Heads Or Coins

It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I thought you might be wondering where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to.  I’ve been doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  I could tell you I have been working hard, but that would not be exactly truthful by any stretch of the imagination.

I could say I have been hard at play and making a new life for myself.  That too, would be fabricated non-sense.  In essence, here is the bottom line.  I have been sleeping quite a bit.  Things have not been all that rosy for me here lately, so in order to cope, I have been checking out and sleeping is my fashion of dealing with it.

Life however goes on.

We are considering a trip to Tennessee and noticed that I have more in the old fuel fund that I thought I had.  Still have my Flyin Hooker gift card that my friends at Prevost Community gave me, so in reality, I am just a little bit ahead of the game right now.  It is hard to see it that way, but it is right there, one little check mark on the plus side of life.  Like Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun … “I feel the need for speed.”  Unfortunately, being a dues paying member of the old geezer set, my rally call is somewhat different … “I need to grab the big wheel and go.” (that is a steering wheel on a bus for the uninitiated in life)

My bride, that little parsimonious grocery shopper, wants to go the world’s largest mall in Minnie-No-place Minnesota and I find that I am yearning to see another sunset over the Bad Lands in South Dakota.

She puts in her LAST DAY as a working woman on the 31st of this month.  Retirement.  I retired when I was 43 years old, so I have had a lot of time to myself and doing what it is that I wanted to do unsupervised all of these years.  This is going to take some adjustment, I sometimes fear that I will have too much wife for my retirement now, this is going to be different.

                                                    I digress, sorry.

It will be good to get up in the Bad Lands/Black Hills.  This time, like a bottle of fine wine, I am going to savor it and consume it with complete abandon.  With the rising price of fuel it is almost impossible to plan on going anywhere anymore with any kind of certainty, so it would behoove us all to relish what time we have in these special places and enjoy it like it will never happen again.

Because, it could very well be just that.

One last hurrah.

Sinking back in the chair, I close my eyes and I can see a small dusty spot just off the road, next to a bridge, and a river that rolls by in a timeless sort of way.  A sky full of stars and dead quiet … the gentle peace of the endless prairie at night.  Something about that part of the country that is almost indescribable and knowing you can never see it all in just one trip.

                                                Makes it all kind of special.

In my spirit I feel a need to get back to those things, at least one more time.  Looks like that is going to get done sometime next year.  If the oil companies would just back off on their greed for a little while, I could very well write a new chapter in my book.  Soon to be a new mini-series on ABC next fall, check your local listings.

Leaves are turning on the tree’s and it looks like the grass in the backyard will have to be mowed one more time.  Been thinking about winter prepping the bus this week, do not see us heading out on any new Grand Adventure for awhile and before you know it, it will be winter time.  Funny how you always notice the trees turning in the fall, but when spring arrives and everything greens out, you are somewhat surprised.

This morning, sitting here doing a little internal housekeeping and I noted a few new folks have signed up and are following the site.  Such interesting looking people, living in all manner of diverse places on the planet and I always wonder, why don’t they come online and say something?

Anyway, What have you been up to lately?   Please entertain and energize us in the comments section.

As always we are glad that you stopped by for a brief visit, giving us a little of your time out of your busy day, you are okay!  If you are not real busy today, here is a very good read that I came across just this past weekend.

Lying versus being wrong.

Check it out, it will make your day.


6 thoughts on “Heads Or Coins

  1. Ok Don, here is what we have been up to. Left St. George Utah on Saturday….had snow on the mountains across from us when we left. Drove for 8 hours and got to Yuma, first day was nice. Since then we have had temps around 100 degrees so we do a few things early in the am and then hide for the rest of the day. Seems like this always happens to us, the first day or two when we get back is nice and then the temps jump to triple digits for about a week. One or two more days to go and then it will be in the low 90’s and 80’s. Hopefully no more spikes in temp.


    • I cannot believe you left St. George and Zion at this time of the year. It is so drop dead gorgeous there at this time. I am seeing a lot of snowbirds on the road, so you will have a lot of company down there in the desert, they are on the move again.

      Hard to believe with the price of fuel where it is. $5.87 per gallon in Death Valley the other day.




  2. Did Kolob Canyon, Zion, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. One week later than last year and the trees were already past their prime but still nice. Had snow on the mountains last year on the day we left too!


    • Kolob Canyon is that the canyon that is North of Zion? If I remember it right, it is right off the Interstate and it is kind of tucked back in there, most folks just drive right on by and don’t even know it is there. It is the kick off point for people who wander down the Virgin River into the park itself.

      This the same place Ed?



  3. Yup that is the place Don. Didn’t go there the first time we went to Zion but have gone there every time since then.


    • I was pretty sure it was what you were talking about. Really an interesting off the beaten path place, and most folks as I said, “just drive right by it.” We always go there when we are in the area and have been there several times. Another interesting place most folks don’t go to is Colorado National Monument over by Montrose, Colorado. Some spectacular natural attractions there too.



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