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Hey norseman & SWWASAS.....hope you guys are doing well! LOL, playing with fire is a part of a boys life for sure:) I remember playing toy solders with my older brother once....it was outside and he spent hours setting up all his plastic solders, tanks, and planes, while I only put out a few guys. When the war started, I told him my guys had flame throwers and pulled out mom's HairNet spray, flicked my dads zippo lighter, and melted his army..

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SWWASAS

When I was 4 or 5 a neighbor boy the same age and I set a bon fire in the concrete floor of a garage.   I have no idea what we were thinking.     We could have burned the garage  down.   A few years later (age 8 or 9)  I decided that I wanted to learn how to bake a potato with a fire.    The fire got away from me into some dry grass and the whole field burned.     How I managed to avoid getting tagged as a little fire bug I don't know.    

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38 minutes ago, SWWASAS said:

When I was 4 or 5 a neighbor boy the same age and I set a bon fire in the concrete floor of a garage.   I have no idea what we were thinking.     We could have burned the garage  down.   A few years later (age 8 or 9)  I decided that I wanted to learn how to bake a potato with a fire.    The fire got away from me into some dry grass and the whole field burned.     How I managed to avoid getting tagged as a little fire bug I don't know.    

 

I've done my share.   Wasn't necessarily "little" every time though.  :)  

 

One time when I was 8-9, I think, I went up the "crick" by our house fishing.    I noticed bubbles coming up out of the bottom of a deeper crack in a large pool.    I don't know what inspired me to strike a match and toss it in the water but I did, and ... wow.   Fortunately, most of the pool shore was rock, there was only a little grass fire to put out and I did, successfully.   That got me interested in geology.    Turns out there is low grade coal, not worth mining, but it is there.

 

Not much later .. well, I went to a one room school for a while and only had one other kid in my class.   The teacher sent us to the post office at lunch to pick up the school mail.    The other kid had the first butane lighter I ever saw.   He lit a stump on fire beside the road and we couldn't piss enough to put the fire out so we ran off 'n' played stupid when asked about it.   Coulda gone badly.  

 

When I was about 30 (old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway) my aunt asked me to help her limb up some junipers .. take away the ladder fuels in case of a fire.   I'm "efficient."   I didn't think we wanted little dinky burn piles scattered all over the place, it would be better to have just one pile.   She bought a chain saw and a file for me use and I spent a 3 day weekend cutting and stacking.    I had one burn pile that was likely 35x35 feet and approaching 20 feet high when I got done.   Fortunately I ran out of time and didn't have time to light it off before I had to go home.   She decided she'd have the fire department come out and burn it for her.   They 'bout had heart attacks.   Apparently there's about a 4x4x3 foot limit to burn piles there.   They were going to make her take it apart but took pity on her and did burn it for her as it lay, but definitely got the stern talking to.  Oops.   I thought when you build a burn pile, the fire should be visible from outer space or it's a waste of effort.  Yep, oops.  

 

Y' ought to see dry pine needles go up.   I had 5-6 8x8x2 trailer loads, heaped to about 6 feet tall, in a giant pile.   They were going' sorta slow .. couldn't get enough oxygen for the fuel density.  :(  Did you know a leaf blower makes a bad a$$ turbo-charger?   :)  

 

MIB

 

 

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Bigtex

Love the stories guys.....bringing back many of those fiery memories!

 

Here are a few pics from the weekend hikes......the first pic is a rock that I sit on at Gift Tree #2 for a rest when hiking through, and always gifting rocks, piling them a certain way, and I left the stick triangle the other day, but guess some critter didn't like it, took a dump where I sit, and circled in red, lol. The 1st print pic is in limestone, as old as the formation of the rock itself......of interest, there are Dino tracks nearby, and both covered by volcanic ash on the same day that has since water eroded away.....I left the print 'as is', leaving the heavier creek gravel in the print & toes. And a few fresh prints......a local buddy who has a mild interest in BF asked me why I find so many prints, and maybe some of you guys have the same question.......just been researching this one area near my home several times a week for 20 years, so I've learned some of their patterns of travel, have found their trails, plus they are using many of the ones that I have made over the years......add a lil rain, and giddy-up prints!!

 

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