That's what you get, I guess, when you put it off till the fall like we did. The weather turns cold and the kids don't seem to want to go out in it. We've done the ride ever since Herriman became summer snowbird headquarters.
They sent me a photo of their trip to the "wave" in So. Utah this summer, but that just makes me more sad over missing the tradition - I guess we can't call it a tradition any more. Jeff did say they may be able to come down to Mesquite this winter.
It may seem like I've neglected the blog of late but it's just that so many projects have split my attention and I haven't actually finished anything to write about.
I have found out there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
We took a trip down to Mesquite to see if we could find a different "headquarters" this year and ended up arranging for the same one (at least that way the hole is already dug for our satellite dish stand).
Charlie the Kokopelli ATV club president has moved his business to the other side of the freeway and says the rides will start up again soon.
And it seems that the amount of email coming in has nearly tripled. Ashok Grover – said he was going to visit Devil's Fire (but before I was there to guide him to the petroglyphs); Karl Stubsjoen – wanted some rides around Phoenix (of which there are already quite a few on the master map.)
Bernie Cook – from Wyoming sent in a GPS trail which prompted the creation of an entirely new master map; Donald Young – has been communicating about the riding area around Boulder City Nevada; Andrey Kulakov – from Las Vegas offered to help; and, Grahame Rhodes – about the Middle Fork of the Swan Trail in Colorado. It turns out he lives in St. Louis and was planning a trip.
That's not counting the nearly weekly communication with Adam Schneider, the creator of "GPS visualizer," while trying to answer questions raised from my video-tutorial; Mike Alsup – the creator of the jQuery "Cycle" Plug-in I use on the web site; François Schnell – the creator of "GPicSync" geocoding software and "Mr. Cactus," a succulent botanist who helps identify desert succulents for me.
And, believe it or not, I still receive much mail from my other web sites: "JAG," and "Pediatric House Calls."
Oh yeah, and I'm in the middle of adding a new trail system for the Moab area…
BUT, I'd still trade it all in for a ride up Butterfield Canyon with Jeff and the kids. That, my dear rabbit, is how you know when a tradition has become "real"… you have given it the power to disappoint you.