Featured Posts

Top Reads...this site Thanks folks for spending some time on the site reading our stories. The reason I say "our" is because I cannot take credit for some of the stories being read. The top stories so far this month are...

Read more

Parkinson's....Boxing Helps...Part 2 Rock Steady Boxing Part II A personal statement on benefits of RSB Authored by Otis Vaughn February 28, 2019 Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) really works and greatly slows the progression of Parkinson’s...

Read more

Apaches, Buffalo Soldiers, That Female Reporter, And... Chapter One       Returning to the Black Range and the land of the Warm Spring Apache Indians, I could not believe what I was seeing. The last time I was here the magical portal...

Read more

Follow the Sun by E. V. Pete Hester Follow the Sun By E. V. Pete Hester Copyright Pending 2015     Foreword Butch Madison told this story to me several years ago and swore that everything he told was true and...

Read more

BBC on the July 1947 UFO Crash, Roswell, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 17-06-2013



These guys tell the story that I heard in Roswell over and over while visiting the UFO Museum and talking with Walter Haut and the other people there. Very interesting…..Pete

Cool Pines and Aspen and us

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 12-06-2013


Ok, I know you are growing tired of my pictures, but folks we had so much fun I need to share this with you. I promise I will quit bragging soon….well, before to much longer, after all I did forget a disk for my camera and we had to drive about 35 miles into Durango to get a disk so you could see this beautiful area, so you must have a quick look at them. I hope you like them. Our crew:

2013 fishing trip 024

Number one grandson-in-law was the hardest fishing fisherman we had. He was getting skunked, so he got out early and stayed late, fishing hard all that time and it finally paid off. Here is his prize….nice fish, huh?

2013 fishing trip 015My number one son loved to be out on his Razor, well, this one was a friends as his was to large to fit in the back of his pickup. But, anyway, he had me on the darn thing, flying down a rocky trail suitable for two mile per hour travel…(maybe a slight exaggeration) but he came to a quick stop and I wondered what was in front of us….I soon found out as I staggered from the rough ride. In front of us was a drop off of several thousand feet, ok, fifty or 100 for sure. Had we gone over, I think they would have just left us. Looking back, it was fun, while I was riding, pure fright…. Thanks number one…it was quite a ride…

2013 fishing trip 029Pines, mainly, in the San Juan National Forest near Lake Vallecito.

2013 fishing trip 042

That’s all the pictures for this week folks…Now, next week, its according to how this old feeble brain operates, I mean, if I can think of something to write about, I’ll write…..If not, er, maybe some more pictures….I have several good ones left…Come back to see us, ok? Thanks, Pete

Fishing Trip

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 11-06-2013


Here is a picture of the two boats used on our outing. Both are two man but they worked great. The red raft type boat had a six horse outboard and would really get you across the lake in a hurry and  it also had the trolling motor. The crew worked them over pretty good, but the bank fishing was ok also.2013 fishing trip 003Our top fishermen were no. 1 son in law and no. 3 grandson, shown here with the first stringer full of fish they caught. There was a nice bass in this bunch of fish and was the only bass caught on the trip. (Pickups in the background haul the 4 wheelers used on the trip.)

2013 fishing trip 005

San Juan Mountains Colorado (our fishing trip)

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 09-06-2013


Nestled in the San Juan Mountains is the beautiful Vallecito Lake. Several creeks and rivers  feeds water into this lake which feeds its water to several entities there in Colorado, but mainly for the Ute Indian Reservation just south of the lake. The water coming into the lake is right off the snow melt of the high mountain terrain surrounding the lake. The boys gave me a ride on the 4 wheelers back into some pretty rough county. It was beautiful country, horseback riding country, rough and rugged and it only takes a few minutes of seeing this vast wilderness to note that it contains a lot of snow melt. The lake was down this year according to Bob Croll, owner of the Croll Cabins, but most of the time the lake is lapping at his cabin property. Several photos will be forthcoming but here is a couple of mountain shots I would like to share with you.

2013 fishing trip 0412013 fishing trip 035I don’t know the area, but somewhere back in here is Sunlight Peak, 14,089 feet and Windom Peak, 14,082 feet. Even in early June, evening and mornings are pretty nippy. The trees in this photo have been attacked by a bark beetle killing many trees in the area. Pete


Croll’s Cabin at Vallecito Lake near Durango, Co

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 07-06-2013


2013 fishing trip 012Need a place to just get away or do some fishing or horseback riding. Bob Croll’s cabins are nice, stocked with all you need except food…It is nice and quiet, wonderful views and the fish are a good size. Last year at Platoro, the fishing seemed to be a little better but the fish were smaller. The good thing about the Croll cabins, they are right on the water. At Platoro, you have to drive a ways to fish if other than river fishing. AT Vallecito, you have to drive a ways to 4 wheel. That helps make it quieter  and less dusty at Vallecito but a little unhandy for some of the boys. It all worked out and we had a wonderful time. Click on the picture to enlarge it. Give the Croll’s a call if you are looking to get away. E. V. Pete Hester

Gone fishin’

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-06-2013


Look out Colorado, here we come. I hope we bring back lots of fish, lots of good stories and lots of good pictures. You might recall after our trip last year, numerous pictures were printed on this site. I know you can hardly wait. Well, I’m excited about being out with my sons, grand sons and  in-laws. What a pleasure they all are and they are so nice to yours truly….Wow…There are several boys in this bunch that are good cooks, but no. 2 son watches all the cooking shows on tv and then adds some of his own touches and feeds us so well….. really fishing is secondary…Eating is what this trip is all about….I’m ready…Keep coming by folks. By the way, May 2013 was the busiest month ever in the history of hesterbooks.com, over 13,000 visitors and nearly 45,000 hits. Thank you for that…..click on some of my advertisers, ok? Thanks for that as well….

Memorial Day

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-05-2013


Thanks to our veterans we can enjoy this holiday weekend anyway we wish and with whoever we wish to celebrate it with. We call it freedom. Thank you men and women for your military service. This sent to hesterbooks.com from a friend in Dallas.


Transgender, er, Person From Albuquerque

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 24-05-2013


First off, I don’t know the person who claims to be a boy now that she, er, he, er, it….(can you use it when referring to a person? Well, maybe not.) Ok, let me start over. This person wanted to walk on graduation night in a black gown, normally worn by boys. She had changed her name from a girls name to a boys name and identified herself as a boy. This person was born a girl and girls wear white gowns  at graduation. Now this is a Catholic School and Catholic Schools don’t put up with no crap. They kind’a said, “you came to this school as a girl, you gonna leave as a girl”, probably a little more refined than that, but meaning, you walk in a white gown, as a girl, or you don’t walk at all. Well, she, or he did not walk. Graduation went on and everybody but she or he, graduated….She or he stayed home. Her dad kind of said, if she wants to be a boy, she can be a boy and I don’t know him either. But you think he would know, huh? Surely he changed some diapers during its younger years. To me, you got to be one or the other, but that’s just the way I am…I don’t like grey area’s…..You a boy or you a girl. You got boy plumbing, you a boy….You got girl plumbing, you a girl. The other thing is, which rest room did she or he use during school, huh, the boys or girls….Now that would be a pretty good clue as to which gown the person must wear. I think the school handled it correctly, boy plumbing, black gown…girl plumbing, white gown…..end of story….But watch the media, this story will not die…You wanna bet? We’ll see….Pete

Tornado Alley

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-05-2013


My family used to live in Decatur, Tx, right in the tornado alley. When storm clouds came up I was as nervous as a cat. Many nights I paced the floor, going from window to window, keeping watch for the tale-tale signs of the tornado dipping down from the clouds. Luckily, we were spared the trauma of going through that heart ache. I can’t help it, but yesterday as the folks on tv were talking about their losses, some tears came, but I don’t know if I fully comprehend just what all they are going through, to lose everything collected over their lifetime….and to think about starting all over. Yet I am sure they are thankful for that opportunity. Their lives were spared and they count their blessings. Won’t you join me in saying a prayer for those who lost everything, those who lost family members and all those who must go through the rebuilding process and land clean-up? As we pray for them, we also need to thank our Lord God for sparing us from storms, floods, fires and all kind of events that can take all of our homes and belongings away from us. “Hear our prayers, oh Lord, and bless all our hurting people.”…Pete

Rock Paintings by Pete

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 14-05-2013