Seventeen people came out to Brushyland for a wonderful early March trip. The kids added a lot of fun & energy to
the outing. And the weather was nearly perfect. Good times. The only mishap occured when Alaina jumped off the end
of Brushyhenge and broke her arm (more on that later).
--- Brian & His Boys ---
The kids got a real kick out of riding 4-wheelers with their parents
Brushyhenge at sunset. That's Dave & Alaina on the left, and me on the right.
Sittin' on the Shotgun Platform
David helping Barrett shoot the .22 rifle
Kaylin and Alaina
We had a wonderful steak dinner that night. I cooked the garlic-butter mushroom appetizers, baked potatoes and
baked onions. David grilled the steaks and cooked the peach cobbler for desert. It was all delicious. Some folks
left after dinner, about half stayed the night. Later that night we took a night ride and had a hoot playing with
dad's Sky Scout up at Brushyhenge. The stars were beautiful that
night. Just point the little hand-held Sky Scout at a star or planet and it will tell you what it is. Or you can
pick from several viewing objects in its internal memory and it will guide you to it via blinking lights inside the
viewfinder. Fun stuff!
As noted above, Alaina jumped off the tall end of Brushyhenge and landed on her arm, breaking it. Her parents drove
her to Children's Hospital in Dallas where they took the above X-ray of her elbow. Notice the small piece of
bone that broke off (encircled). To hold that chip in place, a few days later the doctors drove a metal rod into
Alaina's wrist that extends all the way to the elbow joint. The rod is inside the bone marrow of her forearm bone.
The doctors were able to re-attach the bone frangment using the end of the rod as an anchor point to pin to. In a
few weeks they will remove the rod. Wow, that little girl had to go through quite an ordeal! Just one day after
the surgery to insert the rod, Alaina was feeling so well that she asked to be taken to school. What a