20180612_Day One_Jacob and Jon trip

Reposted from FB (last year)
Day One – We departed St. Charles county late. Merryweather and I were hoping to receive additional supplies. This was not to be. We broke camp after a nice lunch with Jamie Watkins Bruce. We headed west at good speed. Our goal this season is to push further West. We suspect there maybe a western ocean or perhaps a trade route to the silk road.
The new wagon has been carefully outfitted for the hardships of the journey. I look forward to testing it out later. Tonight we are lodging near native Omahans in Oakley, Kansas. I suspected that my choice of the Annie Oakley Inn may convince Merryweather to take over hotel choices, permanently.
We had out first meal on the road at a Korean restaurant in Salina. It was excellent. I am on the Seoul Train. We added a case of Diet Coke and iced down the fresh vegetables before getting back on the trail.
We pushed on to Oakley under the cover of darkness. According to the internet, Oakley was the inspiration for the hit TV show Jericho and home to the Fick Fossil and History Museum.

Day One – We departed St. Charles county late. Merryweather and I were hoping to receive additional supplies. This was not to be. We broke camp after a nice lunch with Jamie Watkins Bruce. We headed west at good speed. Our goal this season is to push further West. We suspect there maybe a western ocean or perhaps a trade route to the silk road.
The new wagon has been carefully outfitted for the hardships of the journey. I look forward to testing it out later. Tonight we are lodging near native Omahans in Oakley, Kansas. I suspected that my choice of the Annie Oakley Inn may convince Merryweather to take over hotel choices, permanently.
We had out first meal on the road at a Korean restaurant in Salina. It was excellent. I am on the Seoul Train. We added a case of Diet Coke and iced down the fresh vegetables before getting back on the trail.
We pushed on to Oakley under the cover of darkness. According to the internet, Oakley was the inspiration for the hit TV show Jericho and home to the Fick Fossil and History Museum.

Sacagwea – (contemporaneous)
Bruce men left this morning for the 2018 Oregon Trail Adventure. I am looking forward to Jon Bruce’s daily blog and the new adventures they will have with their new Truck adventure vehicle. Jon has tricked it out to be a glamping experience. Have fun and make lots of cool memories! @ O’Fallon, Missouri35145337_10215005293433468_4914160795350204416_o

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20180613_Jacob and Jon Road Trip

Reposted from Facebook Last year.
Day Two – We awoke with all of our kidneys. Headed west. Merryweather took a turn at the wheel. He drove about 15 minutes and was exhausted. It was fine.
It had been a windy wet morning. We hit Colorado Springs around noon.. Pikes Peak loomed large. I added it to our itinerary.
Pike’s Peak is under reconstruction. The summit house is just a gift shop. We had to ride a shuttle the final three miles.
They are getting ready for the Hill Climb in a couple of weeks. There are branded straw bales along the road at important spots. Tempting, but the Road America rental RV in front of me didn’t bother yielding. Merryweather and I were totally out of gas at 13000 feet. Not any better at 14115 feet. I couldn’t stop yawning. It was snowing and windy. It may have been an hallucinations from lack of oxygen.
We headed towards Canon City. Had an excellent dinner at The Owl. Double double Egg with everything and a local microbrew, Coors Light.
Merryweather was disconcerted to find out that there was a stockade in town. He made a strong case to push on towards Black Canyon of the Gunnison Range. We are camped for the night at Rincon something or the other right on the Arkansas River along US 50. The first time setting up the truck was eventful. I offered Merryweather the pop up tent several times. Also, we are joined on our journey by an elusive hairy man ape. I wanted to call him “Calvin”. We will see if the name sticks.
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DadCookin.com

This started as a complaint from one of my long time buddies. Recipes online are super wordy.

My friends and I aren’t looking for two thousand words on how healthy cooking makes our lives better. We are looking for a way to cook food to feed people. Now.

So I started a blog. Www.dadcookin.com

Recipes without the foreplay. You are welcome to submit. If you get some use out of it or laugh, please like, share and follow.

Pretty please.www.dadcookin.com

Wait… what?

Ever been embarrassed by your dad acting up? This is my kids life. I have some how become occasionally, semi, regular fixture during the third period during the St Louis Blues home games.

The screen says Awkward Dad. I have been called, dancing dad, ugly dad, dumb dad (by my kids and people in attendance). It has been pretty awesome. I kind of love it.

The most rewarding part is the staff. They have been cheering me on since game one.

Here are my Awkward Dad getting on camera tips.

  1. Keep it family friendly
  2. Don’t stop dancing
  3. See rule two
  4. Get up and dance at every opportunity.

In no time at all, you will be embarrassing your own family at major sporting events.

Pro tip- record the game at home and then get screen captures.

201707 The Grand Tour

Our time in Omaha was drawing to a close. Jacob and I took a trip. We took several trips, all at once.

1. Lewis and Clark. We followed the Missouri River all the way to the confluence with the Yellowstone River in Montana.
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2. We went to Glacier National Park
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3. Lewis and Clark to Lolo Pass, Utah.
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4. Yellowstone National Park – We did this over a couple of days. I think we used all the entry points.
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5. Grand Teton National Park
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6. Oregon Trail – We back tracked on the Oregon Trail and picked up some miles from our trip last year.20170722 _TheGrandTour_170_IMG_9887.JPG

7. Rocky Mountain National Park
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8. Home
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20170331 Crane Trust Overnight

It’s been a while. I did an over night with the Crane Trust (cranetrust.org). I got dropped off at 4:30 in the afternoon. The birds move in for the night at sunset. They actually landed on the North side of the river. Over the course of the evening, they spread out all the way across the river. I woke up to tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes outside the blind.

According to the Trust, there were around two hundred thousand (200K) Cranes on the Platte this night. Last week, it was 400,000. I slept pretty well considering it sounds like 400,000 middle school trumpet players on their first day. The cranes make an really amazing amount of sounds.

The weather was and has been overcast and gross. The sun finally made an appearance several days later.

The Crane Trust does a great work. The visitor center is really nice. Worth a stop if you are ever crossing Nebraska.