Time To Keep It Simple serves as a record of my life as a traveler, writer, genealogist, photographer, target sports enthusiast, Rotarian, Mason, Jew, PR professional, and many other (mostly positive) things. In addition to this daily blog I am also the man behind the curtain (not named Oz) at gettingyourphil.blogspot.com and I previously blogged at fromgoytooleh.blogspot.com.
Friday, July 3, 2015
Firearms Friday: Buying Local
Photo from our brief detour along Skyline Drive.
when preparing for a trip I pull up Google and search for a local gun shop
where I can stop by and look around. Not the Bass Pro Shop, Gander Mountain, or
Cabela’s nearby but the small family owned shop like my shop up in Jamison,
Tanner’s Sports Center. Besides being a much more inviting place to stop and
relax, the prices are usually better and we all have to do our part to support
these small businesses.
has become part of my travel routine. When I first drove out to Elizabethtown I
found Trop Gun Shop. When I ventured to the other side of the Commonwealth, I
stopped by the Keystone Armory. It is a fun and relaxing way for me to take a
break from the road and the usual agenda of these trips. And each time I end up
walking out with at least something small that I had been meaning to pick up.
the last couple of trips this summer, I didn’t plan on making such a stop. Our
weekend getaway to Hershey wasn’t my weekend, which was a couple of days
dedicated to my wife and making her happy… this is my hobby and I wasn’t going
to let it interfere with her weekend. The drive to Pittsburgh was already a bit
of a challenge and had so many unknowns that there wasn’t a moment to be
spared. And, finally, the current trip to Virginia is all about family… it has
been too long since we have taken this journey together and there are too many
other things that we need to see that adding another stop just for me doesn’t
the detours that we took on our way down were for practical and bucket list
purposes. We managed to pack the car (10 in 5) and get out of the house on time
and hit little traffic on the first leg before stopping at a Waffle House along
the highway. In addition to it having been a long time for each of us since
dining at a Waffle House (with the exception of a quick stop in Arizona a couple of years ago) it was also the first time that our son had been to one
and it was also his first experience in a high chair.
lunch we continued on the highway which would take us directly to the Red Roof
Inn in Troutville, Virginia. We had a dinner schedule for tonight so we did
have a bit of a schedule but we also had plenty of leeway so we took a little
detour (the first of many during this vacation I’m sure). It was a brief bucket
list trek off the highway and over the mountains to Skyline Drive. The views
were spectacular but the 30 mph speed limit wasn’t going to work for us so
after a short while we turned around and back tracked to the highway.
the end, while it is nice to stop by local shops and I encourage the practice,
family has to come first. We can’t do everything that we want but we can chose
the best experiences to have in life and by taking the time and enjoying new
experiences with family rather than indulging in our own hobby, we will be much
better for it. Of course, there could certainly be a few stops to local shops
in the future.
Even with an overcast sky and hazy valley the views were still stunning.