Get away sometimes (Sorry NON WOOWORKING)

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 06-10-2010 06:05 AM 1884 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry about this post. It is a non woodworking related topic. Please remove it if I am breaking any rules.

I have to say that I’m not one for getting out and about. I do get away on a hike from time to time, but not as often as I should I suppose. I make it a point to get into the garage shop as often as possible. If I wasn’t able to I would never advance my skills, and would just be a cabinet maker building boxes. There isn’t much pleasure in that, unless it’s the very rare job that takes some enginuity, and is thought provoking. Otherwise it’s all just a little basic and keeps me from exploring my talent. So the garage is nearly a heaven for me, so long as I am doing my own thing, and not something for someone else like commission work. I like to explore woodworking, and learn by doing so. Most of the things I make are kept in a cabinet in my entry way, and really are just artifacts of my education. It’s an adventure and one I hope to do for a very long time.

But from time to time you need to step away from it. Woodworking is all I do. It’s my day job and my hobby. So getting out on a hike somewhat clears the mind, and actually allows your mind to breath. On this little hike I wasn’t expecting much. In fact I was expecting a desert atmosphere. The farther along we went the more enjoyable it became. We hiked on some limestone rocks. Went into a little cave that is said to be a hiding place that robbers used to frequent. We also came accross some critters. I saw a scorpion for the first time in the wild. A rattlesnake with a full belly, a crawdad, and some other creepy crawlies. We also saw some nice trees and plants I haven’t seen before. One of the rocks has some little caves that make it look like an elephant. There wasn’t a ton of people either, which is rare to find here in SoCal.

All in all it was a nice little afternoon adventure. Not to mention the excellent BBQed chicken I cooked up to follow. I figured I’d make a little slideshow to take you guys there. Enjoy.


-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 06-10-2010 06:41 AM

Nothing like a good BBQ Keith. Had one yesterday.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 06:50 AM

You know the more you get out and experience nature as it really is, the more you can put into your own life.

You seem to have found the wonders of the natural world, all the little things that make up a great experience. Next time you go, you will see even more and appreciate what it really has to offer. The different and amazing amount of bugs, the abundance of wild flowers, the variety of bird, life just to mention a few.

It is a amazing wild world we have got, And you dont even have to travel far to experience it. You just have to know where to look.

“Look and you will see”
Hope to hear more adventures in the future. What’s good for the eyes is good for the soul!

-- Theresa,

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 07:35 AM

Great pictures, thanks for sharing and glad you had a good time relaxing.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 08:45 AM

kol… nice to get away from things once in a while,if for no other reason but to breathe.

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#5 posted 06-10-2010 10:53 AM

Beautiful pictures, I love your studys of textures.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 06-10-2010 12:14 PM

Thanks for the slides, Keith. You are right. Sometimes we need to get away from the usual day to day schedule and recharge our batteries. I can’t think of any better way to do this than to go hiking.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 06-10-2010 01:09 PM

Thank you Keith for sharing your trip into nature with all of us, they are beautiful pictures!

-- Joanne, New York,

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#8 posted 06-10-2010 01:46 PM

Thanks, I miss Franks Walkabouts and this is reminds me how much I miss him. Very nice pics.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 06-10-2010 01:52 PM

thankĀ“s for the show


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#10 posted 06-10-2010 01:55 PM

It is a need that we all have to get away sometime you did the right thing.
Nice video by the way.

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#11 posted 06-10-2010 02:49 PM

Thank you Keith,

It’s nice to see nature in a different setting than Northern MN.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 06-10-2010 02:59 PM

I loved reading about your day out! You are right, we all need that sometimes. As far as I am concerned, you can share stories like this anytime! Thanks so much for taking us on a cyber-trip with you!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 06-10-2010 03:13 PM

What an awesome looking place. Thanks for sharing the photos.
As far as topic is concerned I don’t think it is far from topic at all as noted by several people above we all need time to recharge and look at different things other then our shops. Besides what could be better then studying trees in their natural habitat :)


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#14 posted 06-10-2010 06:57 PM

This is not off topics, just a way to stop woodworking for a while and get recharged/rejuvenated/re-inspired that happens to each and everyone of us, we just have a multitude of different ways to do what you did. There is no right way or wrong way to get yourself feeling recharged and raring to go again, it’s just whatever works for you. I felt somewhat vicariously re-inspired after reading your post and looking at your pictures twice! Thanks.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 06-10-2010 07:15 PM

Keith its always good to get out the shop and with your photography skill you make a good day out special thanks for taking us with you both


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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