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Sunday, May 12, 2013


A friend of mine, that saw a border patrol truck in my place called me Wednesday night, and he told me they had tracked 7 illegals in to my camp, which was obvious he said, because all of my canned goods, and water was missing, and things were scattered around in front of the camp house. I leave water and food in camp, in the hopes that if anyone does go in, they just take what they need, and don't trash the place. I also leave notes in Spanish to that effect on the walls and the door inside the camp house. I don't know how ya'll feel about it, but I don't like any one breaking in and stealing from me, no matter where it is. I think they are just trying to get here, in hopes of the immigration bill going into effect. I am against any bill, until we secure the border, period. Maybe if you had to put up with things like this, you might be too, and no, the border is NOT secure, contrary to what the numb skulls in Washington tell you.
 It was Thursday pm before I could leave, on short notice, so I just made a weekend of it. I was loading a feeder at camp when this jack rabbit doe came up, and starting feeding on the corn and Milo, she was not at all concerned that I was there, coming within 10 feet of me, no fear.
This is an old line shack in the bottom of my canyon, it's also a place that deer hunters stay in during deer season.
You can see a thunderstorm coming down the canyon in this photo, we got about 3/10th's and 3 gallons of lightning.
Finally got to shoot that Colt 1911 .38 Super, I like it a lot, I had not shot in about 6 months, so it was a pleasure for me, I finally got the hang of it ( see 7 at the top ) after a few rounds. This was at 40 feet. It seems to be just what Patti is going to like, minimal kick back, we'll see in a week or two when she gets to shoot it.

Ya'll have a great Sunday, and remember to tell your family how important they are to you, thanks for stopping by.



  1. Have a great day...beautiful country.

  2. I would leave as many of those used targets up as I could, along with a bilingual note saying you should be back any minute.

  3. I am sorry they broke into your camp house. I too hate having anything being stolen from me. It has been four years since my house was burglarized and I am not over it yet.

    No, the border is not secure and I doubt it ever will be. Maybe not in the best of circumstances but at least you got to go spend some time at your place.

    1. Yes, it was fun to get away for a couple of days, thanks for stopping in.


  4. Driving in West texas and Terlingua Tx

    When we first came to this area we asked someone how to get to a certain place. The reply was, "go to the middle of nowhere and take a right, then go even more to the middle of nowhere - you’ll be within a few miles from there".

    That was a pretty fair statement at the time. Now, things are closing in a bit. It doesn’t feel so isolated and the distances seem more manageable. That’s one thing about West Texas - the distances. It’s 1.25 hours to get to the nearest hospital (if you can call it that), 3.5 hours to the nearest commercial airport (5 hours to the next nearest), 3.25 hours to reasonable groceries and a real hospital, 7-8 hours to a real city, and only 30 minutes to a bank branch and a post office. All of this is on good straight roads with speed limits of 70-75 miles per hour.

    Every so often I’ll drive the 3-3.5 hours to go shopping, spend maybe 3 hours hitting the butcher shop, grocery store, liquor store, pet shop, home center and wholesale grocery and drive back the same day. You need to be very organized to do that run.

    Our neighbor who is building a house has to make the trip about once a week and it doesn’t seem to phase him. Texans are used to distance and they usually talk in terms of hours instead of miles, it’s easier because some places aren’t far but they are hard to get to. When we came down to look for a place to buy the realtor put on 250 miles one day just showing us around - pretty usual for her but we were exhausted. Some days that 250 miles yields no sale.

    A drive across Texas from El Paso in the northwest to Brownsville in the southeast is a hard two day trip and I’m not talking backroads but interstate highways most of the way. Personally, I’d do it in three days just to get in some quality scenery time.

    Texas backroads are a treat. You can drive for miles without seeing a soul on the road. You can pass through very small towns without seeing anyone on the street. Yet you can stop at a farm stall out in absolute nowhere and they’ll have sold out the melons for the day.

    It’s interesting. In all this open, deserted country, people are far more observant of speed laws than around cities. You can be driving down a stretch of road that is absolutely straight for 15 miles and no one is doing more than 3-5 miles over the limit and most are right on the limit. Texans don’t seem to mind driving.

    So, being so far from anywhere, what do you do in an emergency? Well, you mostly hope that there isn’t one. If there is, the ambulance is 30 miles away or more but usually a Sheriff’s Deputy is only 10-15 miles down or up the road. And, they’re all good at what they do.

    They loaded me up in the ambulance one day and trucked me up to our non-hospital. We had to go through a Border Patrol checkpoint on the way and some windy mountainous country. From call-in to delivery was about two hours including a pretty thorough exam at our house prior to leaving. Of course, if I’d been very bad off they’d have transferred me to the real hospital another two hours away. If you have a really serious problem your chances are poor.

    If you choose to live out in the boondocks you need a couple of things: good health and a real appreciation for the inside of a motor vehicle, because here you’re "going nowhere in a hurry, fast".
    posted by Jack Hennessy 2006

  5. Glad to hear you are safe and well (and have a Colt by your side).


    1. Thanks B, and thanks for stopping by.