Joe's Manning Cache
In Iowa, United States
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Joe Hull was my best friend growing up in Manning. After moving to Manning in 1979, I can still remember how scared I was to go over to house next door and ask if they had any young boys to play with. Joe was that little boy who came out to play. Even though Joe had an older brother my age, it was Joe and I who clicked. For the next seven years, Joe and I has a lot of fun in "South" Manning. Joe moved to Harlan when he was fourteen so we kind of grew apart.
Joe was an expert tree climber and the maple tree just south of the cache site was one of our favorite trees to climb together. Joe was a daredevil and would always climb to the top where he would sway in the wind. I would stay below and hope he would make it down o.k.
While playing in the maple tree, Joe and I would carve our names in the bark or the names of some girl we liked at the time. Joe had the east side of that maple and I had the west. All of my messages have since grow away, but you can see Joe's name clear as day on one of the east branches. A block J O and E. If you are ambitious, take a moment and climb up that maple and see for yourself. That was 26 years ago. Man, time flies doesn't it?
We lost Joe on October 2, 1989. A car accident took him from us. It's hard not to start crying thinking back about Joe. He was a good kid. The kind that always goes too young.
Thanks, Joe, for those seven great years and especially the summers when we used to climb that maple. God Bless and I will see you again some day.
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Last Updated: on 10/5/2014 9:04:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (4:04 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum