There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

27 July 2015

Horseshoes

 Sitting in the old bowling alley chairs that line the horseshoe pit, enjoying a cocktail as the sun turns the tips of the sagebrush on fire.
 Crazylegs is almost as tall as I am now. Her competitive spirit is strong this evening, and challenges us to a wicked game of horseshoes.

I add these sweet memories to the countdown, and we let the horseshoes fly, waiting for the sound of metal clinking us to another score.

She pulls out a victory from a close match, I savor her warm smile to keep with me forever.

25 July 2015

time at Trial

The green leaves guide my path on front of the Great Mountain,
clear blue water shimmers before my wrinkled and gnarled fingers.

I tie a knot, set my footing on the small stones of yesteryear
and reach back and let fly.

The mighty hawk is overhead, circling with predatory purpose as I keep a watchful on the line as a breeze passes by.

A squirrel comes by to chat, plays for a moment, then disappears back into the forest.

The clouds become time, ticking away the hours as my skin becomes a shiny apple.

The Uinta mountains are now a part of the countdown.


21 July 2015

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

"A white man opened fire in a historic black church, in Charleston, South Carolina the night of June 17, 2015, killing nine people, including a pastor, during a prayer meeting. "

As I heard this news, I stopped what I was doing and bowed my head in a moment of silence. It's hard to love a country that is so filled with racial hatred.

I found no coincidence in finding the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center later that week along the banks of Ohio river in downtown Cincinnati. Like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to this place.


"We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated."

I come to a section that has artwork that represents "freedom" to the youth of our country today. One of my personal favorites is from Kayla Savage, 10th grader from Michigan :
 Here is her piece:
The diversity of baseball exhibit is yet another example of of how people can come together under the bond of sportsmanship and play through skin deep differences toward a greater goal.

"I raise up my voice not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back."





19 July 2015

kayaking the three rivers

As I was walking along the downtown riverfront of Pittsburgh, yellow kayaks were sporadically appearing up and down the three rivers that surround the city center.

After a quick search, I easily found Venture Outdoors next to the baseball stadium, filled out the paperwork of liability, and was on the water.

The waters were calm, more so as kayakers had to stay out of the center due to it being a highway for commercial and private boats.

If you wanted to cross the river, you just had to obey traffic, then bust your butt and paddle like crazy to get across before a large steamer ship could potentially ruin your day by plowing you into oblivion.

The cities many bridges taking on new appreciation as you find yourself underneath the mighty structures. The high rise buildings glow against the shimmering water from your new vantage point.

There is no better way to see Pittsburgh than from a kayak.



17 July 2015

Warren Haynes & Gov't Mule

The sun was slowly fading behind the mountains of Deer Valley as I lay on my back watching the clouds, admiring the scenery.

God, I'll miss this place.

She makes her way up the hill, smiling as she sees me. We settle in for the evening with wine spritzers and Warren Haynes, wrapping light blankets over our shoulders and dancing the night away to one of the world's one hundred greatest guitarists.

I become somewhat melancholy as the night goes on, listening to her laugh, soaking it in as I know the count down has begun, and our good times are coming to a close.

For tonight though, I just let our souls shine....

He used to say the soulshine
It's better than sunshine
It's better than moonshine
Damn sure better than rain
Hey now people don't mind
We all get this way sometimes
Got to let your soul shine
Shine 'til the break of day