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Old 02-03-2014, 02:10 AM
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Impossible Beyond This Point.
These are excerpts from "Impossible Beyond This Point" the actual story of my family’s adventure in the wilderness. At an age when most couples are settled down to a comfortable suburban lifestyle, my parents, both on the brink of middle age, challenged themselves to a hard and risky life adventure.




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A cool breeze drifted through tall Douglas fir and ponderosa pine and fluttered the leaves in clumps of black oak as they sat on rocks amongst their scattered possessions on the red clay dust of Backbone Ridge in the far Northern California wilds of Trinity County. The blue Ford station wagon would go no further, for from this point on, two miles of treacherous trail picked its way down to a lonesome canyon where a shell of a shack stood waiting. This would be their home. Virgil and Marcy, along with their three young sons, came to this juncture through an untamed notion to find a way of life that would give them independence, dignity and contentment.
Virgil sat across from Marcy and his blue eyes twinkled. “I hope we made the right move, Ma. There’s no returning now.”
“Yes,” she whispered. “We made the right move.”
It was the beginning of June and the year was 1967.......






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The sun had gone down and heavy clouds were piling up in the west. If it snowed now and turned cold, Virgil doubted they could get out in time to finish the school year. A purple haze settled in the gulches, making it difficult to distinguish objects like trees or rocks that they were beginning to find hard to avoid.
By the time they passed Wind Dance Lookout, it was dark. Below Wind Dance Lookout lay deep unbroken drifts and the dropping temperature formed a crust that supported them all. Partway down Marcy suddenly broke the crust and fell through to her hips in the snow. Exhausted, she struggled to get the leverage to free her legs. “I can't pull my legs out! I’m going to freeze to death!” she sobbed. Seeing his mother crying put Gaines in a panic and he frantically dug the hard corn snow away from her legs with his bare fingers until she managed to climb free.....



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Darkness fell and they heard the rain pound the roof over the roar of the river. The boys had a hard time concentrating on their schoolwork and it was just as well because about eight that evening the incandescent light started dimming. “Power’s going out,” Kelly announced.
Everyone stopped what they were doing and stared at the light. “Yep,” Gaines confirmed. “Can’t be from lack of water!” he laughed. “The creek must be really roaring up there and I bet it tore out the intake.”
As the light faded to yellow and then orange, Virgil got up and took a book of matches from his front pocket and lit a candle bug. “I’ll go turn the valve off so it doesn’t drag crap down the line,” he said as he headed out the door.
The family fell asleep to the sound of rain on the roof. The first few times the river had come up in the early years, Virgil and Marcy had nervously gotten up every few hours to check the water level but they never got up to check anymore.
Marcy awoke around midnight and listened to the rain. The river was quieter and she sleepily turned over, drifting back to sleep. Suddenly she remembered something Red had told them. “As long as the river is roaring, it isn't so dangerous, but beware if it gets quiet," he’d warned.
She looked at the phosphorescent face of her Big Ben clock. Noting it was a quarter to one in the morning, she concentrated on the sound of the river again. The hushed river was no longer relaxing, but foreboding. Unable to go to sleep, she got up and put on a coat, lit her candle bug and stepped out on the porch. Tom, his fur glistening with drops of water, yowled loudly and she let him in the house.
Crystal water ran from the eves and splattered in a puddle in the pathway leading from the porch. She walked to the summer kitchen area and down to the gravel bar where the sawmill was located. At the edge of this bar, she came to a sudden stop. Right in front of her, muddy waves of debris-laden water slammed against the gravel only two inches from the top. The river was three feet higher than she’d ever seen it, which was a huge difference considering that the three additional feet of depth was spread across 300 feet of width and moving at a greatly increased speed. Apprehension overcame her.
Though a candle bug is great for casting a soft diffused light for walking, it’s impossible to see beyond eight feet when using one, and in the streaming rain the visibility was even less. Marcy could only listen to what was going on beyond the cone of yellow light. Rumbles, hissing, sucking, splashing and surging, all in varying levels, met her ears.
Quickly she headed back to the cabin. Virgil was asleep and she gently shook his shoulder. “The river’s real high, Virg,” Marcy whispered so as not to awaken the boys....
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:10 PM
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Forgot to put in a link.
http://www.amazon.com/Impossible-Bey.../dp/1492756695
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Nice work. I'm definitely captivated by it. I am looking at your Mom holding the candle and staring at the water....very well done!
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Nice work. I'm definitely captivated by it. I am ....very well done!
Thank you for your comments. You are the first non local non friend or family person that I have received feedback from. I am glad you enjoyed it and hope it was inspirational. Thank you.
I do have to ask though. you said you are "looking at your Mom holding the candle and staring at the water". Are you talking about a picture?
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I will order one this evening. Looks intriguing.
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:44 PM
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I will order one this evening. Looks intriguing.
Thanks. I hope you enjoy it. This is the same place today.

http://www.backwoodshome.com/forum/v...ad.php?t=32471
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Old 02-21-2014, 03:55 PM
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The book is now available in the Kindle store as well.
http://www.amazon.com/Impossible-Bey...ond+This+Point
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Klamath,

Just finished the book. I really enjoyed it. I felt like I could visualize what was written in the book. Thank you for sharing your family's story with us. I enjoy reading about real life.

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Klamath,

Just finished the book. I really enjoyed it. I felt like I could visualize what was written in the book. Thank you for sharing your family's story with us. I enjoy reading about real life.

Polly
Thank you, Polly. I am glad you enjoyed the story.
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Really enjoying the book.

I can't wait to get through to the end and see how everything pans out. I would be there already, but it's spring - and very little time for reading.

Thank you so much for sharing these memories.
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Finished! I really really enjoyed your book. Now I am really enjoying going through your homestead thread and looking at the current pictures then thinking back about how it all started.

Amazing. Thank you.
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I havent got back to you---been so busy.

I too enjoyed the book.

I am sure you have had your share of critics--:
I did and all we can do is tell them Go Write Your own book.

How your MOM made it is astounding---what a tough lady.
She made do with so little and it took all she had just to cook.
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Enjoying reading your family's story. What an adventure it must have been growing up the way you did. The science you learned hands on as well as physics and math must have helped you in so many ways as an adult. What was the most enjoyable part of your childhood and what do you do today? Do you live near your mom? Fascinating reading!
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I got it today and just the little I've read I like. Wow, that makes 2 that I know of who have written and published their own stories here. I think it's cool.
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Finished! I really really enjoyed your book. Now I am really enjoying going through your homestead thread and looking at the current pictures then thinking back about how it all started.

Amazing. Thank you.
I have been gone for three weeks to attend a wedding.
Glad you enjoyed the book. I hope it inspires you for your project.
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I havent got back to you---been so busy.

I too enjoyed the book.

I am sure you have had your share of critics--:
I did and all we can do is tell them Go Write Your own book.

How your MOM made it is astounding---what a tough lady.
She made do with so little and it took all she had just to cook.
Glad you enjoyed the book.
So far not many critics but I am sure they are coming. I hope they are constructive when they do.
Yes you pretty much hit the nail on the head on my mom. She worked really really hard over the kitchen stove. The fact that she started this entire new life in her later 30's
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Enjoying reading your family's story. What an adventure it must have been growing up the way you did. The science you learned hands on as well as physics and math must have helped you in so many ways as an adult. What was the most enjoyable part of your childhood and what do you do today? Do you live near your mom? Fascinating reading!
Glad you enjoyed the book. I would have to say the freedom and adventure and family unity is what comes to mind off the top of my head as my favorite parts.
My mom lives a hundred yards away in the house we built near the end of the book.
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I got it today and just the little I've read I like. Wow, that makes 2 that I know of who have written and published their own stories here. I think it's cool.
I hope you enjoy it. give me an honest review when you finish.
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I would have to say the freedom and adventure and family unity is what comes to mind off the top of my head as my favorite parts.

My mom lives a hundred yards away in the house we built near the end of the book.
Family Unity - one of the powerful messages of your book. Extremely inspiring.
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