“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller
“For the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” ~ Yellowstone National Park, inscribed at the entrance
There are over 20 posts at varying levels of readiness lumbering in my WordPress Drafts folder. Life being one of constant interruption is a dismal excuse for not finishing a thing.
In blogging, my post-writing SOP is to vomit with fingers on keyboard a significantly lengthy piece (1,500+ words) while the details of such are still fresh in my head. Provided the kids are occupied and I have no such other interruptions, it takes only about an hour. Later, as I have chunks of time, I will start-and-stop the process of whittling it to a kinder, shorter read, say, under 500 words — the real chore. By the 10th re-visit, cobwebs begin to build, I get less and less satisfied with the result, and opt instead for something…easier. Meanwhile, the best posts just sit and sit and sit.
Some things are not meant to be whittled.
“Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.” ~ Swami Sivananda
Whenever DirtNKids goes on a long family vacation, our little tag-a-long, Gnomie, always goes with us. The kids enjoy being creative with places for him to “play,” and I get to scratch a creative itch with an aging Olympus DSLR.
5,500 thousand miles of road
+ 10 national forests hiked
+ 7 states out west
+ 6 people in confined spaces for 2 weeks
+ 3 national parks at peak season
+ 1 narrowly-missed grizzly bear
+ 1 escaped weather disaster
= One. Epic. Adventure.