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January 22, 2013
ADVENTURE ON THE TULE

Me and two boys decided to run away and live in the lake bottom where the Tule River ends. We were going to live off the land. We took my .22 rifle, fishing gear to make trout lines. Potatoes and other things to eat. We didn't tell anybody where we were going. We just left. The whole town was looking for us. My Uncle Earl found us. He rode his horse, Pancho, out where we were at. We ran out of food. Stanley went to the Mexican camp and stole a chicken in the middle of the night. The other boy (I didn't know him) shot beside of us in the water with the .22 rifle. Stanley took the gun away from him and balled him out. Stanley got a splinter under his fingernail and had to cut it out. It must have been extremely painful. They didn't do anything to us, just brought some food out. Stanley had to go into town because of his finger, so that ended it. We went home.
January 22, 2013
THE BEAR HUNT

In Thompson Falls Montana, I went real western. I wore a cowboy Stetson hat and grew a full beard. I got three way tag- Bear/Deer/Elk. Me, Lance, and Phil went hunting on Cherry Creek. I was walking along hunting by myself when I saw this big bear going across in front of me, about 100 yards in front of me. I took a bead on him for a heart shot and pulled the trigger. He kept walking. I knew I had hit him. The first thing I said was "Damn, I have a wounded bear on my hands." He went into the tangles and I ran around to catch him when he came out. He didn't come out so I knew I would have to go in and get him. It was just about dusk so I couldn't see to well. I went in and walked right up on him. He was laying with his head on a limb. I jumped on a log. I was so close the scope fooled me. I shot and didn't get a vital shot. I had a 243 mag, very small for a bear. I yelled for Phil to bring his big gun, a 7 mm mag. The bear was already dead. My first shot was 2 inches low and 4 inches back from the heart. it clipped him in the diaphragm. The ranger told me the bear was 5 years old and weighed about 500 pounds.
January 22, 2013
QUEEN WIAMEIA
(sixth generation from king Kamaya Kamaya)

I got to visit the Queen of Polynesia. We were on yellow alert, patrol driving around the island. Our Hawaian sergeant was driving me and Cal. He knew the queen personally, so he decided to visit we went with him. Her place was east of Wakaki Beach. The house was big with a Lani running through it. We found her in the back yard in a big wickiup chair. (the house was unpainted) The sergeant started talking to her. (she was pretty old) Me and Cal sttod to the side. The sergeant introduced us to her, one at a time. I bowed with one hand over the other. I had a hard time understanding her (pigin English). I was scared! Cal did the same as I did, then we left.
January 22, 2013
WAHENEE

I was in Hawaii (Oahu) in Schofield Barracks in the Army. I was in combat engineers. One day in the barracks, Sean Calanan and I were watching a live telecast of hula dancers. I told Cal I knew where that beach was. I said let's get us some girls. I picked the one I wanted and we borrowed a car and headed for the beach. When we got there, I spotted her standing off by herself staring across the water. I walked up to her and we looked at each other. I'm shy so I didn't know what to say. Finally she did a little hula dance for me. I did sort of like a bop-hula. Not a word was said. I held out my hand and she held out her hand. I took her by the hand and started leading her off the beach. Suddenly she jerked her hand loose. So I held out my hand again. I didn't know if she could speak English. She then threw a punch at me. I blocked it. Then threw another punch with the other hand. I blocked it. (I'm fast with my hands) She then screamed and came at me with all kinds of Karate. I blocked everything. When she hesitated, I turned and ran. I ran by Cal and yelled "RUN! She's trying to kill me!" We ran to the car and a local boy started to pound on the hood. Trying to get us to stop. We got out of there! I later found out that she was Kokanee (Darling of the Pacific) Internationally known.
January 22, 2013
DERRICK MAN

I was working for Knapp and Graham Well Drilling Co., as derrick man. One night I was tying off the drill collar on a changeover. The drill collar is very heavy (it gives the weight for drilling). It started rolling toward my arms and would have cut them off. I didn't want that, so I pushed off. I fell 28 feet--the length of the drill collar is 23 feet and the height of the rotary table is 5 feet. All I got was the wind knocked out of me. I didn't get any broken bones. Two more feet (30 Feet) is an absolute kill.
January 22, 2013
CLIMBING SUPERSTITION

I used to ride with my cousin Milburn Reed, when he was a deputy sheriff. One day Jerry Sheffield and I were riding with Milburn. He was taking care of the Canyon Lake area. We decided to climb superstition mountain we took some highway flares with us 'cause we wanted to explore an old goldmine we knew about. We left the flares at the mine and then started climbing. There's an old legion that if you go into the mountain you would never come out. It was extremely dangerous!Jerry had to be first so throwing caution to the wind he climbed way up ahead. Milburn and I climbed until we couldn't go any further. So we decided to go across a rock landslide. We made it across and couldn't find a way up. So we had to come back across. We were half way back across when I looked up and saw a big boulder bouncing down the hill at us. I yelled "Run!" and the whole mountainside started moving. I yelled at Milburn to step on top of the rocks as they went by. We barely made it to the edge without being killed. I was mad because I knew Jerry, Milburn and I traced Jerry's tracks back. I finally spotted what he did. I showed Milburn where he (Jerry) twisted his foot sideways and made a rock roll on purpose. I told Milburn to arrest him (Jerry) 'cause he tried to kill us. Milburn said we had no proof. Jerry was over to the side with his knife out cleaning his finger nails, looking as innocent as could be. We walked right by him going to the mine. He followed us.
- Milburn and Jerry went ahead of me in the mine with their flares. We were quite a ways in when I saw where they tunneled to the side about six foot in. I shined my flare in and the whole wall started moving. I told them "Hey, come back and look at all these spiders." We shined out flares again and Milburn yelled, "Scorpions!" The whole wall was covered with them, Milburn and Jerry dropped their flares and ran for the entrance. I grabbed the flares and took off myself. I felt like the were dropping off the ceiling on me. My mind went wild, none got on me. Milburn and I spooked Jerry about Indians. Milburn said he saw a shadow and I said I saw it too. In the superstitions your mind will play tricks on you. You start imagining everything. On the way out I saw some dirt kick up to the side and a report from a rifle. I told Milburn someone was shooting at us. The dirt kicked up again and a report. I said "let's get behind the rocks." Milburn got mad and stepped out from behind the rocks and fired three shot at the old building. He was going to go down there but I talked him out of it because there was no cover. I told him the was no need to get killed. Milburn and I walked out. Jerry ran like he was dodging bullets. Well, non of us got killed.
January 22, 2013
DIAMONDBACK

We went camping up the Yuba River to the Feather River where it branches off. I like to find out of the way places away from people so we could be by ourselves. We didn't get very many vacations so I wanted to make them good. The Feather River campground was full so I headed across country. I found a road that cut toward the river and found a very nice camp back towards the river and parked. Lance got out and said "Where's the river?" I said ""right at your feet." He almost stepped right into the water. We carried everything across the river on a fallen down tree. We made camp and went fishing. We had a very nice time. I was walking along the river on the, on the other side from camp. I almost stepped on a rattler. In an instant I jumped to the side. That is the only reason I didn't get bit. I held the snake at bay and yelled for Linda to bring me a shovel. She yelled back "You got a snake don't you." I yelled "just bring me a shovel!" She sent Lance and Julie with the shovel. I told them to come straight across the river. With the shovel ready, I got within striking distance of the snake. It was a big one. I held ready and I had to make it count. When the snake struck, I jabbed with the shovel. I had instant reflexes, so it was my speed against the snakes speed. I caught it right behind the head. I buried it down with the shovel in soft ground trying to cut its head off. I finally had to put my weight on the shovel and grab the snake with my hand to pull the head off. I took a small stick and showed the kids how a snake could still bite with its head off. Julie wanted to pet the snake, so I let her after I buried the head. I cut off the rattlers. I think it had four rattles and one button. We broke camp because diamond backs always come in pairs. Somebody was sure to get bit if we stayed. Overall it was a good camp out.

NOTE by Julie: This camp site is also the one that Dad built mom this bathroom with a make shift toilet in the middle with wood branches and logs. After taking most of the day doing this, he hiked a little further and found an old outhouse.
January 21, 2013
SIDEWINDER

We were looking for limb cast. (that's petrified limbs worth about $200 the size of your finger) We were above Prineville, OR in the Ochaco National Forrest. Dad and Phil Lacer were with me. How Dad found it with all the logging roads, I'll never know. Dad and Phil went along the trail to the beds first and I followed along later. I saw some sidewinder tracks on the road so I knew there was a snake somewhere. As I walked along the trail I heard a buzz and I stopped dead still. The rattlesnake made a mistake and buzzed a second time. I spotted it that time. Dad and Phil were coming back and I told them I had a snake. I stayed close enough so that it wouldn't get away. It was coiled up and ready to strike. I told Dad to get the shovels. That's my favorite weapon for rattle snakes. A rattlesnake is very fast and a shovel gives you an even chance. With the shovel, I took a stab at it and missed. It moved and blended in with the grass, so I started stabbing with the shovel in a pattern so I would be sure to get it. It got away from me and went very fast into the hollow of a burned out Yacca tree. I got a short stick and started jamming up the tree. The snake came bolting out and almost got me. I started jamming with the shovel and it turned and ran from me. It was a real battle back and forth between me and the snake. Phil yelled at me to leave the snake alone or I was going to get bit! The snake headed for the grass where it first buzzed at me. It blended and I couldn't see it. Finally it moved and I spotted it. I made a fast chop and cut its head off. Then I cut the rattles off for a souvenir. It had 5 rattles and one button and it was about 3 1/2 feet long.
January 21, 2013
TIGER LADY

In the Army, we were on field maneuvers. We went to Kahoka Jungles on the island of Owahu, Hawaii. I was driving the S4 operations van. We were sitting around a fire smoking, when the Major told me to take a message to S3 intelligence. I had my M1 rifle, my field jacket, and my helmet. We had to keep everything zipped up. I went walking along the dirt road and decided to cut across, 'cause I saw a trail. I was walking along the trail parting bamboo grass taller than my head. When I walked into a little clearing that had a gigantic spider web across it. I walked right into the center of it. The spider had a body the size of a silver dollar. It was as big as my hand stretched out. It covered my whole face. I instantly swiped it with my left hand and knocked it off. I looked all around trying to spot it. I checked every inch of the ground. It had disappeared. I picked up my rifle and started to go. I then felt it on my back using its legs to feel along my hairline. Unsnapping and unzipping my field jacket... I came out of it in less than a second. (very fast) It disappeared again. I looked everywhere. I decided it had to be under my field jacket. I picked up the edge of the field jacket and out it ran. Boy! it was fast. I grabbed my helmet and tried to hit it. I missed the first time, I missed the second time, then I hit it on the third time. I put all my weight on the helmet and ground it down. I wanted to make sure it was dead. I picked up my rifle again and my helmet, and there it was, Black and shiny with bright yellow tiger stripes. By the markings it was extremely deadly. I had nightmares for two weeks after that!
January 21, 2013
BLACK WIDOW SPIDER

The summer when I was seven years old, I was at the horse watering barrel, digging for earthworms. I suddenly felt something walking on my right arm. I instantly knew what it was. It was a Black Widow! The walk feels like death walking on you. It was walking the KING WALK. (That is what Me, Roland and Jerry called the walk when a Black Widow is on the prod and ready to bite.) I didn't know what to do. If I tried to brush it off it was sure to bite me. A Black Widow bite is almost sure death for kids and old people, also it was very hot, making it worse. To tell you, one thing I was AFRAID. That the only thing I'm afraid of is spiders. I can look at them, but can't stand to have them on me. I was eye to eye with a Black Widow, not knowing what to do. Finally I decided, real slow, to put my arm against the water barrel. Seeing a way off, the Black Widow walked to the barrel and off my arm. That is the only time in my life I fainted. I was aware, but seeing all kinds of visions. When I came to my senses, I got a board and killed it.

ADDITIONAL BLACK WIDOW STORIES (Dad's experience with Julie--Dad wanted me to retell)

When I (Julie) was about 2 1/2 to 3 years old, I like to explore and find things. If it was alive I liked it. Lance and Michele were in school and I was playing by myself. I'm not sure where I found it, but I found a really pretty spider to show Dad. He always fed my love for animals and creatures, so I was really excited to show him. I got one of my hair ribbons (a white one I think) and got the spider to crawl onto the end of it. I took it into the living room where my dad was sleeping in the recliner. (At that time in Tulare he worked swing and graveyard shifts and always took naps before work) I was so excited and said "DAD, DAD, look what I found. When he opened his eyes, I was holding the spider just above his head, so close he had trouble focusing on it... When he finally got focus, he realized I had found a Black Widow! It was only an inch or two above his head and not that far away from where I was holding the ribbon. I think he very calmly grabbed my arm (not sure) but somehow got me to give him the ribbon. (He could move so smoothly) He took me and the spider outside and Smashed it! I was so upset that he killed my pet! He then explained to me how some things you can't catch because they are dangerous. To bring this point home, he took me out in the yard where he had some left over boards setting and started moving them around. He found the biggest, blackest spider I had ever seen (except for the one tarantula that Grandma Wood stepped on with her slipper in the middle of the road in Corcoran) and he told me that is what my cute little spider would grow up into and it was deadly no matter what size it was. I never touched spiders after that.

Story Of Dad and Julie Black Widow #2

When I was 19 the summer before I moved to Montana and subsequently went into the service, Dad and I went camping for the last time together. I traveled down, helped pack up the tent and went camping. (Coffee Camp up in the Sequoias) I loaded up firewood so we could have a nice fire. We got to camp, set up the tent and started a really nice fire... the dark night had already set in. Grandma Essie came up to sit with us a while around the fire. We kept hearing little popping sounds from the fire wood and dad told me to get the flashlight and look at the wood. When I got the flashlight, I found out what the popping was... The firewood was infested with Black Widows! God only knows how I didn't get bit loading the firewood and unloading it out of the truck. We were both perplexed how that happened!

Note Black Widows: I don't know if Lance remembers going and looking for Black Widow cocoons with Dad on the fence around the in-ground pool. He tried to keep the population down by killing as many nests as he could. He would always check them to make sure they weren't too far developed before obliterating them. One time, we found one that was too far developed and when he poked it, all these Black Widow babies started coming out of the sac. It scared me to death. I Think he started stomping and killing them all, but I can't remember for sure how he got rid of them all.
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