Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Ragged Old Flag

| August 17, 2019

Someone sent me a shortened version of this video recently.  I found the longer version on YouTube.  I think this is worth watching.

Hawaii Vacation, Days 7-11

| July 7, 2019

We began day seven by visiting the various volcanos, steam vents, and lava fields in Volcano National Park.  We got a late-ish start but got out the door early enough to see all we wanted to see in the park.  Kilauea is the least active it has been for 35+ years, so there were no […]

Hawaii Vacation, Days 4, 5, and 6

| July 1, 2019

On day 4 of our vacation we began with a short drive to the Makapu’u Lighthouse trailhead.  The trail was about 1.5 miles mostly uphill to the point of land overlooking the lighthouse.  The lighthouse was built to prevent ships running aground while traversing the water between Oahu and Molokai. Sam was decidedly unimpressed with […]

Hawaii Vacation, Days 1, 2, and 3

| June 28, 2019

On Tuesday we began our family vacation to Hawaii.  This may be the last time we can go on a long vacation like this for some time due to Tom’s military schedule, Sam’s school, and Buck’s work so we wanted to do it up right.  Candy planned a full schedule of interesting events. The trip […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Chubby at Diamond Horseshoe Ranch

| June 1, 2018

We didn’t have time for a long vacation this year, so we decided to spend a few days on a dude ranch in Arkansas.  It was a terrific vacation! Day 0 We traveled to Diamond Horseshoe Ranch in Arkansas.   We arrived on Sunday afternoon in time for dinner in the mess hall, a little […]

Highclere Castle

| August 11, 2017

After our visit with Chris Abbey in Rippon, we headed back to Reading to turn in our rental car and head to Heathrow airport.  On the way, we stopped at Highclere Castle, the site of the BBC series Downton Abbey.  Tom and I were just along for the ride, since neither of us have seen […]

Combat Patrol Gaming in Rippon

| August 11, 2017

While in England, I took the chance to travel to Yorkshire and visit Chris Alley of Sally 4th for a Combat Patrol(TM) game in Rippon.  Chris has a really nice games room.  We played Combat Patrol(TM), had an excellent dinner with Chris and his wife, and then played some Settlers of Cataan. Chris is working […]

The Peak District, Day 2

| August 11, 2017

As we set out from the Peak District toward Yorkshire, we stopped at an area that had been an old railroad right of way for a short hike.  The viaduct in the left of the picture above and an old railway tunnel were the attractions here. We began by walking down a path through the […]

The Peak District, Day 1

| August 10, 2017

Our next day in England was spent in The Peak District, an area of high hills and picturesque vistas.  We stayed in a nice bed and breakfast in Castleton and then headed out on a hike across nearby ridges to Mam Tor and around the area.

A visit to Bovington Tank Museum

| August 9, 2017

For me, a highlight of our family vacation in England was a visit to the tank museum in Bovington.  Somewhat off the beaten path Bovington is the armor (armour) school for the British Army and the site of the largest collection of tanks I’ve ever seen — and most of them have been repaired to […]