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Outside the Bunker
And why we hit the road

What’s the best way …

To reach your audience?

Buck hits the road

For AM Radio Host “In The Bunker” with Buck Buckner, the usually means hunkering down in the place he knows best, and where he can broadcast has thoughts far and wide — in the safety and sanctity of his bunker. As for who’s actually listening, even if it’s only one person (and that one person is Buck), it’s worth the cause. Or do you sometimes have to venture outside the comfort zone to reach new crowds? Buck finds himself oddly reenergized as he hits the road.

Buck Buckner is an AM Radio host at Campfire Park.

Power of the bookmark
And why you still need one

Remember the days …

When a bookmark was a good present?

Cowboy at the Campfire talks bookmarks

Well, how else were you going to remember where you left of reading. Sure, you could use a scrap piece of paper, or alternatively dog ear a page, or even try to remember the page you last left off, but none of those had the style points of a good old fashioned bookmark — especially the ones with a tassel on the end. Today, bookmarks are pretty rare. And if you read from your phone or another digital device, really what’s the point. My solution: I highly recommend picking up a “paper and ink” copy of your favorite book (i.e. think of “paper and ink” as the “bricks and mortar” equivalent of a digital book), find a comfortable chair and settle down under a good reading light and just dive into a book. And no you won’t get it done in one sitting. That’s why you’ll need a good bookmark.

Proper illumination
The ideal lighting for reading a book

Any well respecting reader knows:

You need a good lamp to probably read a book.

My choice is a standing lamp with an articulated arm. This allows me to get the light in the exact spot that I need it to clearly see from my paperback book. Now, I know there are a lot of fancy and new fangled devices that provide the backlighting so you can read any old where, even in the middle of the dark. My issue with that is this: Some books require the good old-fashioned paper version to properly digest, and get lost within. Case in point are the Campfire Trilogy of books written by Robert V. Sobczak and Rudi Heinrich. Yes, I could read these books on my phone, or some other digital device, it isn’t until I completely unplug and soak them up in the soft lamp light that they truly transport me to the adventure of the story flow.

Now don’t get me wrong: I’m not a Luddite. But I also equally know that sometimes the paperback is the absolute way to go. Yes, technology is great, but let’s not lose our connections to “unplugged” books.

Free meal guarantee
Plus a tasty dessert

We all know the terrible feeling …

of ordering the wrong meal at a restaurant.

Call Your Uncle!

Fortunately, Uncle & Uncle is in your corner. Not only will they guarantee you a free meal (and tasty) meal. For dessert they’ll make sure you get to eat your cake and have it, too. Don’t let you stomach rumble: “Call Your Uncle!” 1-800-Uncle-Uncle (Conditions may apply)

Backstory on Uncle & Uncle: This character (or characters) is featured in the Centennial Campfire Trilogy of books, including (1) The Legend of Campfire Charlie, (2) Last Stand at Boulder Ridge and (3) Final Campfire by co-authors Robert V. Sobczak and Rudi Heinrich. A bit unexpectedly, Uncle & Uncle took on a life of its own in Campfire Park … in a good way. Uncle & Uncle is supposed to be funny, and a bit of de-stressor for all those stupid things in life that bring us down. But aren’t we always laughing about them afterwards? That in a nutshell is what Uncle & Uncle is all about.

In a funk?
How about a book?

Life dragging you down?

If so, maybe it’s time for a good book.

The Centennial Campfire Trilogy: (1) The Legend of Campfire Charlie, (2) Last Stand at Boulder Ridge, and (3) Final Campfire.

More specifically, I recommend the Legend of Campfire Charlie. Why? For one, it’s what we call an immersive read. It allows you to escape deep into space and time. And not just any space — but the sanctuary of one of the nation’s over 400 national parks. Even better yet: It allows you to walk in the shoes (or shall we say boots) of a park service ranger. And maybe best of all: It’s part of a trilogy, so the end isn’t so much the end as it is a welcome mat to the continuing adventures of Ranger Rusty. Most of all I recommend the book because I wrote it myself, or rather “co-wrote.”

Scenic Muscovy Lake
Art of balancing protection and access

Here at Campfire Park …

We like to let people enjoy nature.

Cowboy answers fan mail

But sometimes people can love nature too much. Too many people in one spot can start to leave impacts. Such was the case at Scenic Lake when an unexpected visitor arrived: A Muscovy Duck. Just as quickly the visitors cleared out. (Let’s just say it isn’t the most majestic of creatures). Departure of the duck eventually led to a return of the visitors and the tell-tale impacts of over use they left behind. The solution? The Lake was aptly renamed Scenic Muscovy Lake. It was that inspired naming convention that led to just the right balance of preservation and visitation.

Campfire Tip
Solid advice from the campfire

The saying is as popular …

As it is threadbare.

Good air quality should be a priority

In Cowboy’s opinion, it’s also misunderstood. Sure, you don’t want to spit into the wind so it won’t blow back in your face, and you hear that said all the time. But what about the wind? Doesn’t it deserve to be expectorant free? In this campfire short (sometimes called a chat), the Cowboy at the Campfire puts a good word in for the wind and why it deserves the very best.

Proper campfire chair
Why chairs may be the greatest invention yet

An essential to the campfire experience …

Is having a proper chair.

Seating comfort is vital

But what should it look like.

Well, that’s just the thing. Looks are the least of your worries. The most important characteristic is how it feels. In that regard, it just has to be comfortable. But not too comfortable. Otherwise you’ll fall asleep. Then again, sometimes that’s exactly why you go for a particular chair. Chairs with more cushions are generally better for sleeping and kitchen chairs made of wood are better for staying awake. That’s a general rule of life, but also one that isn’t full proof. Just the other day I fell asleep at the kitchen table for example. Other times I’ve stayed awake in a very soft chair. In general, one attribute of a good campfire chair is being able to carry it to the campfire. That goes a long way to explaining why sofas and other heavy comforter chairs are not frequently seen around the campfire ring.

Major speech
Burt Silver approves this message

What’s the secret to Burt Silver’s success?

Knowing his way around the card table hasn’t hurt.

Burt Silver approves this message

In this video, Candidate Burt Silver presents his case in plain English to the voters. A vote for Burt Silver is a bet on a great gambler who’s ready to apply the same lessons he’s learned at the card table to serving his constituency. Remember: It’s a new dawn with Burt Silver … Because he stayed up all night to see it.

Vote Burt!

Restorative Campfire
A prodigal son returns with a plan

Campfires don’t solve everything …

Or do they?

Campfires can be the start of something great.

Well, they are no guarantee. But ideas have to start somewhere. And don’t you think there’s a little magic around the campfire at night when the stars are twinkling and the embers are pulsing just right. Add in a dash of imagination and who’s to say that good things are not, if not guaranteed, right there on the cusp of becoming reality. The hard part is waking up and bringing the dream to life. It’s nothing that happens in a night or a day, but if we plug away, good things may unfold.

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