NO EXCUSES!!! None of my troops better get caught unprepared!!!
File in quickly, Troops. Take SEATS! Now, take notes! Living in the rarified air of the mountains, I guess I have overcome
any effects of hypoxia (inadequate oxygen) that some of the visitors
to our area seem to experience.
While driving in my A.O. (area of operation) I noticed a couple who
seemed about to depart the road for a nature walk. Pulling over, I
asked if they were locals. When they answered negatively, I asked if
they were aware of all of the animal hazards at 3500 ft. Again, a
negative. I informed them that we have bear, wild pig, mt. lion,
bobcat, coyote & rattlesnake, as well as ticks that carry lyme
I suggested that they not wander off the paved road without,
at least, a hiking staff & preferably armed. I told them about finding
1/2 of a deer about 200 yards from my house (which everyone said was a
mt.lion kill) and described the area. They asked if that was close to
(xyz) campground. I confirmed the fact & they looked at each other &
said "That's where the kids are. We'd better get back!" Not to be
judgmental, but DUH!!!
There was some media coverage, some time ago, about an 8 year old
girl, who left her party (at Johnsondale) to get her camera, from the
If you Troops decide to go camping ( or anywhere else) find out what
hazards you might encounter. She was attacked by a mt.lion and lost an
eye. Obviously someone (not the girl) was ignorant &/or stupid.
Everyone is ignorant in some area, but going uninformed (into any
unknown area) could easily be considered stupid.
Get the intel. Know if the stadium or theater, etc. is located in a high-crime area. Make
an informed choice to go or pass. If you decide to go, take reasonable
precautions.If you have a problem & get out O.K., you were either
prepared or "dumb-lucky".I'll vote for prepared.
Remember, Troops, there is no excuse for standing by, w/ a surprised
look on your face, while a member of your family or group is injured
or killed. 'Nuff said!!
God bless y'all & God bless America!!! Class dis-MISSED!
Sgt Mack out, leaving the air & closing station.