Our family has had a chance to share some fun and adventures with Flat Charlie!
On Friday, April 5, 2013. Flat Charlie accompanied Pamela and I to the opening home game of the 2013 Texas Rangers baseball season. We got to the parking lot early so we could spend a lot of time with some friends tailgating and grilling before the game. Flat Charlie didn't really help much, but we think he had a really good time. The Rangers won the game, too!
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On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Flat Charlie went with Pamela, Jessica, David, Chelsea, and I along with a bunch of friends to run in the 2013 Hero Rush in Irving, Texas. The Hero Rush was a four and a half-mile long obstacle course/run with a firefighting theme. Lots of water and mud, so Flat Charlie stayed back at the start/finish line with Jessica and Chelsea. We think he had a really good time though. He liked the fire trucks.
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On April 13, 2013, Flat Charlie helped me get some work done at home. We had to take care of a couple of integration issues and had to put out a couple of fires, and then, while the others were out, Flat Charlie and I opened up the swimming pool and did some maintenance on the pool equipment.
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After a day of work on that Saturday, Flat Charlie joined the family on Sunday, April 14, 2013, on a drive down to Waxahachie, Texas, to spend the day at the Scarborough Fair Renaissance Festival. We started the day with a cup of coffee and our usual stop by the Andres & Chapman glass blowing demonstration. We were very careful to keep Flat Charlie away from the furnaces. No burns! We watched a couple of different demonstrations and acts and then had some lunch. Flat Charlie had a sausage on a stick that was bigger than he was. Somehow, he ate the whole thing! I think Flat Charlie had just as much fun as everyone else did.
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I was just about ready to send Flat Charlie home, but this last weekend's weather forecast was just too pretty to do such a thing. Instead, Flat Charlie and I took off for a three day hike in southwestern Arkansas near Langley, Arkansas. We left Arlington around 10am Friday, April 19, and got to our trail head at the Little Missouri Falls Recreation Area and started hiking at 2:30pm. We hiked 9 miles that day! I sure am glad Flat Charlie doesn't weigh very much or need very much to get by on. We set up camp before dark near the Winding Stair trail head in a little campsite just up from the Little Missouri River. We slept well that night to the sound of a rushing stream. It got cold that night, but I never heard Flat Charlie complain. On Saturday, Flat Charlie and I really put in the miles, totaling over 15 miles of hiking that day. We hiked through the Winding Stair area, across the length of the Viles Branch trail, and the six BIG ups and downs of the Athens-Big Fork trail. The weather was just PERFECT for hiking and Flat Charlie had a really good time… until the accident. Somewhere along the Athens-Big Fork trail, Flat Charlie had an injury (as seen in the photos – I'm happy to report he has been healed now!). He really didn't seem to mind the injury and kept on hiking the rest of the day. We got to our planned camping spot fairly early in the afternoon and Flat Charlie took a long nap. I decided that I had better not nap or I wouldn't sleep that night, so I gathered fire wood and just piddle around camp. We had a nice evening. It was much warmer than the night before. We got up early on Sunday morning, only having 4 miles to hike to get back to the car. The morning was beautiful, and we were hiking right into the sun so the colors of green were just beautiful. We got back to the car at about 8:30am and started the drive home. I think Flat Charlie really had a good time. You can see all of the hiking pictures by clicking this link: SEE THE PICTURES
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