I wish I had something exciting to tell you about in today’s blog – a road trip, a fishing excursion in our boat, dipping shrimp from our dock, or that I won the lottery. But alas, I would be lying.
The last couple days have been pretty much the same thing. I have been getting up early and working all day and late into the evening on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal to get it ready to send out to our subscribers. I think it should be done by tonight, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.
The good news is that, in looking back through our bank of stories of places we have visited in our RV travels and have not had room to share with our readers yet, I found some really neat ones for this issue that I think you are going to enjoy.
It’s always difficult trying to come up with the best mix of stories and articles for the Gypsy Journal. Terry and I love history, and we could spend every day exploring small town museums, historic sites, old battlefields, and such. But not everybody is into the same things we are, so we try to have something for everybody in each issue. I’m curious, what are some of the things you would like to have us do stories on that we haven’t gotten around to yet? We’re always looking for new ideas and new places to visit.
I was telling a friend a while back that one of the greatest things about what we do is the opportunities that we have had to go places and experience things that most people never will. Years ago we visited Beauvoir, the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis after the Civil War. We were given a private tour and saw things the general public never gets to, including rooms that are closed off to visitors. Our guide, a young lady who had just completed her master’s thesis on Jefferson Davis, had an encyclopedic knowledge of the man and his times. She even handed me his sword so I could take a closer look at it. How many people were ever get a hold an artifact like that?
Another time, after a tour of the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, the docent spent over an hour with us after everybody else left, telling us war stories about his time as a pilot fighting the Japanese in the skies over the South Pacific during World War II, and pointing out things about some of the aircraft on display that we would have never known about.
And then there was the time we visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Not only did we get a private tour of the museum itself, but once we were done they took us down to one of their research boats and we got to play with an underwater search robot. How cool is that?
I always tell people we have the greatest job in the world. We get to go to places where most people can only go on vacation, we get in for free, we can stay as long as we want, we get behind the scenes tours, and we get paid for doing it! You just can’t beat a gig like that!
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Thought For The Day – Anger keeps wisdom at bay.