’t think we would have done) decided to go more direct and left the trail….and ended up in miles of that dense dense stuff and the ground was straight down steep and wet and we kept sliding……not inches……we were sliding feet ….... including past that waterfall mentioned in the article.
I am so glad you do not remember it, cuz Social Services would still probably take both of you guys away from me and put you in Foster Homes.

Dane
Oh I remember that trip *just fine! Wish we had a gps and cell phone back then! And where was LifeFlight for us? That was a tough one. Maybe the toughest. You absolutely would not believe the things Ryan and I said about you all the way down and for a long time afterwards whenever the topic of one of “Dad’s little trips” came up.

Remember how we left from the trail-head and did a zillion straight up switchbacks and then about ¾ up we stumble on a nice smooth firebreak road? Ryan and I were SO pissed. And remember when we finally got down the next day and hit that road leading to the Reservoir that it turned out to be another 2 mile walk and none of us could even feel our legs and we were so crippled we all sat on ice bags and heating pads all day Sunday and Mom wanted to take us to the E.R. ?

You need to be certain to write that one up.

Didn’t realize we came out Bell canyon.

Thanks, Dad for all the “wonderful” memories

Ryan
I remember that trip all too well! Bushwhacking for the first few hours and endless switch backs from Alpine going up and then we came upon that road and we basically strolled to the top after killing ourselves. I remember that we ALWAYS ate well in camp and that we had your usual first-night gourmet of a thawed frozen steak dinner that you cooked while we set-up camp but Dane and I had to cook and get the fire going instead you cuz you said you were near death (probably what caused your heart problems 5 years later). Seriously Dad, at the time neither of would have cared if you had died. Rock climbing straight down through the jungle with packs and more bushwhacking the next day. Never saw any mountain goats (Dad’s goal for the trip). Couldn’t feel my legs for miles coming out of Bell Canyon. I couldn’t walk right for 2 weeks after that one.

Thaaaaanks Daaaad!

That was a tough a trip but I did learn that I didn’t die. I remember you said that was one of the main goals of Scouting was that rain or snow or blisters or cold or heat taught kids that a little discomfort would show them they wouldn’t die even though I had hoped I would on that trip. Promise that I use that same line on my Scouts even today and will use it on my boys when we can do this kind of stuff.

Great memories.

That’s what it’s all about.

But, I could have lived JUST FINE without the memories of that trip.

Love (I guess) Ryan


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b2rtch

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 07:57 PM

Funny.
The only time I went camping with my parents I was extremely young.
It was so cold that they took us to a cafe and we were given some kind of brandy and we got a little tipsy.
I do not like camping, I need four solid walls around me and a real bathroom.

-- Bert

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 08:16 PM

I hate….......well not quite…..........being indoors.

Have spent half the hours of my life outdoors.

Everyone is so different.

My wife and I honeymooned through Moab, Arches, Capital Reef and then on into Vegas. 10 days.

2 weeks after we got home I saddled two good riding horses and packed THREE pack horses and we went into the Uintas for a week.

I took her a solar shower, I made a pallet for her to shower on, I took very comfortable folding chairs, I took two folding tables to cook and eat on, I took a 6 inch thick foam mat for her to sleep on, I took everything but the kitchen sink.

We loved that trip more than the honeymoon.

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 09:22 PM

I have spent a great many years of my life working outside in the worse weather conditions (according the Guinness book of world records,I have worked at two of the world warmest places and one of the coldest!).
Now I want to stay indoor!

-- Bert

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#4 posted 09-20-2013 09:09 PM

Thanks for bring back a smile and some memories of similar excursions with Dad.

Have two boys in scouts – that I pull away from the computer – -

Love your statement at the end
I remember you said that was one of the main goals of Scouting was that rain or snow or blisters or cold or heat taught kids that a little discomfort would show them they wouldn’t die even though I had hoped I would on that trip.

I also use had the same discussions with my dad – and pass the lesson along

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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