End of Summer Camp Trip

Sorry for the gap in postings, but there isn’t any internet up in the Smokies! We’ve been camping – just Dave, I and the kids, my Leo and his Jaymee, ahead of their return to school. Great to just chill out and do our own thing.

Yep, the great outdoors. Hiking, swimming and, knowing us, always a little bit of acrobatics thrown in…

It was hot and we tried a little climbing, although it’s not really our thing:

It was certainly hot enough to go shirtless most of the time, even at the higher altitude, and to climb that way like this guy. Even the cool water pouring on his head would have been welcome for us. And Leo, who seems to grow increasingly averse to wearing clothes at all, was in his element!

It has been really great to spend quality time with the kids. Male bonding in my case with Leo, and a wonderful father and daughter relationship for Dave and Jaymee. We’re so proud of both of them, not just because they’re wonderful (!) but because of what they can achieve in our own pursuits of acrobatics and stuff. We’re proud of their (lesbian) mums, too, but they were chillling somewhere on their own with no-one to worry for, just for the few days.

And wonderful to crash out and forget about everything for a few days – even the proof reading I need to complete of part 3 of my little ‘Living the Dream’ epic:

[OK, I’ll mention parts 1 and 2 as well, in the hope that someone clicks on the covers and is interested enough to buy one and help pay for our next ‘family break’!]

So, what didn’t we do in the Smokies? Fishing! Hate it! All of us! Watching paint dry is really exciting compared with fishing! Nor did we tangle with one of these:

Of course, one takes precautions, and the kids are properly wised up about the dangers, too. One hazard we don’t ordinarily encounter back home in the UK!

So, after a fantastic few days, it is back to reality. School for Leo and Jaymee, more gym coaching for Dave and I, and as many performances as we can fix up to keep us in trim. And, of course, quality time for ourselves in the gym, too, pushing a few weights around. Also thinking about a trip back home, and to our place in wales. We’ll see.

And now, not forgetting our ‘Bonus Boy’

Yes, you can always find a way to train, even when you’re alone in the woods…

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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