The Dream is Real

It’s happening! We were able to arrange for the rental of the small camper trailer that we wanted, and so our cross-country road-trip plans are go!

Of course, all this is subject to change as situations change – but we have backup plans. If heading out west as we originally planned isn’t possible (or safe), we may end up going somewhere closer – maybe just up north into the Adirondacks of NY, or maybe even up to Acadia National Park in Maine. Or, worst case, there’s plenty of parks right here in NJ. (Though our overall goal is to go somewhere new.)

Still, it’s exciting to think about. This sort of trip has been on my bucket list for ages – and although it’s not quite the full “around the entire country” trip I dreamed of, it’s pretty close.

We’ll be taking a teardrop style camper trailer – one of the bigger ones, a NuCamp T@B 320 CS-S with a wet bath (so, toilet & shower in one unit) and the hinged back with outdoor galley.

We’re planning on mainly staying at RV parks with full hookups for power, water, and sewer – no boondocking for us, I think. We’re not quite ready for that. Though I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of trying a night or two, if we find someplace.

Because of world circumstances, we are staying very flexible with our plans – we basically are going to “wing it” the whole way, with the exception of the one big National Park we’re planning on visiting. There are plenty of campsites and RV parks along the route we’ve chosen, so we’re reasonably confident that we can find someplace wherever we are.

For the first half (and more likely 2/3) of the trip, we’re basically just going to be trying to cover as much distance as possible – getting out of the Northeast and across the Midwest (I was born in the Midwest; I know what it’s like). Once we get to Colorado and the mountains, that’s where the real fun will begin!

I’ve only been among the Canadian Rockies before, and have spent almost no time in the Western states (aside from one trip I did down to the desert Southwest – to the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas). So the whole area is somewhat foreign to me – I’ve previously only seen it from the air as I flew over. But I’ve always been enamored of the landscapes of the West – perhaps because they are so different from the gentle rolling hills and forests of the East. But whatever the reason, I look forward to seeing them… and seeing them from my own car! Nothing quite brings home the vastness of the world as driving across it – and I am always eager for new perspectives.

Still, this trip is a ways off yet, so I will keep planning and preparing as I can, and hope for the best!

The Struggle

Every day is a struggle… a different kind of struggle, sure, and varying wildly in intensity, true, but a struggle nonetheless.

Struggles against fear & frustration, loss and abandonment, or even just struggling with getting out of bed or running out of coffee.

Yet it is these struggles that define us. Like the lines that define a picture – without struggles we are just empty space.

Without these struggles, we are just consumption machines; mindlessly turning food into waste heat.

We all struggle – each and every one of us. We face our own struggles, every day, but we face them together.

So take heart, my friends, and struggle on…

Yes, I am a Huge Geek

Just finished putting this up in my home office:

space invaders invade my office

Why, yes, I am a huge geek, why do you ask?

Beaten by Rabbits

It’s official – I’ve been beaten by my own pet rabbits.

Google Analytics just confirmed that the bun’s blog is officially more popular than my own. (Although in terms of raw numbers, my blog gets more hits, but that’s mostly just people searching for wallpapers.)

I’m crushed.

I think I may have to have a talk with the little furballs…

Happy New Year – Reflections for 2008

Well, another year has come and gone. The Earth has finished another full revolution of sol. (More or less… see: solar vs sidereal year.)

It feels like just yesterday that I was welcoming the arrival of 2007… or was it 2006? I’ve not been 100% about writing a post on New Year’s Day. Still, the time has flown by. It’s hard to believe I started this blog way back in 2003. It’s hard to believe I only just moved to New Jersey – it feels like I’ve been away from Massachusetts for a lot longer.

There’s been a lot of change in the last year. New technologies, and existing technologies becoming cheaper (just look at LCD and plasma TVs). I could spend all day naming new products – but don’t worry, I’ll spare you from that horror.

I could also spend some time reflecting on the state of world affairs – but I won’t. I’d rather be optimistic on New Year’s Day.

So, here’s wishing everyone everywhere a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2008.

Happy New Year!