Eric had a nice gather out on his land. It was mostly young family-ish folk
from hi-ce (education research group I used to work for). I met many interesting
people including maybe some new riding buddies (Jay and his wife, I don't recall her name).
The highlight of the evening was a huge fire. The weekend before Eric and his
clearing crew built an 8 foot bon-fire stack which they lit tonight. I took an
insane number of pictures. These are enough to tell the story of the fire. I have
published the whole freaking set if you're curious.
The fire was great. The stack quickly turned into a machine sucking in air through
the bottom and blowing flame out the top. As coals fell the entire stack was ablaze
and I couldn't stand less than 8-10 feet away without feeling that I was in mortal
danger. Sometime later Eric broken out the magnesium. A friend of his had access to
some excess manufactured parts made of magnesium. Once the metal got hot enough
in it began to burn a brilliant white. Tres Cool.