Adventures with a Lawnmower
Truth time. I'm sitting at my desk at work, looking at a blank screen, trying to think of something to blog about. For some reason, not only is the screen blank, but so is my brain. (Insert smart-ass comments here.)
As I was deep in thought to come up with a topic, Jim Free stopped in and during our conversations about things we've regretted we have done in life (mostly about a couple of times drinking to excess and the consequences that followed), the topic changed to lawn mowing. Yea, that's a bit of a weird topic switch.
Well, my brother, who also has a camper at the same campground I am at, was deciding whether to bring one of his riding lawn mowers to camp for his lawn and mine. Apparently, he hasn't used it in a long time. He owns one of those zero turn riders.
My brother's lawn at camp isn't large, but mine is. There are no campers behind mine, since I'm located in a corner at the end of the campground, so the back lawn is much larger than most.
I have a rather new lawnmower, and believe it or not, enjoy mowing the lawn. The surroundings are amazing (Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania), and it's a stress reliever for me. Another truth time - I've never owned or even used a riding lawn mower. Not sure how to operate one, but if he brings it to camp, I certainly will give it a try.
The thing is, is it cheating by using a rider than a push mower? There's certainly no exercise component to the riding lawn mower.
My push mower has a 21 inch blade. My brother's rider has a 50 inch blade. That will cut down (pardon the pun) the amount of time mowing. Normally it takes me an hour. The rider will get the work done a hell of a lot quicker, except in the areas I can't get close to.
And to think we call this camping. It's a far cry from the days of tents, sleeping bags, a camp stove and not much else, but wilderness.