Different Meaning To
Hello again friends.
I’ve been asked again to come up with an article on
my ‘travels’. I got to thinking about traveling to
my ‘travels’, and figured that this is worth talking
about. I’ve had some very interesting treks, and most
of them required going somewhere else besides home to do
them. For this I am forever grateful. By going somewhere
else, I encountered other places and other people. Some
of these people have become great friends, who I wouldn’t
have met otherwise. Some of these friends have been
friends a long time now, and we’ve shared many
adventures together. I’ve traveled to many different
parts of our Great Nation in order to share adventures,
treks, camps, etc… with other like- minded folks. This
in itself is one of my most cherished accomplishments.
If I hadn’t the courage to venture outside my comfort
zone, I’d not have so many of the good friends and
memories that I do have.
My first BIG adventure was a canoe trip on the
Missouri River, in Missouri. We spent the night at Fort
Osage in the soldier’s barracks within the fort. We
hauled the canoes down to the river in the morning, and
6 1/2 days later we pulled into St. Charles… that’s
310 channel miles, if you don’t know. This is a whole
other story in itself, but the point I’d like to make
is… I’d never met my traveling partners before. I
was about to chicken out, but my good wife encouraged me…
On faith I traveled half way across the country to share
a week + with fellows I’d never met in person. We
corresponded by letter, phone, etc…. And man, did I
have a GREAT adventure !!!
Two of the three fellows and I have shared many
adventures since. I’ve traveled back to Missouri twice
since then, and they’ve traveled here to the West
Coast once. We’ve met at several other places also,
along with other folks. (Montana, Idaho, North Dakota,
Wyoming, Utah) The network of friends keeps growing,
along with the possibilities of further adventures.
Here’s another example. I went to Pennsylvania to
visit my daughter and her family. I’d never been there
before. I had the foresight to go there when there was a
Trade Fair happening at Ft Loudin, PA.. I went to this
trade fair not knowing a soul there. I met a cast of
characters there that took me in like a long lost
brother. This is another longer story, but the point is
that I went back last year and these fellows put me up
in their camp and again treated me again like a long
lost brother (which this time I was). This time it was
the Ft Frederick Trade Fair in Maryland.
Every time that I take the time, energy, chance to go
somewhere far away I’ve never regretted it. Not every
detail is always pleasant, but overall the pros over
come the cons. The friends that I have made make every
expense, every sacrifice made very well worthwhile. To
those of you who know me, thanks for making my travels
worthwhile. You make the travel, to make the travel or
camp, so worth every ounce of effort . It is always an
ADVENTURE, and it can’t be so if you don’t take the
chance. Take the plunge. Venture out. Meet your brothers
and sisters in far away places. See you down the trail.
My camp will be open to you friends.