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Sooo a little embarrassing, but I forgot it was even Labor Day weekend until about one hour before I left work on Friday. I mean, don’t get me wrong I was a big fan of finding this out, but I should have known. Partly because I have a huge calendar on my desk lol.

Anyway, as you know I had my last softball tournament of the season on Saturday. We came in 3rd place this year in the annual one pitch tournament. We ended up playing five games that day, so we were hot and tired. Over all it was a fun day, of course there was some controversy over the rules. This tournament has always been known as the tournament that seems to be thrown together in a weekend. No one is organized and the bracket changes two or three times the day of the tournament. The umpires don’t know the rules, even though they are there every year. It is a really weird tournament. Trust me on that, it’s hard to explain. Again, it was fun though.

Sunday I was pretty spent. My wife and I took our dog down town for the first time. We walked around town and played Ingress for a couple hours. It was another nice day, so we weren’t going to waste it. Later that night my brother and his fiance came over and we all ordered Chinese and hung out.

That brings me to Labor Day. We didn’t have much of a plan that day, but we did know we had a cookout at 1pm. In the morning we slept in a it. Once we got up we did some house work and got caught up on all the stuff we didn’t do the rest of the weekend. My brother and dad went to his land. I was going to go but My body still hurt from softball, and I didn’t want to wake up dragging today for work. We had a nice time in my parents backyard all afternoon. After we ate we took the dogs to the creek. My dog cannot be trusted to stay in one area so she needs to e on a leash. I wanted to try something different to give her an opportunity to feel like she was running free even though she wasn’t. We tied a 50+ ft rope to her harness and let her run and swim all over the creek. She was able to play with my brother’s Great Dane and not even feel like she was restricted. By the way she is a Norwegian Elk-hound. (This picture is two years old but she looks the same)

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On a different note I will soon be getting a hold of my wife to see if the bank sent the preapproval letter for a house. We are looking to see how much we can afford. Last night we made up a mock budget using existing Excel templates. We over estimated the cost of all the bills to really give us a safe idea of what we can afford for a mortgage. We hope to be in a house before the end of the year, fingers crossed.

That is all for my weekend, I hope you all had a great one! I’ll see you tomorrow! 😀 😀

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Bushcraft Camp

Hello Everyone!

As you may know from my last post I left work early yesterday to head into the woods. I was able to get quite a bit done on my own in the 3.5 hours that I was there. I square lashed the last 6 poles for the roof, threw up the tarp for added weather proofing, and started on mudding up the chimney. (Photos at the bottom) I did, thankfully remember to snap some pictures, so those will be at the bottom. It was a nice, bright sunny day yesterday. It was warm but not too hot. The water levels in the creek were average, even though we did recently have a good rain storm a few days ago.

I arrived, after buying the rest of my paracord, at about 2:30pm. I strapped my pack on my back and took my parents dog with me to the site. He loves getting out of the house and away from the other animals. First thing was first, I had to get the poles up. I realized just in time that I was going to be cutting it close on paracord, so I made sure to spare as much as I thought I could. I like doing two lashings around before tightening and at least one more after. That is a total of three times around the two points and twice to tighten. I never did measured it for an average, since each pole was different in size. I had to lash at the top and at the bottom since I have a raised back, for the fireplace. Once I got the poles up I made sure to take off any upward facing points that may puncture my tarp.  Since I just eyeballed my site it really isn’t “square” so the tarp didn’t want to fit flush. I have the back the way I need it, and that matters the most to me since I want the same amount of coverage on both sides. The top part has some over hang on the one side and barley covers the other. I pulled it taught and tied it down. Once the tarp was up I really saw the site coming together. It is starting to look like a real structure.

From there I decided to start the mudding process. I didn’t know if I would or not since it is a pain in the butt, but I decided to go for it. I took apart the fireplace as far as I had it stacked, and gathered some dirt in a 5 gallon bucket. I brought it to the creek and added water. Once back at the site I churned it, for lack of a better word. I then laid it down like mortar and re-stacked the stones for the fireplace/chimney. I used about 5 buckets of mud, which surprised me a bit. I didn’t think I would need that much. I still have to stack it up about a foot higher, to make sure that when the pines are on that they don’t burn.

At that point I was tired, and my brother was getting ready to leave. My dad and him were working on his deer stand while I was busy working on my camp site. He offered to give me a 4-wheeler ride back to the car. That was good enough for me to pack up haha. So here is the fruit of my labor (so far):

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Again, I still have the back, sides, chimney, and top to do. I also have to make two raised beds for the inside. I would love to get some winter camping in, if I get this thing finished.

Have a great hump day! 😀 😀