Open Fires & Smoking Pipes

Tom Stalvey goes camping.

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What a surprise it was when a neighbor stopped by over the holidays with a handful of old photographs of my grandfather, Tom Stalvey (right), and a pal on a camping trip. He passed away when I was but a young boy, and until now, most of the images we had of him were either from his service in Germany or portraits taken later in his life. So what a treat it was to see him and his buddy letting loose on this excursion circa 1949 following the Berlin Airlift. Looks like they had quite a time cooking over an open fire, smoking their pipes, and goofing around with this hound. Bittersweet and a bit comical, these pics lightened our spirits and, in a way, it was almost like he had paid us a Christmas visit. 

Not sure exactly what they had on the menu, but there is an awful lot of poking around with a knife. Apparently someone forgot to pack the fork.

Not sure exactly what they had on the menu, but there is an awful lot of poking around with a knife. Apparently someone forgot to pack the fork.

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I wonder how this poor hound liked the vanilla-blended Captain Black? 

I wonder how this poor hound liked the vanilla-blended Captain Black? 

Not really sure what to say about this one. It certainly raised some smiles and if Papa were still around he would definitely catch some grief over it, especially from my grandmother.

Not really sure what to say about this one. It certainly raised some smiles and if Papa were still around he would definitely catch some grief over it, especially from my grandmother.