Home but not home…

Some people say you can never go home. In a way that’s true. When I go back to my home town, in some ways I can hardly recognize it. It’s definitely not the same place I grew up. OTOH there’s still a lot about it to love. I still have friends there. There’s still lots of open land to explore, even if these days a lot of that is overrun by asshole tourists. I still know some good fishing holes that are private. I have access to an acre lot. So day after tomorrow I’m going home for a couple weeks. I can really use the break.

Home but not home…

My mom still owns a house there, but it’s rented, so I’m staying in a motel. I’m cool with that, the motel is just a block away from the fairgrounds where I used to show (and sell) pigs every year when I was in 4-H, and right across the street from the fast food joint I worked at for my first real job. I won’t have much time for visiting, but I will see a couple old friends. It’s getting dark early, so I won’t be spending much time outdoors. Still, I’m glad to be going…

Two week sabbatical

My 2 weeks will really be a sabbatical. I need a break from all the crap happening where I live now. Not getting along with my wife, trying to get my kid to do his school work like he’s supposed to, and major issues with some of our rentals. Yep, I really need this break…

I’m taking a 10 day wilderness first aid course that starts on Tuesday. I’m driving down on Sunday so I have all day Monday for whatever I want. One of my friends works for a tribal food sovereignty project and I want to check that out. Also want to spend some time at that one acre lot and planning for next summer. The class meets Monday thru Saturday, then we have Sunday off so I’ll get to go to my home church. Thankfully it’s still there, some of my best memories growing up involved that little congregation. It’s where I was confirmed and took my first Communion. After Sunday, 4 more days of class then back to the daily grind…

Living simple…

Since I’m staying at a motel, I’m gonna live simple. I won’t have a place to cook, so I’m taking most of my food with me. Well, at least as much as I can fit in my pack along with 10 pair of wool socks. The motel has free breakfast, so that will be scrambled eggs, maybe a sausage patty, and black coffee. Lunch will be a pack of roasted nuts, a handful of trail mix, a Kind bar, and some homemade beef jerky. Dinner will be something from Burger Barn. Hopefully I’ll lose some weight 🙂

I’m only taking a couple books. Obviously the text for my class, also Forging the Hero by John Mosby, Enter the Kettlebell by Pavel Tsatsouline, and my NIV study Bible. Also my kettlebell since I can’t fit my other exercise stuff in the truck. Actually, even if I could I wouldn’t want to mess with it…

Looking forward to two weeks of simple living. Nothing except taking a class, reading, exercise, thinking, and eating healthy. Also seeing some friends, reminiscing, and eating light. No beer and no distractions. Then, back to the grind…

Until next time, peace out…
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