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Working Wanders & Signs of Spring

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by B Griffin, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    A few shots from working wanders over the last few days.

    "We don't want any adventures here today thank you, you miht try over the hill or across the water..."
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    Warming up around 11pm after a very long, cold, and wet wander in a city with a loaded pack.
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  2. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 1, 2015
    Can’t believe cold blooded animals are out already in your area. We are far from that here in IL. Cool shots!
     
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  3. Aias

    Aias

    Aug 1, 2012
    Your posts are always such a pleasure—thanks Brian. —Anthony
     
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  4. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 13, 2017
    I'm just a couple hours south of Brian, and we haven't had much of a winter. At the beginning of December, we had highs in the 70's. So far in 2019, we've seen fewer than 10 days with lows below freezing, and we've already seen a high of 80 degrees F. All winter, we've not had a single day that remained below freezing all day long. I haven't seen a single snowflake here this season. I was on a hike the last weekend in January and ran across daffodils blooming. I'm dreading the summer's heat and humidity already.
     
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  5. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Thanks Jason :) The Garter snake was pretty small, and definitely not the reason I am wearing knee high snake boots on my woods wanders at the moment but certainly relative :)
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    Thank you Anthony!! I'm very glad you enjoy them!!

    Here on the mountain we have had a few days where it stayed below freezing for a few days in a row, and we have had a little snow, but not much and so far certainly a mild and VERY WET winter.

    Cheers
    Brian
     
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  6. Halfneck

    Halfneck Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Yea I am over the rain in our area. Seriously cutting into my outdoor hikes lately.
     
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  7. NoRest

    NoRest Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 27, 2015
    It's been the opposite here with more days staying below average temperature. Along with the cold temps we've had above average snow amounts. I like hiking in the snow but I'm itching for some spring camping!
     
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  8. Nbrackett

    Nbrackett Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    Yep. The forecast is for 8”-10” this week. :(
     
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  9. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007

    Yeah, I've been out studying things. The river is flowing hard and at flood stage right now, with a forecast of more rain this week. I have been up at the dam and along some of the creeks right below it. TVA doesn't exactly advertise the weakness all of the work is being done to repair, and I am wishing it was already done... Andy says life is too short to carry an ugly knife, but with where I'm working right now along with the Babyboot around my neck for civilized uses, I also have a Navy MK-3 and a letherman wave on my side just in case things go horribly wrong...
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  10. tphill

    tphill Basic Member Basic Member

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    Feb 22, 2015
    What dam is this?
     
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  11. NOLA

    NOLA Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 9, 2016
    Looks like Chickamauga Dam
     
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  12. tphill

    tphill Basic Member Basic Member

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    Feb 22, 2015
    Thought it looked familiar. We locked through there last year bringing our boat down to Guntersville, AL.
     
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  13. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Yes, it is Chickamauga Dam. Luckily the water above the dam is not at flood stage, at least as of yet. It's not near as low as usual winter levels, but definitely below usual summer levels, and that is encouraging.
     
  14. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Warg tracks?
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  15. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Those pics are GREAT!!!
     
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  16. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Thanks :) It's being great to finally have my oldest in a better place in life after getting rid of her abusive ex, and to be able to work while not having to babysit a four-year-old at the same time now. Plus I finally have Alayna doing a bit better with her grades again now as well, so I have finally been able to get out in the field and do more work lately. That was a reeeeeeally loooooooong nine months of added responsibility that came with a LOT of stress. I hope there are no more instances like that for a while. That one almost finished me... and did completely wipe me out financially.
     
  17. VANCE

    VANCE Allen, I have an axe to grind with you. Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 13, 2006
    definitely a Warg in the area
     
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  18. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    These were only a little over 3 inches long, but I find some a bit larger out in the deeper places now and then, closer to 4 inches and maybe a little over. Those interest me most, well and the larger cat tracks I find. Some decent sized bobcats around still, here and there. But I only ever see them at night when I am driving.
     

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