Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Graphic Warning!!! Michigan squirrels infest WV!

The squirrels have run rampant and are taking over the state. I'm pretty sure they've migrated from Michigan because they ate my Buckeyes corn hole bag. The campground is flooded with these nut hoarding rodents.

This is an official call out to all campers heading to West Virginia. Anyone with a dog or gun bring it. This is a desperate situation and looks bleak but I'm confident we can rise to the challenge and eradicate this threat.

The image below is not for the faint of heart. Do NOT view the picture unless you are an adult and have a strong stomach. Be vigilant against this threat.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

UFC Fight Night Memorial Day!

Saturday May 29th will be UFC fight night at the OAC. The fight will be projected on the back of Chateau Lundy in the lower level of the campground down by the bathrooms. This is a great card featuring the long anticipated matchup between Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson the 2 coaches of last season's The Ultimate Fighter. Come on down and enjoy the fight.

Scary Matt Carey already has his game face on.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

LY Trip Report – Geezerfest and UFC style carnage!

First of all let me say what a perfect weekend it was overall. Air temps and water levels couldn’t have been better. It appears the campfire speedo dance I did earlier in the week paid off.
Friday started with 6 paddlers, The Pope, myself, Bob Arend in kayaks and Kathy S. Gwen English and Steve Flynn in the raft. Saturday Night was to be Geezer Appreciation Night and this had an adrenaline effect on our geezers. They came through the meat of Cucumber and all I can say is, if anyone ever tells you, you can’t cartwheel a raft they’re wrong. Our geezers proved it can be done. Check out Steve’s perfect form. Rumor is he wanted to take all the credit for the cartwheel and paddle stroked Gwen out of the boat. Gwen was sporting a nice black eye after this move and looked like a grizzled UFC warrior the rest of the weekend.

The Pope and I were lucky to have front row seats to witness the historical trick.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful and a good time was had by all.

Saturday’s paddle produced 18 hardy OACers ready for action. Pope, myself, Brittan, Will, Dottie, Steve, Jay, Matt, Bob, Pat, Honda Girl, Gwen in kayaks, Kathy, Jackie, Michelle and Steve in the raft, Brian and Sheila in the Shredder. Brittan kicked off the OAC swim match early with an epic swim through Entrance. Rumors were flying about Gwen’s Shiner. Steve denied butt stalking her out of the raft the day before and the new rumor was she copped a feel from Brian and got smacked down for her effort. With Geezer Appreciation Night just hours away it was hard to tell what really happened. Gwen was really feeling her oats and showed some style with a new move I like to call a tivo-boof. She goes to boof Frog’s Back and beaches up right on top of it. It was like pausing live tv. I was able to get out of my boat, use the bathroom and make a sandwich in time to get back in my boat, hit the play button and watch her finish the boof off the back side. It was a perfect boof other than taking 7 ½ minutes to complete.

Saturday night treated us to the first annual Geezer Appreciation Night banquet. Everyone brought their favorite dish and we pigged out OAC style. For whatever reason the geezers all brought a bean dish. We had more bean recipes than you could shake a geezer at. It made us all break out in song, Beans, Beans, the Geezer fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot…Once again a good time was had by all.

Sunday saw a decline and only the most hardy of OACers were up for another day of paddling. The geezers all on a bean hangover decided they had had all the action they could stand and went hiking instead. Something about the gas capacity of a kayak and the open air of the trail being better… I didn’t catch it all but something like that.

This day would prove to test the sheer mantastic grit of the OAC. It all started off pretty uneventful. Pope, myself, Matt Carey, Honda Girl and Dottie in kayaks, Brittan, Kathy, Jackie in the raft, Pat and Michelle in the Shredder. Everyone was paddling like a pro until we hit Dimple and chaos struck like lightning. After a successful splat off Dimple Rock I turned and watched in horror as Dottie and Scary Matt Carey got ended and began swimming. Honda Girl with a clean run ducks into an eddie to get a birds eye view of the carnage. The Pope cruises down the middle with ease thinking, “I’ll bet it sucks to be them.” I took off after Dottie cause she was closest to me. I’m floating backwards down the rapid offering helpful advice like “Lookout!” and “Watch that hole!” I tried to keep her mind occupied with things like, “Why didn’t you roll? Don’t you know it sucks to swim?” and “Is the water cold? It really looks cold.” This helpful advice was enough to get her into an eddie but caused me to break the #1 rule, don’t put yourself in danger helping someone else. I stayed with her 2 strokes too long. When I turned around I hit smack in the middle of the giant munchy hole above Swimmers. And I got worked. After 2 enders, 4 360’s and 3 dunks to the bottom of the river, the time equivalent of a Superbowl halftime show, the hole spits me out and I rolled up in time to slam sideways into the next hole. I came out of that one ok and managed to get to the end to help clean up the yard sale. Scary Matt Carey gave us all a good scare by tripping as he tried to empty the water from his boat. He landed on a bush and jammed a stick into his eye.

Maybe he was just jealous that Gwen was getting so much attention for looking like a UFC fighter and wanted to get in on the action. We were all quite worried about him as his eye swelled instantly shut. Pat offered to paddle his boat and let Matt ride in the raft. By the time we got to Bruner’s Run his eye was looking pretty bad and we were all mad at ourselves for not having a first aid kit. River Mom Kathy Sines saved the day by slamming into the last hole at Bruner’s and send Matt flying through the air where the current was able to flush out his eye. It’s that kind of quick thinking and caring that makes me proud to be part of the OAC. A good time was had by only a few on this day but overall it was a fantastic weekend.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Ok, who's the dead man who designed this camper without a water cap for the fresh water tank? Apparently the geniuses who designed the 2010 Sierra Treehouse thought it would be cool to design a model without this long tested, consumer approved feature. They opted instead to think it was cool to have to suck your water from a bucket using the water pump. Well let me tell ya, it ain't cool. It is pretty uncool. Of course once I figure out the logistics of it I may not hate it as much but right now I would rather be learning about cooler things like kayaking the Slippery Rock Gorge, or geocaching, or the effect cow farts have on the earth. I don't have time to be like Pa on Little House on the Prairie and run to the well every time I want a drink. Well, no worries Sierra geniuses, I'll figure it out.

Fulltime RVing is awesome!!!

Life is great! Its like Christmas every day. The week leading up to our departure was crazy from an emotional standpoint. The kids missing their friends, us missing ours, all the work, preparation, details, details, details...

Well now we've started and wow is it fun. Yeah, yeah, yeah its all still new and there will be challenges ahead I'm sure but our life is a vacation and I plan to take as much advantage of that as I can. God only gives us one life and I don't want to waste it. In a weird way I even look forward to the challenges. That's where growth takes place. Thank you God for the blessing that is my life!

Here are just a couple of the treats our new life has provided.

Mushroom hunting. (We did this at home right before leaving but I'm counting it cause it rocks.)

We spent our first night at Cabela's and became geocachers. The kids are completely hooked after finding their first treasure.

This nice easy geocache was enough to give us all the fever for this new sport. We were amazed to learn how many options and places there are all over the world. It's going to be a great teaching aid for the kids learning the history of certain geocaches and locations. Gotta love technology.

Now we're tucked away in the hills of Pennsylvania for a few days near McConnell's Mill State Park where Josh and I will be getting our kayaking needs met on Slippery Rock Creek. This is a beautiful Class III/IV creek with lots of fun technical moves and playspots. It's going to be a fun week!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Here we go! Fulltime RVing.

Tonight is our last night in our driveway. Tomorrow, bright and early around the crack of noon we'll be heading out to see the world. The parts we can drive to that is. It's been a crazy couple of weeks getting everything wrapped up, having the auction, last minute details, etc, etc, etc but now its here. I wonder how funny it would be to play a joke on Margie and tell her I've changed my mind? Hehehe. I live vicariously like that and may have to do that just to watch her head explode. Course in the end I will ultimately lose that one so I'll just picture it in my mind instead. The next 4 weeks will be cram packed with as much whitewater kayaking as my body will handle. My son Josh (10) is nicely developing his kayaking skills and will take a couple of trips with me. Getting my kids involved in kayaking creates paddling buddies for life and is a great way to spend time. After these 4 weeks, who knows? We haven't planned that far ahead. Our plan is to have no plan. We'll leave when we leave and get there when we get there.

Your safety boater in a world of class V rapids.