Well, today our family of four officially became a “family of three” on the homefront. I did better than I thought I would do…wishing our oldest daughter all the best as she starts her new chapter in life at college in Chicago! But it’ll be a little strange. And a little too quiet around the house. But fortunately we won’t be going home yet, as now the three of us embark upon a 40-day adventure to/from North Carolina!

With my wife recently being promoted into a position that is 100% remote for her employer headquartered in Florida, my youngest daughter attending school online this year, and me continuing to work from anywhere with electricity and internet access at the best darned mapping shop in North America (mapformation, LLC)? We can literally call anywhere “home” that we feel like. So we thought we would get to know North Carolina a lot better this Fall. A place I have fallen in love with after spending parts of the past two years helping with a disc golf fundraising event for Epilepsy Alliance North Carolina.

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View from the Hole 1 tee at Danny Cunniff DGC in Highland Park, Illinois.

Before heading to Loyola University Chicago to say our goodbyes, and before anyone else was awake and out of bed, I decided I should sneak in another nine-hole course: Danny Cunniff Park in Highland Park, Illinois. It was a fun little course, and I played okay…to the tune of a -3 (24) and an estimated round rating of 951. Though on the way back to our hotel, I had the driver of a giant truck with a custom exhaust system two feet behind my bumper and honking at me, swearing at me and showing me the size of his middle finger. All because I had the nerve of obeying the posted speed limit. In a school zone. While I was behind a school bus, and we were driving directly into the blinding rising sun. [sigh] I just don’t understand people sometimes. The driver of that truck, with his “back the blue” bumper sticker. Acting like a child and putting the safety of multiple people (including kids) at risk. All because I made him 15-20 seconds later to wherever he was going than he might have otherwise been.

Anyhow, after adding the +1 to my Courses Played Collection, heading back to our hotel to see if folks were awake, and then heading to Loyola to say our goodbyes, the three of us continued down to Louisville, Kentucky for the night. But not before experiencing some wild weather as we were crossing the Ohio River.

As we approached the bridge (that darned toll bridge…I HATE toll roads/bridges with every fiber of my being…ha!), all of the sudden it started raining in sheets! We couldn’t see more than fifty feet in any direction, and our van and the bridge was shaking. There were also several large road construction drums blowing around us in every direction in some strong swirling winds. Our first thought? Tornado. And when we finally got to our hotel for the evening, I saw that we had been in the middle of a severe thunderstorm warning and strong cell while we were on the bridge. But that sure looked/felt like more than “just” a severe thunderstorm.

I’m going to try and get at least one course played here in Louisville before we head out of town tomorrow! But now it is time for a good night’s sleep.

Magic Number = 186 (1,814 Courses Played)

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A main purpose of this blog will be to share information, helpful tips and tricks (everything from health and fitness to methods for saving money while you’re out “bagging courses” of your own), and ideas for better, safer course design. But I am also hoping to inspire others with my passion for the sport, via the stories I can share about all of the interesting experiences I have. All of the interesting people I meet. All of the amazing courses I am blessed to have the opportunity to play. If I can inspire even a handful of individuals to get off the couch, get “out of their bubble” or “security blanket” and explore more of this big, beautiful planet we all call home? Then I will consider this effort a success.

About Derek

A Half-Empty Nest - Tonn's Travels

Derek Tonn is a member of the DGA’s Ambassador Team. His company, Mapformation, LLC, has been DGA’s partner in the development of disc golf tee signage since 2012. The longer our two companies have worked together, and the more Derek has gotten to know all the great folks at DGA, the more he has wanted to formally sing the company’s praises. The more he has realized that “Steady” Ed the father of disc golf and the modern-day Frisbee vision for the sport and his company perfectly describes his own interests and priorities related to disc golf, and the more Derek has recently been encouraged to share his story.