Monday, July 20, 2009

Northwest String Summit- Pluck Yeah!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to get down and dirty at a down home pick-a-thon, the 8th Annual Northwest String Summit. This bluegrass festival, hosted by Yonder Mountain String Band, is held at a place called Hornings Hideout just outside of Portland, Oregon.

Dirt stomping, camping, hammock swinging, hootin and a hollerin, string plucking, harmony singing, late night walks, early morning wake-ups, dressing up in goofy clothes, celebrating life, and, of course, picking dirt boogers naturally ensued.

...Aside from all that fun, I almost died. Story- Okay so maybe not "died" but seriously injured. I was walking along one of the dirty paths in a campground over yonder with my friend Nate. Suddenly a breeze, which we normally welcome on such a warm day, rushes through the campground and we hear a "CRAAAACK." I look up to find a substantially big tree falling down on us from a considerable height. I saw that it was leading us slightly and decided to backpedal to escape its wrath, while Nate did not get a glimpse of the tree and just decided to run forward as fast as possible. I witnessed the branches of the tree brush the back of Nate's flailing legs before crashing into the ground. Ugh, that was close. Naturally after such an intense incident, we gave each other hugs and decided to take pictures with the falling death machine.

What if we would have left 2 minutes later for the walk? 5 minutes earlier? 3 seconds earlier? Sometimes I understand how everything could happen for a reason, and sometimes i am not so sure, but one thing is for certain- that experience immediately made me appreciate my life, my health, my surroundings, and the family and friends that I love.

It was a good change, and continued to be a great weekend afterwards.

It was a great way to start off the festival season, and in some respects the Summer. I just looked at the weather forecast and cannot wait for the next 10 days of 80+ degree heat, camping?, working, playing, and basking.

Enjoy today because tomorrow will be different.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

In the Words of Elton John...

Alas, the Traveling Halbury expires.  I have returned from my travels, settled in, and begun the the next stage in my life.  Though I am positive my travels will continue in the future, for now I need to focus on other things in life and I thought a change up in the blog was necessary.

Spare some change?  Why?

One thing that I have discovered about myself is that I resist change.  I don't like returning to my hometown to find 5 new restaurant chains, 7 new housing developments, a Borders, a Costco, and a friggin Jamba Juice- even if it means convenience.  I don't particularly enjoy meeting up with an old friend only to find out that our lives have taken us in opposite directions.  I definitely don't enjoy clouds coming in to cover up the sun that I was enjoying.

But there are new towns to see, new friends to make, and sun waiting to evaporate any obstruction.  It is ironic to consistently resist change when I find myself in such a transitory part of my life.  Returning from travels, finding a home, finding a job, low on money, and with no real plan or direction.

This blog is a creation to help me accept the many changes that I am sure to encounter in the coming moments of my life.  Some change is bad, some change is good, but change is always constant.  I hope to embrace the good and the bad, let it change me, and adapt to the new circumstances that it may create for my life.

I ask you, loyal blog readers, to think about change in your life (be it good or bad)- Can you spare some change?

-in the words of Elton John "Change is gonna do ya good!"

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