Some of this may not sound like fun to you but I find enjoyment in many different things. Some simple, some not so simple. Flying is such a kick that it rates its own subpage seperate from here. Horses and equestrian activities are such a part of my life because of my family that this topic is seperate also. I guess what's here is the left-overs.
Biking is something I enjoy but not
as an organized activity. Might like it but haven't tried it. I enjoy
the solitude and the feeling of freedom. I used to bike to work when it
was only about 10 miles but now just go out for a ride in the neighborhood.
I'm lucky to live near Oakbrook and Fullersburg Woods. These are some
of the better places to bike that are close to home. In 2005 a pedestrian
overpass was erected over Route 83 at 31st. That and a new path along
31st make for a much nicer (and safer) ride. Danada and Herrick Lake Forest
Preserves are also nice and the Waterfall Glenn circle makes for a nice
Gardening for me is limited to mowing the lawn, growing vegetables and tending the compost heap. I really enjoy turning over the earth in the spring and being part of the cycle of things. Planting, growing, tending, harvesting and enjoying. Even as depressing as it can be, the act of putting the bed down in the fall is still part of the cycle. So, too, is the winter of planning and the anticipation of the blooms from blulbs planted in the fall.
Working compost is a very satisfying chore. The smell is real, part of
God's creation. I'm a city boy, born and raised but working the compost
and helping make new soil fills a part of me that concrete and asphalt
Our house was built in 1943. By 4-Fs,
I imagine, so that's who I blame when things fall apart. Home improvement
and repairs isn't as much of a hobby as it is a chore but I enjoy working
with my hands and knowing that the end result is my own labour, something
I can be proud of. It's also something very real that you can see unlike
working with computers. Our kitchen remodelling in 2004 was particular
sastifying because all three girls pitched in and worked so hard to make
Vacations - Ahhhh, now there's something
I enjoy a great deal.
- Top of the World Ranch - Sadly the
ranch seems to have become a treatment center instead of a guest ranch.
That's a shame. As a guest ranch it was fantastic. We liked that it
wasn't so fancy or resort-like that you felt isolated from the staff
or the workings of the ranch or that the people there felt they needed
to pamper you in that phony way that sometimes happens. You felt like
you were family coming to visit. Top of the World Ranch will be missed.
- New York, New York - Wow! What a place.
A bit dirty by some people's standards but the people truly are friendly
and it is the center of so much. Theater, Arts, Design, Learning.
"The Bronx is up and the Battery's down"
- Disney World - A visit here has become
almost a pilgramage for families. Since we were there in '91 it's grown
even bigger. I hope it hasn't lost some of it's friendliness.
- Boston - Another great city. So much
history and what an attitude. While New York seems to be bragging
about its eminence, Boston seems very comfortable in its sophisticated
maturity with no need to boast.
- The Skyline Trail - I've only experience
pieces of the trail and always yearn for more. Someday, the Columbia
to Crater Lake.
- Key West - As comfortable with its quirkiness as
Boston is with its sophistication. A great place to relax.
- Charleston, SC - What a delightful place to spend
a long week-end.
- London - The grand dame of cities. It's all we Yanks
think it might be and then even more.
- Washington, DC - Frankly, it's not a great city.
But the combination of the Smithsonian Museums; the Viet Nam, Lincoln
and Jefferson Memorials; and so much of our history makes this a must-see
destination for every American.
- Yellowstone N.P. - It I had to pick only one vacation
destination for the rest of my life, this would be it. I've been there
six or seven times and never tire of it. The wildlife, the thermal features,
the unspoiled wilderness all add up to a very special corner of planet
- Cancun - It's warm when we're not and the beach
is fantastic but I felt very apart from Mexico. At Disney World you
know everything is 'make believe' but here the artificial world of
the resorts seems odd when just down the road the real Mexico is so
much different. That's not say it isn't great to lay on the beach with
a good book or to body surf in the waves.
- Maine - A summer trek to Maine probably seems normal
for those from Boston or NY. For us it was quite a long drive but certainly
worth it. We found Acadia different from the large expanses of national
parks out west but very nice even though we were there at the busiest
time of the year. ( I didn't have the heart to tell them that what
they called 'mountains' really weren't.)