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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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Back to School

Summer is winding down, it will soon be turning much colder, I’m back to driving the school van, and I still haven’t done a Milky Way photo shoot.

My plans to travel west in search of the perfect place will have to wait until next summer. Other things often spring up that take precedence over photoshoots and this year that “other thing” just happens to be our son’s wedding.

I probably could’ve planned a relatively cheap and quick weekend getaway somewhere close but the Milky Way photoshoot I have in mind probably isn’t going to be cheap and quick. There’re lots of great escapes that I know would fit the bill for what I have in mind so I’m probably going to have a hard time choosing.

These United States have many national parks and I’ll just have to buckle down and research as many as possible and choose the one I see that jumps out at me. It must have canyons, waterfalls, mountains, old-growth forests, meadows, creeks, rivers, streams, I could go on and on!

If any of you are into photography like I am, I’d like to suggest a really great alternative to Adobe’s Lightroom Classic photo editing software check out Skylum’s Luminar 3 and I’m certain you’ll see that it’s top-notch. I’ve been using Lightroom for years and I’m just about ready to make the switch!

That’s me below and isn’t that TV screen just lovely? Peace!