So here I sit on News Years Day 2018 to finally update the blog. As I reviewed my last entry to see where I left off and saw October 27, it’s clear that I have been extremely lacking in my updates. To be honest I have struggled the past few months with just what direction I would like go with my blog and my life. I decided to read thru a few of my entries from 2017 and see where I was going with things. It really just seemed like a continuation of how the entries have always looked since this journey
started back in September of 2014. Some detailed rambling about what I had been up to the last few weeks and some photos to support the stories. 2017 was a very tough year having lost my wife Toni and I believe I just sort of kept writing entries on autopilot so to speak. Reading back through posts it seemed like nothing really changed and I just went on about my travels just as we did before. Well, that is not really the case. Traveling on my own is nothing at all like it was traveling with Toni. As I sit and reflect on 2017, how I travel and decide just where to roam has changed, though it does not come thru in the blog. These past few months on my own I have been on a mission to discover just what my life is going to look like going forward. Without a (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Wow, I am really behind in getting this post out. After leaving Mount Angel Oregon, we headed directly to the coast. It has been several months since we have been on the coast. Funny, we used to go years without being on the coast, but
since being on the road visiting the coast is a much more common occurrence. There was about a week and a half before we needed to check in at Yosemite National Park. Fort Stevens State Park was our first Oregon park, and it seems we may have spoiled ourselves. Amazing place with miles of trails to ride our bikes. We did a couple of rides a day for the (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Finally, I had been looking forward to a return to Disneyland. It has been since September of 2014, right when we first hit the road to full time that we had been to Disneyland. Does not seem like very long ago
you say….well you may be right for most people. Thing is, I have had a passion for visiting Disneyland since I was a teenager. Never really sure how to explain it, but the best I can do is say that for me it has always been like being in another life. Whenever I am there, I can for some reason leave behind the thoughts of anything else going on in my life and just be engulfed in the present. It is not the rides, the lines or the crowds, simply the feeling of not having a care in the world and being totally relaxed. I am pretty sure we have come close to visiting Disneyland at least once a year for as long as I can remember. We flew our son Patrick over from Phoenix to spend the week with us as well, awesome to spend some time with him. Patrick has grown up with Disneyland as part of his everyday life, so he was excited to get the chance to come over.
While it did feel very good to be back, all three of us noticed some differences in this visit. It was just little things here and there that we each noticed, but pretty soon we started mentioning them to each other. Disneyland has always been pretty much perfect at all times since it opened, so even little things catch your attention. We noticed many of the water features were not filled or running, such as the giant waterfall on the
side of Grizzly Peak and the fountain in front of the Tower of Terror as well as those in front of Pirates of the Carribean and all the splash pads in Bugs Lands were not running. Lights that were burned out also started to (more…)by Kurt Kuhl