The Epic Retur… Who Am I Kidding?!?!?

A walk in the woods…

The wife and I decided to go hiking this morning – a good decision.  With the sweltering heat of Texas summers seemingly on the decline, we decided it was time for some outdoor activity.  We went to Rowlett Creek Preserve over near Garland.  It turned out to be a couple of hours of good fun.

I’ve ridden RCP a lot over the years.  It’s a great all-around mountain biking trail that has a little of everything for the off-road riding enthusiast.  It’s been a source of exercise and a ton of fun over the years since I started riding.  I didn’t realize, though, how different it is to walk the trail out there.  It’s a very different perspective.  We got to see things that you just don’t see when negotiating the twists and turns and various obstacles the trail offers when on a bike.  Seeing wildlife – mostly toads, frogs and birds – much more often and in a much closer proximity was interesting and fun.  Her and I used to love hiking the state parks of Missouri, and seeing the wildlife was one of the big reasons.

We’ll have to do this more often, especially now that the air temperature is more tolerable for a “northern” boy like me 😉

A pleasant surprise…

I’ve expressed my appreciation – probably not enough – for those that have chosen to follow my written ramblings on this page.  But today I got a follow that was kind of a surprise.  Since I haven’t been very active on here lately, I have no expectations of getting follows and/or seeing comments and the like when I’m not posting.  But Mr and Mrs NW saw fit to give me a follow today.  It was a surprise.  It was a very pleasant surprise.  It was kind of cool realizing that my page gets visits even when I’m not regularly updating it.  It was very cool that one of those visitors decided it was worth their time to follow my page.  Thanks.  You might have given me a bit of a boost in my motivation to start banging on the keyboard again.  I write for myself, but it sure is nice having an audience to entertain, too.  I’m a dungeon master at my core of creativity, so having “players” to present to is a good thing for me.  Again… thanks.

More to come.

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A Good Time

The wife and I spent an extended weekend near Branson, MO with my best friend and his wife.  It was a good time in spite of the monsoon that took place Thursday night through late Saturday.  While not my home town, I was Home for the few days we were there.

I grew up going there almost every year until I was 16.  Then after that, not as frequently, but still going every few years or so until about 10 years ago.  Wow, I had not been there for almost 10 years.  I’m so happy I went back.  Great memories were created there, and more were added.

We stayed in a small cabin/house at my long-time choice place to stay while there, Cottage Resort.  It’s on Indian Point of Tablerock Lake.  It’s been there for well over 50 years (my parents were already staying there annually the year I was born).  I love that place. The cabins aren’t much, but they are clean and maintained.  They have 2 bedrooms, and recent upgrades include a 2nd bathroom and a screened-in porch.  The porch was a fantastic addition.  We sat outside a lot even during the thunderstorms on Friday.

We got to do a little fishing.  We didn’t catch much, but we all caught at least a couple of fish.  Just sitting on the lake shore and enjoying the area, though, was more than enough.  The Ozark Mountains are – in my opinion – hands down, the most underrated place to see in the U.S.  If I could get all my life ducks in a row, I would very happily live somewhere around there.

We went to Silver Dollar City.  It was fun… and expensive.  The place has changed some over the near half-century I’ve been going, but there are things that have not changed, either.  I’ll just say that some things are better if they don’t change.  SDC is a cool place to see.  The craftsmen are the highlight for me.  But it’s a theme park and there’s plenty to do and see for adults and kids.  It’s very family friendly.  Again, I have been there many, many times over the 40+ years I’ve existed on this planet, and with the exception of a very few bad experiences with crowds, I’ve always enjoyed going there.

Best of all, though, was the company I kept over the weekend.  When I’m hanging with my best buddy, it’s always a great time.  We stayed in on Friday and played games and talked.  I would argue that it was likely the best part of the whole extended weekend for me.  We just… had a good time.  I can’t wait until the next thing like that comes along.  I will also make sure that one of those things will be returning to Cottage Resort on Tablerock Lake…