Go Future!

I’ve been away from this blog for awhile.  I decided to get my bachelors degree and took an accelerated path to get there, which meant that all my time was dedicated to school and I had no time for travel blogs.

I finally graduated (yay me!) and now have time to share my travel stories, but that is not why I am posting today.  Today I want to tell you about an awesome dude I met at the last Muddy Roots in Cookeville, TN.

Kody Oh is a pretty all around rad dude.  He’s a musician, poet, awesome storyteller, and amazing humanitarian.  Even his dog is super cool.

Last October he hopped on a plane and flew to Ethiopia to help build a community skate park in Hawassa with the organization Ethiopia Skate.  You can learn more about Ethiopia Skate and the cool things they do HERE.

When he returned he set to work creating his own way of giving back.  Below is a quote taken from Kody’s Facebook page (because he can explain his vision better than I):

“I started a thing. It’s called The Go Future! Foundation. It’s an organization to instill at risk youth across the globe with skills and attributes to not only succeed, but share their success and instill future generations with likeminded ideologies toward the enrichment of their communities: to teach children to grow up and teach children to grow up and be teachers and community leaders. Skateboarding is the sole reason of my existence and survival. It’s time to give back...”

Kody then headed to Puerto Rico with the goal to build a skate park and community garden for the soon to be Puerto Rican Cultural Arts Center in Santurce, which is a district of San Juan.

You can follow all the rad things that the Go Future! Foundation is doing over at their Instagram site or better yet, head over to their GoFundMe Page to make a donation to the Puerto Rico build.  You can also click the donate button at the bottom of this page.

Go Future! Foundation can also use donations of any kind of skate gear; decks, wheels, helmets, knee pads, etc.  You can leave a comment or send me an e-mail if you would like more information on how to get physical donations to them.

Throwback Theme Thursday

This past week has been pretty rough for me.  I’ve been struggling to keep up with my statistics class (just a note to all of you who are thinking of taking statistics online….DON’T DO IT! It’s HARD!) so all of my free time has gone to homework and the rest of it to sleep.  For some reason I can’t stay awake past 9:00 pm this week.  Maybe it’s all the statistics.

My point of all this rambling is that I didn’t get around to taking any photos for Theme Thursday this past week.  I had planned on hiking yesterday after work to incorporate the Redwoods with the theme, but a change in carpooling didn’t allow that.  So instead of being a huge flake like I usually am with this blog, I decided to suck it up and contribute SOMETHING this week.  I am determined to get back on some sort of schedule with my posts.  So here we go….

Theme Thursday this Thursday is Same Photo, Different Angles.

While trying to figure out what pictures I already had in my files that could work for this week, I remembered my Folder of Matt.  A long time ago, in a town far away (Fresno), I was bored  and had a camera and decided to torment Matt by taking a million pictures while he played guitar.

It actually turned out to be a pretty spectacular set of pictures that I swore I would make a flip-book out of one day.  Guess what? I never did that either.  I suck at doing things.

So back to Theme Thursday….

Instead of One Photo, Different Angles I give you; One Matt, different Angles:

PicMonkey Collage

If you click on the collage it will take you to the full set of photos from that day.

If you would like to see people who follow the rules of Theme Thursday themes, then head on over to California to Korea and check out some great photos! 

Elk Country RV Resort & Campground….and a few other things

Wow, it’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything and so much has been going on!

Well, I guess I should start off with: I got a new job and moved to Humboldt County!

In the process of getting this new job and moving I had to get an apartment (duh).  Let me tell you something about the apartment process in Humboldt County…It sucks!  Most of us are from towns where we can go into an apartment complex and come out with an apartment pretty much the same day. Well, that is NOT the case up here. Things move at their own pace up here.  Which brings me to the title of this blog.

Elk Country RV Resort has been my saving grace.  When I found out my apartment would not be ready until weeks after I started my job, I needed to find a place to stay.  I stopped in at Elk Country and talked with the staff and checked the place out and it seemed to fit all my needs so I paid for a week and figured I’d go from there.  Well, here I am, going on almost a month later and I’m still camped out.  I did finally get my move in date for my apartment, which is still a week away, but I can’t complain.

I mean, look at this place!  Who could complain?!?

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There are so many things to take pictures of that I get to have a little fun with the features on my camera. I LOVE the black and white and red pictures.  The middle one is my favorite!

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Besides it being absolutely gorgeous at Elk Country RV, they have a wonderful staff, a great facility, and are close to the beach and the Redwoods. Like, seriously close.  The road across the street goes straight to the beach and is only half a mile and Redwood National and State Parks is only 10 minute up the road.

Speaking of that 10 minutes, that is all the time it takes me to get work!  When I get my apartment my drive will end up being 30 minutes.  Hmmmm, Maybe they won’t notice if I just build a little fort and stay in the campground.

Anyway, I just wanted to write a short little post about my wonderful experience staying with Elk Country.  I think I’m going to be a little sad to move on.  They have made my first month in Humboldt County a memorable one and I think it was a great way to start out my new adventure up here.

Oh, and just what am I doing up here? I’m working for the National Park Service at Redwood National and State Parks and I am loving it!

I’ll post more about all that when I get settled, for now just know that Elk Country RV Park & Campground rocks!

Ridiculous Theme Thursday

Lacy and I are heading up to Yosemite today to take some pictures and do some hiking.  But before I go, I’m going to throw together this ridiculous post.  While I’m at it, I’ll make it a Throw Back Theme Thursday….

Here are pictures from our first trip to Muddy Roots in 2012.  These were taken at a hotel room on our way home from Muddy Roots.

Just look at this ridiculous blanket!!

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Now head on over to Clan Donaldson to see more Ridiculous posts!

Week in Review

Monday – My big accomplishment was moving my HUGE Cal King bed out of my room and putting in the new full size bed I snagged from dad.  It resulted in our house looking like this:

Cal King beds take up a lot of room and make a maze out of hallways!

Cal King beds take up a lot of room and make a maze out of hallways!

Lacy is not thrilled with me at the moment to say the least.  I did sell a mirror Monday & made $55.  Lacy is doing well with her sock sells on E-bay (that is a whole separate post we will get to one of these days).

Tuesday – The last day of April – Made my savings goal!!  I transferred all the money into our travel savings this morning.  It was down to the wire, but I did it! The goal for today is to get the bed in the hallway sold!  Lots of sales on E-bay today too, which is making a nice start to May’s savings goal.

Tuesday Update:  Bed is gone!!  We have a hallway back!

Wednesday:  I have 2 secret shops to do today and 2 scheduled for tomorrow.  Busy week.  I also woke up to this e-mail on Facebook today: “So you still had it after your yard sale? You were going to lower the price??? I assumed you sold it because you never got back to me. I guess you’re offering it to someone else????”  Quick back story here;  I posted this leaf face wall decor on the Facebook yard sale group for $10.  This woman messaged me at 3:30 am to ask me if I would take $5 for it.  I told her, Maybe if I still have it after our yard sale tomorrow.  She told me if I set it aside she would come get it around 10am.  I didn’t respond, it was 3:30 am and I needed to be up at 6! So the next day I get this message, “Where r u? Did u sell it? Ill come by now…”  I respond telling her I still have the item and gave her the address.  At this point we are in the middle of our yard sale.  She tells me, “Please set it aside. Ill come now.”  So I tell her ok, but it is $10 and she tells me never mind.  I tell her, “If i still have it after the yard sale I’ll go down on it, but not right now, we’ve had a lot of people come by.” She just replies with Ok.  Well after the yard sale I was still making arrangements for people to come over to look at a few things and selling more of the big stuff.  I was exhausted and really wasn’t worried about the leaf face.  I did bring it in the house so I could e-mail her, but I wasn’t sure I was ready to lower the price on it yet.  I did have a lot of people look at it and really like it and thought maybe I could get the $10 out of it on E-bay.  Yesterday I had another woman comment on the picture of it on the yard sale site asking about it, which prompted the e-mail I received this morning.  I just responded to her telling her that I had been busy and hadn’t thought about it and couldn’t meet this week anyway.  She really rubbed me the wrong way.  I don’t respond well to people being pushy and I felt like she was just pushing the $5 price on me from the start.  I hadn’t even agreed to it, I said MAYBE AFTER the yard sale and she was coming over in the middle of it to get it for the lower price.  I deleted it off the Facebook page.  I don’t want to deal with her and her attitude, I’ll sell it somewhere else.

I swear I can do a whole blog just on rude people on Facebook!

Thursday & Friday: Nothing got accomplished.  I wasn’t feeling well and stayed home from work both days.  I even missed Theme Thursday!!   Friday night we did go see Vokab Kompany (I’ll upload pictures from the show on our Flicker site soon).

Saturday:  Sold another set of tires and Lacy FINALLY sold her table!!  It was a good day for both of us.  We also did 3 secret shops and some shopping in the mall.  Not too much got accomplished with selling, but it was a good day.

Sunday was a lazy day.  I watched Fringe all day and Lacy had a weird schedule and had to go to work at 3pm.  Not much of anything got done. Nothing got done.

Things are getting a little overwhelming and going to work each day is getting harder and harder.  Only two more months left.  When it comes to going to work that seems like such a long time, but when it comes to getting stuff sold and the house cleared out it seems like such a short time!