Camping in 2015

It has been a busy year for us. We’ve traveled a lot through the USA. IMG_0957Here is a photo of our most current and new rig. I just took this photo two days ago in Ohio coming home from Western New York where we were visiting family.

Expanding Subjects – Thoughts on Writing

I expect to write a little more about writing and my hopes to write more as I go into a pre-retirement and post-retirement mode. I really enjoy the process and have been constrained by my busy schedule both work related and in my private life. As I slow down at work and eventually stop, I hope to fill some of that time with my writing.

I have a great story underway now. I enjoy it at least. I’ve stopped worrying about what others will want to read or buy. It’s a mistake in my judgement to try to write so others will be impressed or compelled to buy the story. First I need to write something worthwhile and enjoyable to read. If I do that, then perhaps others will want to immerse themselves in that story. But it doesn’t matter to me. I want to write it. That’s what matters.

So while I’m pre-occupied at the moment with my camping adventure, that will shift and become less interesting with time. I’m just enjoying it. Becoming totally involved in something – having the time and energy to do that – is a great pleasure to me. When the fun of doing the prep work and the first couple trips is behind us, then I expect that I’ll be looking around for a new thought to explore.

I expect writing to maintain itself though. It has now for a very long time. I can’t be sure that I’ll enjoy it as a major pre-occupation as I intend it to be, but until I give the writing and story creation a chance I’ll never know. It’s just an enjoyment to explore.

Another Prep Day For The Trailer

Today we are bringing the trailer over to the house to put a couple more hours into preparations. It’s close now to our ‘maiden voyage’ and I have a few necessary tasks –  like checking on the propane and getting the tanks refilled. We also need to put a fresh battery into the smoke detector. Little, but important stuff.

the first run is to a State Park that’s not too far, and only for a couple days. Hopefully we have most things right, but we don’t have to worry if we forget an item. Having tent camped last year put us in a good place anyway. We already have gear that we can transfer from Tupperware tubs that we used and loaded into the truck bed, into the trailers drawers and cabinets.

i am mounting a little 19″ flat screen TV today. And I am upgrading the TV antenna for digital reception. I hope all that works – I’m not a real wiz at hardware installation. If you note a hint of anxiety, it’s there. I will do my best.

So all-in-all, it should be a fun and challenging day.

The Game of Golf and Me

Arizona - Wild Horse Pass
Arizona – Wild Horse Pass

I was never a very good golfer. I really started golfing simply to be part of my brother’s and my father’s sport. I had learned to golf when I was young and then, as I say, I took it up again to be with my family when in my late twenties.

I don’t play now very much. I feel that I need to play often to enjoy the play. I’m left handed, and I play golf right handed. I don’t know if that has limited my experience, and reduced my skill, or if I’m just not that coordinated? At any rate, I’ve never gotten much better than hovering around a 95-100 score. From what I’ve been told, that puts me in the better half of hackers, but it is not even remotely the game that my brothers play. Even my dad, who of course was much older than me, was always better than I was. But I persisted nevertheless and I’ve had fun with it.

My Dad
My Dad

Over the years I have golfed at many very nice places. I’ve played at TPC-Sawgrass (the PGA Championship Course), Doral (the Blue Monster), several courses throughout the south. I’ve played in California (near to Las Vegas), and even on St. Thomas – U.S. Virgin Islands (Mahogany Run). I’ve played at Disney World. Some of the many places I’ve played over the years, I can no longer remember the names of the course or club.

So while I’ve never been a great golfer, I’ve enjoyed the ambiance of golf. I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie. I’ve really had some wonderful times playing and being with people that I’ve enjoyed. This was especially true early on when being with my brothers and father.

This all is leading to a short story about my hometown course, about which I will post soon. I wanted to first give the reader a sense for my view of the sport of golf and my own limitations. I see golf as pleasure and unlike many around me who are in competition when they play, the experience of golf is to be with people I care about first and foremost. What I like about it has to do with those people and then after that how the game is played, along with the associated experiences at each event.

I’ve never played to win although I tried. I feel like I win just being out there.