I’ve been to a couple of places and learned a few things through my travels over the years and I figured why keep all that wisdom to myself? If you’re going to carry some Saddleback Leather, why not take it on some great trips, which leads me to my first travel tip – conquer your fears. I’ve noticed a lot of people won’t travel because they are afraid of the unknown or worried about things they’ve read or heard. There are times that people should be cautious, but in my experience, most of the things people worry about amount to nothing.
First let’s talk about things you’ve read or heard. For example, sometimes the State Department will post a travel advisory for a country that says something like “travel not advised.” However, when I go, there are just tons of tourists everywhere. I figure they had to issue the advisory because some Islamic Militant group was seen somewhere in that country, but despite the warning you’re totally safe. My uncle was telling me a story about when he was in Indonesia. He said he would talk to people and ask them if they have ever been to America and they would say “no way, we would never go to America – people in Detroit drag strangers behind their cars for no reason, and the gangs in L.A. will shoot you for no reason!” He asked them “so, because of the violence in L.A. and Detroit you won’t visit Texas?” So you see, people do that all the time – they let a fear of things they’ve read or heard keep them from travelling even if it’s silly.
Then sometimes I’ll see people avoid travelling because of the unknown. I’ve seen people do this a lot when they go to Rwanda with us on mission trips. They worry before they go, but after the first couple of days they finally say “so this is it? It’s really not that bad here!” On one of our trips there was a guy who was a hard-core prepper here in the US and he took a staff with him, which he said he was taking because he couldn’t take his gun. He told me “I’ll be able to take the bad guys out with my staff because they’re fast and little.” After day five or so, he was embarrassed that he had even brought it. Another big obstacle is when people won’t travel somewhere because they assume they won’t be able to drive when they get there. Once they finally go and they see some little old lady driving down the road they say “oh, I guess it’s not that bad after all.”
So you see, people miss out on a lot of cool places because they don’t know a lot about it or they’ve heard stuff and therefore they just won’t go. Well, take it from me – you’re really missing out! It’s funny, I’ve found it’s a lot like snakes … they’re more afraid of us than we are of them. My advice is just put those fears aside, pick someplace you’ve always wanted to go and just do it!
Check out episode 6 of the Not Dead Yet Show. We turn a warehouse into our temporary living room and talk about Suzette’s 100 year old wooden bathtub from Iowa. Cross loses his first tooth, and one of the stranger warehouse workers struggles with a pallet jack.
Grasshoppers share a tender moment with Dave & Suzette, then promptly meet an ill fate. The Kenyans rush to set up The Big Tent as poisonous snakes hang their heads on hearing Dave bemoan the sequential number that got away.
We like telling stories. The “Not Dead Yet Show” will be a series of such stories on how the Munson clan are taking a flying leap from their long-time home in San Antonio suburbia to take up residence in a clump of safari tents out in the sticks.
Make sure to tune in weekly for a peek at new leather designs in Mexico, weekly how-to’s from Dave, and answers from Suzette on all the questions you never knew you had about the nuances of decorating a tent in the wilderness.
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In this very first episode of the Not Dead Yet Show:
An informal group of Munsons talk candidly about their plans to live in tents. Dave asks tent makers in Africa about structural integrity while Suzette makes marshmallow comparisons for an abysmal ordeal endured with Mongo the dog. We also explore a new way of eating chicken.
So I’m sure you’ve heard about all the storms and flooding here in Texas. Well, Suzette and I are fine. But we lost at least one good squirrel. Cross the “squirrel whisperer” found the bloated corpse after one of our recent monsoons and tried to save him, but despite his valiant efforts (and favorite Spiderman PJs) was unsuccessful.
What I didn’t really expect was all the overprotective family members and well-meaning friends who jumped in to trumpet the dangers of picking up a dead animal after I posted this pic on Facebook. Suzette and I aren’t afraid of dirty hands and we love when our kids run around outside exploring stuff. The dangers of letting your kids sit around watching TV all day is way greater than the dangers of picking up a drowned squirrel. What do you think?