Monday May 15th 2017 Hike At Rock Cut State Park



As you know I am starting something new. Every-time I go for a hike, I am going to write about it. My hiking adventures. I have to think of a catchy catch phrase, LOL.

My power went out due to some guys cutting down some trees around the corner. So I was sitting here without power and figured i would go hiking. It was a spontaneous thing.

I went to Rock Cut again.  I decided to hike on the north side of the park. There is some long trails on the north side, that lead into the new bike path there.  I parked at the picnic area, I think it is called Puri Crest. And began my hiking adventure.

I did wear my body camera, I will upload the videos to my youtube sometime in the next few days. I need to go through it and edit it down. I don’t think Youtube will allow a several hour video, LOL.

Rock Cut State Park Hike

There were a few photos and a map at the trail head. I will post those below. Pretty informative. Hopefully many people will read them and learn something.

tips for the trails

I decided to hike the trails. The bike path was nearby, but you get a better workout walking the trails. I thought the trails would be in good condition, boy I was wrong!  MUDDY!

Muddy trails at Rock Cut

The good majority of the trails that were not paved, were muddy as heck.  My shoes are caked in mud.  If I would of known the trails were going to be that muddy, I would of taken the paved bike path. But I choose to stay on the muddy trails and hoped they would clear up. They did not, LOL. But the good thing about it I guess, it was more of a workout.

I figured since I was out walking the trails I would do some geocaching. There were 3 geocaches nearby. I found 2 of the 3. The 3rd one, I searched for a long time and had no luck finding it.

I enjoy going off the trails, so geocaching is my kind of thing.  Here is where I began my off the trail adventure.  The warm weather has made the brush and leaves grow pretty fast recently. A few weeks ago, it was not so overgrown as it is now.

One good thing about going off the trails, you see things you normally wouldn’t see. I got to see some turkeys up close. So that was neat 🙂   I always enjoy wildlife in their natural habitats. I will upload that video to youtube later on.  Also, the scenery is simply amazing!

I found the 2 geocaches and decided to get back onto the path. The path I was on, lead into the paved bike path. My shoes were muddy as heck, so I was happy to finally get onto the pavement, LOL.  By the time I hit the pavement, I had already walked several miles on the trails. So it was nice to get on solid ground again.

Rock Cut State park Bike Path

I took the bike path back the roadway up by 173.  I could have taken it back to my vehicle, but choose to go up by 173 for more exercise. I got onto the roadway and began walking back into the park.  Near the prairie restoration area I saw a beautiful hawk flying freely in the air. It truly was a site to see 🙂

Overall: I got plenty of exercise in. I walked many miles. Next time if I see mud, I am taking the paved path. I am determined to find that 3rd geocache!  That path north of Puri Crest, is a good workout path as long as it is dry. Avoid it if it is muddy. There is 3 geocaches on that path as well, so if you are into geocaching like I am, this is a good path for it.

Time to review and edit and trim down my gopro camera video so I can add it to youtube.

Hiking Adventures: Rock Cut State Park (Thursday May 11th 2017)

I am going to try something new.  I am going to post my hiking adventures. Even if it is a small hike of  a few minutes, or a few hours. Below is going to be my first hiking adventure. I plan on doing a lot of hiking this summer. And I figured it be good to document it.  I was following a guy on Youtube who did this, and I enjoyed it. So here it goes.

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Rock Cut State Park Trail Map

Rock Cut State Park Hike (Thursday May 11th 2017)

Thursday’s hike:  Due to construction you are not able access the Harlem rd entrance. So I came int he 173 entrance. When I first got in the park I noticed a wild turkey on the side of the roadway. I pulled my vehicle over and took some photos of it. Come to find out, there were some others on the opposite side of the roadway as well.   Which was neat to see. Nothing like watching wildlife in their natural habitat.

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Turkey At Rock Cut State Park

I decided to choose one of my favorite trails to hike. The path is near the dam area. The weather was beautiful, probably around 60 degrees and partly cloudy. Once you hop onto the bike path, it is the first trail on the right. I like this path because there is one area where you can overlook the park. This is also the trail I literally almost lost my life on when I was a teen after a serious bike accident.  So it is kinda bittersweet, LOL.

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Bike Path At Rock Cut State Park

As you go down the path there is a lot of trees and on occasion some wildlife. I only saw some birds. But by the time I went to photograph them, it was too late.  I saw something pretty neat on my left. It was a downed tree. It was a bigger tree. Maybe a storm blew it over. Whatever happened, it took down a big tree.  Also there was a bunch of other little branches stacked over it.  It appeared they were doing some trail maintenance.

Downed Tree With A Bunch Of Other Little Branches At Rock Cut State Park

As you go down the trail it comes to a “T” and you have to choose to go right or left. I went left. This was the way to the place I was telling you about that overlooks some of the park.

Note: I forgot to grab my smaller lens, so my photos are with my bigger lens and it doesn’t give the true beauty any justice.  Note to self,double check to see if I have all my lenses lol.

Overlooking The Park.

As soon as you pass this beautiful scenery there are many trails that branch off.  One of the great things about this trail!  I decided to stay on the main trail. This part is where I had my accident back when I was a teen.  But back on topic, this trail has a lot of areas of scenery and landscape. And if you do it at sunrise or sunset, you can probably see some deer.

I did notice this amazing tree that stuck out from the other scenery.  I don’t recall seeing it in the past. I am sure its been there, lol. But I just never noticed it until this hike.

I decided to take the trail to the “Witch’s House”  and check that out to see what it’s like these days.   (Going to post more about the “Witch’s House” on May 12th hike. So be sure to check that hike out)    I won’t say much on this, due to it will be posted on the May 12th hike.  After leaving the “Witch’s House”  I took the trail back to the bike path.

I took the bike path all the way back to the dam area. I did notice the Willow Creek was high and the water was running very fast. It has been a long time since I have saw the creek this high and that fast!    (Took photos with my cell, but have yet to upload them here)

I made it back to the dam area and sat there for a bit to just absorb the pure beauty of the landscape and also watch how much water was going down the dam and down the creek. Simply amazing just how much. Like I said, it has been awhile since I saw that much water going down the dam and creek.

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Rock Cut State Park Dam

After I left the dam I made it back to my vehicle.  Overall it was a beautiful hike and a beautiful day.  I hiked about an hour or so. Good workout and the hike brought back many memories. I highly recommend this trail to anyone who loves a beautiful scenery. The trail is not really bike friendly. And it is a longer path, so be sure you can hike up and down hills and for long distances.  If you can hike it, this trail is definitely one of my favorites.


Quick Blog About Helen Jane Long, Twitter, Watching The Conjuring



I was on my Twitter account and saw something totally awesome!
Musician Helen Jane Long  liked one of my tweets.  How freaking cool is that!

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Helen Jane Long liked my tweet!


As many of you know, I love horror and sci-fi movies. I am just now watching the first Conjuring movie. Hard to believe it took me this long to watch it. But i rarely get to watch TV or movies (or even listen to music) these days. I can see why this movie got good reviews. Damn good movie.


Awesome Song That I can’t Find Out Who Sings It LOL, And Moon Photo

So I was listening to the radio last night (Which is a rarity these days) I was listening to 104.9 WXRX. I heard this really good song. It sounded like the band “My Darkest Days”  so I thought they may have come out with a new cd.  Come to find out the singer split. So it wasn’t them.  I go onto the WXRX website to check out their playlist.  Their playlist didn’t update all night long. And still hasn’t 24 hours later. So long story short, I heard this really good song and I want to buy the cd. But I have no idea who the band is lol. I tried doing general searches online with some possible lyrics, but no luck. Which sucks, because I loved that song, LOL.  Hopefully one of these days I will find out who sang that song.

I took the following photo below a few minutes ago. Beautiful moon out there tonight!

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May 6th 2017 Moon

I Came Across An Auto Accident Near The Airport, Helped Assist The Victims


I first want to say: The victims involved are in my thoughts and prayers. They definitely all had angels looking over everyone. And I want to thank the young couple who was already on scene assisting the victims as I came across the scene shortly after it happened. You guys did an awesome job.

I was out at the airport watching the UPS planes come in. After the last of them arrived, I decided to head home. I took Beltline rd and was traveling westbound on Beltline. As I came up to Kishwaukee rd I noticed a woman standing on the side of the roadway at the intersection, on a cell phone. I then saw headlights off into the nearby trees near the river. I quickly realized it was an accident scene. I pulled my vehicle over and got out to help.

The woman on the phone was talking to emergency personnel. Her boyfriend was already assisting the two young girls in the Blue truck that crashed through the airport fence. I went up to them to make sure those girls were OK and everyone in that truck was accounted for. The two young girls said they were not injured, but were very distraught. The young man stayed with the girls to comfort them.

I quickly ran over to the car that was in the trees. The car was buried in the trees. I was able to look into the driver’s side of the vehicle and noticed no one was visible inside the vehicle. And no one on scene said they were the driver of the vehicle.

I assumed maybe the driver was possibly ejected, since there was heavy damage and the girls in the other vehicle said this driver was excessively speeding. So I looked for any signs of the possibility of someone being ejected. I did not see any of those signs. In doing so, I did notice some beer cans in the passenger side of the vehicle. So my next guess was the driver was possibly DUI decided to possibly flee from the scene or was nearby.

I went back over to help comfort the girls and see if I could assist them. They were very distraught and I really tried to keep them calm as much as I could. They had angels looking over them, that is forsure!  I decided to move the girls away from their truck, because there was a strong gas odor coming from it. So we went across the street to where it was safer.

While I was with the girls, The young man who stopped to help before me was able to locate the driver of the car. He was a ways away from his vehicle. So it is not yet known, if he tried to flee or not. (Police are investigating) That young man and I assisted that man to see if he was injured. He was very disoriented. The man was saying he was sorry and did not mean to hit the girls. So he knew what had happened, but was disoriented on everything else. It was unknown if he had a head injury that was not visible, or possibly DUI.

Emergency personnel arrived on scene fairly quickly afterwards and take control of the scene. They gave that man a field sobriety test and he reportedly blew a 1.2 and was reportedly had a warrant for his arrest as well. He was arrested and booked in the Winnebago County Jail for DUI.

The article on the accident

The guy and girl who stopped to assist the victims in the accident, just before I came across the scene. They need a huge shout out!  They were the first ones on the scene and the girl was talking to the emergency personnel on the phone. And her boyfriend also remained calm and took control of the situations he was involved in. It was a blessing them and I were in the right place at the right time, to help assist these victims.

200 Truthful Questions About Me

200 Truthful Questions About Me 

Yes, 200 questions!  This may take me awhile to do, LOL.   Wonder if anyone will actually read the answers to all 200?  Well here we go!


1: Are you ready for 200 questions?  Not really, but here we go!
2: Was your last relationship a mistake?  No, There are never mistakes. Always lessons learned
3: Do you miss your last relationship? No
4: Who did you last say “I love you” to? My daughter
5: Do you regret it? Heck no
6: Have you ever been depressed? Who hasn’t been at one time or another
7: Are you a boy or girl? Man
8: Are you insecure? Nah, I am a confident person
9: What is your relationship status? Married
10: How do you want to die? WTF kind of question is this…….    No one wants to die
11: What did you last eat? 3 Musketeers
12: Have you played any sports? Yes.  Not professionally though
13: Do you bite your nails? Yes
14: When was your last physical fight? Been a while. Can’t remember the date.
15: Do you have an attitude? I am an overall positive person.
16: Do you like someone? Yes
17: What is your real name? Rickie Traeger
18: Have you ever read a book? Yes, currently reading “The Day After Roswell”
19: Are you gonna get high later? No
20: Do you hate anyone at the moment? No
21: Do you miss someone? Yes
22: Twirl or cut your spaghetti? Both, mainly twirl through
23: Do you tan a lot? Used too. I plan on it this year
24: Have any pets? 2 Dogs, 2 fish.   I miss my tarantulas.
25: How exactly are you feeling? Asking myself, I am only at #25 and 175 to go, LOL
26: Ever eaten food in a car while someone or you are driving? Yes
27: Ever made out in a bathroom? Yes
28: Would you take any of your exes back? Nah
29: Are you scared of spiders? Nope, Raised tarantulas 🙂
30: Would you go back in time if you were given the chance? Yes
31: Do you regret anything from your past? A few things, but we learn from mistakes and as we get older
32: What are your plans for this weekend? Dunno, supposed to rain so my outdoor plans are out the door lol.  I do plan on doing lightning photography
33: Do you want to have kids? Yes
34: Did you ever kiss someone whose name starts with an M? Yes
35: Do you type fast? I have been told I type super fast, LOL
36: Do you have piercings? Yes
37: Want anymore? No
38: Can you spell well? Yes, Well
39: Do you miss anyone from your past? Yes
40: What are you craving right now? Chocolate
41: Ever been to a bonfire party? Yes
42: Ever had a silly band? Yes
43: Have you ever been on a horse? Yes, If you own a horse i want to go horseback riding again!
44: Kissed someone in a pickup truck? Yes
45: Have you ever broken someone’s heart? Yes
46: Have you ever been cheated on? Yes
47: Have you ever made a boyfriend/girlfriend cry? Yes
48: Are you thinking of someone right now? Yes
49: Would you live with someone without marrying them? Yes
50: What should you be doing? Many things, LOL
51: What’s irritating you right now? Politics
52: Have you ever liked someone so much that it hurts? Yes
53: Does somebody love you? Yes
54: What is your favorite color? Black
55: Have you ever changed clothes in a car? Yes
56: Milk chocolate or white chocolate? Chocolate
57: Do you have trust issues? My motto is “Trust No One”   so you tell me, lol
58: Best friends name? I have several best friends
59: 2nd best friends name? I have several best friends
60: 3rd best friends name? I have several best friends
61: Longest relationship? 16 years and counting
62: Do you believe your most recent ex thinks about you? Yes
63: Who was the last person you cried in front of? Daughter
64: Do you give out second chances too easily? Nope
65: Is it easier to forgive or forget? Forget
66: Is this year the best year of your life? Dunno, its only April

67: What was your childhood nickname? Trigger
68: Have you ever walked outside completely naked? No
69: Favorite food? BBQ and corn
70: Do you believe everything happens for a reason? Yes, Strongly believe in this
71: What is the last thing you did before you went to bed last night? Read my book
72: Did you have dream last night? No
73: What is bothering you? Nothing
74: Have you ever been out of state? Yes
75: Do you play the Wii? Yes, been a while
76: Are you listening to music right now? No, the police scanner.
77: Do you like Chinese food? Yes
78: Who are you texting right now? Noone, typing here
79: Are you afraid of the dark? No
80: Is cheating ever okay? No
81: Are you mean? Nah,  may be strict but not mean
82: Can you keep white shoes clean? Nope lol
83: What year has been your best? There have been many good years 🙂
84: Do you believe in true love? Yes
85: Favorite weather? Storms!
86: Do you like the snow? Yes, but hate cold weather
87: Does it snow a lot where you live? Most of the time, but not this last winter
88: Do you like the outside? Love it outdoors
89: Are you currently bored? So So, Considering I decided to do a 200 question thing..LOL
90: Do you want to get married? Already am
91: Is it cute when a boy/girl calls you baby? Nah
92: Are you hungry? No
93: Have you ever made out for more than a half hour straight? Oh yeah
94: What makes you happy? Loyalty and love
95: Would you change your name? No
96: Ever been to Alaska? No
97: Ever been to Hawaii? No
98: Do you watch the news? Nah, doing RS I already know what goes on, and then some
99: Do you love MTV? used to when they played music videos. Once they started their reality tv crap, no more MTV for me.
100: Do you like subway? Yes, ate there yesterday
101: Would it be hard to kiss the last person you kissed? No
102: Your best friend of the opposite sex likes you, what do you do? Many of my friends who are the opposite sex like me. What can you do….   lol
103: Do you talk like your friends? nah, I am my own person and talk how I am.
104: Why did you decide to do this quiz? Guess boredom
105: Have you ever seen someone you knew and purposely avoided them? Yes
106: Do you have a friend of the opposite sex who you can act your complete self around? No, I am a confident person and no need to act like something I am not.
107: Who was the last person of the opposite sex you talked to? My daughter
108: Do you feel good? Yes
109: Who was the last person you had a deep conversation with? My buddy Jeff on the radio
110: Favorite lyrics right now? In the End, by the Doors
111: Can you count to one million? Never tried. But I am sure if I tried I could
112: Ever bought condoms? Yes
113: Ever gotten pregnant? Lmao, Not possible
114: Ever failed a class? Yes
115: Ever kissed a boy? No
116: Ever kissed a girl? Yes
117: Ever used a little paper bag for lunch? Yes
118: Have you ever had a job? Yes
119: Have you ever slipped on ice? Yes
120: Have you ever missed the bus? Yes
121: Have you left the house without money? Yes
122: Did you ever bully someone on the internet? No
123: Did you ever sexted someone? Yes
124: Have you ever had sex in public? Yes
125: Did you ever played on a sports team? No
126: Have you ever smoked weed? Yes years ago
127: Have you ever smoked cigarettes? No
128: Have you ever smoked a cigar? No
129: Did you ever drink alcohol? Yes
130: Did you ever watched “The Breakfast Club”? Yes
131: Have you ever been overweight? Yes
132: Ever had an eating disorder? Yes
133: Ever been to a wedding? Yes
134: Ever been in a wedding? Yes
135: Did you ever made fun of someone for being fat? No
136: Have you ever been on the computer for 5 hours straight? Yes
137: Did you ever watch TV for 5 hours straight? Yes, binge watching MERLIN now 🙂
138: Ever been late for work? Yes
139: Ever been late for school? Yes
140: Ever kissed in the rain? Yes
141: Did you ever showered with someone else? Yes
142: Did you ever fail a driver’s test? No
143: Have you ever run a mile in less than 10 minutes? No
144: Ever been outside my home country? No
145: Ever been on a road trip longer than 5 hours? Yes
146: Did you ever get your heart broken? Yes
147: Ever had a credit card? Yes
148: Ever been to a professional sports game? Yes
149: Did you ever broken a bone? Yes
150: Have you ever been unhappy about my weight? Yes
151: Did you ever won a trophy in your life? Yes
152: Did you ever cut yourself for no reason? No
153: Do you have STD? No
154: Ever got engaged? Yes
155: Have you ever been on a diet? Yes
156: Did you ever been on TV? Yes
157: Ever rode in a taxi? Yes
158: Ever been to prom? No
159: Ever played a drinking game? Yes
160: Ever stayed up for 24 hours or more? Yes
161: Ever been to a concert? Yes
162: Ever had a three-some? No
163: Have you ever had a crush on someone of the same sex? No
164: Have you ever been in a car accident? Yes
165: Ever had braces? No
166: Did you ever learn another language? Tried too
167: Ever killed an animal? Yes on accident 🙁
168: Ever been to a Japanese steakhouse? No
169: Do you wear make-up? No
170: Did you ever talked to someone via webcam? Yes
171: Did you ever have wisdom teeth taken out? Yes
172: Did you ever kiss someone a different race than yourself? Yes
173: Did you ever snuck out of the house? Yes
174: Did you ever bought porn? Yes back in the day
175: Ever had a virus on your computer? Yes
176: Ever dyed your hair? Yes
177:                           ……….. Guess that question was deleted, LOL
178: Did you ever graduated from college? Not yet
179: Did you ever wear someone else’s clothes? Yes
180: Ever rode in an ambulance? Yes
181: Ever rode in a helicopter? Want to
182: Ever caught the stove on fire? No
183: Ever got in a verbal fight? Yes
184: Ever meet someone famous? Yes, too many to count
185: Have you ever been on vacation? Yes
186: Ever been on an airplane? technically yes
187: Ever been on a boat? Yes
188: Ever broken something expensive? Yes
189: Did you ever have surgery in your life time? No
190: Did you ever kiss someone before you were 14? Yes
191: Ever beat a video game? Yes
192: Ever got in a fist fight? Yes
193: Did you ever find something valuable on the ground? Yes
194: Did you ever stalk someone on facebook/ MySpace? No
195: Have you ever prank called someone? Yes
196: What are your top 3 favorite colors? Black, Red, Blue
197: What is your number 1 favorite sport? Nascar
198: What’s your favorite singer/rapper? I love the band THE DOORS
199: What is your number 1 favorite animal? and why? Cat, Always have loved cats
200: Did you think this looked like fun to do? Looked fun yes, time consuming yes lol

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Fridays Blog About Website Redesign And This Weekends Weather



We are supposed to get some storms this weekend with a lot of rain.   It will be nice to get some storms 🙂    I am hoping to do some lightning photography.   Well that is the plans anyways, LOL.   I have saw reports of up to almost 5 inches of rain over the weekend.  That is ALOT of rain!   They have issued a Flood Watch for our area.

I plan on working on this website tonight.  I am going to at least redesign the front page.  I might have it as all my blog posts, instead of a landing page.  I think that would work out better overall.    I dunno yet, I am going to put some thought into it before I do it though lol.

I wish I was able to attend the ham radio fox hunt scheduled for the morning.  Sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun 🙂   Good luck to everyone who attends.

Rock Cut State Park Hike and Geocaching on April 24th 2017

Below is a bunch of photos I took on today’s hike at
Rock Cut State Park on April 24th 2017. 

I went to Rock Cut State Park over the weekend, but was unable to locate any parking spaces to park, to go hiking. So I went back today to get some hiking done. I haven’t went for a long hike in awhile, so it was well overdue.  Below I will post my photos and my hike.

I forgot the exact time I got to Rock Cut. I would estimate approx. 3 pm-ish. It is one of my favorite parks. I pretty much know that whole park inside out. So i had a few places in mind on where to go hiking at.  I ended up choosing to start off by the dam area.

I parked and walked over to the dam area and was checking out the lake to see how active it was and just to absorb some sun and scenery.  In front of me was the Rock Cut weather station they recently installed. So I decided to take a photo of it.  Pretty neat they have their own weather station out there, and on the little island in the middle of the lake.

rock cut state park weather station

Rock Cut State Park Weather Station

I decided to walk the bike path for awhile.  Not to many people were out today. I figured many would of been since of how nice it was outside.  I saw only a handful of people on the bike path as I walked it. I stopped at one of my favorite spots to take photos. It is on the bike path, just a little ways down from the dam. It is of the creek area.  Below are several photos of the area. Check out how beautiful it is! You can see why I love it 🙂

Walking the bike path at Rock Cut State Park

Willow Creek at Rock Cut State Park

Willow Creek at Rock Cut State Park

I chilled there and snapped a few photos then walked the bike path some more. there are a lot of trails to take, I decided to take the easy way today and stay on the bike path awhile.

I crossed the first bridge, and just before you cross the 2nd bridge there is a path on the left. It basically is a path that is straight off the bike path.  This path leads back to the Willow Creek area of the park. I guess back in the day, (like when my parents were teens) they had this area open to the public and it was a popular hangout area. They even had a baseball diamond here. The baseball diamond is long gone now, as nature took it over and the trees and weeds grew over it.

There is a path to the left, that goes up a hill. I walked up the hill and then it curves to the left. this leads you to the shelter area.  I like to relax there after hiking. The one downfall about the shelter area, there is a lot of graffiti and stuff.  But it shelters you from the heat and sun for a bit. I enjoy going there because I can rest up a bit, before hiking some more.

Willow Creek Shelter at Rock Cut State Park

Willow Creek Shelter at Rock Cut State Park

You can see the graffiti 🙁

Fireplace at the shelter area at Rock Cut State Park

Willow Creek Shelter at Rock Cut State Park

View from the shelter looking towards the main path

Some reason this tree caught my eye and I took a photo of it. It is near the shelter


I figured since i was in that area I should do some geocaching. I knew there was a geocache in that area, so i decided I would hunt it down. It is located a bit away but on a nearby path. So I headed down that trail awhile. A really good trail for some exercise. It has a lot of hills and twists and turns. A good workout.  I used my gps and was able to locate the geocache. It was a ways off the trail. I think they moved it since the last time I visited it, because it was kinda a ways off the trail this time. But it didn’t take long to find.

Rock Cut State Park Geocache

Me about to sign the log for the geocache at Rock Cut State Park

I signed the logbook then put it back. I came back out onto the trail and started to head back. I decided to take the trail that leads me to the stairs area. I figured it be a good workout to walk the stairs. I got to the stairs and remembered awhile ago I took some really neat photos of the stairs and wanted to do it again. So I snapped a few photos from the top of the stairs, looking down. Pretty neat view.

Rock Cut State Park Stairs and Rock Area

I walked down the stairs and went over by the dam area. I figured it be a good workout to climb the dam hill. I got to the dam area and decided to snap a few more photos. It used to be a pretty area at one time, but I don’t think it is so pretty now.  Look at all that algae on the dam. I know its nature, but it definitely brought the beauty of it, down.

Rock Cut State Park Dam

That was pretty much my hike for the day. I wanted to stay out longer, but i was starting to feel ill. So I decided to leave.  I hope to get some more hiking done this week 🙂


Quick Sunday Blog, Bristol Race, Rockford Scanner App



Not to much going on here. Just trying to enjoy life!

My good friend Chad and his GF is going to be having their baby tomorrow.  I am excited for them!  They are going to be having a boy.  Awesomness!

I am sitting here waiting for the race at Bristol to happen. And it was postponed until Monday at noon.  GRRRR, I was super excited to watch some Bristol racing.

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Happy Easter, Illinois Roads Suck, Gas Pump Bank Hold



I want to first start off by wishing everyone a Happy Easter. A few days late, but better late than never LOL.  I hope everyone had a good and safe Easter. Hope everyone had a great Easter!

I took a road trip over the weekend. I took a good friend of mine to go see his dad, before he passes away. He was able to see his dad again. He also got to see his family and a son he hasn’t seen in years.  I am happy my friend was able to see his dad.  Because he texted me earlier tonight and said his dad was not expected to make it through tonight. So I am happy we made it and he was to able to see him again.

I been telling people for awhile now, that if you pay at the pump with a credit/debit card when you get gas, the bank charges you extra.  And below is proof. We stopped at a gas station, and this was posted on the pump. I been telling people for a long time, to walk that extra 30 feet and go inside and pay for your gas inside. So you avoid all this BS. For all of you who did not believe me, here is the proof.

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Gas Pump Bank Hold

I can tell you one thing, Illinois has the worst roads ever!  And I am saying this nicely!!!  OMFG, The roads in Illinois are terrible!  Why do they tax the citizens to fix the roadways, but do not fix them?  I mean seriously, they taxed the citizens a lot to fix the roads, then the roads are not even fixed. Or even close to it!!!   I was spoiled driving on the roadways outside of Illinois.  They were soooooo smooth.  I did notice one thing, you get to the Springfield area, the roads were nice. Then pass Springfield, and the roads turn bad again.  And all the roads outside of Illinois, literally as soon as you leave Illinois, are smooth.


Latest Fishing Trip, Stormy Pleasures, Senator Dave Syverson Statement


Man I have been enjoying the warm weather!  It is about time the warm weather is back. Now watch it fly by, it usually does lol.  I went fishing last night at the Rockton Dam. I did not even get one bite 🙁   I was there awhile too.  I take that back, I did have one bite. That was it. I wasn’t able to land it. One of these days my luck will change and I will catch a fish, LOL.


I logged onto FB and on the wall I saw an interesting post by Senator Dave Syverson.  He said this well!  At what point do you say there is a trust issue with those in power……..

This is what he (Senator Dave Syverson) posted:
“I thought I would share this. It is from Senator Dave Syverson
The same people pushing the $65 million hotel project downtown are the ones that said if we spend an extra $20 million on the Morgan Street bridge it will spur “unprecedented” economic growth on both sides of the bridge. These are the same people that said if we spend $8 million on the Riverwalk it will bring thousands of tourists annually to Rockford. These are are people that said there was a huge need to build the RMTD transfer station on Lyford rd. These are same people that promised no risk to taxpayers for Wanxaing Solar, Garrison school project, 7th St Lofts. Yes the same people that said Davis Park would be the next Ravinia.
At what point do you stays there is a trust issue with promises being made by “these” people. Those making the decision tonight will not even be in office in two weeks yet taxpayers will be paying this for the next 20 years.” 

Well said indeed! 

I had a pleasant surprise today!  It stormed this afternoon. It even hailed a bit. Just small hail. We even had a severe thunderstorm watch out until 9pm.  Nothing really happened after that first cell came through about 3:30 pm.  My buddy Charles Russell who owns “Stormy Pleasures” had some good action up his way tonight. Sounded like he had a tornado touch down near him. Last I heard he posted a photo of some tornado damage and said a lot of big trees were down.  Be sure to check out his website for the full details.

UPDATE: Video of the tornado damage up his way. Check it out on Charles Youtube

Airplane Spotting At The Rockford Airport On April 6th 2017 (Long Photography Blog)

I took a trip out to the Rockford Airport (KRFD) earlier today to see what aircraft were on the ramp and in the skies. I got to see some neat aircraft today!  Below are a lot of the variety of aircraft I saw today. And I got to see a real treat today, more about that at the bottom of this blog 🙂 

NOTE: Going to be a longer blog, Thanks for being patient and reading through it all.

Just a quirky side note: It was a windy day, I lost my cowboy hat a few times, LOL.

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When we first arrived we saw a FAA aircraft on the Emery Air ramp.  The tail number to it was N41 that is registered to the FAA. It is registered as a Piper Navajo. That was closest aircraft to the fence when we arrived.  Pretty cool to see a FAA aircraft.

FAA N41 Aircraft at KRFD Rockford Airport April 2017 Aircraft Photographer

FAA Aircraft With The Tail Number Of N41 At KRFD on April 6th 2017

Head On View of the FAA N41 Aircraft on Emery Ramp At Rockford Airport (KRFD)

Head On View of the FAA N41 Aircraft on Emery Ramp At Rockford Airport (KRFD)


There was another aircraft that caught my attention right away. It had no tail number on it. So I assume it probably was another FAA aircraft since it had no tail number. I think it was a Piper Aztec, but not sure. Below is the photo. Maybe you can tell what it is and who it belongs too?

Possible FAA Aztec Aircraft at KRFD Rockford Airport

Unknown Tail # at Rockford Airport (KRFD)


Behind that aircraft sat a BEAUTIFUL Cessna Caravan with the tail number of N94MT. It was facing the terminal, so I was not able to get a decent photo of it besides the one that is posted below. I fly this aircraft type a lot in my flight simulator game (FSX)  so I know it really well. One of my favorite GA aircraft!

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Cessna Caravan N94MT

Another aircraft that was sitting on the Emery Air ramp was a CRJ-200 that the livery on it said it was an American Eagle. I looked up the registration on it, the tail number was N454AW and that is registered to Air Wisconsin.  So I do not know what was up with that. Air Wisconsin registered it in Feb 2017. So it might be here for repair and a paint job.

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N454AW thats is registered to Air Wisconsin, bt has an American Eagle livery on it


We had an  Embraer Phenom 300 with a tail number of N314FL do a fly over while we were photographing.  Was nice to see. It caught me off guard since not many aircraft fly over that area. I did not have my camera ready, so my photo of it is not the best.

Embraer Phenom 300 N314FL doing flyover at Rockford Airport KRFD

N314FL doing a flyover at the Rockford Airport


There was an unknown aircraft that was sitting on the ramp of the new AAR.   It was too far away from me to see any details on it.  I am sure many of you will be able to tell the type of aircraft by the body, engines and wing tips.  🙂

The best part is still yet to come!   I want to thank you for sticking around and still reading. Much appreciated!

I noticed the Rockford Airport fire department on the move. So I knew something was probably coming in. So I made a quick glance to the sky.

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Rockford Airport Fire Department E3

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Allegiant Air Landing in Rockford

I saw something with landing lights off in the distance and coming into to land on Runway 1/19. It was the Allegiant N215NV that was coming in from FT Myers. It made a smooth landing and taxied in.

Notice something in the background in the sky?  Yup, just to the right of the nose of the Allegiant, above the AAR building.  You can not really make it out much in this photo, but you are about to see the best thing of this trip.

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T-38 Talon US Air Force AF 67, RA 953.

A US Air Force T-38 with the tail of AF67 RA 953 landed on runway 1/19 just behind the Allegiant Air.  I was pleasantly shocked to see it. A lot of military aircraft frequent the airport. It taxied onto the Emery Air ramp just in front of us. I took some video on my camera I will upload to here when I get a chance.  There was 2 pilots. They taxied in and parked and were met by some crew members from the airport.

T-38 US Air Force

The wind was nuts and blowing my hat off a few times, so I decided we should head out.  It was a good day to plane spot at the Rockford Airport.  I was very lucky to see the variety of aircraft I did today.  Definitely was a good plane spotting experience. Usually I see 1 maybe 2 aircraft when I go plane spotting recently. So this many aircraft and variety, it made up for all those slow days i went plane spotting and didn’t see much lol.


Walking Dead Finale Thoughts

So tonight was the Walking Dead season finale. As many of you know, I watch the show religiously. I am a huge fan of the Walking Dead. I have never missed an episode. Tonight was the season 7 season finale. I had no idea what to really expect since last season they left us with a big cliffhanger.

I kind of had a feeling Sasha was going to die. They were showing her alot recently.  So I knew she was going to have a big role in the season finale. I just did not know just how big of a role. She did well playing that character. I liked her a lot too.  That is one thing about the show, they do not always go by the comics and you just never know who may die or what may happen. Her choosing the way she did, was neat. Pretty cool actually!  Was priceless when Neegan opened up the coffin. Sasha was a zombie!!!

I was so mad when that chick shot Rick!  I freaking hate that clan. I hope Rick gets his revenge next season on her and her clan.  She also said she wanted to lay with Rick, I think she was trying to get into Michonne’s head.

I thought for sure Carl was dead!  He was just bout to die when the Tiger (Shiva)  came out of nowhere. Now that was badass!  Call me crazy, but I enjoy that tiger! I am a huge animal lover.  🙂    Last year when I met Carl in real life, he was a jerk. Stuck up. So I was really hoping Neegan would kill off Carl, lol. But he is still alive for next season.

I am kinda being brief, because I don’t want to spoil it for some that have yet to watch the finale. I know several of my friends who watch the show, and read my site. So I guess I should say I am sorry lol. But I did label the title, so you can’t be to mad.

But back on the show,  I was expecting a cliffhanger like last season.  I was disappointed they didn’t, but at the same time I was happy. Because now i won’t be asking myself for the next several months, whats going to happen lol.  I did watch the Talking Dead, and they said the first 4 episodes of next season will be intense.

I will now shut up, hopefully I didn’t spoil it to much for ya. I was trying to be brief and not in detail. I will write an in depth review in a few days after I know my friends have watched it.



April 2nd 2017 Blog for Rickie Traeger

Yesterday was April 1st, which everyone knows is April Fools Day.  I noticed not a lot of people did pranks. Which is weird, because in the past many people used to all the time.  I did notice the Beloit PD did an April Fools Day joke post, and several people got their panties in a bunch. So the Beloit PD made a post and basically apologized.  People are way to politically correct these days. SMFH!  Relax and loosen up and have some fun.  April Fools Day was supposed to be a fun day, not a politically correct day lol.

I was able to finally fix an issue I had on my Rockford Scanner website. I was not able to fix the issue for some time. Now it is fixed!  I was soooo excited when I was able to fix it.

Speaking of Rockford Scanner, Holy cow!  This weekend has been crazy insane for violence in the area. Tons of shots fired calls. Last time I checked around 30 reported shots fired calls. Those are just the ones that were reported!  I can only imagine how many reports went unreported.  If this is a taste of what warm weather brings, this summer is going to be crazy!  And not a good crazy 🙁     Hopefully they decrypt the airwaves so the citizens can hear what is going on and can assist in capturing these suspects.  If they don’t, people will still be in the dark and the violence will only escalate……………..

I haven’t popped on my HF radio all week. Actually like 2 weeks now I think.  Solar flares been crazy here recently and heard the radio bands are poor, so I havent even tried making any contacts recently.  I was looking at the solar chart, it is almost off the chart!  Speaking of, I saw on QRZ someone actually took a photo here on Earth with their camera (Just a regular camera)  and was able to capture the solar spots! That was a very cool photo.  I will see if I can find that photo real quick and post it below. Edit:  I looked and now I can’t find it. Go figure, LOL.

Today is the race at Martinsville!   Going to be a good race.  Hopefully the Stewart-Haas racing team does well!!!   Hopefully Danica Patrick wins. I am soooo looking forward to her winning her first race.  Hopefully today is the day.

Well I am going to pop off of here. Hopefully everyone had a good weekend and was able to get out and enjoy the weather yesterday. Supposed to rain all day today again from what I heard. Hopefully it doesn’t.  We had over 2 inches of rain the other day.  Speaking of weather, warm weather is coming back!  I am super excited.  Everyone kick back and enjoy the warmth. Becauses its back 🙂

Quick Blog For Tuesday March 28th 2017

So I been slacking a bit lately.  I can’t say “Slacking” per say LOL.   I been wanting to redesign my Rockford Scanner website to make it more responsive and faster.  I was hoping to get it done over the weekend. That did not exactly happen.  But what I have been doing, is researching online and viewing examples of stuff to do. I want to be sure I get it right this time.  I was thinking about starting it from scratch again.  Fresh start. I dunno.  I have came across many awesome ideas and features and would love to do on RS.  So i been researching a lot recently and hoping to redesign RS website soon. I do not want to set a date, because I been enjoying researching. I have learned a lot in the last few days!

I am going to make this a quick blog and just say that for now 🙂

Hope everyone is enjoying the weather these days!

Oh, before I pop off here I want to send out my condolences to the three storm chasers that passed away earlier today in an accident in Texas. I was watching the feed video, and Kelley Williamson says something to the effect of he sees someone else with a video feed just to his north. Then a short time later he hits the accelerator and runs the stop sign and crashes into another storm chaser. Sounds like the same one who had the other live feed. I have watched Kelley for a long time now. Good man. But they have ran many, many stop signs over the years. It was just a matter of time before they crashed. And this time, all 3 victims passed away.  My condolences to the victims and their family and friends.  Such a tragedy!!!  3 great people gone ;(   They passed away doing what they enjoyed most, chasing tornadoes. May you 3 rest in peace.

March 25 blog in reference to fishing, my dad, crazy weather, Rockford scanner, etc.

Hopefully everybody was able to get out and enjoy yesterday. I heard it hit 80° which is awesome! I was able to get out and try to get some fishing done but the wind was very bad. So needless to say I did not have much luck. This weekend it’s supposed to rain a lot. I was just outside and it is very cold and very wet.

I plan on redoing the Rockford scanner website a bit this weekend. I might redesign it or I just might add content. I have not made up my mind on which route I want to take. I want to make it more user-friendly for everybody. Hopefully I can get that done this weekend or very soon. Among to do a lot of research before I do and figure out what’s the best way for everybody to use the website before I start making any changes.

March 20 was my dad’s birthday he would’ve been 58. I miss him a lot and it is hard to believe he’s been gone that long. August 2014. Gone but never forgotten. A lot of good memories he taught me many things in his legacy lives on with me and my brother. I went fishing on his birthday in memory of him. He used to take me fishing all the time when I was younger. I know he’s up in heaven looking down on us fishing for the big ones with my uncle again. I can just imagine just how big the fish are up there, LOL. I love you dad forever and beyond!

I was able to find some new fishing spots to fish this year. I am really looking forward to fishing a lot this year. I only catch and release. I want the fish I catch, I want my daughters to catch when they get older. So I always catch and release. I do it for the sport and the relaxation. Many great fishing areas in the area, I just have to wait a little bit for the water temperatures to rise before the fish really become active. Heck you never know I might turn my website into a fishing blog, LOL.

I have a lot of research to do ahead of me in reference to redoing my Rockford scanner website. I guess I should pop off of here. I hope everybody enjoys there weekend.

R.I.P. W9GD, Nascar, Stars & Universe, Todays Generalized Blog

I am using this voice to text Dragon software so I apologize ahead of time if there are any errors below. I purchased this Dragon software so I can just talk and do my blogs while I multitask and do other things. So hopefully it was well worth the money. We will find out shortly.

Not a whole lot has been going on here just kicking back and relaxing in trying to enjoy life as much as possible. A local ham radio operator W9GD Gene, passed away a few days back and it really opens up your eyes again just how much we take life for granted. I was able to talk to him when I first got my ham radio license he was one of my first contacts. I enjoyed listening to him on the local nets. His DX reports were great. I had many ragchews with him since I have been licensed. He was a very smart man indeed. Jimmy last night on the fun net attributed the net to him. I was able to hear many great stories about him from others. W9GD may you rest in peace and fly high with the angels above.

I’ve been waiting for it to warm up a bit. We were pretty spoiled over the winter time. It is not too bad outside just windy and cold. I so cannot wait for it to be in the 80s and 90s again. I was talking to somebody on the ham radio the other day and they were down in Florida and they were complaining that it was 80° outside. All I could do was shake my head and laugh. What I would give to have that kind of weather again. We did have snow the other day but it did not last too long. My daughter went outside and played in the backyard in the snow and made some snow angels. The snow was the fluffy kind so it did not pack enough to make a snowman. We were hoping to build a snowman. Hopefully the snow stays away now and the temperatures rise.

Hopefully everybody change their batteries in their CO detectors and smoke alarms when they set the clocks ahead last weekend. This new time change is taking a little bit to get use to. I do enjoy a getting darker later at night now. But at the same time I enjoy looking at the stars so it takes an hour away from that. Won’t be too much longer before I’m able to lay down in the backyard for many hours on end and just stare at the stars. I so cannot wait for it to warm up. Laying down and looking up at the stars is one of the most peaceful things you could ever do . It is so relaxing and peaceful and beautiful. You realize we are just a little speck in this humongous universe. Who knows what lies out in the stars and beyond.

I have been wanting to watch a Chicago Cubs game since baseball has started back up again. But I have yet to do so. I believe it is only spring training right now or preseason so things really wouldn’t matter anyways. But it sure would be nice to watch a Cubs game again. I went to go watch one yesterday by the time I realize it was on it was already in the eighth inning. The Cubs were up 7 to 2. I do not know what the final score was. Hopefully they play today and I’m able to watch one of the games if not today then sometime soon.

I have been watching NASCAR a lot this season. I missed many races last year. I have only missed Atlanta this year. I am on the fence about their new system. I like it but then again I don’t. It kinda makes things interesting during the race and makes the drivers race a little harder. Used to be they would race the full race and whoever got the checkered flag at the end won. Now they have these sessions divided up so dear in the race after so many laps whoever is leading wins the points for that session. It makes the drivers battle a little bit more and make the race more interesting. I don’t like it because it’s something new and I have to get used to it but I cannot complain.

I’m going to in this blog for today for now. I have not proofread anything above so I do apologize ahead of time if there are any errors because I’m using this new Dragon software. I hope everybody has a wonderful day and enjoys their weekend

Nascar Fight, Walking Dead, Winter


Watched Nascar earlier today, was a pretty good race. A hell of a finish. I hate Joey Lagono but I think Kyle Busch was in the wrong on this one.  Long story short, Keslowski was having issues on the last lap and Busch and Lagono were racing to the finish.  Busch came up fast on Keslowski and went down into Lagono, instead of slowing down.  They went into the corner and they were both going to fast. Lagono got loose and went up into Busch and spun him.  busch got out and went ot the Lagonos pits and started throwing punches.  They did an interview with Lagono afterwards, and as usual Lagono was being a di*k as usual and said “none to me” when asked about the fight. Trolling Busch.  Yes, Busch was wrong for fighting, but was awesome to watch lol.  I think with Lagono response, Busch will definitely have it out for him in the future.


Watched the Walking Dead.  I can’t believe Morgan killed someone. It is about time. Understandable it was to avenge Benjamins death.  I can’t wait for em to all fight against the saviors. The saviors are some bad people and killed off many good people this season.  I wish there was more zombie stuff this season, so it been pretty boring overall. I hate saying that, because I watch the Walking Dead religiously. But this season been slow and kinda boring overall. There is only 3 episodes left this season, so hopefully these last 3 episodes will be more action.  I think with Carol back with the king now, things are about to change and they will fight with everyone and take out the saviors!  I think as popular as the saviors are, I think they won’t wipe them out completely and will return next season.  Be interesting to see what happens these last 3 episodes.

We are getting snow as I type this. Been a pretty nice winter overall. Warm and hardly any snow. I think this is going to be the last snowfall of the season. I think mother nature wanted to remind us that it is still technically winter lol. They are calling for 4-7 inches. As of right now of typing this, it has barely covered the ground. Maybe an inch or so. I am hoping there will be enough to build another snowman and take my kids sledding. I was looking at the forecast and it is going to warm up soon. So this snow will not be around for long.


Walking Dead & Rockford Scanner Stuff


Bad ass internet photo of the walking dead

Watched the Walking Dead tonight.  Pretty good episode!  This season has been pretty slow and boring (I hate saying that but it is true)  There hasn’t been many zombies on the show. And when there has been, there is not much.  I am a huge horror fan, so more zombies the better.

Long story short, tonight’s episode had a few zombies on it and there were a few important key parts for the season in the episode as well. I don’t see there being much more episodes for this season. I wish it was on everyday, but its not lol.  I LOVE this show!

Tonight episode kind of made it appear some key characters might die off in the future 🙁     I was pretty pissed when Hershel, Glen, Lori, etc… passed away in the past. They have definitely shown that key characters can and will be killed off at anytime.

Last 24 hours been active on the scanner.   A couple shootings (One possible fatal), KFC/Long John Silver caught on fire, many robberies, death investigation, etc…   It is still winter, god only knows what warmer temps are going to bring 🙁