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2020 Vision

I know it’s probably been used out the wazoo but for the beginning of this blog entry (and the new decade), there is no better way to title it.

Two thousand twenty is looking to be one of the best years of my 63 spent on this Little Blue Dot. My wife and I have made plans to travel westward come July, beginning in Pennsylvania and ending in Montana, then back to PA. It will be the first time I’ve ever ventured that far from home (not counting my time in the US Navy). We’ve pinned a US map to the kitchen wall and highlighted our route. We’re studying National Park books and watching YouTube videos, particulary for Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Tetons, and Bad Lands National Parks.

She and I agree that instead of our usual summer get away trip to Myrtle Beach, SC or Campbellsville, KY, it’s time to investigate new and exciting places we’ve never been. There are so many beautiful destinations, and we’re having a good time choosing ones we’ll spend the most time at. Those 4 NPs I mentioned above are what we’ve been focusing on.

There’s no telling how many photos and videos I’ll be creating during our two-week trip, and to be honest, I don’t really care. I’ve always enjoyed the editing process so I’m not concerned about that or learning to edit in Lightroom on an iPad Pro, going mobile I guess you could say, something I’m not totally comfortable doing just yet. But hey, they say you’re never too old to learn and 63 3/4 years ain’t really that old is it?

I know there are beautiful destinations in my home states of Kentucky and Pennsylvania, but using that point on the compass labeled “W” and allowing our imaginations to help guide us (and some paper road maps), there are no other summer vaykay plans that could possibly top what she and I have chose to do this summer and I think we’re calling it……

THE SUMMER OF 2020 VISION!

If you have 20/20 vision, you’ll never slip on an in-ground livestock gate.
If you had been on this hill with me in Tennessee we’d both know it was 20/20 vision.
Use your 20/20 vision like this: SOAR!!

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Goodbye 2019

I don’t make New Year resolutions so you’re not going to see any of that stuff here. However, I do hope to accomplish one major undertaking in 2020: a vacation just for photography! I haven’t decided on any one place and it will probably be several, including National Parks and places not so familiar.

My wife will help with choosing destinations, and I’m considering whether to drive or fly. Flying will cause some concern because I’ll have all my expensive camera gear with me. Pre-trip packing if we do fly will have to be carefully arranged. (We’ll probably be driving!)

There are so many beautiful places here in the US and I know it’ll be tough choosing what to pass up! National parks and forests are abundant, but I want to pick a couple of places that are not so touristy, mainly because I don’t want to bother with cloning out people from my photos.

It is hoped that 2020 will be a year that will go down in my archives as one of the best, I wish I could say that for 2019 as it closes out the decade. There were many disheartening things that occured this past year, both in and out of my family. I would like to include them in this year-end blog post, but I know it would cause a great deal of animosity, so I’ll have to wait until I write a memoir just before I die and dedicate a chapter or two for that kind of stuff.

I wonder if it’s possible to somehow get a memoir published on the exact day of your death? I guess you’d have to have a designated executor, and provide him or her with written instructions beforehand.

The Big Photography Vacation (BPV) will probably interrupt a few band gigs, but hey, you gotta give and take a little every now and then. I’ve never taken a BPV but I’ve damn sure had plenty of band gigs! So those few folks who enjoy seeing my antics while I have my guitar strapped on will have to understand, and I’m sure they will.

Bye bye 2019, hello 2020!