Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category
I want to start off by thanking the people who made my trip to NAGA (North American Grappling Association) possible. Without their sponsorship I would not have been able to accomplish my dream of winning a championship NAGA belt.
Together we won the gold. I hope I made you proud.
It was a long day on Saturday. My parents and I left home at 3 a.m., headed for Nashville. It was a six-hour drive but we finally made it.
When I stepped on the mat I was determined to bring home the belt, and I did, winning first place and my first NAGA title belt in the No Gi match.
I then went on to take the gold medal (first place) in the Gi match.
* Gi – Traditional garment worn in martial arts
Now it’s back to training hard. This Saturday I am competing in the Indiana State Judo Tournament.
Again, thank you all so much for your support. It means a lot to me.
Here’s a video of the final moments of the No Gi match.
*If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and having your books advertised on this page please contact Lee Lofland (the proud grandpa) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We began our cross-country journey last Tuesday afternoon, in Savannah, Ga. The marathon drive ended this afternoon near San Francisco, Ca. Along the way we passed through countless cities, counties, and towns. Some of those locations had names that were a little bit off center, such as Crazy Creek, Flat Top, and yes, even Pixley (as in the county seat from TV show Green Acres).
We stopped very little other than to eat, purchase gas, and sleep. So there was very little time to take decent photos. We did, however, snap a few shots while driving.
The Mojave Desert is a favorite of ours because there’s always something new to see (yeah, right). The plant life there is low to the ground, well, with the exception of a few oddball, gangly shrub/trees that are definite proof that Dr. Seuss was in charge of developing the seedlings back when the place was under construction.
Starting in the Sierra’s, wind farms are plentiful. Thousands of windmills are scattered everywhere, and they are huge, as in high-rise huge.
We’re extremely fond of the California scenery.
Almond groves in the San Joaquin Valley stretch as far as the eye can see, in all directions
Driving through the Sierra’s. Please excuse the bugs on the windshield. They were plentiful.
Trains stretch for miles throughout the desert.
To give you an idea just how expansive California ranches can be, well, see for yourself.
*By the way, I believe our decision to relocate to California officially ended the drought. It rained today as hard as I’ve ever seen it rain anywhere on the East Coast. A true downpour. Flooding in the streets and surrounding areas…that kind of rain.
To further enhance our welcome back to California, we had a flat tire on the UHaul trailer (during the rain storm).
I hope our furniture arrives to a better welcome.
Still… We’re back!