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Keep it real and keep it updated

Man….I’ve been so busy lately it has been really tough keeping my blog up to date.  Wait….I’ve never really been good at keeping this updated.  I’ve decided to focus more on my blog than yip yapping on Facebook.  Facebook honestly has become pretty annoying.  Yep, what do ya think?  So this summer I’ve done a fair amount of travel.  My son definitely has me beat but I’m doing some pretty cool stuff.  I went to Smith Mountain Lake, did a cruise with my family to Bermuda and now I’m in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.  The cool thing is I’m not on vacation.  I’m actually working from my new fancy schmancy RV.  Yes I bought and RV and what a great time.

SavedPicture-201684105656.jpgHere is a picture of the new RV at Harpers Ferry West Virginia.  This was our second stop.  We’ve actually taken it to Bethpage which was a crazy campground.

6tag_240716-215149Yep, that’s me livin the dream at Bethpage Campground in Urbana Virginia.  Bethpage get’s a 10 out of 10 from me.  It’s clean, has amazing waterslides, it’s huge, wasn’t overcrowded and just an all around good time.

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Bethpage had a great lake with Kayaks.  Kids loved it and I think they even sunk one too. 

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Here  are a few different views of the lake.  They actually had sand.  BOOM!  Bonus!!WP_20160605_10_59_39_RichWP_20160604_12_28_29_RichHere is what the pools and water park look like.  This place was like Disneyland.  That blue and white striped water slide was awesome!!  You go down the tube and you shoot into this funnel and go around and around and around until you plop to the bottom pool.  Next time I will definitely have my GoPro handy.

Next stop (We’re already here) should be Myrtle Beach.  Let me get through the pics and videos.

 

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A cruise to Bermuda

My family recently took a cruise out of Baltimore, Md to Bermuda. It was an amazing time. This picture was on our way down the Potomac River towards the Chesapeake Bay. Our ship was called the Grandeur of the Seas.

 

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Spring Garden After the Rain

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I could spend all day outside after a rain shower, or even during it for that matter.

 

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I can almost see myself in one of those raindrops.

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I love rain glistening on the curly willow; although, she is spectacular all on her own.

 

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I wasn’t fast enough to catch the vibrant red cardinal that was sitting on this branch just seconds before I snapped this picture.

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The raindrops are stunning and add just the right amount of bling to accent the flowers and the trees.

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Because of the cold weather our tulips really stayed around longer this year.

 

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Winter Remembrance

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Spring has definitely arrived.  The weather was beautiful today.  I even mowed the lawn.  I was looking through some pictures from a few years back and I came up with some pretty nice winter pics.  Shown here is Rappahannock River and the Route 1 Bridge.  As you can tell we had a ton of snow.  So much that it was literally gathering on top of the river and traveling downstream as slush.

 

 

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Here is a nice Seagull hanging out on top of a pole.  He seems pretty content and sat there for quite away.  I was actually taking these pictures with my cell phone so you can see I actually got pretty close to the bird.

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On my way out to Fredericksburg I think I was riding around near one of the Civil War Battlefields.  Based on the picture I’m not sure which one it was however I think the white with the contrasting plants looks pretty cool.

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More Seagulls.  There were tons of them.  I have to admit I was driving through them a little to get them to fly.  There were a bunch of people at the river getting pictures as well.  No I didn’t drive through them though🙂

Hope you enjoyed some pictures from the past.  Enjoy that spring weather!!

Take Care!!

 

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Solo hike through the woods on the Rappahannock River

The Rappahannock river is one of my favorite places to hang out.  Whether its hiking, canoeing, kayaking or riding my mountain bike its a great place for some peace and solitude.  Believe it or not, it is never really super crowded.  It gets visitors but never overwhelming.  I have I fished the Rappahannock last year and caught one amazing Blue Catfish.  I literally cooked it with nothing on it and that fish was amazing.  When the weather warms up a little bit more I’m going to head out and do a little bit more fishing.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get some more of those Blue Catfish.

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Eating some chow on the Rappahannock river. This baby heats food fast. Great on a cold cold day!

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Hanging out with a friend

 

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This is how cold it was outside.  Little mini icicles.

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You have to do a cold selfie on a solo hike.

 

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I did not chisel this away. The Beavers did a great job!

 

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Different view of the beavers

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A little heart in the tree

 

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This was such a cool tree.

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The river is so peaceful during the winter.  You will literally be by yourself.  It the best way to get some time to yourself when you need some deep thought.  Yeah thats pretty deep…..

 

Take good care my friends…..

 

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Motorcycle Ride- April of 2014- ManTherapy

Motorcycle Ride- April of 2014- ManTherapy

So this little trip was taken in April of 2014.  It started in Spotsylvania, VA.  I rode out to Culpepper then to Sperryville, VA and went up to Skyline Drive.  I rode Skyline drive all the way up to Front Royal, VA and took 66 East all the way to Washington, D.C.  When I arrived in Washington, D.C. I took the time to wonder around the different memorials.  I’ve lived around Washington, D.C. the majority of my life and I can say that this was the first time that I have ever walked around the memorials by myself.  It was actually quite nice if I recall.  It actually makes me want to go back now that I’m thinking about it.  Shown below is the bike that I rode on.  Lucille.  My Road King Classic.  Oh how I miss Lucille.  I named her after BB Kings guitar.  To me it only seems fitting.  BB King- Road King.  Get it….  I actually sold Lucille on another trip and randomly bought another bike…..and that is another story yet to tell.

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Oh how I miss Lucille. She’s a 2008 Harley Davidson RoadKing Classic.

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Took a little day trip on Skyline Drive

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More of Skyline drive

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You guessed it. Another overlook on Skyline Drive

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I saw this interestingly dead tree. It seemed to be standing all by itself

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This is right off of Skyline Drive. I stopped at the 7-11, parked and just read a book on my phone. Honestly it was therapudic

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A nice old car that drove by. Lots of times people drive their nice cars on Skyline Drive. Skyline drive is a long stretch through the mountains and the speed limit is only 35mph and has amazing views

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This is a rest area off of Rout 66 East heading towards Washington, D.C. A Mans gotta hit the rest room!

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Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial looking at the Washington Monument

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The Korean War Memorial. This Memorial definitely captures the soul

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Freedom is Not Free

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View from the WW2 Memorial

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Had all the branches of service.  But this of course is my favorite.

ManTherapy Mission Complete!!

 

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Capital building of Rome and St. Peters

The Capital building of Rome is definitely an amazing building.  Look at the picture below.  It speaks for itself.  St. Peters is also a magnificant place to visit.  The sheer size of it will put  you in awe.  As you walk through and see all the unbelievable antiquities throughout you cannot help but appreciate everything regardless of your religion or your tastes in frankly anything.  Much of what I saw definitely inspired a lot of thoughts but I’ll keep all of that to myself so people can just enjoy the pictures.  Keep in mind these were not taken with a professional camera.  Just a point and shoot.  Enjoy!!

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The Capital of Rome is probably my favorite building.  Like many pictures the magnificence of the building can never be caught in a picture.  After going to Rome, seeing the architecture and all of the buildings it is very apparent where we took our cues from in Washington, DC.  However Washington DC simply doesn’t compare.

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Yes I had to grab a selfie of me and the family in St. Peters Square.  St. Peters was an amazing place to visit both inside and out.  The only thing I regret is not being able to spend an entire month seeing everything there was to see.

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This work of art sits inside the Court of Pigna before the entrance of St. Peters.  It looks like an Earth crashing into an Earth? I do forget the significance but I found it to be pretty cool.

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I posted this so you could get just a taste of all the antiquities that sit in St. Peters.  This is literally just a small taste.  There are so many sculptures it would be near impossible to understand who and what each one was.  This is just a small hallway.

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This is where I got lost with my tour.  This was one of my favorite statues and of course I just wanted to get a shot of this one.  Good luck with that.  The detail on this was amazing. If you can only imagine what it takes to carve one of these out of marble and the imagination and artistic talent it takes is truly mind blowing.

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Just another look at one of the rooms.

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Here is an idea of what every single ceiling looked like throughout the entire tour.

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Paintings were everywhere one every ceiling.

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Sculptures were big and small

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St. Peters at night was an amazing site.  The sculptures on the top are Saints and also every Pope.  I still have a bunch more photo’s to go through.  All in all St. Peters was an amazing site.  I went into the Sistine Chapel which was also an amazing site.  We were told not to take pictures and also not to speak out of respect.  No one actually listened.  I did.  I thought it was the right thing to do.

Take care!

 

 

 

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