No, I’m not upset about turning 30

There is nothing scary about turning thirty…as long as I’m able to still act and feel 24. [I was initially going to say ‘as long as I still act 22…’ but I was still doing some pretty stupid shit at 22 years old.]

Turning 30 years old is a breakthrough.

I think I’ll take a moment, celebrate my age
The ending of an era and the turning of a page
Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here
Lord, have mercy on my next thirty years.
-Tim McGraw

I managed to survive 1/3 of my life without any real catastrophes. From the time I was born, through the age of 29… not all my decisions were stellar [understatement] but, I mean…

I’ve managed to walk into thirty with only one child being born out of wedlock (pretty proud of that), no drunk driving tickets…hell, I’ve never even been arrested, never contracted any STDs…


…I’m pretty proud of those accomplishments.

So, now comes 30. I won’t say that I’m happy to leave my 20’s behind, but I’m prepared.

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old, servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits. Hervey Allen

Slaves to dreams… from 13-24 I was completely oblivious to what I needed; looking for something better, over & over. All the while, I thought I had it all figured out…just like most people that age. It’s quite silly really, to look back … and try to figure out where I saw myself at 30 – then.  It’s certainly not here. But, that’s okay…actually, it’s better than okay – it’s exactly where I’m supposed to be.


30 is not going to suck, it’s just the starting point. The next 2/3 of my life will be filled with new adventures, opportunities, mishaps & happiness; of that I’m sure.


Unexpected Adventure: From My Point Of View

We’ve been there before, multiple times. 

A trail we never noticed peeked out from behind some trees & invited us in. 

Without thought – we proceed to have an adventure.

…Here is what I saw…

Tree Stump


Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  – Albert Einstein


Leaves Sky

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.  – Jane Austen


Tree Sky

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival. – Wendell Berry


Door In Stump

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do. – Willa Cather


Skipping Rocks

Let Nature be your teacher. – William Wordsworth



A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. – Henry David Thoreau 


Open Field

The quicker we humans learn that saving open space and wildlife is critical to our welfare and quality of life, maybe we’ll start thinking of doing something about it. – Jim Fowler


Little Room In The Woods

The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. – Christopher McCandless


Man must behave like a lighthouse; he must shine day and night for the goodness of every man.  – Mehmet Murat ildan


Father Son So Small Trees

Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees. – Karle Wilson Baker


DrinkingFountain Frame

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. – Clarence Budington Kelland


Bennett Water

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.  – Andre Gide