It Could have been me…..

 

coulda been

Go ahead and do it! They say at the end of life, it’s not the things we have done we regret. It is the things we haven’t done that really get us. Don’t let it be you. Don’t wake up one day and realize all those things you never made time for, because you know, Life. Stand up on your feet. Your life is short as hell! You could be dead tomorrow, this could be your last chance to believe in yourself. Your last chance to yell. Your last chance to be good to yourself, your last chance to drink from life’s well.

Life is short, too short to waste on the stupid shit! Go out and find your happy! Eat that piece of cake, take that long overdue trip. Take the family to the beach. You could be dead tomorrow. Live everyday like it’s your last, you never know when it may be. Tell those you love, that you love them, hug your children, kiss your spouse. Smile at people just for the sake of smiling. Our world is changing fast, and Mother nature is pissed! Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you, no matter where that may be, try to find the good and make the happy!

Our time here on the earth is limited, with an expiration date of which we are no privy too. Age, race, religion, Death has no boundary. It will come when it sees fit and we cannot control it. So live each day with the vigor of it being your last. Enjoy it for all that it is. Take in the beauty of life, however small it may be. Breath it in and let it take you away! you know like Calgon used to do. Everyday is what we make it, make it an adventure!

Sunset

 

 

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Forced to face my own Mortality

mortality noun
mor·​tal·​i·​ty | \ mȯr-ˈta-lə-tē

Definition of mortality
1: the quality or state of being mortal
2: the death of large numbers (as of people or animals)
3: archaic : DEATH

Let me first start by stating that to my knowledge there is nothing wrong with me at the moment, stop laughing, I mean physically I am healthy. Recent events and the fact that everyday I grow older have forced me to really think about my own mortality.

I will be 58 years old this year, and I have smoked cigarettes for a good portion of those years. I am also an avid hiker and outdoorsman. I was made for the woods, caused I was raised in the woods! I would say that I live an active lifestyle. I am very thankful and appreciative of the life I have.

Death is one of the subjects we all try to avoid, it’s touchy and emotional. But as I get older and more and more of the people who have been a part of my life begin to depart this place, it has me thinking about what will happen when I pass. I certainly at the moment do not have everything in oder. I am busy living life. But Now it has really started weighing on me, that I do not want to leave a mess for anyone when I go.

I am a collector of things and my home looks more like a museum than a house, being unmarried it is one big man cave! That being said, it is my Man Cave and not anyone else’s. By this I mean, my son don’t want all my junk! My grandson probably does, but he is 9, and that’ll change. I have already begun the task of downsizing and eliminating a lot of things I really do not need to have.

Yard sale season can’t start soon enough!  Time to clear away the clutter I have collected over the years and let someone else enjoy these treasures for awhile. I’ll let you know know when the sale is!

The next thing I really need to jump on is a living will, a will, and an enduring power of attorney setup in the event anything were to occur. This is another one of those really touchy subjects with people. The reality of it is, if we do not take care of these things before we die, our families are left with a mess of legal horse hockey that would make Satan shudder.

I have life insurance, through work and personally. But have never shared this with anyone, and probably need to. The plan is to get all these things completed over the next 90 days, and have 3 sets of each. One in my safe, one in my son’s possession and one in a safe deposit box at the bank. I do have my son as the beneficiary on them though.

I will have my son made a signer for all accounts and the box with POA in the event of any unfortunate circumstances, such as being eaten by a bear. Which by the way was an extra $50 rider on the life insurance. * Eaten by wild animal while, hiking/Camping* This a a real possibility with me by the way. Living life out loud! I just do not want to leave a mess when I go, even if the bear does. Death is inevitable, it’s what happens and we all have to face it.

Being prepared for it, will not help the dead in anyway at all. But it can be a lifesaver for those left picking up the pieces when we go. Having your family and closest friends know and understand your wishes is everything. I have seen way to much fighting in families when the hard decisions had to be made. I do not want that for anyone. A living will can quickly take care of this!

I have always made it clear what my wishes are, but you know how life, and death are. I just want to be cremated and sprinkled from The Pinnacle ( the one on the AT). I want no-one to mourn, but remember and celebrate the impact I have had on each of the ones I love. Share the good memories, and the bad. Not worry about how they are going to pay for a funeral I didn’t want anyway.

Everyone dies twice, once when you physically die and once when the last person to remember you dies. Make an impression, be remembered. Leave fond memories. Spend time with your family. Do the things you love, find the time make the time, you could be dead tomorrow. Make everyday count, smile more and be happy you awoke this morning.

Inventory all the valuables in your home and keep a list with all the other important documents someone may need, so your family knows the value of the things you have.It doesn’t hurt to have this list for your homeowners insurance as well, in the event it was ever needed. If you have a larger family and a lot of things and want to make sure people get certain items or finances when you pass, a notarized last will and testament is an absolute must.

Don’t want the family fighting over who gets to throw what away now do we? The reality is our children probably do not want most of our things. They are from a different time and have a different view of the world, so their homes are far different than ours. It’s just a reality. I love old things, to my son, most of it is junk.

Just my 2 cents, and my opinion. Sitting here forced to face my own mortality.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my rant.

 

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It’s the Time of the Season

Spring has arrived and the season for outdoor activities is ramping up. The camping gear is being checked and cleaned up and the vehicle is getting geared up for outdoorness!

It has been awhile since I have sat down and authored a post. But with winter taking a final swipe at the northeastern US, I am indoors today and figured it may be a good time to sit and let my mind wander where it will, like it often does when I write. Many things in life have changed since last I have annoyed anyone with my ramblings, but here I go again rambling on.

As I sit here in my Office/Radio room/Control center watching the cold outside and listening to a radio contest on the shortwave radio, I am thankful. I am thankful that I woke up this morning, that I have a roof over my head and I have food in my stomach. Somewhere halfway around around the world some of my radio friends are not having it so good, and yet when I speak to them, they are thankful for the very little they currently have. Makes me wonder, how much do I really NEED.

I looked around me and realized I COULD live without many of the comforts I have become accustomed to. I also realized how much clutter I have accumulated that I really have no need for. I in no way wish to go full minimalist, I enjoy my toys. I do however think a true full spring cleaning is in order for my home, my mind and my soul!

The first thing I did in an attempt to clear the mind clutter and relax the soul, I accepted an offer for a new position which keeps me off the road for the most part. My operational costs as a human being have dropped by 45% since accepting this position, and no stress about slow work seasons. After being away for close to 4 months on the last assignment, this is a welcome change.

The second hurdle is a bit larger and a bit more time consuming. I am a collector, I collect things. Nothing in particular, just stuff that I find cool or interesting. Seeing how as I am not married, my home is one big man cave. So I am in the middle of downsizing my collection of things. Man do I have a lot of ‘THINGS”! So be on the lookout, I probably have a thing that you need for decorating scheme!

The final piece of the peace puzzle for me is that first long hike of the season. So far the weekends have not cooperated, but next Saturday will be the first short long hike. Has to be reasonable the grandson will be along for the Adventure! Then the following weekend I am planning a 15 mile all day excursion. If you are interested in joining me visit the Adventure page on FB for more information.

 

Thanks for tuning in and reading my ramblings… see you on the Trail or on the Waves

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I went all the way down

I went all the way down

I went down the crossroads Like all my hero’s had done
I was looking for the devil, but he was on the run
He lost his golden fiddle in an ill conceived bet
Johnny took it from him, and Johnny has it yet
confused and bewildered I lost my train of thought
tried to catch it at the next station, I missed it and got lost

I went all the way down, and rock bottom eluded me
searching so hard for something, I still refused to see
The water rushing past at the bottom of the well
Couldn’t find so damn blind living there in hell

I went back to the crossroads, prepared to sell my soul
for a moment of peace in the heat, the Devil was on a roll
He wasn’t prepared to take the deal I laid there at his feet
He sat back and bellowed, then he turned up the heat
I was on the run again, in a circle I progressed
was this some kind of nightmare or was this some kind of test?

I went all the way down, and rock bottom eluded me
searching so hard for something, I still refused to see
No end to this tunnel, I am seeing no lights                                                                                   It’s hotter than hell and darker than night

I went down the crossroads Like all my hero’s had done
The Devil he had me and he was having some fun 
He said boy let me tell you how its gonna be                                                                                       you got a soul your gonna give it to me                                                                                               I said listen here you creepy old son                                                                                                   you do not scare me and I will not run

I went back to the crossroads, shovel in hand
for a moment of peace, I now had a plan
He wasn’t prepared to take the deal that I made
so I forced that old fucker to dig his own grave

Yea now he lies naked buried and burned,                                                                                         if you come to my crossroads, Next time its your turn

 

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The Adventure: Episode 12 Birchwood

Join the Adventure for Episode 12-Exploring Birchwood

Today’s Adventure was fun, spooky and exciting. As we visited the Birchwood resort near Tannersville, PA. Let me start by saying: I do not suggest nor do I condone in anyway, trespassing on private property.

We do a lot of hiking, and exploring and generally enjoy the experience. Some explorations are a little less family friendly and must be approached with caution and stealth. This was one of those explorations. I had heard stories, read articles and seen photos of previous explorations, none of which prepared me for what I would find. This place has been ravished by both nature and vandals, and is now a sad reminder of the glory it once was.

Built in the 1950’s and closed in the early 2000’s, Birchwood was where accused cop killer Eric Frein was found to be hiding during a massive manhunt for him. He was found in the abandoned airplane hanger at the rear of the property. A perfect little hideaway for someone not wanting to be seen. That was not the first scandal circling this once thriving resort. Tales of wild sex parties during its heyday have been circulated as well.

  We also had a face to face meeting with the caretaker/security guard, which is not in the video. He was quite firm, and almost intimidating in his admonishment of the visit. He took a picture of my license plate and warned me to never return under threat of arrest. However we did actually converse on the resort and the problems he has had to deal with over the years with this property.

I would strongly suggest against a visit as it could result in arrest and fines. What we found on our exploration was a decaying dream of years gone past, and a future uncertain. So now come along on our journey as we explore the Birchwood Resort!

Picture  Gallery

Head on over to YouTube and see our video exploration

The Explore

 

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The Adventure Episode 11: Ricketts Glenn Adventures!

Premiering Friday February 19th, 6:00 PM

Join us for the premier of Episode 11 of the Adventure on YouTube as we explore Ricketts Glen State Park.

We explore 17 waterfalls and some of the local residents in the area. With special appearances by Danger Girl.

Who is Danger girl? you ask… Danger girl is the name we gave to a young lady who kept pace with us on most of our hike along the Falls trail. She was quite adventurous and daring. climbing on places most people would not dare, and all with no fear. A true Adventurer. She appears in several of our video clips, and reminded me of someone else I know. Oh to be young, Carefree and invincible!

Danger Girl

This is Danger Girl.

Our hike took about 5 hours, was 9 miles in length, and contained many stops along the way. Some to admire the beauty and some because it is a very steep hike up the falls! Regardless it was a fantastic time and the waterfalls are the stars of this episode. One of the other interesting things about this Adventure  were the Salamanders. There were quite a few along the way, and we stopped to admire them in all of their brilliant  beauty. Although there were many people on the trails during our visit, we still managed to keep our mostly 6 foot distance. Yup!

As usual I managed to take a plethora of of photos, so be sure to enjoy the show!

Head on over to our YouTube Channel to watch the video, and be sure to subscribe to our channel and  this page!

 

Music in our Videos comes from the Youtube audio library. I would like to send a shout out to Audionautix as we seem to use more of their music than any other. Thank you!

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The Adventure: Episode 10 The Abandoned Bunkers of Alvira

The Bunkers of Alvira-Allenwood,PA

Formerly known as Wisetown 1825-1942

 Spring, 1942 the federal government seizes the small village of Alvira, Pennsylvania, The federal government used the courts and eminent domain to force residents to accept buyouts of their homes, to build the Susquehanna Ordnance Depot. The most interesting features of the depot were the concrete bunkers, 149 of them used for storage of explosives. It was never really used as intended. The land where the concrete bunkers were built was returned to the State of Pennsylvania in 1964 and designated as game lands 252.

A short ride from the intersection of US 15 and PA 44, on Alvira rd. The State gamelands are easily accessible. There are a few places to park and some well maintained walking paths. However this is state gamelans so I encourage you to wear ORANGE during any season of hunting. We were able to explore 11 of the bunkers, although we found more, many were sealed closed. The property of the Allenwood Federal Prison borders the gamelans to the eastern side. The gates where we parked for the cemetery marked the prison border.

We spent a good portion of our day exploring the area and really enjoyed ourselves. We encountered several hunters later on in the day, as we were heading out they were heading in. We all wore orange and ensured we were seen and heard. It was a beautiful fall day and the underbrush and overgrowth weren’t so bad. We explored 11 different enclosures and explored an old cemetery that bordered the prison property line. We could see 2 more bunkers on the other side of the fence, but yea, No. All in all it was well worth the ride up.

Stay safe, and keep on trekking!

Please enjoy the video we made while visiting, It’s a bit long but fun.


 

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The Adventure: Episode 9 Linfield Industrial Complex

Linfield Industrial Park spans 196 acres in Limerick,PA, about 35 miles north-west of Philadelphia. For over 100 years, this land was home to various companies, most notably Kinseys Distillery. It has stood vacant since 1986. This land is legally off-limits, and curious explorers are often arrested for trespassing here. The Kinsey Distillery used the Limerick warehouse mainly to store barrels of distilled whiskey. The warehouse could store up to one million barrels and was known as the “world’s largest single concentration of aging whiskeys.”

We were lucky enough to visit, and explore with no interference at all. We spent several hours walking around taking pictures and video. Be sure to watch our Video over on our youtube channel, and enjoy the pictures here. Thanks for stopping by!

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2020 Part 2: I have watched ALL the things, Now what?

Let me first start by saying again, this post is neither political, nor anti-anything. It is merely an observation of what the world looked like through my glasses!

We Truly did Watch ALL The things!

So here I am in 20221 still reflecting on 2020 and how it changed the way we live, think and interact with each other as a society. With the International Pandemic, and worldwide panic shutting down virtually everything that was not virtual; the world descended into  a world of digitry. ( It’s my own word, look for it soon on wikipedia) There was a drastic increase in the number of people watching streaming services, and binge watching 2020, an increase of somewhere around 30%.

We watched everything there was to watch, we even watched things that normally would not catch our attention. We spent an enormous amount of time on social media, debating social issues. The stress and anxiety of being locked up in our fortresses of solitude helped to fuel the debates and anger. Active censorship was instituted by several social sites under the guise of fact checking in an effort to slow the rhetoric. Media outlets drew further to one side or the other as the center slowly drifted away. The great American wedge was once more firmly planted to separate us.

OMG There is an Outside.

As the weather began to break, there was an influx of visitors to parks and preserves, causing many to be closed due to overcrowding. Having watched ALLL the things and argued over everything and anything out of shear boredom, people needed something to get them out of their castles. People who normally don’t hike or do outdoors, discovered outdoors. They brought their radios, which they played on the trails, and they brought their trash which they left on the trails. While normally I encourage everyone to learn to love nature, I wish they would come with some respect for her as well.

Lessons unlearned

2020 was a year in which we as whole saw our whole worlds turned upside down by a microscopic organism that none of us wanted to see was coming. Unlike the Pandemic of 1918, we had been warned. Unlike the Pandemic of 1918 we have unlimited access to minute by minute news broadcasts, and a way to connect and communicate with those whom we wish to stay closest to. Too bad we as a society don’t yet know how to properly use and navigate our resources in such a way to weed out the propaganda and misinformation fed to us on a regular diet.

I hope I did not offend anyone with this post, but if I did we probably shouldn’t be friends anyway. We all see the world through our own set of glasses, defined by our own experiences and interactions with the world around us. It is not how you see the world that really matters, it is how you interact with it that is lasting. The biggest thing I learned this past year, was how to be active, without being reactive. I am still working on it, but am improving everyday!

Be sure to read Part 1

2020 Part 1- What the Hell was that?

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2020 Part 1- What the Hell was that?

Let me first start by saying this post is neither political, nor anti-anything. It is merely an observation of what the world looked like through my glasses! If I had to sum up 2020 in 1 word, it could only be described as UGLY.  

ug·ly  /ˈəɡlē/  adjective: ugly; comparative adjective: uglier; superlative adjective: ugliest

1. unpleasant or repulsive, especially in appearance.
“people in school always told me I was ugly”

2. involving or likely to involve violence or other unpleasantness.
“the mood in the room turned ugly”

 The 2020 Hot topic word: Conspiracy 

con·spir·a·cy  /kənˈspirəsē/ noun:  a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.

The action of plotting or conspiring.
“they were cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice”

If 2020 was a Highway!

Orange man Vs. Uncle Joe  Let the circus begin!

The political atmosphere in our country has torn us down the middle, it has forced people to chose sides, because politicians are so far divided and can no longer seem to find the center.  The world watches us and laughs as we teeter on civil unrest and dissidence. The elected officials and corporate criminals have us so far divided, we spend our time infighting as opposed to Uniting.

The Pandemic.  It appeared to come out of nowhere, but it came from Wuhan. 

We were so busy and obsessed with our own little worlds, that nobody paid attention to another outbreak in China. No worries can’t happen here. Or so the world thought. Here we are a year later and much of the world is heading into another serious lockdown. People are dying, people are struggling to survive because they are unable to work. The world has turned upside down!

The Vaccine.  Quite possibly the fastest Trial and approval process in history!

But was it?   Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds, and some cause disease. A newly identified coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has caused a worldwide pandemic of respiratory illness, called COVID-19 (Corona virus disease 2019).

There have been worldwide efforts to create a blanket vaccine that could possibly work on all of the strains of the Coronavirus. These efforts have been ongoing for a number of years prior to this outbreak. While I myself am not a scientist and I cannot say one way or the other if these vaccines are safe, it is what we have been presented with and appears to be our best defense. Just remember , in I am Legend, it’s the cure that turns everyone into Zombies!

In the years to come these are the 3 things I think people will have conspiracy theories about. They will rival the JFK, and Moon landing conspiracies we all loved as kids!

Please tune in for Part 2: I have watched ALL the things, Now what?

Coming soon

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