October 8, 2010 #079 - Still on the Road
My wife and I have now been on the road for over a year. We are traveling in a 20 year old motor home, and spent the winter in Louisiana and the summer in the upper Great Lakes. This fall we traveled across MI, WI, MN, SD, WY, and are presently in central CO. We have met many wonderful people where ever we have traveled.
On the astronomy side I have found splendid skies are returning in many rural areas. I think this is occurring as small towns are fading into the past. This economy forces people to move to the larger cities to find a living. It must be heart breaking for folks to uproot and leave these places they have loved. Small town homes are boarded up and businesses are closing. Even in the ranching areas of the plains, many have abandoned homesteads. Only around the larger cities are rural areas being built up. It is plain to see that America is changing.
One of the first questions people ask is what do you do with no house to live in? How can you give up a place? The answer is you live from day to day, much as you did before. The place changes, you meet new friends, you see the beauty of each new area, new plants, new animals, untold natural wonders are open to you. I love to kayak, read, hike, watch nature and the sky, and meet new people. We are doing all those things in abundance. Many tell us they have dreamed of traveling but...
Samuel Clemons said "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Clear Sky - Rich