“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
― Benjamin Franklin

So, obviously, B. F. is one of my idols. I read his autobiography years ago and gleaned so much insight in it that I think I’ve shaped who I am somewhat, after his model. He was an innovator, a diplomat; sensible and creative, generous and thrifty, hardworking and patient. And funny. I could go on and on but I will spare you.

The 5k run this morning was Trinity’s idea. And it wasn’t technically on a trail, but I think it deserves mentioning. Or at least some pictures:


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Later in the day I dragged a group of us off to the boat launch to Jeep in a ways and see if we could find a trail that goes up the river. This is the same area Trinity and I did when it was all frozen over, 6 months ago.

Today it was lush and green. We found a huge bull snake in the weeds, tossed sticks in the river, took pictures of us climbing a tree (I’m still training Wendy in the way of the selfie). And had fun in the heat. But we didn’t really find much of a trail. Kind of a disappointment but not really. Not when you get hilarious pictures!

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