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Since there are no words to describe the beauty of this weekends camping spot, I will leave you with photos. 

Hope you enjoy. 



For me, camping and writing go hand in hand. One of the reasons I don’t post much is because at home, life is too busy it seems. Between work and family, the gym and playing with the pets, it is hard to find time to watch some TV, or to write. There are just not enough hours in the day. I know I should make time though, and camping is the perfect time, place, and atmosphere to start again. It’s quiet, with only the sound of birds singing. It’s peaceful, so I can think about what I am doing. There are hardly any distractions, with the exception of a few dogs barking on occasion, mine included. The sunlight is sprinkling on me through the leaves in the trees. The smell is of fresh air, pollen-free finally, thanks to the rain recently. The only down side right this moment is that when I finally want to write, my laptop is at home. Go figure. So I sit here in front of a smoldering fire pit in a folding camp chair, IPhone in hand, expressing this post, one thumb click at a time. Not the fastest way to get my words out, but at least I have a way, and a signal to broadcast. So let this be my new beginning, once again. Back on the horse. And pray with me, that once I get home, my fingers will find their place on the keyboard where they belong and my thumbs can have a rest. Let this be the start of my new streak, where there is time to think and write, and the words find their way to the page once again. 

Talk to you again soon. 

Simon A. 

Fall Leaves are here.

With all the rain here lately, I have had the urge to start writing again.  Throughout the entire summer, reading has been my literary activity, from mystery fiction novels, to non-fiction outdoor adventure autobiographies.  It’s been enlightening and enjoyable, but I feel it is time to create my own material for awhile.  I have no theme for this entry as of now, but I just want to get some words on the page.  We’ll see where this goes.

The last time I wrote, my wife and I were training for a marathon, starting guitar lessons, getting ready for the spring season.  Well, many things have changed since then.  For one, the marathon, and more specifically running, has been put on hold indefinitely because I rolled my ankle a few times during training.  The doctor told me to keep it wrapped up and not to run on it for 6 weeks while the tendons healed themselves.  Well, it’s been like 4 months since I saw him and I am still wrapping it and it still gets sore.  I need to go more physical therapy, but for now, it’s only the bike for me.

Guitar lessons started off great and I was learning a lot from a great teacher at a local music store.  I took a few weeks off here and there during the summer for vacations and travel, and then my life seemed to get so busy that the practicing became more of a chore than a hobby.  I still plan to keep practicing and learning, but for now, I have stopped the lessons.  Hopefully I will continue to grow as a player and will get back into lessons soon.

One thing that I did get done these past few months has been traveling and camping.  My family took a trip to NYC earlier this year, and this summer, we drove up to DC to see the sights.  Great memories on both trips.

My wife and I bought a pop-up camping this summer, so that has been our focus most of the summer, and will continue this fall as the weather gets cooler.  I plan to be better with my entries as we get more into the camping life.  To add to the excitement of outdoor life, we upgraded our kayaks to new ones with dry storage, which will make our kayak camping trips easier and well, dryer.  The hammocks dry quickly in the wind, but the sleeping bags stay wet for days, which is not fun when you are in the middle of nowhere.  We have only taken the kayaks out once since we got them, but looking forward to camping on the lake where we can take them out on the lakes like we used to with the old ones.

I know I am not being very detailed about any of these topics, but I just wanted to let all of you know that I am back and plan to post more often.  I will not make any promises about how often or what topics will be posted, but I will do my best and I hope you all enjoy the words that make it to the page.

Talk to you all again soon.