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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Feeling like a turkey

Well, it's not easy for me to be thankful at thanksgiving this year with all that has happened this year. Unemployment, "love" found and lost, losing the best friendL and most important person in my life, the rapidly aproaching challenges etc...

but I gotta say. It's actually been a great year despite the ups and downs. I quit smoking over a year ago and I have to admit that I am proud of that as well as being thankful. I have enjoyed every season on the trail, in the woods or on the road like no other year in a very long time. I have put more miles on the bike this year then I have in awhile. I discovered the joy and challenge of geocaching. I have met some wonderful people and made some great new friends both near and far. I met a wonderful young lady who later broke my heart, I have been introduced to some great music and best of all, I have two precious little ones on the way next year. The only thing that would make me more thankful is to have someone special in my life to share all of these gifts with.




The best thing I learned this past year is that today will be gone tommorow so live for today before it is over and make today worth remembering and make tommorow worth looking forward too.

I am so thankfull for being able to put food on the table, gas in the tank, keep a roof over my head and the lights turned on and somehow still I can find the time to visit the great outdoors and be amazed by the beauty that the lord has blessed all of us with if we just open our eyes.

If you are thinking to yourself that you have nothing to be thankful for, think again. You are able to read this good or bad because you woke up this morning, you have access to a computer and the internet, you have the right to read what you choose to without censorship, you can take some time from your day for yourself instead of work or family. Because of these simple things you have more reason to be thankful because of the oportunities infront of you if you choose to make the best of what's available and make today or tommorow something to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Lifes worth living so Gobble it up!    (sorry, I had to :<)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Shenks Ferry Hike and Cache I'm Back!

Depression sucks so I refuse to accept it and just move on without her. I'm gonna live my life and enjoy each day as much as I can. Today in Shenks Ferry was an eye opener and I can't wait to share places like this with the twins someday. I don't know how to be a single father of twins, but I will do my best and I will bring them to places like this so that they appreciate how precious they are to me and how important it is to apreciate nature.


It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining through the clouds and peeking through the tree tops guiding my every step. If only my GPS was as good of a guide, but in the end, as broken as it is, it still led me to the prize after many choice words, battery changes and restarts.


I found this place by accident when looking for a place to get away from everything that's been going on and missed most of it the first time I was here because doing 60 on a winding dirt road requires concentration and a better car then mine. I almost ditched it a few times, but it survived minus a few missing chunks.  I can't believe I drove my car all the way back through this at that speed but I knew that I had to come back to see this in a possitive frame of mind.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Spoiler Alert! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Images below show the cache and may reveal the location.







When I came back today I was amazed by what I missed the last time. The workmanship, detail, and colors of the tunnel to start out with made me see that life needs to be paid attention to. As I walked along taking in the sounds like a bird that sounded a little like a yiping Chihuahua and the Hawks, Blue Jays and Black Capped Chickadees etc... everything else just fell away. Not less important, but less imposing and less of a burden. I walked a few more miles and wandered way off the path down the fire brake just to see what was there. I upset a few critters that I never saw in the dense brush, but it was a nice walk.


I ventured back to the actual Preserve and followed the trail and it was very nice wandering along the streem bed. I was impressed how well most of the trail is maintained. There were even benches along the trail in a couple of places so you could sit and apreciate nature. I stopped short of following the trail to the end by following a different trail that led me to the geocache, but I will be back to see the rest of this park. I can't wait to see it in the spring since it is a wildflower preserve. The cache was a bit further off track then expected, but in pretty good shape. It's not about the geocache  its about the adventure




Monday, November 2, 2009

Love is a myth

Whenever I think I know what love is I find out that I am wrong so true love must be no more then a myth. Something to seek but never find. something to want but never aquire. Something to desire but never achieve no matter how hard you try. How did this change so quickly and how did I open my heart to someone so completely to have it torn out and stomped on like an insignifacant part of my being.