"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Which Direction?



We’ve been home for most of the last two months.  Had a great Thanksgiving and Christmas with family and friends.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading blogs, worrying with Live Writer, and trying to pick our next destination.

With all the weather events the past few weeks, it isn’t an easy decision.  Record high temperatures in the South, record cold in Arizona,  tornados, floods, ice, snow, what have you.

Originally the plan was Arizona, again.  We have a number of friends making their first visit to Quartzite this year, and we would love to be there to greet them.  It may still happen if things warm up a bit out there.

Another option is Florida.  Some friends are spending a few weeks in the Ocala area.  The only thing wrong with that is much the same as Arizona.  Only hot and humid rather that cold and windy.

We still have a few days before making a decision.  Leaving tomorrow to join a few friends in Louisiana.  Big plans for New Years!!  Smile  …..jc

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas



Wishing each and everyone of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  We have crossed paths with many of you the past year, and hope to do so again in 2016.  For those we missed, our hope is that the coming year will fix that.  Also, please stop and remember; 

The Real Reason for the Season…….jc

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Year End Wrap Up


This is really a test of the new Open Live Writer program.  Though it has been available for a few days now, some folks are having problems posting pictures.  I thought this would be a good way to see if it works for me.

One of our first stops of 2015 was Seminole Canyon SP in a remote area of south Texas.  The Shaman gave us his blessing.

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Moved on the Big Bend area.  Spent most of a week sitting between Big Bend NP and Big Bend Ranch SP.  Really enjoy that part of the Country.

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From there we moved on toward Arizona.  A week or two later found us in Kofa NWR.

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Awesome sunsets.

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We spent a few days at Dome rock with some other little trailers.

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Attended the first annual Bloggerfest.

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And hit the Desert Bar on Superbowl Sunday.

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Too close to Slab City not to give it a looksee. 

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Our little compound.

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You can’t get to Slab City without passing Salvation Mountain.

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We visited Fort Davis, back in Texas.

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As well as the McDonald Observatory.

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Made it to Alabama.

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Watched towboats from our site on the Tenn-Tom waterway.

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And visited the Little White House in Warm Springs, GA.

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Back to Colorado in July. Buena Vista.

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Zip lining near Salida.

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Chilling near Gunnison.

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Hiking near Silverton.

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From Colorado we moved into Northern New Mexico.

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We also made the Kansas Gathering, spent some time in Iowa, and spent a week in the Land Between The Lakes area of Kentucky.   We wrapped things up under the hill in Natchez, while chasing balloons the last of October. 

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We’ve been home most of November and December.  Hope to get the wheels rolling again soon after Christmas.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Open Live Writer


Hopefully, you will be reading this, the latest edition of Eggrollings.  Thanks to a great group of volunteers at Microsoft, working with those folks at Google, there is now an open source version of the old Live Writer.  What that means is that you will have to put up with more of my drivel for some time to come.  Thanks to all of you for your comments on my earlier post.  So glad there are still readers out there, and hope to be on the road again, soon.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Making the most of your Dash

Somewhere, the past couple of weeks, I read something about a dash representing our time on Earth.  I don’t remember the exact wording, but it put me to thinking.

Dash definitions.   A small quantity of anything thrown into or mixed with something else:  a hasty or sudden movement: a rush or sudden onset: the mark or sign (—) used to note an abrupt break or pause in a sentence, to indicate the omission of letters or words, to divide a line, to substitute for certain uses of the colon, and to separate various elements of a sentence, as a question from its answer.

That official definition doesn’t speak to what I was thinking about.

A great place to find the dash is in cemeteries.  You know, something like John Smith,  1943-2015.  Birth year, and year of death.  Good information.  But, not nearly as important as what is represented by the dash.

That dash represented 72 years.  What things were accomplished during that dash?  Did he do the things he wanted, or die with regrets?  Was he married, have a loving family, or live the life of a loner?  Whatever the answers, they’re all represented by the dash.

You see? Our lives are represented by a dash.  Our time to do what is good, what is right, what is fun, and what makes us, and those around us, happy.

Make the most of your dash!  It’s what you will be remembered for. Not the beginning or the end.