Play and the Chain Gang of Life

Close your eyes awhile and take a walk with me.  Imagine yourself carrying some burlap sacks of which you’ve been carrying a long long while.  In those sacks you carry your burdens and perhaps the burdens of others.  Your shoulders are broad to carry a tough load but those shoulders can get tired from time to time.  It’s like were “felons to a system” of work, life and sometimes play. When we get to drop those sacks full of burdens to play  awhile it makes your hard work in the chain gang worth it.  You get to share in unforgettable adventures with your family and make memories worth a thousand years of hard time in the chain gangs of life.

Rv Beach

After having Easter with my family in Pennsylvania we drove all the way to Destin Florida to Camp Gulf and this is what I awoke to.  It was absolutely stunning to have your RV literally facing the beach on the Gulf of Mexico.  I’m used to beaches on the east coast in Maryland and Virginia.  In Maryland and Virginia the beaches have brown sand and brown water.  Here the sand is a light powdery white and the water is emerald green.  I’ve never seen such a beautiful beach in the United States and to see such an amazing sight early in the morning gave me a feeling of joy and was a reminder of my blessings.   As you can see this is where I got to drop my pack awhile and truly breath in life as it is meant to be lived.  Each one of my senses were truly alive and fed my body, mind and soul.


The temperatures were absolutely perfect and the sun was strong even for April.  The water was a little cold but once I got in the water and let the gentle waves consume me it was a perfect balance of warm sun and a cool chill from the Gulf of Mexico.  As I looked down through the emerald water and saw my  feet glistening on the white sand I got a blissful feeling as I took in this place of absolute perfection.

Walking in the sand

Here I am preparing for a day of relaxation and still consumed with the views of the Gulf.  If you ever get a chance to go to Camp Gulf in Destin Florida I highly recommend it.  I’d be interested to see what it looks like in the prime season but if you are in the off season I would imagine this is the place to be especially for full time RV’ers.  I know I will definitely be back as my family prepares for full time life in our RV.


As you can see the skies are blue, the sand is powdery white and the water is a blessed green.  Here is where life slows down awhile.  I get to watch my family relax and smile   and I get to think and gain new perspective; enjoying the fruits of my time in the chain gang of life.  Instead of sweat dripping from my brow from hard work, it is the sweat from the sun while the cool sand envelops my toes.

I hope you enjoyed the thoughts and pictures.  There will be many more to follow from this trip.

Thanks for stopping in and take good care!


About Adventures in the Burbs (72 Articles)
I'm now considered a survivor. A survivor of what you may ask? For my entire life I have been a walking time bomb due to a visitor embedded in my brain called an AVM, or an Arteriovenous Malformation. I never actually knew I had it. My story of survival is so improbably and spectacular that it is worthy of an entire book in itself. I may have a post in here somewhere on my blog that covers it. In the end I’ve survived a brain hemorrhage, brain surgery and I’ve been left with Epilepsy and Left Side Neglect. Believe it or not, Left Side Neglect has been nothing less than a fascinating experience although I don’t recommend it for the feeble or weak minded. In the end that time bomb exploded yet I’m still here to put my adventures up on this blog and I will never let my survivor experience hold me back from life. Although I’m now considered a “Survivor”, throughout life I have been many things and it seems I have assumed many different identities along the way. For me life has been a zigzagging adventure woven with change and that change has always been good. I’m truly blessed as my life has been nothing short of amazing and my cup has always been overflowing even in the worst of times. I’ve had a good family, good friends, excellent mentors along the way and an amazing wife. Wonder if she will actually ever read this?? I’ve been a musician, a dishwasher, a pizza maker, a break-dancer, a skateboarder, a long haired metal head, a United States Marine, a husband, a father to many, a technologist, a college student, an adventure racer, a businessman, a manager, a leader, a crisis manager, a Harley Davidson enthusiast, a wannabe bourbon connoisseur, an amateur RV’er, an amateur blogger, an amateur writer, an amateur photographer, a thinker, a doer, a traveler, a wannabe digital nomad, an adventurer, and a remote worker. So as you can see I’ve maintained just a few identities….but what’s in an identity anyway. I know my identity as a “survivor” will not sum up my existence nor define me as a person. My name is Will and I am all of those identities listed above and then some. Hopefully you will join me on my journey. Do take Care, Will

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