Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Playing with Live Writer and Pictures

Following a question that one of the RV Dreams participants posted about, this is a test of the ability of Live Writer to be able to insert photographs throughout the blog posting instead of only at the end as I have been doing.

So, let me put up a few photos of our favorite campground in the past. All of these photos will have been taken at Purgatoire River Campground in Colorado in 2004.

First, a picture of one campsite with our then Ford F250 and the 26 foot Salem LE travel trailer.


The following picture is of the meadow around which most of the campsites are arranged. There is an upper and lower loop to the roads, This shot is taken from the upper loop road and looking down towards the lower loop road. That are is where a lot of folks with horses camp. There is plenty of room for their horse trailers plus grazing for the horses.


Looking out over the camper towards the ridge off on the North side of the valley.


This picture is of the ridge to the South of the valley. There is a 4-wheel-drive trail that one can take that would take them over on the other side of this ridge. I have walked that road once or twice, but never took the trip in a 4-wheel-drive.


This is part of the lower meadow of the campground, and it is not unusual to occasionally see deer in this campground. But, there are also a lot of bear as well. In the past, there has not been any allowances for hunting bear and they are about to get to the stage that they are a problem. Not only for the campgrounds, but they’ve even been going into towns.


All of these photos were simply added one at a time within the text.  So, it looks like Live Writer does a good job of managing the photos within the body of the posting.  While the photos can be manipulated as to placement with the use of the “Align Text Left”, “Align Text Center” and “Align Text Right” buttons in the tool bar, one must take care because it can cause the text to appear next to the photo instead of above or below it.  Looks like I need to experiment more.




This photo was taken in 2006 with our F250 and the Rockwood Ultralite fifth wheel.


Now, lets see how it posts into Blogger.  Success or not?

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