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Posted: March 01 2018 at 4:15pm | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Raining here now..

In the owl department I have both ends of the "size chart", I have the little Pygmy owls and the Great Greys which are close to 3' tall.
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In Southern RI crocus are starting to bloom in sunny spots. Dafodils the same along with Hyosynths. I am 7 miles from the ocean so we stay warmer and never lose the robins, plenty of left over berries for them.
We do however get coastal storms one of which will start tonight and last til Sat. morning 2-3" of rain and wind to 65 knots. As we say here "buckle up buttercup its going to blow"

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Posted: March 02 2018 at 6:05am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

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Back in My Navy days, when I was stationed in Conn., we were not far from Long Island sound, the winter weather could get a little nasty. When I was in Ketchikan I lived right on the beach, with the high winter tides and the storm surge, we would have logs that came in over the reef and were trapped, banging on the house foundation.

I have fond memories of RI, we used go to Quonset Point to catch the plane to Scotland, then bus to Holy Loch, to take our turn on patrol in the North Atlantic. Now if you want to talk about storms. One winter we were headed out to our patrol area, and ran into a storm, we were taking 50 degree rolls on the surface, and not in deep enough water to dive. Once we hit deep water and could dive, we were still taking 5 degree rolls at 200 feet. Some storm, I have never seen so many sea sick sailors in my life.

Memories of the "cold war".. that same patrol we had a Soviet diesel submarine follow us for about two weeks, we could hear him run up on the surface at night to charge batteries and his air banks.
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I saw some green weeds out in the flower bed. It must be spring.
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Posted: March 02 2018 at 3:17pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yup, weeds growin. Dogwoods blossoms out.
Reckon it be springtime.
Tee shirts n' bluejeans are the uniform of the day again!


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North Florida snow!







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My trees look like that, it is snow and not blossoms..
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John, nice to hear from someone familiar with my area. Quonset is now an industrial park but the Air Guard still uses the runway for training missions with KC135's. Have them over the house at 500 ft. all the time.
General Dynamics builds sub parts(major sections)there and sends them down to Groton CT for assembly just outside the sub base. There is also a barge building company there. Newport is pretty much closed with the exception of the Naval War College.
Been on generator for two days and according to the power co. they are still assessing damage. I live in the woods and went for a ride today and it looks like a war zone. Glad I brought a chain saw to clear my path.

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Posted: March 04 2018 at 7:15am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

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Most of my Naval career, was spent operating out of the base in Groton. When I was in port, I spent a lot of time out in the woods hunting small game. For as densely populated as Connecticut was, there were places to hunt and a lot of game.

A close friend of mine, a missile tech who had been on the same FBM as I was, and had gone to instructor duty, was also an avid hand gun hunter. In the fall we would have a Sunday night dinner, with whatever we had harvested with our hand guns. Squirrels, rabbits, grouse and pheasants.
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John, I know it is a long shot but did you Mickey Davidson?
Yes there is a lot of open woods if one pokes around.

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Posted: March 05 2018 at 6:42am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

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I did not know that person. I left Connecticut in the spring of 1972 after my enlistment was up. The first week in July of that same year I was in Fairbanks looking for a job. What a change that was from Connecticut to Alaska.
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It is March for sure, bright blue sky with a few white puffy clouds and enough wind to put white caps on the toilet stool!
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John I figured it was a long shot. Mickey was a good friend of mine who died of cancer about two months ago. He shot skeet on the Navy team. I believe he was a torpedoes mans mate. Not sure if the rank is right but he is still up on Facebook.


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The crappie fishing was good Saturday. My buddy and I kept 22 nice ones..... It's supposed to get In the mid 30's Wednesday and Thursday.... Then I'll be ready to take my buddy bass fishing. He moved to Eufaula just after I moved out, and I lived and fished the lake for 40 years... So guess who gets to guide????

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Welcome to the forum. Every spring I think about fishing but seldom get it done.

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I would sure like to see some bare ground again, I have been trying to work up some cast bullet loads for my .30-06, I cannot get to my shooting spot.
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We've lost almost all of our snow but I saw a log chain tied to a fence post today that was standing straight out in the wind.
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Rex, you're just a ways south of where I ran the prairies
as a young buck. Remember those winters that hung on long
and didn't want to leave. Can't say as I miss em though.


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Speaking of owls.....




Who?

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Today, at a 1944 crash site of a B-24 Bomber. Good hike with good friends:









Wonderful spring weather, about 25 degrees & sunny. Nice four-hour snowshoe hike.
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