A Bodey in Motion

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A Stay At Parker Canyon Lake

This past weekend, my son and I headed south to Parker Canyon Lake for a Cub Scout Camp-out. He had a good time. I got a bit too much sun. I still took a bunch of pictures, though, so I thought I’d share a few. You can click the images to get a larger version.

So green and lush

So old and grey

I’ll be honest, the landscape around Parker Canyon Lake is not what immediately springs to mind when I hear the word “camping.” Growing up, I got spoiled on tall pine trees and cool mountain air, and neither were to be found in this area. Dusty trails and dry grass were abundant, though, so fire safety was a must.

So blue and wet

Water around me!

Obligatory third lake picture

The views of the lake were very pretty, though, and that’s where most of the kid’s time was spent. Hiking, fishing and exploring.

Don't do it, son! You have so much to live for!

My son had a good time exploring the lake. He gave the fishing pole a try, but he never got the hang of it. In truth, I think the heat was getting to him a bit, too. We’d packed for cooler weather and were met with temperatures in the low nineties. Still, we made the best of it.

Looking for trouble

With frightening speed, the man-child lunges and pins the stray box of Apple Jacks...

...OH! THE HUMANITY!

We played a couple of games, and had fun with the other families. My son says he really enjoyed himself, and wants to go again soon. Unfortunately, I had to borrow all of the camping gear I used this weekend, so we’re going to have to save up to get our own stuff if we’re going to be doing this on a more regular basis. Speaking of gear…

Our luxury accommodations (Thanks, Wayne)

Yes, that's an air mattress. No, I'm not ashamed. I slept great.

That “little” green tent behind the trees is where we called home for the night. It’s a “four man” tent, so it slept a full sized male and a ten year old boy comfortably. I almost didn’t bring the air mattress, but I threw it in at the last minute, just in case. I am so glad I did. The ten minutes it took to inflate it, carry it back to the campsite, and shove it in the tent, meant the best night’s sleep I have ever had in the great outdoors. Our tent, tarp, and bedding were provided by my good friend Wayne Daley, who runs MAN Tucson. Go show him some love.

Fire within me!

You must stay 3-5 feet away from the campfire at all times...except when you're swinging around sharp sticks covered with sticky molten goo. Then get as close as you'd like.

We all tied the day off with some time around the campfire. The kids, and a few adults, got to tell (awful) jokes and share stories. Everyone got a chance to make and eat s’mores. The kids were able to take advantage of the beautifully clear night and got to see Saturn, Venus, and Mars through a telescope that was brought up to the site by one of the leaders. After that, bed time.

Mise En Place is a beautiful thing.

For breakfast the next morning, we had RV omelets. That’s what I was taught to call them, at least. You cook two eggs, and whatever other ingredients you’d like, inside a plastic freezer bag that’s placed inside a pot of boiling water. Easy to do and almost no clean up.

Fresh from his work on the latest Spider-Man movie.

This would be the most dangerous wildlife we saw during our entire stay at the lake. Little lizards just like this one were all over the lake shore. They were probably more active due to the warm weather.

And finally, here’s a accidental shot of my foot. Enjoy!

Earth beneath me!

April 23, 2012 Posted by | Marriage and Family | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tragedy in Tucson

This will be quick.

The tragic events today in Tucson, where I live, will be in the spotlight of the national and local news programs for the next few weeks, I’m sure. I’m not a news junkie, so you’ll forgive me if I’m not all that interested in the finer points of the shooting. Here’s what I do care about:

Christina Taylor Green has died. She was the young child that was gunned down earlier today during the Arizona shooting incident in which US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot and left in critical condition. [full article here]

Christina was 9 years old. She was just a little older than my oldest child. I can only imagine the horror and trauma her family and friends are going through, and I barely want to do that. Having to bury a young child is one of the most terrible things a family will have to suffer, and to do it because of the actions of some deranged monster is more terrible still.

I don’t know what the results of Congresswoman Gifford’s surgery and recovery will be. I am sure, however, that she would gladly have given her life to have saved the life of that small child. I hope that would be true of any of us. Life is short enough.

To her family, and to all of those suffering loss as a result of today’s tragedy, I offer my prayers and sympathy. I hope that in this time of grieving and hardship, you are able to find peace and solace in those friends and family that gather around to support you.

Now, one more thing and I’m done.

As always, there are some who are even now licking their chops at the opportunity this tragedy gives them, their group or their agenda to advance. Please, don’t join them in using the blood shed as paint for wild strokes with a broad brush. Historically, some of the most poor and rash decisions have been made following that instinct. Take the more difficult road and see each, madman and victims alike, as individuals deserving their own share of justice and mercy. Now is a time for humble grief and love, not anger and bluster.

Thanks for your time.

January 8, 2011 Posted by | Past and Future, Politics and Other Insects | , , , , , | 3 Comments