Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bible Camp (recap)

This was our 4th year to help at Black Mesa Bible Camp. It is in Kenton, OK. Waaay up in the NW corner of Oklahoma. Over at the end of that sticky out part they call the Panhandle, or "No Man's Land." Not in the humid part. Not over East. Not in the forest. Not where it rains a lot. I just explained this because nobody knows where Kenton is. They always start off saying something like, "oh, it must be really humid there." NO it is a desert! Even before I heard about BMBC, I knew where Black Mesa was. And from that I could make a pretty good guess what the weather was like. I'm not going to go into much details about the camp because my huge readership already has heard me talk about it. I just thought I would share some photos.

Friendly helpful staff and counselors. The guy on the left looks a lot like Dawson. Did double takes all week. Tall guy in the middle is a clown. Always cracking jokes. You can see by his expression he has something funny planned. Guy on right knows how to cook meat like nobody's business. Very good cook.
This is the "Mesa Monster" most years some counselors get the kids all worked up telling them stories about the Mesa Monster. They have others go around the cabins and make noises and scratch around on the walls, etc. This is at night, and this year we (other staff) were standing out there acting like we were looking at and talking about something in the trees. One guy drove his car over and turned the lights on like he was trying to spotlight. You would be surprised how many of these kids fall for it. Any way, I took this picture of the monster and was showing it to the kids the next day. It is fun, but we have to be pretty careful, because like I said some of them really are gullible. And do get really scared. It is a hoot none the less.
Mess hall and chapel.
Kid's "Cabins" They do have a little air conditioner, but are still pretty stuffy.

Our "cabin" on the left. Thanks Papaw. Pulled by the big white "goat". I had my class there on the right in the folding chairs. It was in the shade in the mornings when we had class.

Real Man's Grill! 8 burners, two tanks. About 1,049,45,684,783,473,763,739,568 BTU when you get thirty burgers on there dripping grease.
This is a few miles away from camp actually across the line in Colorado. Can you figure out why they call it "Indian Rock"?

The rest of these photos are just some random pictures around camp.








Thursday, July 7, 2011

Making slow progress, Corrals Part 3

It is still very hot, so I have been working on the corral project a little most mornings then doing other stuff in the afternoons. Since there has been no rain, I suppose there is no hurry about getting the pens ready. I won't be buying cattle for a few more months I think.

The trusty ol' Lincoln portable welder, yes that is hand crank. You start it like a model T Ford. Believe it or not, being a 1940s model, it actually starts pretty easy and runs good as long as you have fresh gas in it. Very good welder. A person new to welding would learn quickly using this particular style. It is DC instead of AC so the arc is much more stable and easy to start/hold. These old welders bring good money. I have seen a few on Craigslist that are in good shape bring $4000. This one might be worth half that, but I bet it didn't cost $500 new 60 years ago.
The "war wagon". It is handy to have all the welding supplies in a trailer and I can leave it at the house and not have to haul it around in my pickup. (I did not paint the wheels red)

I hope it looks like I have done a lot, it feels like I should have more done. Slow tedious work for sure. I'm glad my wages are cheap.

I weld these premade clips on the posts to hold the cable. We use cable for cattle pens because you can buy used cable out of the oil patch for el cheapo. Not as good a pen as all pipe would be, but about 10% the cost. Most smaller cattle respect it, and will stay in if you keep it tight. I wouldn't want to keep bison or bulls in with it. Crazy cows would probably go right through too.

The main event. I found a nice used squeeze chute. It needs paint, but other than that it is in perfect working condition. New this particular model would cost roughly $2500.

Mikali is ready for her shots and branding.

We are going up to Black Mesa Bible Camp next week. I think it is supposed to cool off some next week. And I think they have had some showers up there so I am expecting it to be nice.