Friday, September 7, 2018

Return of the Dirt Bikes

It has been several years since we took the dirt bikes out of the garage. We did not really have a place to drive them. We used to drive them on a friend's property but the mesquite tree thorns would puncture the tires within 5 minutes of riding them. It became very frustrating. Now, we can ride them on the deer lease ranch.

Boogs was so little when he first got his bike.
Now Boogs towers over his bike.
The roads on the ranch are mostly dirt roads with some super sandy areas.
The sand is much harder to drive on without slipping around.
Daddy had Boogs run through several refresher drills - 1st gear, 2nd gear, 1st gear, brake, repeat.
Boogs had no trouble at all getting on the bike and riding like he has never taken a break.
My husband really enjoyed all the space to play. He spent more time on his bike than Boogs and I combined.
I finally rode one of the bikes. I signed up for a lesson several years ago, but my bike had carburetor trouble and I did not get to take the lesson. So, this past weekend was the first time I have used the bikes. Daddy and Boogs used to go by themselves. I hit a sandy turn and flipped my bike on top of me. I've got a few bruises from riding this past weekend. I wiped out three times. After each wipeout, I drove slower and slower because I was worried about falling again.The sand is really tough to drive through.

I picked a spot for reading and watching Boogs drive around. This part of the covered porch is perfect for lazing in the shade with your feet propped up and a good book in your hand.

After Boogs went to bed, Daddy and I played a few games of pool. The pool table is outside of the cabins under a covered porch. Daddy beat me at every game.

While the guys were out riding on our second day, I spent some time wandering around looking at the small creatures on the property. It took almost 10 minutes to get this shot of a bee in the center of a flower. There were about ten bees buzzing around this group of flowers. I was a bit scared of getting stung.
I followed a long trail of ants to their home.
This spider has built a huge web in the outside shower area. It was in almost the exact same location the last time we came.
The three of us had a shooting competition with .22 rifles. Our target was a 4 inch steel target located  100 yards down the range.
We decided the competition would be most hits out of ten shots. Daddy went first and scored 2 out of 10.
Boogs went next and scored 3 out of 10.
I took a turn last. I really did not expect to hear the target steel ping even once. But I won!!! I scored 7 out of 10. Victory! (or pure luck)

We packed up all our stuff and loaded the truck just as it was beginning to sprinkle. On the way home we were followed by these clouds. We hit some heavy rain with thunder and lightning. I'm so glad we had our stuff in a waterproof cargo carrier.
Boogs is so busy with school (way too much homework) that we really don't have time to do much of anything during the week. Hopefully, he will get into a good routine and have a bit more free time during the week.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Diamond Half Ranch

My husband signed onto a deer lease with Diamond Half Ranch.  The ranch is about 1.5 hours away from our house. It has 7000 acres of land. We toured the ranch a couple of weeks ago. This past weekend was the first time we stayed there. Included in the lease, is access to the three cabins on the property. They are reserved on a first come basis. The ranch manager told us they are usually not busy except during deer season, late October through mid-January. The "cabins" are all in a row in this building. We stayed in cabin 3.

It is like staying in a motel, except it has three sets of bunk beds in the bedroom area. I was so happy to have air conditioning. It was a hot weekend with temperatures reaching 100 degrees F ( 38 degrees C) both Saturday and Sunday. Boogs called a top bunk bed. My husband and I chose the lower bunks.
This is Boogs showing me how much headroom he had on Sunday.
 At the end of the cabins there is a covered porch with tables, chairs, and a pool table.
The front porch also has a nice shady section with tables.
We arrived on Friday evening, ate dinner, unpacked, and went to bed. On Saturday, we headed into town for breakfast then went back to the ranch to tour the deer blinds.
There are 30 blinds on the property. Some were up high, some down low, some were filthy, some were clean.

We spent a few hours touring around the property. It is beautiful.

The cows were keeping cool in the water.
After lunch, Boogs had to make sure to get in his trombone practice for his band practice record.
Later in the afternoon, Boogs and Daddy set up their gear at the firing range.
 They used their Henry .22 lever action rifles for a competition on the dueling tree.
They also practiced shooting the steel targets at the hundred yard mark.
I joined them for a little bit. They both beat me on the dueling tree. It is nice to have a covered area at the firing range.
Boogs shot this clay target and put a hole straight through it. Normally, the clay targets break apart when they are hit.
Around four o'clock in the afternoon, about six men showed up to use the firing range for skeet shooting. It got pretty loud so we decided to drive around the property for a bit. After my husband bought the lease, he decided he needed a vehicle that could handle the rough roads on the ranch. He bought an old Land Cruiser, but it is still in the shop (for the second time) getting a few repairs.
A few days later, he bought this truck, a Chevy Colorado. He thought he was going to leave the Land Cruiser on the ranch, but has just about decided to sell it since the Colorado is able to handle the terrain. He is going to make the Colorado his regular vehicle and sell his Tesla. I'm going to miss the Tesla.
We let Boogs try driving the truck. He did a great job for a 12-year-old first time driver. I was very nervous for him. I was not sure if he would be able to make it through the gate and over the bumpy cattle guard without hitting a post. He made it!
Daddy had him keep to an 8 mph speed limit and frequently practice braking.
Boogs drove for almost twenty minutes. Then he said, "Ok, Daddy. I'll trade you places at the tree at the top of this hill."
Saturday night, Boogs and Daddy went out to a deer blind with the night scope. They did not see much activity. On Sunday, we ate breakfast, cleaned the cabin, packed, and headed back home. The plan is to go out to the ranch once or twice a month. We are thinking about taking our dirt bikes out to the ranch next weekend. The forecast looks like there might be thunderstorms, so we might not be able to go. I think the ranch is going to be a great place for hanging out as a family.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Last Summer Weekend

And just like that... summer is over. Boogs went back to school this week. He is now in 7th grade.
So far, he likes all of his teachers and classes. I hope he has a great year. On the first day of school each year, I make him a special lunch themed to the book The Kissing Hand. We have kept this tradition since the first day of Kindergarten. I'm glad he still lets me do it.
We went to Six Flags Fiesta Texas Amusement Park. It was hot but a lot of fun.
This was the first time Boogs has ridden the Iron Rattler. He was extremely nervous waiting to get on the ride. The Iron Rattler's first drop is 171 feet with an 81 degree angle. The coaster gets up to 70 mph. Here is a park video of it. Boogs said he will ride it again on our next visit.
 One of Boogs favorite rides is the Whirligig giant swings.
Several of our favorite rides were closed when we visited. We found out they are taking out the Scooby Doo ride and replacing it with a Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Luckily, Spinsanity was still going strong.
Pandemonium has been Boogs go to ride for a long time. It is a roller coaster that has spinning seats.
The new Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster was scary. Boogs didn't ride it but my husband and I did. It is the world's first single rail roller coaster.
It has a 90 degree drop and also speeds up to 70 mph. You feel like you are going to fall right out of your seat. It was a great ride.
We rode most of the big rides at the park and then went over to the water park area. Boogs and Daddy spent about three hours playing there. I found a comfortable chair in a shady spot and read a book. It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon.
My husband bought a deer lease on a ranch about an 1.5 hours from our house. Over the weekend, we took a tour of the property. It has 7000 acres to play on. My husband is so excited. It has a shooting range, cabins, 30 deer blinds, two fishing ponds, fire pit area, hook-ups for an RV, plenty of road/trails for motor bikes, plenty of places to set up a primitive campsite, and beautiful views. There are only 36 people on the lease of the property. The owner said it is only really busy during deer season, October through January. The rest of the year, it is pretty quiet. I already know where we will be spending our weekends in the future.

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