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  • RalphRalph
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    Hey you guys on the SE coast.

    Good luck with the storm that is approaching your part of the world.

    Play heads up and hopefully for all that nobody gets hurt and property damage is minimal.

    Our prayers are with y’all.

    R2

  • Stephen Graf
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    Kids are coming home from college tomorrow as the universities are closing.  We’re gonna have a hurricane party…  Thanks for the thoughts.  We’re inland and expected to get upwards of 30 inches.  Those on the coast will have it worse.

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    Yes Stephen best of luck! But in your case I am sure you are prepared–

    Wishing all in the impact area a storm that fizzles out

    Scout

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    Hey Stephen how is it going back there ? I hope all ya all weathered the storm easily without any damage.

    Scout

  • Stephen Graf
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    Today we will get to see the sky, which is a welcome change.

    We (northern piedmont) were spared the worst of the rain.  Got maybe 10 inches or so, and not a lot of wind.  There are a few downed trees.  The folks down east got the worst of it.  As of yesterday Wilmington still had no road access.  Airlifts the only way in our out.  People running out of food, etc.  It’s a mess.

    I’ve been through a bunch of hurricanes.  This one was the worst because of its duration.  Usually they move so fast that the brunt of the storm lasts just 6 to 10 hours.  This one lasted 5 days.  It was truly the proverbial Chinese water torture.

    That said, there is always a silver lining.  I passed the dark and dreary days whittling out a new bow.  I spent the last several months reviewing more than a decades worth of bow making notes.  Making notes about my notes.  Mulling over what has worked and what hasn’t.  Being alarmed at what I have forgotten.  That’s the point of notes, right? To help us remember.  But still, I wonder…  am I loosing it?  Somehow, through the fog of time, I suss out where I have gone astray.  Not once, but often.  I resolve to gather up all these bits of good bow making, and discard all the bad bits.  Between the thunder claps and tree bending gusts of wind a bow takes shape.  As the lights flicker on and off and the radio warns of worse to come, I pull the bow.  It is ready.

    The bow and I made a pretty good showing at our Tuesday night archery club.  Not the best I’ve ever shot, but pretty fair.  I think this bow and I will be together for a good long time.  I will name her Florence.

    The kids are back at State.  That was the hardest part for me, watching them head back to school after our extended hurricane visit.

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    Stephen

    Sounds like you weathered the storm in good shape, and you turned it into a positive experience – well done. Built a new bow and it sounds like a great one, with a ” mystical” birth! From your comments it appears a second addition of the book might be in the offing -?

    I do understand what you mean about the notes and the forgetfullness. Never ending story with me. I have to remind myself to go back and review them, when I remember to  haha – vicious circle.

    Scout

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      I’ve seen Steve shooting Florence the Hurricane bow and she sends arrows down range with as much authority as the actual storm hurled her winds and debris. She is a shooter.

      Duncan

       

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    Stephen, great post. I’m glad you’re all safe. Interesting way to use the time. Perhaps a new book is in the works. Enjoy your time with Florence. I’m sure she’ll be good company til the kids are home for the holidays. Peace, dwc

  • Stephen Graf
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    No new books for a while.  My main focus is the Appalachian Trail through-hike with my boy coming up this spring.  If I live through that well, we’ll see…

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    I can see it now… Stumping the AT with Florence….

  • RalphRalph
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    Wonder how that would work, stumping the ‘AT’, with carrying of any kind of weapon, with  rules and regulations involved in all the different states that are on it’s path? Just curious.

    After all, I think there are 14 states to contend with.  Some got Yankees too  :-))……………I never stir the pot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I know that when I used to work in NM all the time I’d yearly buy a non resident small game license to cover my tail, just in case, when I was out stumping on State, Fed or BLM land, of which there is aplenty.

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    Yankees would be the least of the problems in PA. Rocks are the real enemy on the trail. Steve would have to carry an extra pack for arrows. dwc

  • Stephen Graf
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    I looked into taking my bow with me.  I really wanted to bring a carriage bow and some blunt arrows.  But the reality of the trail is that the extra weight would be burdensome and potential run-ins with carrying a bow and arrow out of season that Ralph alludes to would be a worry I don’t need.

    So I will give up my daily shooting for the 5 or 6 months that the hike will take (assuming these old bones carry me the whole way).  It will give me something to look forward to upon my return.  I am sure the deer and squirrels will hardly notice the difference my lack of practice will make 🙁

  • RalphRalph
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    I know of one kind of ‘rock’ I surely wouldn’t wanna find out on a trail…………………………..

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    Florence will welcome you with surprising ease, Steve. If you need a stumpin fix when you hit Water Gap, I’ll set you up. Dwc

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