So every year I try to tally the number of visits I’ve made to Roundrock in the prior year. I began this when Libby first accused me of going about every other weekend, which, while that would be nice, probably wasn’t true.
I keep a calendar on the wall of the cabin, and when we visit, I put a big star on the date. At the end of the year, I can simply count the stars, divide by 52, and know my frequency. I should note that if a visit lasts overnight, I count it as a single visit even though it could involved two (or more) days.
So how did 2012 shape up?
January – I made two visits, one of which was a Saturday/Sunday overnight. Not bad for the cold time of the year.
February – Two visits again, on subsequent weekends, but only at the end of the month. Early February was a drought of visits for me.
March – Two more visits. One was a Saturday/Sunday overnight, but the second visit was the very last day of the month. It almost doesn’t even count. (Except that it, too, was a Saturday/Sunday overnight, spanning into April.)
April – Finally things are shaping up. Counting the overnight that began in March and ended in April, I visited Roundrock four times. Two more of those were overnights (both Friday/Saturday overnights), and the fourth one was a Friday, which is unusual. I usually get my Conservation Department trees delivered in April, and that probably accounts for one of those weekend overnights.
May – Three visits this time, but one of them was a three-day visit, a Friday/Saturday/Sunday overnight. Another was a Friday/Saturday overnight, and I marked a little “S” on the Saturday to note that we went swimming. The first swim of the year. The third visit was on a Tuesday. Perhaps we were returning from a visit to #1 Son in Little Rock and detoured slightly from our homeward route to stop at Roundrock.
June – Three visits including one Saturday/Sunday overnight and two swimming visits. Not bad considering we had an out-of-town wedding Back East to attend that included sticking around NYC and having some fun too.
July – Only two visits in July. One was on the first, and the second, on a Saturday included the swimming notation, so that was nice.
August – Three visits this time. A Friday/Saturday overnight that included a swim and then a visit on the last day of the month that involved an overnight spanning into September.
September – Again with three visits, beginning on the first. Then another Friday/Saturday overnight and another odd Tuesday visit. I’ll take it.
October – Only two visits in October, but this included a Saturday/Sunday overnight, so a good time was had, no doubt.
November – Alas, only two visits. One on the first Saturday of the month and the second on a Friday. This was the day after Thanksgiving, which is our traditional Anti-Consumer Culture escape to the woods visit. A balm for a tortured soul.
December – We ended the year with only one visit this month, but it was a Saturday/Sunday overnight on the first weekend. Then responsibilities and family and the holidays presented themselves to intervene.
The tally? My count comes to 29, which does mean that I visited more frequently than an average of every other weekend, but you can’t blame a guy for that.