Since Dec. 29 I have put 2,700 miles on the Taylor Family Truckster.
Our first trip involved a trip to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Gator Bowl to watch my alma mater, Northwestern, beat Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.
The trip included a stop in Sumter, S.C., to visit relatives, as well as a swing through Cordele, Ga., and Atlanta for more family visiting, including a stop to visit with my wife’s stepmom, Faye Whelchel, in a nursing home.
Well, after two days back in Roanoke we were back on the road Monday and headed to Cordele again, this time to lay to rest Faye, who is in a better place since suffering a stroke in 2011. She was a tremendous fighter. The funeral was Wednesday, and we made the long drive back yesterday. The occasion was sad, but it was good to spend the time with loved ones.
This stop in Roanoke will be brief. Sunday I head out to the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas for work.
As I’ve mentioned here previously, I’m the president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America this year. One of my duties is to select the site of our winter board meeting. I feel it’s important for our leaders to spend time networking with other industry professionals so I opted to have our meeting in conjunction with the SHOT Show.
While I will be stuck in a meeting room for a good part of the stay I will get some time at the show. It’s always interesting and this year will be particularly so given the current national focus on firearms.
I will be providing regular dispatches during the trip.
Sorry for not being more active with the blog for the past couple of weeks, and thanks for understanding my circumstances.