First of all, I’m throwing in some Spanky pics. Some of you folks out there tell me that you actually read this stuff. But I know the truth. It’s the Spankster that keeps you coming back. Inserted below, and at the end of this post are some choice pics (Florida stuff) of my little canine buddy doing what he does best – just being Spanky. Enjoy!
Spanky Keeps A Sharp Eye Out For Fish
Spanks and I spent the month of May hanging out at our home in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Actually it was quite nice to be home after countless miles on the dusty trail but it didn’t take long until the gypsy in me (and Spanky I suspect) started making noises. I’ve always had this problem of not being able to sit still in one place for too long. Gotta move and see new places, meet new people (and canines), and do new stuff (a great generic term for doing just about anything).
So here is our plan. I must warn you that you should not take the word “plan” too literally when it comes to me and Spanky. We are of the ilk that firmly believes that a detailed, strict plan can ruin a good trip. Nope, you have to be able to “go with the flow” so to speak. I we stumble upon a place that we really dig, we stay for a few days. If a locale does not measure up to our high standards (in other words it sucks) we move on. I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, it’s become our credo, “The Journey is The Destination.” I probably read that somewhere but my ego tells me that it’s original.
You may recall that so far we’ve managed to summit 15 state highpoints. Our goal for the summer is to, hopefully, do 10 more and thus (for those of you that are arithmetically challenged) have a total of 25 summits – or one half of em done by the end of the year. Many of you have reminded me, more than once, that we are doing the easy ones first. But of course! Why not take the path of least resistance? Hell, easy or not, we will still have bragging rights to half the summits.
OK, so we are starting the next leg of our expedition at the end of this week (Friday, June 8, 2007). Our first stop will be Atlanta, GA. A bunch of yahoos (that is an endearing term BTW) that I used to work with in Tampa somehow all ended up in Atlanta. We are all getting together Saturday afternoon for a little BBQ. I have not seen a lot of these folks for years and……..most of em have not met Spanky – should be a grand old time for all.
Once Spanky and I have worn out our welcome in Atlanta, we are moving north to New England via Kentucky. Didn’t do Kentucky on our last excursion, it is not far from Atlanta, and it is basically in the general direction of our route of travel. I’ll provide details as we move on (and no doubt change plans as we go) but……..our potential victims (summits that is) for summer ’07 are: Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and to be determined.
Geographically minded readers are probably asking, “What about Maine?” We have a slight problem there. You see, Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highpoint, lies within the boundaries of Baxter State Park. The powers that be, in their infinite wisdom, have implemented an absolute, no exceptions, better not even try it, Pet Ban (I shudder even writing it) within the boundaries of said park.
I do understand, at some level, that they have this ban in effect to protect the wildlife, preserve the ecological balance, blah, blah, blah. Does not mean I like it! Spanky and I will obviously have to make some kind of a futile, symbolic, meaningless, useless, and utterly childish gesture to deal with this obvious and blatant infraction of canine rights. Don’t know what it is yet but don’t worry, we’ll cook up something that will add new meaning to the word ridiculous!
That’s the brief overview of what’s coming up. So tell the neighbors, yell it out the windows, wake up the kids, write to your congressman – Spanky and Rein are at it again!
Spanky Gallops After A Bird
Getting Ready to Use the Computer In Expedition Headquarters
A View of Our Home Away From Home (The Trailer)