An amazing woman

October 16, 2017

You probably haven’t heard of Amanda Marsh but you may if you
see the movie “Only the Brave” when it comes out on October 20.
She is the widow of Eric Marsh who was a wildland fire fighter.
Because of her husbands death she was a consultant on the film
when it referred to her husband.

When younger, she and her family lived in Chino Hills,
California. She moved to Arizona to study creative writing at
Prescott College and spent her nights in a bar. She had a
problem with alcohol when younger, had stopped, and met her
husband in a 12-step program. Eric Marsh talked at one meeting
about his work with the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

They discovered they had mutual interest in music, rock
climbing, and horses so in January of 2010 Eric proposed during
a trip to the San Juan Mountains. The first fire of that season
left Amanda alone and she knew she couldn’t live by his
schedule as work became his mistress.

She got busy and worked their horses and grew her business
while he fought fires. They had settled into a routine
until June, 2013, when she received the call that her
husbands crew was missing.

When news did come she wanted a beer and cigarette but didn’t
act on it. She remained sober a day at a time and later sold
their place with the five-horse stable and got her own place,
started the Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters,
consulted on the film, and some criticized her of being in it
for the money as her business prospered.

We believe she is an amazing lady who is surviving and keeping
her husbands memory alive through the foundation. We find it
hard to believe that some people would try to shame her for

Enjoy our Monday, it’s the first day of the rest of our lives.
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Thinking back

October 12, 2017

I just got the wife off to work and noticed it started to
drizzle. You know how that goes, not a hard enough rain to get
soaked yet sets a chill in your bones. But Autumn is here with
the leaves changing color, the drop in temperature, and the
steely gray skies.

Christmas displays are starting to pop up and the Holloween
candy is overflowing the aisles. On the east coast of Iowa that
means time to get the snow removal gear in order. Depending on
who one listens to we will either have a dry mild winter or
a cold snowy one.

This is also the time of year that shifts my mind into over-
drive and it moves faster than my fingers can type. We’ll try
to keep up. We’re entering the season when comfort food seems
more important than any other and the holidays start coming.
At least since I retired they let me sit at the adult table.

It shouldn’t be long before the migratory birds start heading
south to their winter homes along with folks who love the area
more than they like our winters. They usually come back once
it warms again.

And this time of year reminds me of days on the farm when the
chores came before anything else and TV was a luxury. If we
watched and hour of TV in one sitting, it was a holiday. And as
I joke with our youngest, the TV had living black and white.
When color TVs became affordable we’d adjust the rabbit ears
until we marvelled at how life like the shows had become.

Now, I’m out of coffee and the leftover pizza along with the
doughnut holes on the table are calling for me. Enjoy our
Thursday. Before we know it the weekend will be here.
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Rambling thoughts

October 4, 2017

Our son called last night to inform me he had hit a deer on
the road to the reservation. Thankfully no one was hurt with
the exception of deer. The car was derivable after the accident,
but being a Saturn some of plastic fender didn’t look so hot.

We got some of the rain that was forecast and it looks like
there will be more to come yet this week. After the rain the sun
came out to dry things off. Almost reminded me of Hawaii in the

This morning I went to visit Dad to catch up on what happened
while we were cruising and visiting other family members in
Idaho. According to the Antique Farmer nothing happened while we
were gone of any significance. My brother was in the hospital
and released during our cruise and if we understand correctly
he is doing better.

The feral kittens have made their appearance once I started
feeding them again and the birds have also came back. We’re
getting back into the same stuff different day phase now. The
wife left for work and I’m trying to catch up on the honey do

And I took a walk down memory lane about how things have
changed over the last 30 years as our anniversary is coming in
December. While my eating habits haven’t changed, the hours
have. Back then I could work a 12 hour day, come home and mow
the lawn, then go out to the garage and work until midnight on
the latest project.

I could do all that now but it would take a week and several
naps to get it done. I still believe getting older beats the
alternative hands down. So enjoy our Wednesday as I know we
will, after a nap and a pizza.
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Here we go again

October 1, 2017

I had good intentions of doing an early post until reality
hit. Slept in only to realize the cupboard was bare, not even a
Snicker’s bar to found anywhere. On the plus side, we have
enough coffee to last us for another month.

After the cruise to the grocery store to stock up on all that
we didn’t have and coming back to unload it, I was told we were
taking a cruise to my mother-in-laws place. Not a problem, got
her tablet up and running while killing a wasp that somehow
managed to get inside her apartment.

Accomplishing that, and after a short visit we were headed
back home, or so I thought. The lady that follows me around
decided we should stop and eat before heading home. And now we
are finally back home for the day. So I thought this a good
time to share some pictures.

One of the feral kittens let me know he didn’t appreciate me
not telling someone to feed them while we were gone. He kept
his distance, even after I put out fresh food and water.

As we were headed home from our trip the skies over Nebraska
seemed to all be laying down. The picture doesn’t do it justice.

Critters were out in force on the cruise home so we’ll share a
few of them. We saw some good looking horses along the way.

As we were cruising down the highway of life I noticed a herd
of animals ahead and alerted the wife. When asked what they
were I replied they were mutant horses who survived a nuclear
blast. As we got closer I noticed my mistake. I believe they
are Alpacas.

Then we came upon a horse who looked like he lived in heaven.

Almost immediately after entering entering western Iowa we
saw a sight we never grow tired of. High corn with a cloud
filled sky for a back drop.

After crossing the bridge spanning the Missouri river into
western Iowa on I-80 you find this overpass, complete with
statuary, as you enter Sioux City.

Not sure if I like the art but it does make you think. And
finally, the wind turbines. In Iowa it seems like we just as
many of these as we have cornfields.

That’s a little of our past few days and after uploading the
pictures from my flash drive we’ll share more. Hope you are
having a great Sunday as we are recovering from vacation.
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Making time

September 29, 2017

We left Rawlins, Wyoming early this morning and arrived in
Paxton, Nebraska a few hours ago where we will spend the night.
When we left it was so foggy you couldn’t see past the hood of
the car so I kept it at 80 mph and the fog lights on.

After running through fog for most the way across Wyoming we
ran into a drizzle and some clouds that looked like they could
open up and rain our on cruise. Everything has gone right today
and shortly we will leave our room to dine at Ole’s Steakhouse
& Saloon. They have some of the best cheeseburgers I have ever
consumed and are located within a half mile of our motel.

Once again the lady that follows me around took all the pictures
and I haven’t asked if I can share them yet, but may post
later if see agrees. With a little cropping and slight touch up
most came out great so I hope she does.

Tomorrow afternoon we will arrive back home and posts will
return to a semblance of normalcy on Sunday. Or at least as
close to normal as I can get. We consider the trip an
overwhelming success and plan on doing it again. Perhaps as
early as next year.

But around this time tomorrow, or a little later, we will
unpack the trunk for the last time on this trip and see if
the critters missed us. The cat probably won’t want much to
do with us, but we’ll see. And I can do a Sunday snicker
post from home again.

Enjoy the rest of our Friday, we’re leaving for a cheeseburger
and fries with plenty of coffee.
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The promised pictures

September 26, 2017

We took a different route into Boise yesterday as our son was
driving so I brought my camera. I still find it hard to believe
we saw all that did so I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
About halfway there we spotted this critter, who may look
familiar from yesterdays post.

Just as you enter Boise this building sits right off the road.
It is a corporate headquarters for some company which I didn’t
catch as I was busy focusing and aiming the camera.

A little further in we noticed the fire department putting out
a grass fire. This was quite a sight from the road.

Our Destination was the Discovery Center of Idaho which had an
exhibit on sharks. It was interesting, but we felt expensive.

When we came out to get in the car we saw a bunch of geese on
the grounds and had to get a pic.

Taking the back roads to return had its benefits. No traffic
and views that can’t be seen anywhere else.

And to top it off, when we arrived back at the kids apartment
two peacock hens and their chicks came strutting up! It was a
sight I hadn’t seen outside of a zoo.

We even saw a buggy hauling the Logan Hotshots home from a
fire in Montana. Enjoy your rest back in Utah.

I’m telling you, if it gets better than that I’d have a
bigger grin on my face everyday. Not sure what today is going
to bring but am ready for it. Perhaps we could go to a burger
joint and order crabs?

Enjoy our Tuesday as we know we will.
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It can be done

September 25, 2017

I shot the picture above from the passenger seat while
the car was doing 87 mph with Kenny driving. So you can
get pictures of critters in a moving car.

Yesterday we ate at a place that featured roast beef subs
and I overdid with the hot peppers so today I ate healthy.
Ok, it was a bacon cheeseburger, but I left the lettuce
and tomato on it so I got my vegetables for the week.

We had this half-pound delight at Joe’s Crab Shack. I
know a lot of people would say it should have been seafood
on the plate yet the menu did list cheeseburgers so it
wasn’t my fault.

We also went to a shark exhibit at the Boise Interactive
Center which made me glad I haven’t swam in the ocean since
my Navy days. We learned a lot, saw a bunch of critters,
and had a great meal.

I don’t think we laughed so hard in quite some time and
to protect the culprits that caused said laughter will not
mention the antics that caused our glee. You had to be

We will be leaving this bit of little Heaven on earth
come Thursday and turn the Fusion east for the cruise
back to Iowa. The car now has over 30,000 miles on the
odometer and has performed flawlessly.

More pictures will be posted at a later date as I am
still editing the 300+ pictures I took today. Enjoy what’s
left of our Tuesday and I’ll make an earnest effort to
post earlier tomorrow.
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