A few months ago I was browsing estate sale listings and came across a fantastic deal on a big oak dining room table. I quickly ran over on my lunch break and bought the full set of chairs, table and leafs.
The estate sale was located at the house of one Charles H Mertensotto of Arden Hills. It was an interesting split-level house overlooking Lake Johanna. I could tell pretty quickly that the guy was an avid outdoorsman, there was a lot of old gear for sale. I looked the guy up and discovered that he was in Army intelligence during the Vietnam war! His obituary also mentioned all of the great hiking trips and backcountry meals he cooked during his life.
My friend ended up buying some old sleeping pads and air mattresses from the estate. Inside the bags were some meal plans he made for trips!
I hope Charles knows that we’re putting his table to good use, and that we’ll eat a good backcountry meal in his honor!