Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade

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  1. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2008 continued:

    080207 KEY WEST, FL; For reasons I can't fully explain, I find enjoyment in reaching the extreme points of the United States. I have been to many of them: List of extreme points of the United States - Wikipedia

    080207 KEY WEST, FL....jpg

    080207 KEY WEST, FL; This was the day of firsts. The first time I had ever tried Key Lime pie and Yellowfin Tuna and enjoyed them both. It is of my opinion that Salmon and Tuna are better left at sea---two of the nastiest tasting fish. Here, I asked a lifelong friend if I may try one of his cigars. In attempting my first experience at smoking tobacco---it was like sucking on cardboard. Yuck! Pewy!

    080207 KEY WEST, FL; My first....jpg

    080209 FLORIDA; This simple shot truly intrigued me. Comparison shot - both were being towed by Jeep Wranglers.

    080209 FLORIDA; Comparison shot....jpg

    080218 ALABAMA; If you think the roads in Los Angeles and New York are tough to navigate---try Alabama!

    080218 ALABAMA; If you think....jpg

    080218 RAINSVILLE, AL; Does anyone else see anything wrong with this advertisement in the deep south?

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  2. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2008 continued:

    080221 SCOTTSBORO, AL; Because You Loved Me...my li'l buddy returns home.

    (This will be difficult to hold back the tears as I write this.)

    When time had come to aid my friend, my companion, family member and the navigator of The Odyssey to return to his maker, I asked the veterinarian if she would mind doing the deed in the camper. It didn't seem right that Black Jack should have his ticket punched in unfamiliar surroundings. The vet was more than accommodating and joined me at the Stagecoach (camper).

    Just as the veterinarian arrived and wrapped a rubber band around his leg before injecting the needle, Black Jacked kissed me one last time as if to thank me and say good-bye. Then he whimpered and went to sleep.

    After I had sobbed away the tears and went back into the veterinarian's office to thank her, I returned to the Ponies (Jeep) to find a card on the windshield, which sent me into another weeping spell. It read:

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  3. Randy

    Randy Junior Ranger Donating Member

    Sorry about Black Jack. Time for a new pup?!
     
  4. pbaker2225

    pbaker2225 Junior Ranger Donating Member

    Fun to see all the pictures. I enjoy your posts.
     
  5. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    I don't think the time is right to introduce a new dog into full-timing, Randy; not until I plant roots somewhere. I lived with some guilt while Black Jack was alive. It used bother me something terrible whenever I'd go into a library to check email or to work on a manuscript knowing he was held captive in the Jeep. It bothered me to take time out to walk into a theater for a couple of hours, knowing an aging canine with some loss of sight and hearing was waiting patiently in the Jeep for my return. It would even get to me to walk into a store to pickup supplies knowing that I couldn't bring him in.

    Besides, in today's world people are quick to call law enforcement when a dog is found unattended (especially during the summer months) in parking lots. What is a person to do if grocery shopping is in order for both the canine and the owner? There were times when I was in the southwest and would wait until late at night, when the temps were cooler, to do my shopping at an all-night grocery store. I still worried that someone would call the police, Black Jack would have been removed from the Wrangler, and I would be left with a ticket to appear in court. It would have been a different story if the air conditioner in the Stagecoach could have operated under its own power. He would have been comfortable, cooler and out of sight.

    No, I'm not quite ready to travel down that road again. But one day, I'll introduce a dog into my world.

    Thank you for the feedback, PBaker. It does my heart good knowing I bring some level of entertainment to a sector of this forum. I do appreciate you saying something. Again, Thank You.

    Walk in Beauty,

    BEAR
     
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  6. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2008 continued:

    080308 SIERRA NEVADAS; Eastside of the mountain. There is a wayside rest area on the eastside that I have camped in numerous times. It is a spiritual experience and the energy is phenomenal. I have met some wonderful souls while parked in this oasis in the desert.

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    080507 SUISUN, CA; The sign says it all. I was here to visit an acquaintance who was parked at the campground. Aside from the two of us, the campground was empty; a beautiful location parked on the edge of a lake. One evening, while staring up at the diamond speckled, moonless, sky, I spoke to the Heavens to share with Black Jack how much I missed him. No sooner was the following stated, "What I wouldn't give to know you were present." than a beagle's howl came from the other side of the small lake. It was without question his doing.

    080507 SUISUN, CA....jpg

    080507 SUISUN, CA; While visiting the campground, the acquaintance I was there to see had her two Mastiffs along; the female gave birth during the visit. It is difficult to imagine that such a tiny creature can grow into a miniature horse of a dog.

    080507 SUISUN, CA; Mastiff puppy....jpg

    080507 SUISUN, CA; Mastiff puppy's father

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    080507 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA; Driven by the park many times but had never entered its boundaries until this day. That night I did something uncharacteristic, I opted to camp overnight at a campground. I was quickly reminded why I don't make a practice of parking at campgrounds. I'll never understand why city folks bring their city ways to the country. Isn't the whole point of going camping to do something out of the ordinary. The campground was lit up like the City of Lights and as loud as Sin City, and by morning I would know the name of every child in the area. Not because we were introduced, but because parents wouldn't stop screaming at their kids for wanting to be children doing kid like things.

    080507 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA; Driven by....jpg
     
  7. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2008 continued:

    080508 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA; Yosemite Falls---breathtakingly beautiful!

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    080611 CAMP WILDERNESS, MN; Taken from the ranger watchtower overlooking Bad Axe Lake. I had been hired to fill the role of Quartermaster during Boy Scout summer camp. Little did I know that once hired I'd spend the better part of the next two years working at this camp. // I landed here in celebration of crossing into my 5oth state: North Dakota. I wanted some way to honor the occasion and given my love for Scouting, I thought working at a Boy Scout camp would be the perfect way to prolong the celebration. Little did I know that Boy Scouts of America's Northern Light Council, in North Dakota, actually held their summer camps near Park Rapids, Minnesota at Camp Wilderness.

    080611 CAMP WILDERNESS, MN; Taken from ranger....jpg

    080611 CAMP WILDERNESS, MN; A wall of rain as captured from the ranger watchtower.

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    080920 CAMP WILDERNESS, MN; C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) Course - Exhilarating! The platform for this zip line sits above the trees and the line lowers into a clearing amongst the conifers. I had been on zip lines before but never one this high off the ground. It took some doing to talk myself into walking off that platform. Once I was flying the mental process was simple, "What the heck! What's the worst that could happen, I'd have another chapter for the book?"

    080920 CAMP WILDERNESS, MN; C.O.P.E. Course....jpg

    081116 CAMP WILDERNESS, MN; Bracing for the -40º temps that would soon follow. While employed with the camp I had permission to use the cabin next door, but I opted to remain in the Stagecoach. And boy was I glad that I did!

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  8. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2008 continued:

    081216 CAMP WILDERNESS, MN; The sub-freezing temps have arrived---and I'm lovin' it!

    081216 CAMP WILDERNESS, MN; The sub-freezing....jpg

    I'll see ya next time when Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade continues with 2009.

    That’s it America…reporting from the road this is Brother Bear signing out.

    Walk in Beauty,

    BEAR
     
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  9. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2009:

    090110 CAMP WILDERNESS, MN; The furnace inside was no match for the cold outside as ice accumulated around the mattress. In time there would be over an inch layer of ice on all four sides of the interior.
    (Camp Wilderness - Northern Lights Council)

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    090213 MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS, ITASCA STATE PARK, MN; I think the photo says it all. Did you know that the river actually heads north before turning south? Here it takes approximately seventeen steps to walk across the Mighty Mississippi. On this day I decided to take the path less traveled.
    (Park Info: Itasca State Park: Minnesota DNR)

    090213 MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS, ITASCA STATE PARK, MN; I think....jpg

    090404 RUGBY, ND; Geographical Center of North America. Another one of those extreme points of interest that I was destined to see. (North America's Geographical Center May Be in a North Dakota Town ...)

    090404 RUGBY, ND; Geographical Center....jpg

    090418 SILVER REEF, UT; 4-Wheeling in the backcountry with a friend. Steve and I have traveled to different parts of the country to do this very thing. We love the backcountry and we love to explore it.

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    090418 SILVER REEF, UT; Enjoying the backcountry on foot. In this region there are a lot of abandoned mineshafts that are fun to explore. It is not possible to enter the shafts because the state took measures to cement steel bars over the entrances. But that wasn't enough to hold back the intrigue as some shafts were horizontal and some vertical. It was the vertical ones that were the most intriguing to these eyes. (Silver Reef, Utah - Wikipedia)

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  10. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2009 continued:

    090823 DETROIT LAKES, MN; Beauty is all around us. I had volunteered my time to assist a Life Scout (Boy Scout) work on his Eagle Scout project when I stumbled upon this magnificent sight. I would have missed this experience had something not fallen from my hands and I had to pick it up. It was then that I noticed the frog sunbathing.

    090823 DETROIT LAKES, MN; Priceless....jpg

    090925 CASTLE ROCK COUNTY PARK, WI; Attending the Camp-Inn Camp-Outt. The caution sign was from one friend; the hat came from another. The bear claw necklace, too, was a gift and so was the t-shirt. The Odyssey has opened these eyes to just how beautiful people are outside city limits. The generosity of strangers never ceases to amaze me. Time and again I have been adorned with gifts that I didn't think that I warranted, and time and again I have been invited into strangers homes and fed dinner.

    090925 CASTLE ROCK COUNTY PARK, WI; Attending....jpg

    I'll see ya next time when Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade continues with 2010.

    That’s it America…reporting from the road this is Brother Bear signing out.

    Walk in Beauty,

    BEAR
     
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  11. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2010:

    100426 Allagash Wilderness, ME; Future home of Camp Coddiwomple East. Boondocking along the St. John River. This is without question my favorite photo taken of myself throughout The Odyssey.

    100426 Allagash Wilderness, ME; Future home of Camp Coddiwomple East..JPG

    100828 HAWLEY, MN; Officiating my first wedding--Joel H. & Char T.

    100828 HAWLEY, MN; Officiating my first wedding....jpg

    I'll see ya next time when Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade continues with 2011.

    That’s it America…reporting from the road this is Brother Bear signing out.

    Walk in Beauty,

    BEAR
     
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  12. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2011:

    110213 LA PUSH BEACH WA; Beached tree. I felt so tiny standing next to this monstrosity.

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    110415 ROCKY POINT, WA; I designed and fabricated the canopy. My primary purpose in designing this canopy was to come up with something that could fasten to the camper and not require anchors. I succeeded. The other requirement was that it had to be stowed in the hatch of the camper itself---again, I succeeded. This was all I needed for shade until I was introduced to a Super Sport-Brella in 2013. The Sport-brella has since replaced my design do to its simplicity.

    110415 ROCKY POINT, WA; I designed....jpg

    110602 OAK HARBOR, WA; Managing the Grasshoppers, Minor A, North Whidbey Little League. Teaching 6-8 years old the fundamentals of baseball is like trying to corral a heard of kittens.

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    110919 MONTANA; Introducing a fellow teardropper to boondocking. This was a lot of fun introducing someone to my world of camping, which didn't require campgrounds or utilities---just the company of Mother Nature and Mother Earth.

    110919 MONTANA; Introducing....jpg

    110923 CASTLE ROCK COUNTY PARK, WI; The wolf-hybrids that attacked me during a Camp-Inn Camp-Outt gathering. After I had returned from the emergency room, the ongoing joke in camp was: Wolf 1 vs. Bear 0.

    110923 CASTLE ROCK COUNTY PARK, WI; The wolf-hybrids....jpg
     
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  13. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2011 continued:

    111109 ROCKY POINT, WA; The Stagecoach from space complements of Google Earth. I can't begin to tell you how exciting it was to discover this image at the time that it had happened. Then the novelty wore off, because I had came to realization: that if I had sat long enough for a satellite to capture the camper's image then I wasn't out exploring. But I just can't help myself when it comes to Whidbey Island, I just love the place.

    111109 ROCKY POINT, WA; The Stagecoach from space....jpg

    111209 ROCKY POINT, WA; Doing a little house cleaning before the cold winds of January set in.

    111209 ROCKY POINT, WA; Doing a little house cleaning....jpg

    I'll see ya next time when Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade continues with 2012.

    That’s it America…reporting from the road this is Brother Bear signing out.

    Walk in Beauty,

    BEAR
     
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  14. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2012:

    120115 ROCKY POINT, WA; The cold winds of January have arrived. And I...I was as happy as a snowflake.

    120115 ROCKY POINT, WA; The cold winds of January have arrived..JPG

    120605 OAK HARBOR, WA; North Whidbey Little League Junior Division (Ages 13-16) Son & Parent softball game, and the impartial coach is on the mound pitching for both teams. It was a close game but the boys managed to pull it out. These teams were made up predominately military families, who had parents playing softball for the recreation league on the nearby military base. The kids thought they had it in the bag before the game even started---boy were they surprised.

    120605 OAK HARBOR, WA; NWLL Junior Division....jpg

    121004 NEVADA; In the middle of nowhere life lives on. I didn't see a human in the area but there was plenty in way of horses, dogs and trucks. I stood along the side of the road for the longest time hoping to see people and never did. The temperature that day was well above 90 °F, and I began to wonder how hot it might have been in those canvas tipis.

    121004 NEVADA; In the middle of nowhere life lives on..JPG

    121102 JESSE OWENS PARK, TUCSON, AZ; Visiting with a friend of the park. This little furball was adorable and as friendly as one could be. He seemed to love everyone and everything.

    121102 JESSE OWENS PARK, TUCSON, AZ....jpg

    121107 RED ROCK STATE PARK, SEDONA, AZ; Hallow ground

    121107 RED ROCK STATE PARK, SEDONA, AZ....jpg

    I'll see ya next time when Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade continues with 2013.

    That’s it America…reporting from the road this is Brother Bear signing out.

    Walk in Beauty,

    BEAR
     
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  15. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    I can resist no longer to this humorous sharing of thoughts. It gives me a chuckle each time that I read the input above. Now Steve, you write:"I've often yearned for the Cliff Notes version of your journey (especially at those times when we were close to going over our cell data limit). Your entries to this forum make mine look like child's play. I've often wondered how you could possibly download so much info given the limited capacity of your cell data. Especially the photos. I try to limit photos to a maximum 375 pixels to save on server space, and yet your photos are humungous. Care to comment? :) Please understand I'm just having a little fun here and mean nothing personal by it.
     
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  16. Inn42

    Inn42 Junior Ranger

    My only reply to most of what you ask would of necessity be well outside of my personal expertise and involve a lot of conjecture and guesswork. Suffice it to say that with our original phones we had virtually no ability to specify photo size. Our new phones might, but as long as they upload on the forum as-is I'm not sure it is worth my effort to find out. I think Rotus8 had pointed out that they display as huge on his phone - on our Chromebooks and phones they display normally. Perhaps it is the small photo size setting of your (and his) device that cause the photos to be so large?

    Our carrier is Republic Wireless. They are Wi-Fi first phones, so when uploading pictures we generally can make sure we have access to free wi-fi when making a post. (Our phones are set to automatically back up our photos only over wi-fi). So I suspect this is the most direct answer to your post. When replying to posts by others we more frequently are not on a wi-fi connection. I guess it is safe to say that your posts probably would only be a potential issue for us when we know we are close to exceeding our data limit for a particular billing period. A more condensed format for your posts would make me more inclined to read them all, but I respect that people have their own writing styles. I'm just glad that you take the time to share your experiences with others.

    Our experience with cell data usage suggests that photos aren't the big data hogs. Certain websites allow various entities to track what you are doing. Sometimes there are a LOT of entities doing this simultaneously, and for reasons that completely elude me, they add a HUGE amount of data overhead to a browser session (especially if you keep multiple windows open at the same time - something I do less often now that I am aware of this).

    If these explanations don't suffice, you would probably want to toss this out to the resident geeks for a more knowledgeable explanation.
     
  17. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2013:

    130903 MONTANA; Boondocking in the backcountry of Montana. The water was warm enough to go skinny dipping during the day and fishing in the evening.

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    130914 GLYNDON, MN; Officiating my third wedding and young Mr. Hogenson is assisting.

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    130929 CASTLE ROCK STATE PARK, WI; Camp-Inn Camp-Outt 10th Anniversary; Jenn and I were recognized (with embroidered shirts) for our full-timing status as she, too, owns a Camp-Inn 550. I'll never forget the immortal words of Craig Edevold when approaching the end of 21st century's last decade: "We never saw you coming." Could be the title to my first book. The puzzled look on my face (while visiting the factory) caused him to further elaborate: "When we (him and Cary) started to design these campers, we never anticipated anyone actually living in one." I was quite proud to have been the individual that aided them in exceeding all of their expectations.

    130929 CASTLE ROCK STATE PARK, WI; Camp-Inn Camp-Outt 10th Anniversary....jpg

    131023 COUPEVILLE, WA; The Wharf. Returning to Whidbey Island in 2006, after a ten year drought, set the ball in motion for becoming an annual event. The spiritualness of this island had officially made it the West Coast Base Camp.

    131023 COUPEVILLE, WA; The Wharf.JPG

    I'll see ya next time when Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade continues with 2014.

    That’s it America…reporting from the road this is Brother Bear signing out.

    Walk in Beauty,

    BEAR
     
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  18. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2014:

    140708 INTERNATIONAL REDWOOD GATHERING, CA. My first international gathering and I hope not my last.

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    141004 , CAMP CODDIWOMPLE WEST; Practicing my new skills at the newly established West Coast Base Camp. In January 2014, I enrolled in a three month class at the Northwest Indian College in Tulalip, Washington. This class was provided to teach students on how to carve the Native American flute and then on how to play them. This class became a game changer in life.

    141004 , CAMP CODDIWOMPLE WEST....jpg

    141220 WILDHORSE TRAIL, RINCON MTN, AZ; Serenading the wildlife. For me, the energy emitted from the Saguaro cactus forest is reminiscent of the energy experienced while standing in the Avenue of the Giants at Humboldt Redwoods State Park, in California. An experience I never tire from.

    141220 WILDHORSE TRAIL, RINCON MTN, AZ....jpg

    I'll see ya next time when Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade continues with 2015.

    That’s it America…reporting from the road this is Brother Bear signing out.

    Walk in Beauty,

    BEAR
     
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  19. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger

    Bear's Odyssey: The First Decade...IN PICTURES. 2015:

    150515 QUINALT VALLEY, WA; World's Largest Spruce Tree at 191' Tall & approximately 1,000 years old. In the years that have since followed this unique experience, the tree lost half its girth when parts of the trunk succumbed to age and fell to earth.

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    150806 LEAVENWORTH, WA; I have a dream that one day I'll be able to recruit Craig and Cary, at Camp-Inn, to aid me in figuring out how to mount the Stagecoach to an old flatbed truck in similar fashion.

    150806 MONTANA; One day.jpg

    151021 ALLAGASH, ME; By the time I had retired from the military, I had resided in over forty addresses. But it was over Labor Day weekend in 2002, I felt like I had come home for the first time when Furball, a Cocker Spaniel, and Black Jack, a Beagle/Doberman mix, and I crossed over the Maine state line from New Hampshire. The was this unprecedented, insurmountable energy that overcame the spirit within and I knew I had finally come home. Now plans are in the works to plant permanent roots in the Pine Tree State.

    151021 ALLAGASH, ME.jpg

    151124 MEDWAY, ME; Thanksgiving week and the axle (with over 100k+ miles) gave up the ghost. Imagine driving down a dark and lonely two lane highway in the middle of wilderness country. The clock is approaching midnight and suddenly---out of nowhere---there is an explosion and the trailer you are towing begins to fishtail and your tow vehicle plows a farmer's front yard with the camper you are now dragging. When the axle rolled out from underneath the frame, the stainless steel rim cut into the rubber tire like a knife to a Thanksgiving Day turkey. The unexpected explosion had me wondering if somehow the Ponies and Stagecoach slammed into a moose, which is a common occurrence in that part of the country. (Interactive map shows accidents involving moose) To this day, I can only speculate on the cause of events.

    151124 MEDWAY, ME.jpg

    151223 WALLACE, ID; (Birthday week) The next morning and a mile west, the drive shaft (with 250k+ miles) will give up the ghost. When the u-joint along the driveshaft snapped, it sounded allot like an artillery round explosion. Sitting alone in an empty town, over a holiday weekend, had me pondering recent events, and so I began to wonder why the universe was delaying me from returning to the West Coast Base Camp.

    151223 WALLACE, ID.jpg

    That concludes the year-by-year snapshot. More random photos may follow, a decision that has yet to be made.

    That’s it America…reporting from the road this is Brother Bear signing out.

    Walk in Beauty,

    BEAR
     
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