Rather than the Philippines, I am developing a strong desire to head up to Yellowstone...do some camping with the bears and wolves and bison.
Now I don't go camping; don't know nothing about it, I am a white shirt and pin striped pants kind of man...but camping out is probably all that I can afford....prices are expensive in the summer in Yellowstone. I do own a tent; (though I've never opened the box it is in); I own a North Face Mummy Bag for sleeping on the sides of mountains; I've got several sets of decent hiking foot wear; I don't own no gun, and I don't want one. The problem is that I'd like to leave right after my last Labor Board Hearing on July 29....but there are not even any camp sites available in the whole entirety of Yellowstone Park until August 15, and even then only by the South Entrance near Grant Village. I would also stay in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on the way to Yellowstone, but all of their camp sites are full as are hotels due to the Federal Reserve holding its Economic Symposium in Jackson as they do every year. So we have to find ways around troubles....that's what we do has human beings, that's our job.
I do know that the nighttime temperature this week hovers around 35 degrees in Yellowstone! Burrrrrr. I'm not physically fit for this either, and yet, over the past several month's I've been South on several occasions and managed 5 separate days of snorkeling, ocean swimming and free diving in La Jolla Cove with the sea lions, Golden Garibaldi fish and swaying deeply green sea grass far off from a distant shore....I've got some reasonably decent underwater video if I ever get time to put it together properly.
But what is more important...working on my electronic life, or, pushing further the boundaries of this slightly broken and unfairly battered body? To embrace life, with all the difficulties real life invariably entails, or love my computer more? Being 70, or getting there is a milestone and I more than ever need to rock and roll with difficult things, hard, maybe dangerous, (but only a little...lol).
I have reasons to be in the Philippines, I have people that will put me up; I have business opportunities in Subic Bay, and up North in Baggio, a 50th wedding anniversary I'm supposed to attend...and people I can stay with.
But you know, too heck with them....I think a drive up North, a night in Las Vegas, two nights in St. George, Utah, for Zion National Park, Provo for the American Fork, Idaho Falls for the Grand Tetons...and then into the vast wilderness of Yellowstone National Park sounds just about what I want...not what people want me to do, but what I want to do.
Then probably shoot a Left turn, (I am so precise in my directions and measurement...lol) and wander over to Oregon, which I have never seen, the Colombia River George and then back down through Northern California....that itself offers all kinds of opportunities.
As long as no emergencies come up...maybe I can do this.
The earth is alive, this is always cool to see.
Best Wishes, Traveller