NAF brothers and sisters,
Well I was going to write about our summer
encampment in this Captains log, but was beaten to
the punch by a better and faster writer Dan Miller.
Who has 2 great articles in this issue and has left
me wondering just what the heck I am going to write
So I think rather than make myself look bad by
trying to out do Dan by writing another article on
the summer encampment, I will write a few lines
about the place we had it. Apache Canyon is a place
that seems to be right in the middle of where most
our members live and all have fairly close to the
same drive time, most can make it in 4hrs or less.
And all that came all said they would come to any
other encampments held there, and the fact that many
who were not able to make the summer event are
emailing me telling me they are going to make the
fall one. Which means that the fall encampment has
the potential of being one of the highest attended
NAF events that I am aware of. And because of the
enthusiasm shown by all that were there has made me
decide to have a encampment there for all 4 seasons.
With the exception of next summer as our 2013 NAF
Nationals in Rye CO is to be held in June. But we
will have our spring encampment before hand and then
we will be right back for our fall and winter
encampment in Apache Canyon.
I would like to see the NAF having 1 encampment or
event a month somewhere across our nation. Here in
CA we are working on having at least 8 encampments a
year. And for those of you that live to far to
attend CA encampments contact your state Factor or
the closest state to you that has a Factor and get
together with him and get something going in your
part of the country.
I would like to thank George Thompson for taking
over the Chief Factor position. And I know that
things are really going to be cooking now.
I would also like to thank a man who does a job that
has many hours and who does not get the appreciation
or the recognition he deserves, and is one of the
most knowledgeable men I know when it comes to our
way of life or hobby. That man is "Buck
Conner", the Editor of our online journal Smoke
Signals. Buck has always been there for us through
thick and thin, even though he gets constantly
aggravated by folks like me that hold him up by
waiting to the last minute to send him articles. We
the members of the North American Frontiersmen take
our hats off to you in thanks for your many years of
service to our Association.
James Kellar of Ohio is now the Factor of his home
state of Ohio as well as the connecting states, and
is on the ball planning some up coming events in his
area. Gina Carl from OK is working on a few
encampments on her fathers land along the river in
MO. The moment I get the details from them I will
send a email out to you letting you know the what
where and whens of these doin's in the eastern
Once again when your out and about, look
around for suitable spots for encampments and let us
know about it. Now get out there and get on the
ground and have a blast.
For those of you that do not know of our
Journal Editor's sense of humor, none of my dogs
really pooped in Dan Millers tent or anyone else's
for that matter at the summer encampment.
Wa-Sha did leave a nugget or 2 under the dinning
fly of Mark Hatfield's tent at the 2012
nationals at Hollister and with out me telling
Dad, drop it I did....
a sadder note, we send out our condolences to Buck
and the rest of the Conner family on the passing
of their beloved dog Chloe.
Chloe Catherine Conner