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.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Delayed Blogging - But It Was Worth It

While we were in Red Rock Canyon State Park this last week, I was surprised that we did have internet service with our Verizon MiFi, although according to the phones, we had minimal tower bars showing. Just prior to making the trip, Jo decided to upgrade our older MiFi to the newer one that is 4G as well as 3G. She had helped a friend (whose husband is deploying to Afghanistan) get her new MiFi and laptop configured for internet usage. In doing that, she saw the speed of the 4G and since we will still be in the Oklahoma City area, she decided we needed to upgrade.

Even though we had internet service, I didn’t realize that Jo had installed LiveWriter on her laptop for my benefit. So, I wrote a few posts and just kept them on the computer as Word files. Sorry, but I didn’t write a lot, so now I need to catch up.

Incidentally, as you will later find in my posts about the vacation, Red Rock Canyon State Park is really nice and it is close enough to Interstate 40 to be a good “overnighter” site for RV’ers. We saw overnighters all week long in the park.

So, now on with the nonsense…..

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