Saturday, December 29, 2012

A good substantial post for a change...

So way back in September, while cruising down old route 66 coming into town from the ranch, I ran by a covered wagon... Seemed normal enough, I did do a double take, and wanted to get a pic for the family, more for proof that I wasn't losing my mind than anything else. I was running short on time that day, and had to keep running down the hwy.
Fast forward to Christmas Eve, and while at work I was asked to help move a wagon into our secured cage for the holiday. I was told we were going to rebuild it for the owner who is traveling across the US in it, that is until it caught fire in November...
After getting the whole story from the owners Web site I recognize that it's the same wagon I spotted in September. To cool... So to summarize their story, they have been traveling since May 25 2010 from Kentucky to California with two mules, a horse, a dog, and a cat... By the looks of their wagon today, compared to the pics on their site I'm willing to say they have some stories.
With any luck, we'll get their wagon back on the road soon, and they will be able to continue their trek!
I know that not only will our repairs make the journey, but the kindness of my coworkers giving this project their up-most attention will be yet another story this wagon will tell later on. A big thank you to Rhonda, Mark, Pat, and everyone else who had lent a hand.
For more info check them out here.

I can say having this project upfront and personal at our store (we are doing the painting right next to our two busiest cash registers) has sparked a lot of conversations with our customers. The thought of traveling so far with a wagon and mules sparks the imagination of just about every American. Some say they're crazy, others would be there next to them, personally I could do it for a month maybe two, but after that I would go stir crazy! When I think about their travels it does strike a cord with our experiment at the ranch. A lot of people thought (like the past tense part there?) we were crazy for moving there and living off-grid. I have to say though that life here at the ranch has been some of the greatest times of our lives. It has brought us closer as a family, made us all a little stronger, and makes us really appreciate the times in which we live! 

A bit of an update on the project...

We were able to finish the painting of the wagon today, also re-installed the seat, and all the hardware. Still need to work on finishing the bows and a way to mount them securely. I also wanted to add the owners contact info if anyone wanted more information about their journey.

Chuck and Mary Reagan
Contact Info: 1.904.495.1067 or 1.270.799.5702
Seeing America the way it should be.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Snow flurries, and fur babies...

Went on a walk with the pups last night, nice chilly evening, 37 degrees with a slight windchill. Always a good time...

Clear skies, full moon...

If the weatherman can be believed, we have a chance for some snow in the coming days... And I can say, it feels like it!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Just as a bonus...

It's taken long enough, but it finally got cold here, hince the floor littered with shivering pups...

The holidays, and end of year...

Ok, it's been a long time since I posted. Sorry. Life had gotten complicated, and the posting has suffered because of it. I must also confess that this will not change anytime soon. Sorry again.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

An explanation of my absense

Life has been moving at a lightning speed for us lately. We've done some traveling, took a lot of mini vacations and just haven't had time to post, or really read any of my fellow bloggers posts even. The future looks even busier than the past for us, but I will focus a bit more on the blog and buckle down and write a post when I can. At least post a picture to let everyone know I'm still here!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Long time since I posted...

Been so busy with work and life, I just haven't had time to post anything. As the homefront goes, nothing new has happened. I've been working on rebuilding our road after our three, hundred year storms this summer. Almost have a handle on it, and can finally get our small car down it.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Some sites from our local mountains..

Fall is a great time to get out and do some hiking, love the change of color.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sights from the sticks...

If you look closely while driving in the sticks, you'll be surprised by what you find.
So what is it, and why is it here? 

Monday, September 24, 2012

My blogging absence..

Well it has been well over a week since my last post, but I have a really good reason... I was on vacation!

The wife and I made the trip north to Boise Idaho to visit some friends for a few days. We had a blast camping in Utah, and seeing the sites in Idaho. We didn't have as much time as we would have liked, but we had a great time either way, neither of us wanted to go back home.

Had to stop by the big Orange on the way for a photo op... was going to do it for each one, but thought that might be a bit odd.

The wife hamming it up in Provo UT. Just outside Utah Lake.

First night camping in Utah... I realized I'm too old to sleep on the ground anymore.

Nice walking trail, we were covered by man eating mosquitoes! 

The backwater from the lake was just outside our camp!

Our fine dinning arrangement!

YES we did stop at a real mall (people in Kingman understand this) and did some shopping!

Had to show the Temple to the wife, she had never seen it in real life. Amazing structure!

Photo OP!

Love the look of this building!

Cruising in to Idaho, the wife asked to take a pic!

No thank you... absolutely nothing to see here!

The wife's friend's dog didn't like having to share his couch this weekend.

Over looking Boise

Visited the Old penitentiary 

Dog doesn't like to share the chair either!

Driving back into Utah, yep had to stop and take another pic!

Love my Bride! 
Our second night camping in Utah, here we are at Brigham City

Took a 4x trail in our little car, and saw some amazing sights, the trees are already turning their fall colors!

Not bad for a Cell phone pic!