I Need Never Get Old

30 Dec
December 30, 2016

So, I haven’t posted any new music in a very long time… Here’s one: “I Need Never Get Old” by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. I think I may need to make it my theme song for this year… : ) I was excited to get tickets to catch Nate and the Night Sweats at the St. Augustine Amphitheater this Spring (April 24th, I believe). I stumbled upon these guys watching “Later with Jools Holland”. These guys are fantastic! They rock hard, have some really interesting, different tunes and a lot of soul. They don’t seem to take themselves too seriously (they seem amazingly humble), even though they are very serious musicians, indeed. This song makes me want to either pick up my guitar or dance! Infectious stuff! I dig the horns. They bring to mind a lot of old ska bands from back in the day!

Fun with Fire

27 Dec
December 27, 2016

Fun with Fire

Thanksgiving Bonfire

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
bonfire

Nothing’s better than a good bonfire! Just ask these kids!

A peek at the fun from our recent annual trip up to farm country in Hartsville, SC at Thanksgiving! Roasting hot dogs on a stick and making s’mores is always on the agenda here. Good times!

Coming in Fast

27 Dec
December 27, 2016

Zipline Judo Kick

Smoky Mountain Range

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
Smoky-Mountain-Range

The Appalachians, starting to show their colors in Fall.

The Zoo Crew

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
zipliners

Good times with this daring crew of ladies, who are always up for some new form of adventure (in this case, ziplining through the Appalachians near Lake Lure, NC)!

Rushing Water

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
Appalacian-mountain-stream

One more nice one of an Appalachian stream along the North Carolina / Tennessee border

Smoky Mountain Stream

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
Smoky-Mountain-Stream

Gotta love the serene beauty of a Smoky Mountain stream…

Resting Place

03 Dec
December 3, 2016
smokey-mountains-rob

This beautiful stream is on the Gatlinburg side of the Great Smoky Mountain.

I recently took a trip to the Smoky Mountains with my brother Rob’s wife and daughters, her parents, and my own, to release some of my brother’s ashes into the Appalachians, up there. His 18-year-old daughter, Madison, found this perfect spot. This stream is on the Gatlinburg side of the Great Smoky Mountain. Fortunately, we made it up there just a few weeks before the deadly wildfires of this past week.

Rob, myself and our family used to travel up here every Christmas, to romp around around in the snow, hike the trails and go skiing. Like all of us, Rob loved it, and while his soul is with the Lord, I know he’d sure be happy with the returning of the ashes of his body to the earth, right here in this beautiful, peaceful setting that held so many great memories for our family. Rest in Peace, Rob. We love you, and will never forget you.

 

 

Trekkin’

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

PCH MOVIE

Whitewater Aftermath!

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Whitewater Rafting Fun

The aftermath of our whitewater fun- frozen fits and giggles! Biggest waves I caught all summer, in a river in Cali!

Going… Going… Gone!

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Whitewater Rafting, American River, Coloma , CA

“The brochure said Class III, I swear!!! Sorry girls!” : )

American River Fun

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
American River whitewater rafting

Kaelyn almost got tossed!

Whitewater Rafting, South Fork, American River

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Whitewater rafting on the American River, Coloma, CA

What I love about my girls: they’re always up for anything! I just sign the waivers, tell them it’s safe and they don’t ask any questions. It’s great! Rafting on the American River in Coloma, CA east of Sacramento.

Nice and Calm, Right?…

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
South Fork, American River, California

Nice and calm, right? That’s what I thought up until this point… then just around that bend…

Santa Monica from Above

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
view from ferris wheel, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier

Nope, it’s not from a drone. It’s from the top of the ferris wheel in Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier!

Surf Art, Santa Monica

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
surf art, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier, CA

Some fun surf art in Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier, near Venice, CA

Good Times

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

Dan

My good friend and former UF roommate, Dan Rudd. Dan hosted us for a few days in Santa Barbara on our recent trip out west. When I was 19, Dan and I, along with my younger brother, a friend of his and my dad went across country in two cars hitting a ton of national parks. All the way from Florida to Huntington Beach! We did the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, White Sands, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rushmore… More than I can remember over 2-3 weeks! There was no Instagram back then, but we took a coffee table book about national parks with us and in each park, we’d look at the photos and try to find the exact spots where the photographers shot from, to recreate them for comparison later. It was fun detective work. Dan said that trip changed his life and later helped prompt him to move out West (like several other of my close college friends). I’m a very happy third-gen native of (Jax) Florida, but do love it out there. So beautiful! Tomorrow is the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, so a good time to reflect on some of those special places and good times.

A River Runs Through It

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Pfeifer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur is big country. Everything is just… big. This shot of the river bed in Pfeifer State Park provides some scale.

Grant Park, Ventura, CA

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Grant Park, Ventura CA

One of my favorite places in California. Ventura is a killer little town with great surf, a cool downtown and laid-back vibe. Beautiful place!

Santa Barbara Wildflowers

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Wildflowers in Santa Barbara, CA

The don;t call it the “Golden State” for nothing. Wildflowers in Santa Barbara, CA.

Santa Barbara Bonfire

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Beach Bonfire, Santa Barbara

Bonfire on the Beach in Santa Barbara with my good friend, Dan, who hosted us for a couple of nights. This sums up the California vibe.

Big Sur, CA Wildflowers

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Big Sur wildflowers

It didn’t really matter where you pulled off on the PCH in Big Sur. It was beautiful in every direction.

PCH Big Sur Overlook, Rocky Point

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Tree Point, Big Sur, CA

I wonder why they call this “Rocky Point”?

Jellies

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aquarium Exhibit

Jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I could watch these things all day and night.

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