Shannon Stacey

Seventeen years, beer cans and a 12-gauge

Saturday was our 17th wedding anniversary. I am not an easy person to live with, so my husband should probably have been treated to a nice dinner in a fancy restaurant with a few drinks, followed by a little “special occassion” attention. But here at Casa Stacey, we don’t really do the norm. We celebrated our anniversary by going out on a chilly, drizzly day and picking up other people’s nasty wet garbage.


This year our anniversary happened to coincide with the ATV club’s Landowner Appreciation Day. Most of NH’s ATV trails are on private property, so if not for the generosity of landowners allowing us access, we couldn’t ride. So we all go do our part to keep their land looking spiffy and then there’s a cookout.

Bulk of what we picked up? Bud Lite cans and shotgun shells. Somewhere out there, a slightly inebriated hunter is watching his girlish figure.

Here’s a picture of my guys on the trail. (Two of them, anyway. TK does not ride in the rain and he stayed behind in the camper with a fleece blanket, the dog and the TV remote.) And if you pop over to the family’s four-wheeling blog there’s a short video clip of SK wrestling his little machine through a big mucky puddle.

5 comments to “Seventeen years, beer cans and a 12-gauge”

  1. Annmarie
      · May 17th, 2010 at 3:59 pm · Link

    Happy Anniversary!

    SK was brave. Me? No. Way.

  2. Jaci Burton
      · May 17th, 2010 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Happy Anniversary! Great video of SK maneuvering through the mud.

    Hope you had a fun weekend. :smile:

  3. Shannon
      · May 17th, 2010 at 4:55 pm · Link

    My little guy’s game for pretty much anything. He was a little confused about which path his Daddy thought he should take, but then he just went for it. He’s a little proud of the fact, if you look close, he got his front end up in the air just a little at the very end.

    Annmarie, that was just a mucky puddle. I wish I had video of him in some real mud. One time his dad went into some muck and, because he was a little surprised, his hand gesture telling SK to stay looked a little too much like his hand gesture to follow him in. The little guy had his feet up on the fenders and wrestled it through which, considering his entire machine barely reaches the tops of the big machine’s tires, was quite a feat.

    He’s put that beat-up little 2-wd 2-stroke almost everywhere the grown-up machines have gone. :lol:

  4. Jean
      · May 17th, 2010 at 2:50 pm · Link

    Congrats on the anniversary. SK did a great job getting through the mud. BudLite and shotgun shells? Sounds about right.

  5. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · May 18th, 2010 at 12:32 am · Link

    Happy Anniversary! Looks like the best kind of celebration. :)

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