December 19, 2015

Traveling On The Stream Of Time

2015 brought a long awaited vacation back to Europe.  It  took 10 years of working on my wife Barb to get her to agree to one last trip there.  I had to promise her I would not pester her about going there again.

 The Road Not Taken poem by Frost just came to mind.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 I spent 6 years in Germany as a young adult.  I had fond memories of those years in Augsburg.  They were before knee replacement and back fusion.  The time was fairy tale like.  I didn't have a care in the world and I idealized that very special time in my life.

 Augsburg seemed very different than I remembered it from the 70s and 80s. Back then it was a large city but it still had that small town charm. I couldn't find that charm on our visit this year. I had planned for the last 2 days of my trip to be spent in Augsburg but i opted for Garmisch and Gstadt instead.

 I am from a town of 600 people and Augsburg just seemed so cold and it lacked character. I guess that is why the term "The Good Old Days" was coined. Everything seemed better back then. Maybe it was because I was in my 20s and healthy and wide eyed.

 This vacation brought new memories and I reminisced about old times that didn't seem like they even happened to me.  The new best memories were of Gstadt and the day at the waterfall in Austria. 

 The food was still excellent and that will never change.  My favorite meal was on the balcony of our room in Gstadt that we picked up at the grocery store 5 minutes from or place.

This blog post is to all of the people I have met during my trek down the stream of time.  Some are better to be left in my past and some are yet to be met. The future is unwritten.

 My two loves of my life.

 I hoped all of you are well and we wish you all a Merry Christmas.


  1. Happy holidays to you and your family Len.

  2. I enjoy your blog, and your perspective on things, fishing included. Happy holidays, and the best for the New Year to your family. Thanks for all the entertainment. alex

  3. Len...Kate an I enjoy all of your Great Photography, Articles, and Books. You are real talent...keep up the Good Work !
    Kate,Wally,Samwise The Lab,and last but not least...Curly Last Chance Lambeau The Lab! HAVE A GOOD HOLIDAY SEASON!