Yesterday was clear and windy here in Tuscaloosa, and my son Travis was eager to get out to the park and try out my Prism Snapshot 1.9 speed foil kite. And I was eager to have him fly it.
The wind was perfect for flying the Snapshot, with gusts to about 20 miles per hour. This kite will give you a real workout, and Travis found that out pretty quick. It will really jerk you around, and since he weighs less than half of what his old man does, there was a question about who was controlling who a few times. But he hung in there and before too long he was flying it like a pro and had a grin a mile wide.
By the time we called it a day, we were both tired and had sore arms and shoulders. And I bet this morning Travis is really feeling it. Who needs a membership in a gym? All it takes is a kite and some wind.
When we left the park Travis and I went back to his house, while Miss Terry and Geli went to Mr. Chen’s, a great Chinese restaurant that also has an Asian market full of all kinds of goodies Terry wanted to check out. They did some browsing and brought dinner home. I’d rate Mr. Chen’s up there with the best Chinese restaurants we’ve found in the country.
We have had a wonderful week visiting with Travis and Geli, but it’s time to get on down the road. For me, one of the hardest parts of the fulltime RV lifestyle is saying goodbye to the people we love. We wish we could stay with them forever but they are scattered all over the country, so the best we can do is stop and spend time with them whenever we can before it’s time to move on.
Today we’re aiming for West Monroe, Louisiana, about 300 miles west on Interstate 20. A quick overnight stop there, and Tuesday afternoon we’ll be in Livingston, Texas. We’ll stay on Charles and Chris Yust’s lot there for a night, maybe two, and by the end of the week we’ll be at the Colorado River Thousand Trails preserve in Columbus, Texas. We’ll stay there a week or so while I get the next issue of the Gypsy Journal ready to go to the printer, and hook up with our pals Greg and Jan White while we’re there. With any luck I’ll have something for Greg to fix by then.
Congratulations to Dale Lack, winner of our drawing of an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery series. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
I just finished reading a book by William Wright called Jailhouse Doc: A Doctor in the County Jail. It’s an interesting look at life inside a modern day jail from the perspective of somebody who interacted with staff and inmates both, as well as the politics of corporate healthcare in the corrections field. Check it out, it’s a good read.
Thought For The Day – Some people are just beautifully wrapped boxes of chaos.