My Thoughts and Other Items
Some people will find this hard to believe, but there is more to my life than travel and scuba diving. I am creating this page to pull together the blog post that I have and will make, that do not directly fall into the travel, scuba diving or writing categories. Here, I will post blogs about My Thoughts and other things going on in life.
I do travel a great deal and it is a portion of what makes up my life. Still, there are other aspects of life and I am on the road only about half the time.
I spend some time each week doing volunteer work. There are also some projects that I do Pro Bono.
I keep telling myself, I will get back into running. Has not happen yet, however, I do walk a great deal.
Hope you enjoy a look into other parts of my life.
Life is a beach and so much more.
Love Horses? A Horse’s Friend Might Be For You. The end of the year and the start of a new one often have us looking back at what we accomplished or failed too, as well as making plans for the future. Among the items that struck me hard for failing to do were not being around horses and not doing any volunteer work. While I am not a great rider, I do enjoy trail rides. I genuinely enjoy just being around horses. My answer for 2023? Volunteer at A Horse’s Friend! Being in the Boy Scouts growing up, volunteering became a part of my life. It is safe to say, that for much of my life, volunteering has been something I did. Not so much over the last few years. My goal is to change that in 2023. Since moving back to the Rochester area, I volunteered at Lollipop farms in the equine department. Sadly, other than feeding the horses, there was not much time spent with them. I also helped out a trainer at a standardbred training facility, which ended up not working out as well as I hoped. I did a few trail rides, one location did horse rescues. It was a nice place, but a little distant. The other place was A Horse’s Friend (AHF). They were initially located near Mendon Ponds Park. When the owner of the facility they rented sold the property, they moved to Rush. I did a couple of trail rides while they were there. While I was impressed with A Horse’s Friend, I was not impressed with the location. Late last year, they moved to another location in Rush. A Horse’s Friend in Rush The Rush location is at 6565 E. River Rd. The farm is located on the 215 acres Rush Riverside Refuge, which was formerly the BOCES 1 agricultural campus. If you use Google Maps search the address as searching for the refuge will direct you to another nearby park, 100 Acres Park. A Horse’s Friend is an exciting organization. Founded in 2004, it is an outreach program that brings the world of horses to disadvantaged youth of the inner city. The program provides an alternative to street activities and a chance to find success while developing their full potential. The primary program is a Saturday activity, however, they also have summer day camps and after-school activities. They can frequently be found at off-site encounter events, to promote their programs and to allow children to meet the horses. AHF has other activities that are used to support its mission. The new location on River Road in Rush gives them access to miles of well-maintained trails. Great for trail rides. The farm has an outdoor riding ring which is perfect to learn how to ride. A Horse’s Friend is primarily a volunteer organization, driving the programs, maintaining the facilities as well as taking care of their 19 program horses. I have only been a volunteer for a couple of weeks now. While I do have a great deal of experience handling horses, there are a few things I will need to adjust to so that I fit the way they do things. The biggest is learning the names of all the horses. What Is Your Volunteer Project This Year? If you enjoy being around horses, take a look at AHF’s website and possibility volunteer yourself. Even a half day a week would be a help. Or you could help sponsor an inner-city child to join one of their programs
Henrietta Forcefully Relocates Minority Village The Greatest atrocities in the history of man kind started with the forcible relocation of a small minority group. Yet, this past week we see the government of the Town of Henrietta forcible relocate the peaceful Fairy village that has existed for the past five years in Tinker Park. Without due process or a clear location where these fairies would go, the park staff removed the village. The reason the park staff gave? “WE” do not like the type of people that came to visit the Fairies. THEY stated that the Fairy Village attracted people to the park, causing the park to be used by more people. This resulted in the nature trails showing signs of use. Their complaint of litter is valid, but do you kill the goose that laid the golden age? Is it not the purpose of the park to get more people out to enjoy nature? Does the park not have an environmental message that those who are littering need to learn? Is cleaning litter an act that the park staff feel is beneath them? What the next step? I and many other enjoy the wild life found in the park. Will the park staff start to kill off the waterfowl and deer that call the park home so fewer people will use the nature trails? I enjoy walking the few trails the Tinker Park has. It WAS good to see young families walking the trails and the enthusiasm the children had while looking at the Fairy homes. I see the removal of the Fairy Village as a statement from the Park, that the children even the adults of our town are not important to them. I understand the concern about litter, but this is not the way to address the issue. The concern about the trail use? If more people using the trails are wearing them out, then increase the budget for the park. We need more people out in the outdoors, learning about nature and what we need to do to save our environment. Get them away from cell phones and online games and out to see the ducks, geese, squirrels and the deer that lives around the Fairy Village. Bring back the Fairy Village. Protect minority rights. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1597172100307724&type=1&l=7533936912
Those who know me, know that years ago I owned a large standardbred training facility and had a number of horses. Okay often over a dozen. However, negative impacts after 9 11 caused the racing industry to nearly collapse and I was one of many who could no longer stay in the industry. The cost to keep a race horse in training can be about $5,000 a horse and if they are not earning purses that all comes out of the owners pocket. When I originally wrote this article bak in May 2017, I owned 1% of 2 horses. I have recently expanded to where i not have 1% in five horses. To keep my followers ( Ihope there are some out there) informed on the new Charles Davis Stables I have created a new website. Please visit it. just follow the link to the Charles Davis Stables 1% horses