Update on the fence posts ... they are still there. 

A bit more thought and I would have realized that living in the mountains means that we live on really huge rocks.  When you put in a fencepost here you don't bury it in the dirt - you drive those bad boys into rock. 

As it turns out I can't do this task all by myself.  I will need my darling husband's help.  Now watch him not even break a sweat getting the fence posts out.  I've already got my reply ready for him - "I got it loose for you".  Okay, I won't really say it.  However, I might think it one the post that I fussed with for over an hour.