“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” - Lao Tzu
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My first day back to work since October wasn’t supposed to go like this. Not that it was a bad day, just wasn’t quite what I was expecting when I woke up this morning. After showering, I checked the online schedule to find out that it wasn’t until next week at this time that I work, well, that makes sense, I knew it was on the 27th, and today is not the 27th. So, today wasn’t my first day back to work, it was another day to figure out what to do with.
Heroes don’t need plans, Forest and I jumped in the van and started driving. It’s Saturday, maybe somebody wants to hang out, after a few phone calls, that was a bust. So I stopped at the first interesting place, only about 4 miles away, a county park, I’d never been there. About a mile of trails was all that the park had to offer, was a decent hike, but it didn’t keep me occupied for very long.
So, the next stop was the Lake Maria State Park, I used to come here when I was younger with the family all the time, but I remember very little about it. So, after purchasing an annual sticker for the van, I walked the trail. It took me through the woods, and every several hundred feet there was an intersection with a sign, it would be impossible to get lost out there. A dense network of trails cross the entire park, I chose to walk the perimeter trail. This led me on about 4 miles of trail, winding through the woods, past several small lakes, through many designated backpacking camp sites and even a few hike in cabins. One of the cabins was occupied, it smelled wonderful, as it must have been heated by wood, I could smell the smoke.
I decided to finish the entire loop, though my stomach was telling me otherwise, having not eaten anything all day I was pretty hungry by the time I got back to the car at 2pm. I made my way to Arby’s for a chicken sandwich and some delicious curly fries. While I was in Monticello and the sun was shining, a balmy 40 degrees was begging for another round of disc golf, so I had to check out the local course
A number of people about my age drinking beer made the course rather inviting. I let Forest run, chatted with the locals and tossed 2 quick rounds on the very short wide open course. A few of the pin placements had some interesting approaches, working around shrubs, small trees, and some metal towers. The course was extremely simple, and again the posted par was at least a stroke, if not two too high. But it was a fun round, a good place to practice the short game, which for me, needs work. And it was a great place to hang out with locals and get to meet some people, which I haven’t done much of since I’ve lived here.
In this coming week I’m going to flash back to my past, I’m going to write a number of posts outlining significant events of in my history that have led me to where I am today, that will be in addition to my daily journaling.