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A Friday meander: Disc golf

First basket.

The tree giveth, the tree taketh away.

Throw long and prosper.

~ Disc Golf jokes/sayings found on Pinterest

Make the wind your friend.

~ Jimmy Lane, disc golf player (found on a disc golf discussion board)

Lost and found.

Wednesday I went to Trap Pond State Park up in Delaware to play a round of disc golf and to do a little hiking.  In case you’re unfamiliar with disc golf, here’s a description from Wikipedia:

Disc golf is a flying disc sport in which players throw a disc at a target; it is played using rules similar to golf. … Usually, the number of throws a player uses to reach each target are tallied (often in relation to par), and players seek to complete each hole, and the course, in the lowest number of total throws.

Think Frisbee, if the idea of a disc is eluding you.  As for the golf part, it’s similar in scoring (lowest score wins), in being outdoors, starting at a tee, and in shooting down a fairway towards a hole although in the case of disc golf it’s often a basket.

The two discs I used. The top one is a putter, the bottom a stability disc although the way I throw is not particularly stable.

There are 18 holes, just as in golf.  There are a variety of discs you can use (just as you use a variety of clubs in golf).  There are stability discs, drivers, mid-range discs, and putters.

The road to the disc golf course.

M and I first started playing disc golf sometime in the 1990’s, I think.  We were living in southern Ohio at the time.  The first course we played on was in Rotary Park in Huntington, West Virginia (across the Ohio River from where we lived).  There are now two disc golf courses there, both designed by World Champion Disc Golfer, Johnny Sias.  It was quite an interesting course where you could easily lose a disc or two.  As I remember it, it involved climbing what felt like a mountain where you had to practically be a mountain goat to hike some of the trails (some tilted sideways, some were steep) on the course.

See the basket? You have to throw the disc and hope you don’t hit the trees on the way towards the basket.

We played a few other courses in Ohio, but I can’t remember the last time I played.  It might have been the 90’s.  Maybe the early 2000’s.  All I know for sure is that it’s been a long time.  Because it’s been so long since I even threw a Frisbee, I was terrible at it.  That’s okay.  I had a ridiculous amount of fun and honestly didn’t care how awful I was at throwing the discs.  By the end, my putting was great.  My long-range throwing didn’t improve at all.

The fairway.

After days and days of cloud cover, the sun finally made an appearance on Wednesday.  Perhaps it was the boost from the light that made it all so much fun.  Or the fresh air.  Or the beauty of the woods.  No matter.  It was a lively, enjoyable day.

Looking up at the blue sky.

Clouds are moving back in today ahead of some expected rain.  We are still in a rain deficit (which seems hard to believe because I feel like I’m always mentioning that rain is on the way!).

Another fairway.

It’s been an interesting week in Yoga Darsana class.  Lots of insights flying around.  I’m learning a lot about yoga and a lot about myself (self-study is one of the eight limbs of yoga so this was to be expected).  This week has brought me a lesson in boundaries and values.  It’s good to have both and to know what they are, don’t you think?  Sometimes I wonder if that’s the problem with politics.  Too little of both, or maybe it’s too little authenticity when it comes to both.  Some are more inclined to talk about values rather than actually live them.

Joined at the twist.

I have tuned in to the Senate hearings when it’s being aired here (we don’t have cable and, as you may recall, I have limited internet data and have to save that for yoga class since it’s online).  It’s hard to bear at times, the hearings, the news, the lies, the people who insist on either believing the lies or not caring about the lies.  (I suppose you could read that any way you like and make it fit your own narrative.)

Interesting fungi. (Even playing disc golf, I found time to crawl around and look at mushrooms and other fungi.)

Well, I should be doing a bit of reading and studying.  Thank you so much for joining me on another meander.  I keep meaning to get back to Monday meanders, but can’t seem to find the time.  That’s okay.  We can meander any old day of the week.  Let’s meet at the dock for sunset, if it looks like there will be anything to see.  The clouds have really thickened throughout the afternoon so it seems unlikely.  Sunset is scheduled for 5:24 PM.  It’s in the 50’s but feels colder.  You’ll probably need a good coat or jacket, a hat, and at least bring along some gloves.  It’s always chillier by the water this time of year.

Be good, be kind, be love.  ♥

We played 9 holes and then went for a hike to visit with the bald cypress trees.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,236)  Sunshine after days of cloud cover.  1,237)  A lovely walk this morning.  It was frosty and the sunlight turned the frost into glitter.  1,238)  A new photography project that I’m taking a deep dive into.  I’ll probably bring some of it here eventually.  1,239)  Looking at the world with a soft gaze.  It’s an interesting practice.  1,240)  The good people, and there are a lot of them out there working hard, trying to make life better for themselves, for others, and for the future.

Drishti practice. A photo from this morning’s walk.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

21 thoughts on “A Friday meander: Disc golf

    1. Thank you, Carrie. 🙂 It’s been roller coastering here — warm, cold, warm, cold. 60’s today and tomorrow (with lots of rain and a flood watch), then back into the 40’s. 60’s again next week. I do hope we get at least one good snow before the end of winter, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.

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  1. The milder weather has been great for getting out and about. Walking this month has been pleasant due to the low snowfall amounts and mild temps. Makes me wonder what the next two months will bring? Generally those months bring the biggest storms. Time will tell.
    Have a nice weekend!

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  2. This is a new sport to me Robin – but then I’m not a sporty dude at the best of times. Sounds like it might be fun. Boundaries struck a chord with me today. I met a really well practised energy vampire yesterday who left me completely depleted in just an hour. I was caught off guard and put my boundaries firmly in place too late – but they are there now and as I said to Siddy as we made our escape “Never again, never again, never again” 😀

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    1. I’m not particularly sporty either, Pauline. Boundaries are so important, aren’t they? They change, too, I think, depending on circumstances, although there are some (based on values) that stay the same. It’s weird how some people can almost suck the life right out of a person.

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  3. Wow … learn something everyday – in this case, of all the time we’ve had together blogging, I never caught your joy for Disc Golf. I have only played it once … a good experience … and I can see the attraction. Actually have a family member who plays it (he got me out). I can see doing it again.

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    1. It’s fun, Frank, although I have to admit that I made the mistake of trying an overhand throw (which is how some of the pros in disc golf throw) and mildly hurt my right shoulder. I’ll stick with underhand from now on. 🙂

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  4. Thank you for the fun meander. And you’re right, we can do it any day! I think I’d prefer the walking over the throwing, but I’m glad you had fun!
    We’ve got heavy fog here this morning, and I think we’re getting rain later.

    As for the political situation: Arrrrrgggghhhhh!

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    1. You’re welcome, Merril, and thanks for joining me. Rainy here today (and tomorrow, too, they say). Looks like we’re in for a good dumping of rain.
      Arrrrrgggghhhhh! sums up the political situation perfectly.

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  5. Though our winter has been milder, and less snow, then usual it’s not warm exactly. We’ve had weeks of temps at freezing, grey skies, snow flurries and just yuck. The snow on the ground isn’t melting, it’s just getting more and more crusty. Difficult to walk, too much threat of falling down for me. Katie and I finally walked around the yard today, she could walk on top of the couple inches of snow, I, of course, fell through each step. She thought that was fun. I am envious of your sun. We are headed to DC tomorrow. Rumor has it that it will be in the 50s. That will be amazing even though I’ll be inside for the first couple days anyway. LOVE that last picture on this post of the colored leaf in the light. Amazing.

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    1. That end of winter snow is the worst, Dawn. Dirty, crusty, and no fun. It should be in the 60’s today. I hope your time in DC is productive. (There doesn’t seem to be much productive about DC lately, but I could be wrong.)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. 🙂 For me, disc golf is a lot like bowling in that it doesn’t matter how bad I am at it. It’s fun and I find that is more important than skill in this case. You’re right about the good walk, the laughs, and the extra scrambling. I got such a good workout having to climb over large, fallen trees or jump across small streams to retrieve my disc.

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  6. Disc golf looks like fun. We’ve a few courses around – which are usually in use…maybe we can sneak in and try when everyone is busy doing something else. The schools have them on playgrounds here – anything outside is good for kids.
    ” Some are more inclined to talk about values rather than actually live them.” Perfectly said – seems to be a major problem these days…sometimes I think politicians are those who never got enough time being a tree or a rock or a carrot on stage in plays during elementary school.

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    1. Your comment made me visualize a few of those politicians, at their current age, dressed as zucchini and radishes, PhilosopherMouse. Thank you. That made me laugh.
      Let me know how it goes if you do decide to try disc golf. 🙂

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