Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Epilogue

Well, the trip is history now; It was a fantastic trip.

One flawed measure of how good a trip was: whether you'd like to do it again. In this case, I don't want to repeat it, at least not for a while. But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. Perhaps I'm not eager to go again because it was a little too crowded in Southern California for a hermit like me. Or maybe there was too much effort (driving, parking, camping, buying ice, etc) to want it to be a regular occurrence. I've done many trips that were enjoyable, but which I don't want to repeat. Doesn't mean they weren't fun.

Despite all the nice people I met, and great experiences I had, there are a few minor negative things that unfortunately stick in my mind:

  • The family who'd bought a big meal at McDonalds, and when they were done, just threw all the bags and packaging out the car window.
  • The guy that drove into a campground, parked his truck crookedly by the ranger station so that it occupied three spots, and left it running while he spent 15 minutes talking with the ranger.
  • The campground partyers that transformed enjoyable camping into just getting through the night.
  • The parents who would constantly scold their kids for trivial things, when they could be having a wonderful family experience.
Luckily, those few experiences were outweighed by the many positive aspects of the safari, including:

  • Getting together with old friends and new
  • Sitting comfortably on the board on warm clear water waiting for waves
  • Getting that happily exhausted feeling after three hours of intense exercise
  • Lying in the hammock in a sleeping bag reading at night
  • Editing photos and putting together the blog in an air-conditioned library

So, in any case, that be the end of this blog -- hope you enjoyed it!

Al

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I did enjoy the blog. I can almost feel the warm water and sunshine.

Martha

Ed G said...

"# The guy that drove into a campground, parked his truck crookedly by the ranger station so that it occupied three spots, and left it running while he spent 15 minutes talking with the ranger."

That could have been Homer Simpson, but only if all 3 spots were handicapped spots! - Classic Homer.

"Threw their garbage out the window".

Isn't that amazing? I used to live in Chicago, and I saw that all the time. That's one of the reasons I moved to Wisconsin. Seeing litter, at least in central Wi, is a pretty rare occurrance.

Good site. Take Care. - Eddie from ER forum.

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