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Location: Colorado

We started off in VA and drove on 64 till we had to visit a small-time mechanic in Gum Springs. We had to make it to Knoxville before nightfall. We made it but not before the Jeep gave in again somewhere near Natural Bridge. Day 1 and all this was happening? We would travel over 8000 miles on that trip...We ate on Beale Street in a bar where the walls were adorned with autographed guitars of stars I never knew. We had gumbo, bread, and beer. It was delicious. Talking with our parents via cell phone, I ran my fingers across the shiny leaves of a magnolia tree as the Mississippi sailed past, it's silent vastness stretching in all directions. Then came Arkansas where the interstate made a B-line westward and arable land dominated the landscape. It was in the Ozarks that I snapped a picture of the sun on the horizon. It was a terrestrial embellishment created by our vantage point and the time of day. I had never traveled so far from home before and now I was seeing America for the first time in a fast and wide array experiences. I was engrossed with the story unfolding before me, a script I couldn't write lest it come untrue. Oklahoma gave me my first taste of a roach motel. But actually there were more June bugs than anything; so many that one was buzzing in between the sheetz of my bed. It's no surprise that was the cheapest hotel we'd stay in. On from there we ventured into the Texas panhandle where the environment dried out, supporting less vegetation but yielded a desert mistique intriguing in its own beauty. The largest cross in the northern Hemisphere was somewhere along 40 and featured the twelve stations of the passion of Christ, unfinished and waiting for completion. There are so many gaudy road signs in New Mexico that it robs the viewer of any natural wonder or ponderings of the true nature of lizards. On from there we met a young waitress, a native of Flagstaff, who had never been to the Grand Canyon. That seemed odd to us as we probed her for answers. I remember my very first view of the canyon itself was interrupted by my brother smashing his finger in the car door. I was concerned for him because he could have broken it, but on the other hand I was giddy at the gaping maw that spread out in immense space. The area encompassed by this vast cavity was so thick with visuals it seemed to inhale and annihilate all noise. When describing it I always mention how quiet it was, how peaceful and serene. It demanded nothing of you and expected less, but an intrinsic reverence silenced your mind. It was like standing before God, speechless. I had never seen anything more captivating, more beautiful, more inspiring. It was awe in its purest, most vulnerable sense. On the north rim just outside of the canyon, we camped with only a few human souls within miles. The Arizona stones cracked and popped into shards and razors when they succumbed to the heat of the campfire. We woke that night to the hollering of coyotes in our vicinity. My heart raced as we counted howls on our left and yips on our right. Some were before us and some behind us. It was difficult to discern how far they were from our camp and we dared not venture from our tent.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#1 posted 05-14-2011 08:20 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 05-14-2011 09:34 PM

Welcome. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.
You sound like the kind of guy that would enjoy Chad Stanton’s website:

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#3 posted 05-14-2011 10:37 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 05-15-2011 02:59 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#5 posted 05-15-2011 10:08 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s.”

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#6 posted 05-15-2011 05:01 PM


People do read bios ….............and see the humour.

Looking forward to seeing your boxes.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#7 posted 05-15-2011 05:15 PM

Hall, you are correct. I DID enjoy Chad’s website. Especially when he was dancing!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#8 posted 05-17-2011 04:13 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#9 posted 05-17-2011 07:53 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks!! Its a great place to share and learn, I’m sure you will love it.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 05-18-2011 07:10 AM

Thanks, you two! Yeah, I have shared a little bit o’ wisdom and I have learned some stuff, too. Mainly that I have a loooooong way to go until I am as good as you people are! Sheesh!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#11 posted 05-18-2011 04:20 PM

Hi Josh

Glad to have you with us LumberJocks

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#12 posted 05-18-2011 07:43 PM

Welcome Aboard!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#13 posted 06-05-2011 10:27 PM

I think he has a book out,I heard its been out for a while but no picture he’s old school.
Thanks for your kind words,God Bless.

-- "Well done is better than well said"

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