I've made it back from my road trip in which I visited 14 different states. I had a lot of fun and was able to reconfirm a friendship that I thought was almost lost. As well as visit a lot of other friends and family that I had really missed. I also attended a funeral, and dumped my heart out to someone only to be dismissed. I also made peace with the fact that who and what once made a certain place my home no longer exist an I should move on. That's just how it is, life doesn't have chapters or closure it's just a continued mess of the good and bad.
However one amazing thing I found on my trip was a place that I had made a wonderful impact on. There is a lake near my grandparents home that I loved growing up. It is about seven acres in size yet it figures strongly in my dreams and memory. It was destroyed about five years ago by a hurricane. But we worked hard to rebuild it. All life in the lake was lost but my grandfather and I made a project of restoring the ecology. I seined and trapped local species from surrounding areas an restocked the lake with fish plants, shrimp and freshwater mussels. To bring it back to life. I returned to find my efforts more successful than imagined the lake is health and now has even more species that before. People are enjoying fishing there again and look at this!
That's a blue heron and a huge river otter hanging out on the pier I built. Nature seems to approve of my ecological tinkering. I'm so happy to see these rare and beautiful species coming to live there.The lake had lasted nearly seventy years until then and could easily last as long or longer with the new repairs to the dam and spillway. With my cast of species making it a home. I want to do more projects like this with the land I plan to buy when I'm retired, which is not that far of despite my age. I want to do more to make a good habitat for the wonderful ecological diversity we enjoy in the "Big Thicket" of Texas. Till then it's back to work getting ready to ship out for most of the summer. While I'm prepping I should have lots of weekends to devote to drawings. I'll miss my leave beard.
Hate having to shave that off I think I look better with it. So there if any of you were curious about a face reveal, they I am. Though I'll probably take this pic down later.