An Abundance of Toilets

Thanksgiving Plate

Simple Thanksgiving dinner with major feelings of thanks for all that we and our loved ones share.

Today is Thanksgiving and we awoke with sunshine pouring in the bedroom window and took time to reflect on all the things for which we are grateful.

First, as always, is our immediate family. Dolores and I are deeply in love and that love only grows as we progress through our 8th decade in life and our 5th decade of marriage. All our children turned out great, married great spouses, and had their children, our grandchildren, who all turned out great. The credit for this is individually theirs, but we still indulge ourselves with a tinge of pride in this fact.

Next is our deceased family and friends. Our parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, friends who all influenced our life during their time with us.Their influence is often discussed in our morning talks and we are grateful to these departed family members and friends for how they have helped us shape our life.
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Bear Story – Feeding the Ranger

Yosemite Back Packing

Wilderness backpacking along Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River at the second camp south of the Tuolumne Meadows trail head, Yosemite National Park. Diane Foutz, David Foutz, Darlene Foutz, Dolores Foutz. Just before the second bear intrusion. Stephenson tent hangs from a tree drying while we finish breakfast. Bear came from the trees.

First Intrusion by the bears.

We were having breakfast when the back country ranger came over and asked if we had any bear trouble. She looked slim and trim in the National Park Uniform with her blonde hair tucked under the trademark “Smokey the Bear” wide-brim hat. We said no, but we could hear them last night and the camper next to us lost his backpack to the bears including all his food and his expensive camera. He was out looking for his backpack and camera at the present time. We also heard that the scout troop heading south along the John Muir trail to Mt. McKinley had also lost all their food to the bears. She said they were not the only ones. Apparently everyone in the campsite — including her — had lost their food to the bears. We were the only exception.
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