It’s summertime and the living is easy

I’ve gone basically two weeks without a post, just wanted to assure my readers that I am still alive and kicking, enjoyed a few days vacation, and having fun taking some in-laws out and around town.

Aside from the 4th of July festivities, we’ve gone whitewater rafting, camping, spelunking, floating and generally cruising all over central Oregon. Whew, entertaining 16 year old girls is quite the workout!

Out-o-the-house

Sure, I get out of the house every day to walk the dog, at the least. A few times a week I’ll go run errands, grab dinner or drinks. Then every couple weeks I roll over to Iowa with the wife to visit family. It’s been a few month though since I checked out anything new; been out ‘exploring’. Today I decided to make a visit westward towards Lincoln though, to get some fresh air and go for a drive.

My first stop was Conestoga, a state rec area centered around a large man-made reservoir. The weather was up in the 50’s and I made my way around the lake in about half an hour, Jaeda in toe. Despite the probably-freezing water, you can’t keep a lab from wanting to wade out. It was nice and remote; only a boy scout troop at the adjacent campground, and the sun to balance out the wind.

Our next stop was Lincoln itself. It’s thoroughly a college-town when you reach the downtown strip. There was also a basketball game or something, so roving packs of kids were abound, cheering, hooting, and generally being boisterous. It reminded me of a town like Boulder, Charlottesville, or Morgantown; lots of young people, tons of bars, a bit grimy and well-worn. It has more personality than Omaha, quite a lot more, and a fraction of the size. I wish we had visited some crazy football-game Saturday, just to see the menagerie, but alas, we’re moving from the Midwest next month.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable afternoon, and a perfect escape from the routine I have found myself falling into. Maybe another short roadtrip will be in order sometime in the upcoming weeks? Any suggestions?