I’m jumping the gun (pun intended) with the title of this blog; after all, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans hit television show was from the 1950’s. I suspect even in those days there were reruns playing and anyone living in Sun City in the 1960’s could well have been watching Dale and Roy close their show with this campy little ditty: Happy Trails To You .
Seems like a fitting end to this blog i have enjoyed for the past year and a half. When we relaunched the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum site, i would have liked to made it more interactive (i learned years back communication that goes two ways is far more enjoyable than one way diatribes). Unfortunately most organizations struggle with letting people join in the discussion.
In what was a compromise, i threw in enough money to add the wordpress blog to the backside of the museum’s site and started writing. My hope was those reading it would feel comfortable joining in with their thoughts, comments and perspectives. Some did, but 90 posts later, the bulk of the commentary is just my mindless ramblings of the Sun City way of life.
My three-year term is done with the museum (though i may stay on as an occassional docent/guide). As most of you know i have been elected to the Rec Centers of Sun City (RCSC) board of directors. Rather than staying attached and doing this blog as an extension of the museum, i have asked for it to be carved away from the museum’s site.
That saddens me, because there has been no greater pleasure serving in any capacity, than i have gotten from the museum. I have gotten far more than i have given and learned more than i ever bargained for. The museum is a treasure that most will never ever come to understand. My hope was in some small way i could share that education with those taking the time to read it.
For those of you unwilling to click on the attached link to the youtube video of the Happy Trails, here are the lyrics: “Happy trails to you, until we meet again. Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then. Who cares about the clouds when we’re together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather. Happy trails to you, ’till we meet again. Some trails are happy ones, Others are blue. It’s the way you ride the trail that counts, Here’s a happy one for you.Happy trails to you, until we meet again. Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then. Who cares about the clouds when we’re together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, ’till we meet again.”
I love this one line: “Some trails are happy ones, Others are blue. It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.” It is the way i live my life, trying to give back more than i take. I toyed with how to handle the” end of this trail,” and while the easiest way to do it would be to just let the blog slip off into the sunset along with Dale, Roy and Trigger, i have opted for a road more ambitious.
On January 1 (or thereabouts) this blog will no longer be about and for the museum, but will become my own personal views on the Sun City way of life and what is happening on a daily or weekly basis. There will undoubtedly be some who will not like that. Sorry, but i love the written word and especially the potential to reach people in ways others may elect not to want to do so.
With that said, all there is left is to say…”Happy Trails to you, till we meet again.”