Time Away

I took a few days off at the end of last week, and all of the weekend. I had to get away. Working six and seven day weeks is a grind. It’s the only way I know to do football season. It is the way I was taught. I generally take off part of Friday for home weekends, but the road weeks have travel and it’s generally a long week.

I generally take off the open date weekend and I added another day on it this past weekend and spent some time with Jean Ann. We did not watch sports. Where we were at had Roku with no ESPN, just Netflix. Mainly we watched old episodes of Cheers. Nothing else. My wife may have watched some home improvement shows after I went to bed. But together, we watched only Cheers. We love the old episodes with Coach. That’s as close as we got to sports for the weekend.

Yes, a few fish were caught. But it really didn’t matter if I caught any or not. I enjoyed just being away. Sitting on a log in a river with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, bottle of water and a Little Debbie’s oatmeal creme cake was about all I needed.

Thanks to Dudley and Jimmy for carrying on in my absence. They did a nice job.

Unwrap a smile my friend. :wink: I’m glad you were able to get away with the wife and rest. I did the same Monday - Wednesday at the foothills of the Smokey Mountains. I’m practicing for retirement in our RV (retire in 8 months).

Thanks for all you do Clay. You are appreciated!

On some days, I packed a double stuff Little Debbie’s oatmeal creme pie. I hear the oatmeal is good for your heart.


We did too. We went to Boxley Valley and to see the elk (40-50). We also hiked into Hawksbill Crag. What a beautiful spot. We would recommend it to anyone. I did watch the Ole Miss-Florida game. Florida is a good team. I hope we keep it close and win in the 4th quarter. WPS. :smiley:

Boxley Valley is a wow place. It’s got to be gorgeous right now.

I spent the off week in Colorado and Wyoming. I saw Red Rocks, Garden of the Gods, the U.S. Air Force Academy and several other places I had always wanted to see. The highlight was riding horses at Jim Daniel’s farm outside Denver. My grandparents had horses on their farm when I was a kid, but I hadn’t been on one in more than 20 years. The landscape was different, but Jim’s place reminded me of where I grew up - scenic, serene, slower paced. Jim was a great teacher and a gracious host.

I’m really just now getting back into the swing of things and over being gone for several days. We spent the entire weekend before on the road to and back from Auburn, then drove to Tulsa for the flight to Denver. We got back to Fayetteville between 1 and 2 a.m. Saturday. Between my car and the rental car, I hit seven states and close to 3,000 miles over six days, ate BBQ in Memphis, shopped for cowboy boots in Cheyenne and hiked the Rockies. Fun trip.

dressed up as the Joker.


Jim Daniel is indeed a gracious host. When my friend and I were there, we got to meet Clay’s horse, JD.

Glad to have you Matt. It is always fun to have people from back home and share our place.

It’s interesting that you watch Cheers Clay. My wife have been watching it for the last month, we are in about the 5th season. While watching, it takes me back to the early days of our marriage, when the kids were little, and the times were much simpler. Norm!!! We love his comebacks when he enters the bar each episode.