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From the President’s Den – October 2010

WELCOME…Back To The Woods!

On behalf of the H.O.T. Bear board – Myself, Daniel Trevino (Vice President), Robert Barber (Secretary), Manny Woodward (Treasurer)…and the 120+ H.O.T. Bear members, We want to welcome you to the Heart Of Texas Bears annual camp-out run….Back To The Woods 6 (B2W6).  We are so glad you could spend this weekend here with us at Buzzard’s Peak.  It promises to be a fun filled weekend catching up with old friends, making new ones, playing some fun games, eating some good grub, enjoying some tasty cocktails, and catching a show and disco dance too.  Please feel free to enjoy all the amenities and activities that this weekend holds in store.  We hope you have as much fun here as we do.  Putting together an event like this takes a lot of work from so many people and there are never enough ways to say thank you…but we want to say just that with a  big old bear growl…..GRRRRRRR and THANKS!

While we are always excited to come back to the TCC (Texas Conference of Clubs) campgrounds….this year is a bitter-sweet reunion as well.  This past year we lost 3 great friends and supporters of not only the HOT Bears, but Back To The Woods as well.  So this year, we are dedicating B2W6 to David ‘Kiwi’ Lowe, Richard York, and Ed Burleson.  While they are no longer with us physically, they are here with us in spirit.  They loved this place, and it is our hope that you come to love it as much as they did…and we do.

While you are here, there are a few things you can do to make your camp-out experience more enjoyable, and help keep the campground clean a tidy for the next camping group:

  • Wear closed toe shoes/hiking boots when walking in and around the camping areas and hiking trails.  There are plenty of rocks and tree roots that can trip you up if you’re not careful.  Sandals and flip flops are OK in the flatter parts of the camp grounds.
  • In the day, the sun can get pretty hot, so be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.  At night it can cool off quite a bit…so dress accordingly.
  • Since we are out in the country, it gets pretty dark the further you get away from the main part of the camp gound….so a flashlight will come in handy.
  • Smokers please dispose of your cigarette and cigar butts in the butt cans scattered throughout the grounds….and make sure they are fully extinguished.  Grass fires are no fun.
  • Please place aluminum cans in the designated recycling receptacles located throughout the camping areas.  TCC collects these cans and uses the proceeds toward the upkeep of the landsite.  Can Crushers are located at the side of the walk-in cooler…so please crush your cans when you can.
  • In case of minor cuts and scrapes, we do have a medical shed on site.  There is also a refrigerator to store refrigerated medicines.  In case of more serious situations, there is a good hospital 10-15 minutes away.  Our recommendation…be careful!

Again…we are so glad you are here….and we look forward to a GREAT weekend…Let the party begin!!!!

Kelly Stephens – President

Remembering Ed Burleson

David Edward (Ed) Burleson of Austin, 52, died Monday September 13, 2010 following a six-month battle with cancer.  He was born March 5, 1958 in Pulaski, Virginia.  Ed was a former President of the Heart Of Texas Bears in Austin; an active Master Naturalist in teh El Camino Real Chapter in Cameron, Texas; and artist and an accomplished gardener.  He left gardens wherever he went and touched the lives of many people.

Ed is survived by the love of his life, his partner Marcus Montemayor and their two Pug dogs…Woodrow and Poquita.  A gathering was held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in his honor.

Ed’s favorite poems was ‘Not In Vain’ by Emily Dickinson….

Not In Vain

If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

October Birthdays

Jeff Stoner – 10/1

Steven Gorman – 10/3

Max Schubert – 10/15

David Davila – 10/22

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