Looking Back

2018 was _________ (fill in the blank).

Learning experience, Whirlwind, Unexpected, Delightful, Challenging, Full filling, Gone. You fill in the blanks. Certainly not boring.

Living a very active, yet reflective, life filled with new projects is challenging. Being “retired” hopefully allows one to have a little more say over not only what you are involved in but when.

For me, it is more a when since another aspect is living as service filled life. Sometimes the service is requested. Sometimes it is just a feeling that this is what is to be done. Sometimes I even say yes. Other times… well, let’s just hope I reflect on all of it.

Can’t say any major accomplishments this year but some progress and satisfaction from living a directional life.

Many photos and videos. See my youtube channel and website. Photo exhibit at Expanding Light guest retreat. Many greeting cards sold in boutiques. Good health for both of us. Even lost some weight and improved fitness. The Ananda Library working well, The Ananda Bell phones and internet systems are running fine and improved. A bit of travel to see family Wonderful garden House still standing (we live in a major wildfire risk area).

Much gratitude for friends, God, Guru. It’s all about relationships. Within and without.

Other than helping to celebrate Ananda Village 50th anniversary with new temple I am gonna get my General Amateur radio license, a trailer and do some local and perhaps western US travel. Maybe even some more photo/video

The adventure continues…and could even be fun

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Flying Over Needles

Didn’t have a great experience here which is nothing against Needles.  We arrived after long day of driving, settled into campsite, and by the time I went to fly it was getting to be sundown.  The link to the youtube video is at the bottom.

Walked out to the point near the Colorado River and set up to fly but the DJI Mavic wanted a firmware update. Ok, last time I did an update it went fast and smooth.  Looked like i had good internet cell service on iPhone so I hot-spotted the iPad to the iPhone and started the download.

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Waiting and Waiting and Waiting – golden light passing fast.

And waited and waited and waited.  Meanwhile the sun crept out from behind the clouds to give me the golden light we crave whilst I waited and waited.

Finally as the sun was setting I could take off.

Drone Selfie as sun going down

Was able to take a little video.

click on link below for a quickly cobbled together video

Flying over Needles