I guess the break time is over. The best part about retiring is the coming out of retirement part. This summer, there will be a celebration of four years worth of Map Dot, Kentucky travels in the form of a documentary currently in post production by Steven Middleton and the folks at State Run Media. We all are hoping that the thing will end up in regular rotation on public television. Time and cajoling will tell.
I wrapped up the Map Dot trips across Kentucky at the end of 2017 because I felt that project had well served its purpose. Small towns across every one of the state’s 120 counties were visited. Photos were taken. Stories were written. Friends were made. And the Crew and I became sort of pop culture sensations for the year of 2014. By 2017, I was fully satisfied to cement Map Dot as an awesome been there, done that. It was a way to go out on top. And now we will have a gleaming documentary of our glory days to show for it.
I had planned after that retirement announcement to read some books and watch logs burn in my fireplace, feet up on the coffee table, not having to worry about any more trips. To relax a while after years of constant get up and go.
Enter 2018. The sap is rising in the pre Spring, and I knew, just KNEW I would have a hankering to get back out on the road and into things once the sunshine came back out. And I do. But this new premise will not encompass every county and every dot on the map. Frankly, that’s exhausting and daunting and my five year younger self was crazy for having done it. So this year, instead of the long distances, my blogging will be about “One Cool Thing” that I (and wife) come across either in and around the home base of Bowling Green, Kentucky or just down the 65 in Nashville. Other trips and locales will open themselves to opportunity as the year presents itself.
These “Cool Things” could be a hiking trip or greasy spoon as my travels over the years have brought you, but will also expand to such things as 5K running, museums, or black tie galas. Anything could be open game so long as it is happening. And cool.
Today’s first jaunt was up the road about 18 miles from work (still in the auto industry in this auto industry town) to the Mammoth Cave National Park. Since I’ve written so much already to set this up, I’ll just leave you with one cool picture (and one of a post retirement older me) from the Green River Bluff Trail. Near the Visitor’s Center and a favorite. I’ve been hiking this trail over ten years now and it never disappoints. Spring can’t come quick enough!
Until the Next Cool Thing…