I had to stick my neck out 

I wanted to fly my drone tonight but lately I have only flew it with the safety mode on. I didn’t want it to fly away or crash. Tonight I decided to go for it. Earlier I was think about the turtle. It doesn’t like to go backwards but to go forward it has to stick it’s neck out. If your in the same boat as I was. I would tell you to go for it! It might be scary but the view from the top is awesome! 

Stay Random! 

Dom

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The concrete zombie maker 

Ah, city life. It’s good for a few things but for me, at the end of the day it’s repressive, stale and overwhelming at times. So many people in such a small place. When you walk down the street the rule is look forward and don’t make eye contact, or the person may say hi and ask you how you are. 

For me, living in a major city is like sleep having deprivation. My body is always tired and never feels totally rested. The longer I stay, the more clouded my mind feels. After a while you just lose sensation and drone on, going through the motions, one foot following the other. 

In times like this, I think of the great wanderers like John Muir, Grandma Gatewood and other naturalists who found joy in leaving the crowded populations for something more. While it’s one of my life goals to walk the Appalachian Trail, for now I will just have to settle for smaller section hikes and daily walks. 

“Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.”  John Muir

Walking lately has been such a breath of fresh air. Clearing the cobwebs of my mind and getting me out of the city funk that has held me for far too long. I’ve noticed too that the rest of my family has benefited from our hikes and camping trips. My kids who are forever attached to some electronic device have started looking less grim when I say let’s go adventuring today. They are also fighting less. My wife who is always as beautiful as a shining star looks even more remarkably radiant when she’s out in the woods. 

Last night I went on a long walk and realized I’m still letting one foot follow the other. Left foot right foot, repeat. But now it’s the journey not the destination that makes the difference. Walking at 2mph affords you the time to unplug and look around. Without the electric white noise your free to think, free to dream. T.E. Lawrence said “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”

Maybe it’s time to become dangerous and dream with our eyes open. What could we accomplish? Let’s take a walk and dream. 

Stay Random

Dom

Left foot right foot, repeat 

Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

I adore gadgets and toys and all things electronic (I’m basically a 40-year-old teenager).For Christmas My wife bought me a DJI Phantom drone. (insert squeal!)

I have wanted one for a long time. I would love to be able to get images and video from places that my legs can’t carry me. The thought of hiking with the kids and seeing a drone over us, offering a different view sends me to the moon!

I wanted to make a quick video of my first Drone flight. I wish I could have flown it a few more times but Baltimore has been windy and or raining. So take a minute and check out my piloting skills. On a side note, I’m very thankful I didn’t crash it on it’s maiden voyage.

Lastly, I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a safe and happy new year! 2016 was such an adventure for me! looking back it was such a great year for creativity! I can only hope that 2017 allows me to continue to grow as a designer, photographer, painter, sculptor…  an artist : )  I hope where or whenever you read this it finds you in good health and great spirit!

Stay Random

Dom

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

Starting the first of the year my family and I will be participating in the 52 Hike Challenge. We already try to have a weekly adventure day but with the weather getting colder they will slowly stop as we bug in for the winter. I really like the idea of a challenge that will help push us through the cold parts of the season. I think it will be a good life lesson for the kids. Sometimes you have to push forward even when you don’t feel like it.

Without a hawk to hunt, I haven’t spent much time in the woods this fall except for our adventure days. Yesterday, I decided I had to get out on a trail somewhere, anywhere. It was like my mind needed to reconnect and recharge. I only hiked about 7 miles in total but I got to see a waterfall and hiked to the top of a rock formation called the King and Queen seat.

My favorite part of the day was meeting a couple from New Zealand and sitting with them on top of a rock and listening to their adventures and sharing some of their dark chocolate hot coco. After about 40 minutes we said farewell and they were off for their next adventure.

I wish I would of taken more pictures but oh well, there’s always next week.

Stay Random.

Dom

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Turning my first box on my lathe. 

Tonight I decided to make a lidded box. I had a piece of cherry wood from my church that had pretty coloring and grain pattern. It’s about the size of a coke can. This was the first time I have made one. It took me about two hours in total. 

Yucatán rosewood you say. 

Finally feeling better after a crummy head cold. 😷 I didn’t really have a ton of energy to do an adventure day but I had to jump on my lathe and make something. 

I had a chunk or Yucatán rosewood I ordered from amazon. I figured since it wasn’t too big I could make a small bowl from it.  It ended up about a 4 1/2″ bowl. The grain is very beautiful and took a mineral oil finish beautifully. 

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