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It is mid-August and Summer is doing its best to hold on to the weather. The days are still warm, but without the humidity normally associated with Cincinnati. The nights too are cooler than summer. It is the yearly reminder that fall will soon be here and summer will be gone again till next May.

Fall is a great time of year for those who love the colors and terrible for those with allergies. Some do prefer the term Autumn, though somehow it feels more archaic to my ears. Coming from one who strives for the proper use of whom and laments the passing of Old English letters such as Þ and Ƿ this may seem odd, but the word Autumn just has a feeling of foreignness about it. This may be due to its French and Latin roots. This does make it a loaner word while Fall is more Germanic in etymology.

The colors will soon be returning, their level of brilliance determined by the amount of rainfall at the right moments. I’ll no doubt be out looking for chances to take pictures. It will also mean a cooler time Geocaching under the forest canopies. In all, a welcomed time of the year.

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In August, Miami, Florida is hot and very humid. It’s tropical nature can fully be felt this time of year. It should not be surprising that this time of year is also the slow season in Miami. Many hotels have too many empty rooms and prices for them are quite a bit less. So, of course I was in Miami for Top Gun Training.

Friday gave rise to some Geocaching, claiming the the Florida badge and dropping off a travel bug that I found in western North Carolina. I added some miles to its journey by dipping it in Geocaches in Virginia, West Virginia and around Cincinnati. That little one has been around quite a bit. Happy travels.

The training itself was incredible. How often do you get to spend time with not one, but three self-made millionaires in the ways in which they acquired it. For those you could see outside the discussions, leadership by example was quite evident. It is now time to put all those ideas, philosophies and methods into practice. Otherwise, the investment in time and money will have been for little.

Travel back was a bit of a nuisance. Leaving Miami late, the tardiness and annoyances kept falling like Dominoes. Late to Atlanta, waiting on the gate to be cleared, late leaving Atlanta and then having to wait 20 minutes for the bus to the long term parking lot. By the time I arrived home, I was not only very tired, but with the beginning of a bad headache. Such are the sacrifices of the Entrepreneur.

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Blink. Blink. Blink.

It is last night of vacation and packing is under way. Last bits of laundry complete and last beer consumed. Tomorrow gives the ride to the in-laws for visiting friends.

Blink. Blink. Blink.

Drive home from Richmond is long and tiring. A few Geocaches are hit on the way and the Virginia and West Virginia badges are unlocked. An Earthcache requires a photo and some research on the ground. The whole family walks about a state park.

Blink. Blink. Blink.

Home is reached. Unpacking starts. Dogs must go out. Normal life will start again tomorrow.

Blink. Blink. Blink.

The remains of the work week are nearing consumed. No blog post in far too long. Where are topics? Where did time go? Must return to reading. Must plan days again. Must account for time and work. Normal life is back fully. Time moves.

Blink. Blink. Blink.

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Today’s adventures included traveling to the northern end of Bogue Bank to Fort Macon. Contained therein was a virtual cache. Not being able to pass up the opportunity to take some pictures, a walk around the grounds was in order. This place has changed a bit since the last visit with a large visitor’s center outside the fort giving some history and information about the local ecology.

Fort Macon, North Carolina was built to protect the Beaufort area. Basically abandoned before the Civil War, it was easily captured by North Carolina troops. The union Army eventually had a one month siege before capturing it. Today, it is a state park and was one of North Carolina’s first.

The travel back southward, which is actually north of state route 58, several more Geochaces were hit (some found, some not, some skipped). The last portion of the adventure was at Emerald Isle Wine Store to get some beers made in the state.

Hoppy Trails!

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After a “your stupid,” “no, your stupid” styled start, the first stage of travel to our yearly destination is over. Nearly five hours from Norwood to Beckley, it is time to unwind. Tried to Geocache before eating, but the iPhone is on the Edge Network, so it timed out. What should I expect in the wilds of West Virginia?

I imagine that at one time, this area was more woods than people, but now roads and malls pollute the landscape. Cars everywhere. Where are all these people going? A nice pause would be good.

After the 20 minute discussion of where to go for supper, it was a walk to the Japanese Steak house. Not the normal travel meal, but such a place is more the experience than it is the meal. Food was very good and the chef even better. Now that too much food has entered all of us, the kids decide it is time to go swimming. The pool closes at 10pm, so it is a bit of a hurry. Uhm, it is 68F outside and so is the pool. They were back in 12 minutes, but that is all the time they had.

Tomorrow is North Carolina bound.

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It is the day before leaving on vacation. Final preparations have started: grass is being cut, laundry is being sorted, clothes are being packed. The organized chaos flows amongst the early excitement of traveling too long with other family members. The family trip to the beach is finally here.

What started as a family reunion on the wife’s father’s side has become a nearly yearly tradition. The travel to Emerald Isle, North Carolina was first undertaken from Marion, Ohio, but for the last 10 years, Cincinnati has been the place of origin. There is nothing like a 14 hour drive in a car to really bring a family together.

When backs were younger and the kids more likely to sleep, it was a one day affair with driver changes every few hours. Time has plague upon us its subtle cruelty and now the traveling is best split upon two days. This year it is my turn to get the vehicle ready and pick the wife up at work at the end of her slightly shortened day. The schedule is to stop about 4.5 hours at Charleston, West Virginia and stay the night. The second day is still a bit long, but nowhere near the tiring one day event. This year, however, there is something different.

This year, there is Geocaching!

Yes, there are several spots along the way, most notably at the rest areas, where Geocaches can be found. We have to stop anyway, so what is a few extra minutes looking for a Geocache? It helps stretch the legs and get the heart pumping a bit. The high amount of muggles will just add to the fun. Part of tomorrow’s ritual will be viewing the maps on the website and noting where things are. Saturday is the prime day to find them.

And what of our destination at Emerald Isle?

Yes, Geocaches are located there too. Now the bored father can not only look for photographic subjects, he can look for hidden gems amongst the foliage. It is going to be great!

PS – Some may wonder of the family members left behind. My parent’s have graciously offered to walk them at regular intervals, at least till the messes start. Be good Maggie Dog, Snuggles and Bayley. I’m sure the latter will be barking all day long.

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