Archive for August 3rd, 2012



Mountain High; BADminton; Zipless

Big Horns 2012

Dark & early tomorrow morning my sons & I leave for a week of backpacking in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming.

We will begin our journey with a ten hour drive to Hill City, South Dakota. We will camp there for the night following a trip to Mount Rushmore. The plan calls for our troop to attend the evening lighting ceremony at the monument. In years past, our boys have taken part in the ceremony and served as it’s Color Guard, unfortunately, the park service has discontinued using Boy Scouts for that purpose.

Sunday will probably prove to be our most challenging day. Following a three and half hour drive from Hill City to Buffalo, Wyoming, where we will purchase fishing licenses, tackle and grab some lunch, we have another one and half hour drive to our trailhead. There, we will register our trek, fill our water bottles and make one final check of our packs before hitting the trail. The trail happens to “up” and we will be on it for slightly over four miles that first day. Following those long car rides and being at altitude will probably mean a pace of about a mile per hour.

If all goes as planned, we should be setting up camp by 5:00 PM.

We will face a 10 mile hike on Day Two, but will have the benefit of knowing we will be in the same campsite for two nights. By this time we should be near 10,400 feet, well above the tree line.

Day Three calls for fishing and a day hike (without a full pack).

We will begin working our way back on Day Four, while camping near another lake for a couple of nights.

We will hopefully make it back to our cars sometime Friday morning. After showers and food in Buffalo, we plan to drive to Devils Tower for…wait for it…ANOTHER HIKE! Following that short hike, we will continue on to the Badlands, where we will spend our final night.

While I’m away hiking you will still be able to view new ‘toons on the site!

Ahh…SHUTTLECOCK!

So it has come to this!

Maybe the Mayans are right since this has to be sign of the apocalypse!

There’s cheating in Olympic BADMINTON!

YES!

Four women’s doubles teams from China and South Korea were kicked out of the Olympics for attempting to LOSE on purpose!

Why?

So they could get done early and go watch a real sport?

No!

They did it so they could get better seeding in the medal round and thus improve their chances for getting the gold!

Only one problem…

They didn’t know how to lose on purpose and not make it look obvious to the ENTIRE WORLD!

I saw better badminton in my sixth grade P.E. class!

And so did the crowd in the stands that witnessed the matches and loudly booed!

Good for the World Badminton Federation for taking decisive action against these corrupt teams!

And yes, I know what you’re thinking…

“There’s actually a World Badminton Federation?”

Yes, I am going to go call my “bookie” right and demand a full refund!

Left Hanging

In case you missed it and you are in need of a laugh, check out this video of poor London Mayor Boris Johnson’s attempt of riding a zip line…

Happy Trails!