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.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Busy with Research

While I’ve normally not wanted to create a blog posting, just to create something, this one has a purpose for another reason.

I’m researching to find some iron sights for a rifle my son bought last week. Would you believe that they now sell some rifles without sights? I guess that the industry has gotten where everyone customizes their rifles with various types of sights. We kind of know what kind we need, but now I need to find a local supplier and get prices.

I’ve also been trying to assist a fellow RV’er with finding a good site in the Oklahoma City area where they could park for a month this coming April. While a number of sites have been ruled out, I’ve been working to help nail down some information for them.

This one leads to the need to put in pictures showing a specific area or two of Red Rock Canyon State Park at Hinton, OK. So, with bedtime quickly approaching, I shall post this and send the RV’er an e-mail with a link to this posting.

These first ones are of the area where the 3 or 4 sites are that are full service sites, meaning that those sites include the sewer facilities. Other RV site areas of the canyon do not have sewer facilities.




Then this last picture is of the site we had when we were in Red Rock Canyon last year. This picture is obviously of our coach and vehicles, but what I wanted to point out is the building to the left in the picture. That building is the one with the toilet and shower facilities. In our case, we “supplemented” our black tank capability by using the park facilities during the day and our coach facilities only at night.


I told them it was a short walk from the coach to the facilities.  Man, what convenience.

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