Adventure Location: Del Rio, Texas
Firm Rolling Date: Tomorrow
It was a chore day and get ready to roll day but good progress was made. The laundry was completed; the tires on the rolling stock checked and miscellaneous other get ready to roll chores completed. About 1600 the OFM decided that all the preliminary stuff was finished. He was glad he had signed us up for the Broke Mill supper tonight. Now it was time to go fishing.
The Truck got us to the parking lot safely again. The nice fellow who catches all the fish had just come back up the hill to his truck. With a great effort he tossed his catch into his truck and allowed the OFM to grab a picture of the catch.
He only caught four this afternoon. We chatted for a bit. He worked for TxDOT for 35 years and now fishes. He showed me what lures he used and how he fishes them. Then it was time for him to head off to the cleaning station. The OFM grabbed his fish gear or at least he thought he did. The Team headed out on the Nature Trail and then down the rocks and loose junk along the water to the end of the peninsula.
After fishing for a few minutes he reached for his long nosed pliers and they were missing from his pocket. Oh no. We started the long walk back to the Truck with careful attention to the route we descended from the mountain top. All the way back to the Truck we hoped to find them but it was not to be. When the Truck door opened, there the pliers were waiting on the seat to be put into the OFM’s pocket.
Oh well. Everything was carefully checked and back down the hill we went. That is a tough hill that one should not traverse but once a day. Pay attention FOOL was the thought that kept going through his head.
As we descended the hill AGAIN, the Team took a new route along the top of the ridge. About halfway to the end there it was lying on the rocks, a fishing rod. It was very dirty, one line guide was broken and the rod tip had been broken. Both of those items are in the Castle’s repair kits so it will be easy to replace the broken line guides. Scrubbing all the cemented on adobe may take a bit more effort.
We set it up against a dead bush and went on to the fishing hole. An hour later we still did not have a fish and the wind chill was starting to get noticeable. We gathered all our stuff and headed back along the ridge to get the fishing rod. It was hard to spot at first. We are about one third of the way back to the Nature Trail in this next picture. The important points are labeled.
The long walk back to the Truck was uneventful. That means the OFM did not leave any blood on the rocks or thorns. Keeping all your blood inside your body is a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.