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Old 03-21-2018, 08:53 PM   #41
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A few days ago was our last one at Elephant Butte Reservoir and T or C, New Mexico before returning to Bryce Canyon to work a few months...and the Road has done it to me again. When we left that day, we had stayed in our spot 19 days at the Dam Site, 40 days in NM, and 35 of that in T or C. When one stays long enough, faces, names, and streets become familiar, phone numbers are exchanged, and offers to meet again are put in our back pockets for next time.

The other day I recalled reading an Ed Abbey book (Down The River) and wishing it would never end; I would check ahead and take a mental note as to how many chapters were left. And while I cannot write of experiences similar to Abbey, I sorta get how he could write chapters from his life. Back in our old life, there were many, many chapters in my life that started out too many times, "I got up early, ate a quick breakfast, and drove two hours on the freeway to the job site...blah, blah, blah." And more "blah, blah, blah." There were a couple memorable chapters with kids at the beach, the sons' football games, but only a couple pages of getting away to the Sierras to fish. After awhile, I could anticipate the next chapters and felt diminished due to the routine.

The Road, for us, brings to us chapters filled with new characters, new locales, and new challenges. And when I say the Road has done it again, I refer to a certain sadness in leaving a location. It doesn't happen all the time but I guess we've been very lucky because while I experience a bit of sadness leaving, I can look forward to the next chapters, and I don't quite know how most of them will turn out. If you're still deliberating about whether or not to full-time but have a good plan, I hope you can pick up the same book. You get to write a good part of it...but the rest gets made up as you go along. Here's to adventure.
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Again, I so appreciate your wonderful writing as well as your photography. You've got a solid life outlook. Continue to enjoy!
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Thanks for sharing, and safe travels into your next chapter.

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Thanks for the great updates, Jeff... see you at Bryce at some point this year (he said as he finished a quick breakfast and headed out for the daily commute amongst the mortal combat drivers....)

Keep us posted on your fascinating adventures.

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Awesome photos , you guys stay warm at night ?
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Awesome photos , you guys stay warm at night ?
Umm...why, yes we do, thank you very much.
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