Genius at Journeys End.

Thought I should probably keep you updated on the status of things happening at Journeys End since one of you will win the Journeys End giveaway when I get just a few more followers.

So. The latest and greatest. Dad started building this gas fireplace thing. At the Ranch. For Journeys End. It’s guesstimated weight is around 1000 pounds. Dad, Davey and Josh somehow managed to get it off the saw horses and into Daveys truck and we arrived for the excitement of unloading it.

Dad built a gallows type deal over the truck,

then slowly drove the truck away.

And then six menfolk stared at it as it sat on the saw horses and pontificated on the best way to get it down. I waved my hand high in the air and when I was finally given the floor, suggested that they attach the dolly to the fireplace and then lower it to the ground.

I just love that moment when silence reigns and then folks start nodding heads and doing as I say. heh. Doesn’t happen too often, have to relish those moments.

So down came the fireplace and it scooted away to its final destination. Where the next head scratching moment came in place. How to get an 1000 lb object off a dolly without loss of limbs or utter back failure. Trust me, watching them lower the beast was stressful enough.

This is where the real genius enters with cousin Brad. If any of you solved the problem before seeing our solution, I give you 5 gold stars.

Blocks of ice from the local grocery store. How intelligent is that? And it settled beautifully in place at around 3 am the next morning while we peacefully slumbered.

Oh whoops. A scenery shot. Wonder how that made it in here.

Back to the matter at hand…Wes learned a few tricks of the mortaring trade.

I did a little photo shoot of Dad showing renters how to safely light the rocks.

Isn’t that glass beautiful? Do believe it’s my favorite part.

Wow. You guys look great. Nice parents.

Come enjoy the ingenuity.

About A Story of Us

My grandparents 57th wedding anniversary and my first wedding anniversary motivated to journal the adventures life brought our way . I hope to amuse the friends and family I have all over the country and, when I am my grandmothers age, look back at what I have written and chuckle. It's been four years since I began and the snickers I bring myself as I look back propel me to write on. Cheers to the future and happy memories of the past.
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17 Responses to Genius at Journeys End.

  1. Brookie says:

    I love it. In fact, I like it so much I’m going to go see it in person. In like a month.

  2. Tracy says:

    Looks great! Way to go with being the brain of the situation at hand!:) Looks like you are having a perfect family vacation!

  3. Sherri Cotten says:

    That is so cool! Such a neat little fire place thingy. Ingenuity is right! Glad you had a great trip. Hope to see you soon.
    A. Sherri

  4. Aunt Stace says:

    Love the fire place. Love the problem-solving skills. Love the pic of the parents in the last shot. Can’t wait to use this thing in person.

  5. Ro says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I’m so impressed that your dad made this… 🙂

  6. Herb says:

    Nice job

  7. Cynthia Powers says:

    Thanks for sharing all the beach scenes. Thats one of the things we miss most living here in New Mexico is being able to go to the beach.

  8. Cathy says:

    Great ingenuity from you all! Especially impressed with the Brad’s idea of the ice blocks. It turned out great!

  9. Cathy says:

    Sorry, Brad, I should have capitalized The before your name. Actually a typo on my part, but once submitted…too late!

  10. Virginia Friend says:


  11. lmorey says:

    I too am impressed with D 3’s building skills and BP’s ice solution and of course your ingenious help also. Wow, am anxiously awaiting you getting 100 followers as I’d LOVE to be a Journey’s End guest. Did you know, as a kid, we’d ride bikes or walk past JE and I’d tell my friends, Jeannie & Cindy, that JE was my favorite house in Cayucos. True story. I like it so much better now even. I think it was the arched window in the front that always looked like a story book house to me. Your vacation looked divine.

  12. lmorey says:

    Don’t ask me where I came up with 100 followers! What ever the number is, I’ll look forward to participating in the lottery.

  13. chuckle. too funny that je was your favorite house. and to qualify for the giveaway, i need 1000 hits a day. so we shall see how long that takes 🙂

    thanks to all for your comments. 🙂

  14. dbowiniii says:

    A few disclaimers here.

    One — if Wes learned mortaring skills from me he is in serious trouble.
    Two — if you google ‘how to remove mortar spills from brick patios’ the general recommendation is to not spill it.
    Three — Although we appreciate your input Kelsey, on strapping the dolly to the bottom of the fireplace and then lowering them together, us menfolk would have come up with that same idea in another 30 minutes or so, or we would have come up with something far more complex and challenging that achieved a far higher satisfaction rating.
    Four — grout is to masons what caulk is to finish carpenters.
    Five – if you are not a mason and have a good understanding of the difference between concrete, mortar and grout and their associated slump ratios, I would likely avoid you in social settings.
    Six – it’s much cheaper to build than purchase one of these works of art. If you look hard enough, you can find something of this quality in the $1800 price range at your local over priced outdoor living boutique specialty store. I kind of lost track of the trips to the hardware store for more bags of mortar, but I don’t think I spent a penny over $1799 for this showpiece.
    Seven — there’s a trick in mixing mortar. I haven’t figured it out yet. Too dry and the rocks won’t adhere. Two wet and the rocks fall off. Just right and it dries up in your wheelbarrow.
    Eight — it’s bad timing to call your dad when three rocks just fell off after 20 minutes of finagling them into place.
    Nine — I am open for business and would gladly build one of these for you. It would keep me from having to do other projects that need to be done around here. If you would like to see my complete portfolio of natural gas (or LP or wood burning) outdoor (or indoor) fire places, just refer to this posting.
    Ten — it’s nice to have a fan base with low expectations

  15. Auntie A says:

    Nice fire pit 🙂 Way to go Brad on being super smart and David – you seriously need a blog, you keep railroading Kelseys 🙂 :), but I have to admit, your #7 was the best 🙂

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