Can we pretend that this blog hasn’t been updated in a while? Thank you. My deepest apologies.
Because it has been so long it is difficult to find a good beginning point. So much has transpired.
First and foremost, we completed another state, a big one at that. We successfully traversed the great state of Texas. We had some major events while we were in the Lone Star State. We had the honor and privilege of meeting with President George W. Bush for over an hour at his office in Dallas. We were able to meet the man that led the entire free world and not only learn more about his administration but get an insight into who he is as a man, husband, and grandfather! It was a surreal experience that I will never forget.
Also, while in Dallas, I was able to meet up with a friend originally from Indiana. Bart and his new wife Natalie met us out for dinner on our last night in Dallas. This was very special for me because it marks the first time on this trip that I was able to meet up with a friend. It was also very impactful for me because, while we are the same generation and only separated by a few years, he is a good role model to look up to. He is a successful, young professional who is happily married. That life is hopefully on the horizon for me as well.
If all of this was not enough, when my family drove down to Dallas (so they too could meet with the President!), my little sister brought along her new little puppy. We had a little mascot for 5-6 days! I’m including her in this post because she is just too cute to not post a picture of her! Her name is Luna, but I call her Little Luna, and my mom calls her Looney Tunes.
Leaving Dallas was bitter-sweet but once east of Dallas we were treated with some of the most beautiful rolling hills and pastures. The locals call it God’s Country and indeed, it was. It reminded me a lot of Southern Indiana and La Grange, Kentucky. It made me feel at home. Speaking of which, it is weird to think that we are just an 8 hour car drive from home! We are making great progress east!
We successfully crossed the state of Texas in 22 golfing days. We crossed into Louisiana expecting nothing but swamp land. While we have seen quite a bit of swamps, we have been treated to a wealth of wonderful people. We crossed into Louisiana one day before the Fourth of July and on Independence Day-eve we were interviewed by the local ABC station KTBS. We enjoyed their company and they did a great interview. We learned of the KTBS Independence Day festival on the Red River in Shreveport. And so on the following day, on our nation’s birthday, we finished golf relatively early for the day and headed into the big city to watch fireworks.
While Louisiana has been a short state compared to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and even California, we have met so many fantastic people. One of my best friends and his girlfriend were driving back from Arkansas to Atlanta. They were able to meet us out on an old gravel road and visit for a little bit! Garrett even played a mile with me and while there may be some dissension on his part, it is safe to say that I had fewer strokes!
That same day we ran into two men on horseback who call themselves Christ’s Cowboys. They were two men who whole-heartedly were devoted to Christ. Rusty and Scott were preparing for their own journey across the United States. In 5 months they are going to embark on their East to West trip across the country on horseback on their horses, Jitterbug and Doc Holiday, respectfully. We spent about an hour with them and they were very inspirational for me. Before we parted ways they let me ride Doc Holiday for a little bit and we all got on our knees and shared prayer. Jitterbug, who loves people, was nibbling on my ear, as if to say, “take my horseshoe, I want to participate in the prayer!” Rusty and Scott told me that they have another horse if I want to make the journey! That is something to pray about.
There are two truths that I have discovered through this trip: there is a lot of litter everywhere, the United States produces some of the most fascinating, caring, and loving people on the planet.
These are but a few of our amazing experiences in the last month. We are sure to have many more and I will update more frequently. In two days we will be crossing the Mississippi River on the service road of the Old Vicksburg Bridge. Stay tuned for a new statistics page that we will be launching very shortly. Get On The Green!