Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
For 19 years now, I've looked forward to early November. It's true, Fall is without a doubt my favorite season for many many reasons. Football, hunting, holidays, cool weather, family time and more recently baseball. It's a busy time for us Balckfords but ultimately it all culminates with the evening before duck seasons opens.....which is TODAY.
Duck hunters are, essentially, all creatures of habit. We spend 9 months preparing, scheming, cleaning, building, buying and otherwise pining away for opening day. So when it's 104 outside in July and I'm standing in the garage tying decoy lines, cleaning shotguns, checking waders for leaks, and monitoring weather patterns on the Canadian praries.....yes, my family and friends think I'm more than a bit odd.
So here's to 19 opening day sunrises, a heavy game strap of birds, the smell of burned powder and hopefully many many many more opening days.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
for Estes photos.
Monday, June 7, 2010
(Hopefully my new toy in 3 weeks---2008 24' Champion Bay Boat----A BEAST!!!)
The evidence is clear: Stacey is so easy-going that when I wanted to sell my boat and get this beast, she was more than cool.
This boat is intimidating:
24' long center console Champion Bay Champ
250 hp 4 stroke Yamaha Outboard
29' 9" on trailer
Gross weight 7500 lbs
61 mph top speed
90 gal gas
2 Lowrance GPS/ Sonar combos
AM/FM , iPod stereo
Crazy amounts of storage
I hope to use it on Lake Ray Roberts, Lake Texoma, and on the TX coast.
Let's go fishing......but most of all.
I love you Stacey! Happy Anniversary!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
These are all modern day idols for their respective followers or fan base.
Well, for duck hunter (true duck hunters---not panty waisted "only hunt once or twice a year" knuckleheads) the modern day IDOL is none other than the Louisiana Duckmen lead by famous Phil Robertson. Phil and his sons Willie and Jase have evolved from the backwaters of West Monroe LA marsh to become a marketing force in the hunting world. Their no-nonsense TV show, hunting products & videos (in my opinion) depict the average trials, tribulations & successes of sleep deprivation, cold, water & mud throughout duck season........with a healthy dose of humor mixed in too. Check them out: http://www.duckcommander.com/
Saturday, Preston, Kate and I loaded up to attend the National Ducks Unlimited Convention and Outdoor Expo in Grapevine, TX. Every manufacturer of hunting products attended the show and at 3pm the line started to meet the Robertson Family. The kids eerily looked at the long bearded brethren of what looks like a shiftier version of ZZ Top until it was our turn. Snap! Photo with the Duckmen if Louisiana.
As Phil would say (as a group of mallards settle into the decoys), "cut 'em all Jack!"
Monday, May 17, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Enjoying lunch at base of Peak 8
Well, we're back after a great spring break ski trip to Colorado. 4 days of sunshine and 2 days of fresh powder. Kate improved dramatically and Preston took leaps forward so all 4 Blackfords are bona fide skiers. We also enjoyed a day trip to Leadville and Vail on Wednesday to dogsled----very cool. I'm posting some pics and video below.
Kate B - the next winter Olympian
Kate zipping down Bonanza run (sorry for the camera angle!)
Preston learned to ski!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Dateline: Frisco, TX & Frisco-Breckenridge, CO-----Feb 12, 2010
After a 3am wakeup The Thomas Family and Stacey and I flew out of a very snowy DFW airport and arrived at Denver International. 45 min and a cheap Chevy Impala later, we were west bound on I-70 headed for the front range of the Rockies. I love Denver......I'd live in Denver if it were next door to Captiva, FL! We arrived in Breckenridge, CO, checked in and were skiing by 11:45am. Think about it......skiing 8 hrs after being in Dallas. Stacey and I donned our new skis and we were off. It DUMPED snow (or if you are Mary Prosser---it POURED THE SNOW)....10" in 72 hrs.
Fast forward to the EMERGENCY ROOM 4 HOURS LATER!!!!
Yes, I did it. I forgot that I am not 18 and rather 37. I also forgot my new new skis are faster than I am! And finally, I forgot that altitude, alcohol and skiing are not a good combo.
In short, I had a few bewskis, did a faceplant and bruised my ribs and eye socket, and split my upper and lower lip trying to hot dog on new skis. My pride was injured severly but thankfully my helmet prevented anything serious from happening. And thankfully thru the miracle of Celebrex (thank you RN Sue Thomas), I was able to ski Sat, Sun & Monday. I have a lovely $75 x-ray of my bruised ribs.
Only about a week ago did the bruised ribs quit aching every time I sat up, moved, coughed, sneezed, laughed, etc etc......Damn they hurt!
So Friday, March 12 we (entire family) are headed back to Colorado.....and for me it will be to seek redemption!!! Hopefully no bruised or broken limbs, split lips or injured ego!
I'm looking forward to skiing with Stacey, Kate and Preston and covering some ground on the slopes of Breckenridge. Wish us luck.....and no ER copays!!!
Monday, February 8, 2010
So the last several years we have adopted the Rocky Mountains as a coping mechanism......ie-skiing!
We leave Friday Feb 12 for Breckenridge & Keystone, CO.
The website below has become a permanent staple on my browser: