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What is holding you back from your journey?

All too often in life you hear people say, I should of, I would of, I need too. If I had a dollar for every time I uttered those same words, I would be a millionaire.

Life can throw us all curve balls, and I have said it a number of times before, there is no certainties in life. Recent losses in the past in recent months, have validated that belief.  At the same time, some of their passing messages were enriched with “what life did you live” and “did you live your life”. A reminder that in life, you have this one life and then its over. We will never know when that is!

So anyone that knows me knows, that my level of enthusiasm for BBQ is just a bit much. I have been experimenting on different ways of producing a quality product. I started my BBQ journey with the basic $59.99 dome Smoker from Wal-mart almost 20 years ago. From there I moved to the propane box smoker, and then eventually into the Traeger pellet grill. I felt like I hit the big time with the Traeger until one day last year I got a chance to use a real stick burner smoker. The taste, the challenges of managing real fire was what ignited my passion for the art of BBQ. It was on, did a lot of research to find the smoker I would like… Found that there was no real store boughts out there, and custom builds was where it is at. Surfed through lots of websites, and Facebook Forums, and found the Lang BBQ Smoker.

At first I was like, too much, too far.. But the more research I did and the more I looked into it, I was like. You, if you want to do something, do it and don’t 1/2 ass it. So I pulled the trigger and went all the way down to Nahunta, GA and Met Ben Lang the owner. Now, unlike IL where an interstate will take you most places, this was deep into the southern parts of GA, so it was a fun and scenic trip that was about 900 miles from home. The moment I got there and met Ben and had he him walk me through the products it was the right decision. He told me about Q School where he invites in the Baron of BBQ Chef Paul Kirk to teach classes, and that the next one was in 2 weeks. That was just a bit too close for me, but I knew that once this grill made it home I would want to take the course. Made a promise to look into it in the spring, and sure enough. Road Trip # 2 to Savannah was in the making.. The class was amazing and I was surround individuals that have the same bug and passion for BBQ. Maybe a bit too much, but their desire and love of making people say.. WOW, this is amazing is the best few words you want to hear when you are responsible for creating that food.

Again, some would say, ” You drove how far to learn how to cook bbq?”  I say, I have a passion and I really enjoy cooking and doing BBQ.. If I have the means to further my dreams and passion, I am a fool for not pursuing them.

Of course, I was once again eyeing my next BBQ Pit, but its also aligning with my desire to do some sort of Road Side BBQ stand.. Keep it simple, quality and fun.. Life is about living and doing what you enjoy..

So the goal was set, I was off to southern Georgia.. But hey, for the drive and the timelines it did not make any sense to add a bit of site seeing to the mix. I was recently trying to capture what states I have already visited,  and then plan my next journey. I realized that in all my travels to the south, some how I have missed Alabama?  As I am mapping my route, turns out that going to Savannah by way of Huntsville was negligible in time, and in fact may of shaved a little time off the trip.. So, booked… Check, and done!!

I said Savannah and not Nahunta because its only about an hour out, and I can spend a day site seeing Tybee Island, and enjoying some good seafood. I had not had some real time ocean source crab in ages, and I wanted to see some beachfront. I also had a chance to tour Ft. Pulaski which was a Civil fort, that was left intact..

All in all I wanted to be able to capture some great photos with the DSLR camera and experience the things that I do not get to see very often.

Capturing life so to speak…

Soo… I close this blog with this video… What is holding you back. Are you getting by in life, or are you truly reaching out for your dreams and goals. Are you allowing road blocks to your happiness be your leg chains and shackles. How many times have you asked yourself or made a plan in the last few weeks and not followed through. What were your excuses?

Life is short…



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