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We had a delightful times adventuring through the old and ancient history at Camp Barkley in Buffalo Gap TX. Wish you could have joined us!
With most of the WWII generation having gone on to their reward it is fascinating to find memory clues of a day gone by, when men practiced crawling on their bellies to ridge tops, missed their wives and girlfriends and wondered what it would be like to engage the enemy. 3800 who trained there did not come home.
We find evidence of their history in scattered bullets and casings, hubcaps, hinges, and old campfires. I wonder what kind of conversations went on:
“Try to beat that shot!”
“We’ll give Hitler hell!”
“Mushy carrots again.”
“It sure gets hot in Texas!”
Some of their dated notes are written in pencil on the back of the firing line wall.
WWII history is old but here you find the absolutely primeval! At Camp Barkley you find sea shells on hilltops! As in every continent you find fossils formed in a great flood. Marine fossils are evidence that once these heights were ocean floors. What a day when the earth buckled up and down and the waters became a great mix-master. Monstrous tidal waves cut out great planes with some of the ocean floors left behind as the new heights.
It is astonishing to tiny fossilized shells and aquatic life on and within rocks! Mud balls of sea life tumbled in the tumult, mixing and crushing and forming fossil balls to inspire wonderment.
Sooner or later we are going to have a grand history class as God the Father takes out his photo scrapbook or his 3D projector. I’m definitely looking forward to story time with Father as He recounts to us mysteries, old and primeval.
Steven C Johnson
Landing Strip Enterprise