Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Buser Family Cross Country Road Trip: Part 2

Oh my God. This post took so long to do but it is finally here. I greatly apologize for not posting sooner. I finally got to North Carolina and immediately got busy with work. But here is part two of The Buser Family Road Trip!

After leaving Yellowstone National Park, our next stop was Mount Rushmore. We were unable to stop at The Little Bighorn Battlefield due to oversleeping and my daughter being rowdy. However, it did not take us long to get to South Dakota where Mount Rushmore is located. We had to drive through a nice little tourist town, I believe it was called Keystone. More on that later. But here are the pictures you were really waiting for. The pictures of Mount Rushmore. 

So, after finally getting to Mount Rushmore, here are my thoughts on the whole thing. Please feel free to disagree with me. Keep in mind we did not go at night and therefore did not see everything lit up. Even though it does pay homage to some of ou greatest presidents, Mount Rushmore and the town of Keystone is a huge tourist trap. If you look up the history to Mount Rushmore, the creator designed it to be a tourist trap in order to get people to come to South Dakota. My wife and I did not think this was worth it besides in passing. Parking is $10 unless you are military or work in another federal department. It was just not worth making a huge trip for or the main reasoning behind your trip. Helicopter tour would have been cool but we did not have the time or money.

Thanks for reading and sorry this took forever. I am posting more and more as time goes on. Part 3 and our conclusion on the trip will be tomorrow. Consider subscribing and comment!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

The Buser Family Cross Country Road Trip: Part 1

I did not get on here to say we started the road trip but we did start the trip. For those who do not know what is going on, I am in the Army and I received orders to North Carolina. We were living in Washington and now have a cross country road trip. It is me, my wife, and two kids. We are also pulling a 33-foot fifth wheel as well. The hardest part was getting from the Seattle/Tacoma area to Yellowstone in the first stretch. I am pleased to report we did just that and safely I might add. Once we got here though, I was knocked out! I was falling asleep in the shower! Army training sure does come in handy, though.

Now, I would like to share my pictures with you all. I will be posting some of the best pictures and videos each day, while also explaining the day and what we thought of everything. My wife and I both took pictures but I will be using mostly mine. If a picture is small and you want to see a bigger size, simply click on the picture and it should bring you to another window with an enlarged photo.

Yellowstone National Park is divided into basically two loops: an upper and lower loop. The largest of the loops is the southern one and this is where Old Faithful is located. We decided to tackle this one first. There are many entrances, but we went through the west gate. As we started to head south to Old Faithful, we stopped at a portion in the river we can get out in.

The river we stopped at.

We took the time to take a few photo-ops. I did a little bit of editing so the one with the kids looks really awesome!

The kids in the water

My wife and I

We got back in the truck and kept on moving. We saw beautiful scenery! More rivers, animals, and geysers. Animals and geysers I will show you in a bit. I have better pictures later in the day than what I took here at this point.

So cool with their sunglasses!
We need to take a second and look at just how cute my kids are! Riley was certainly on a mission and Weston is all smiles. Both of them loved being here. They were knocked out by the end of the day. You can tell they are tired because they get very cranky and unruly. The also fell asleep in the second half of the day. I really can not blame them. I was honestly very tired as well. But let's keep going!

Anyway, we start heading south on the larger loop, and as I said, there were plenty of things to see. Plenty of animals and other sights to see. The Grand Prismatic Lake is a great stop to see. There are other geysers and hot springs like I previously mentioned, so make sure you take a few to explore these as well. You can get closer to these, unlike Old Faithful. There are also mud springs, which are pretty cool to look at. But we wanted to see the big daddy of all geysers in Yellowstone: Old Faithful. You will ride into a sort of lodge area. There is a restaurant and a general store. If you are feeling hungry, this is a good place to stop and also to get gifts, but be prepared on the prices. It is tourist prices. If you are low on gas, you can also fill up here as well. There was plenty of information to let you know the next time Old Faithful was supposed to erupt and it is usually pretty exact. My advice for you on this would to be seated and ready to go at least 15 minutes earlier than what the time says. They do tell you to have a 15-minute buffer, but depending on if you want to sit or not, getting there early would help you get a seat. I will be posting a picture here and placing a video in the end of the trip YouTube video I am planning on making. You might be thinking, "who cares," but this is simply a marvel of the earth you really need to experience. It is mind-blowing what the earth can do.

Old Faithful

At this point, we really saw everything we had to see at Yellowstone. We haven't even got past the half-way point on the lower loop, but we honestly only had the day to experience Yellowstone. We just did not have the time. We decided to just roll in the truck and see what we got into. We drove Yellowstone Lake and got out of the truck and took some pictures. Afterward, we headed north to make our way into Hayden Valley. This is where we saw some of the best animal scenes and got some wonderful pictures. This next picture was simply amazing but the edits I think just made it even better. I am sure you will agree.

Awesome picture of buffalo

So after this picture, I really wanted to see a herd but we have only been seeing a few buffalos here and there. I was complaining quite a bit. I heard stories about herds blocking traffic for hours and even though that sounded really bad, I wanted to check it out. Well, I got my wish! And they never blocked the road. Check this awesome picture out!

Buffalo Herd

I don't know if you can see this very well, but this is a huge herd! Again, click on the pictures if you are needed to see it better. It was an awesome sight to see. There were old and young buffalos. There were even wrestling with each other. You could see the dust getting kicked up! Riley was thrilled to see the "baby bison." She wanted to get close and pet them!

Once we got back into the truck, we finished the northern part of the lower loop and started to make our way on the west side of the upper loop. The eastern portion of the upper loop was shut down. That was the way we wanted to go, but we enjoyed plenty of new sites on the northern side of the upper loop. There are drives on all sections you can detour on. They offer new sights to see or hiking trails and are worth checking out. They will put you back on the main road. We were on our way to Mammoth Hot Springs. It was a beautiful ride that my wife and I enjoyed. This is when the kids were knocked out so we got to spend some quality time together. It was pretty late but still light outside. The Mammoth Hot Springs, I think, is another must-see. They are some beautiful rock formations that spew hot water and the minerals have made beautiful rock formations. They are mostly named after Greek and Roman goddesses. Here is an example of one of the pretty rock formations.

At Mammoth Hot Springs

We also saw many elks at this location. We also have a couple of pictures and videos of them but like Old Faithful, I will put those in the end of the trip video because Riley was pretty funny with them. There were also some other pictures that captured plenty of awesome things on this trip but they just didn't come out great. We saw two brown bears for example, but people in the way taking pictures and our angle did not produce decent enough pictures for me to post. People did get in the way of some pictures, lighting messes some up, and my poor picture/video taking skills also contributed to the way they came out. Overall though, this was an amazing trip and I hope everyone has a chance to see it! My next blog post concerning this trip will be from our adventures at Mount Rushmore. We were supposed to see Little Bighorn and Custer's Last Stand but just could not make it in time. If we have time as we make our way to Mount Rushmore, I will stop and take pictures, but as of the writing of this post, I do not think that will happen.

At the end of our trip, I will be editing together a video of all the best things we did. All the best pictures and videos of the trip! Be sure to be ready for that! I will also periodically post our Roadtrippers link. I will be posting pretty much every single picture and video in there. This blog will serve as a highlight of the adventure. If you liked the content, please consider following the blog to see more. Looking forward to your comments! Thank you.

Someone was tired and we just started the trip!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Redskins Name Change Fiasco: Analysis of Possible New Names

Ok, this one is hitting kind of hard. Everyone who knows me knows I am a Redskins fan and love the team ever since I was little. I have been watching over the past week and do not know how to respond. I like the Redskins name. I like the Native American imagery. I wish we didn't have to change the name but times change. And honestly, let us not get into the "I am a racist because I like the name Redskins." That does not mean that at all. Never in my 32 years of life have thought anything about race with the name. It was never about that to the fans. However, we all can see what everyone is talking about and understand why the name needs to be changed now.

The Redskins have always been at the forefront of name change controversies, but why just the Redskins? The Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida State Seminoles, and Kansas City Chiefs all use Native Americans as their mascot. Before you come up with "well Redskins is derogatory and the others are not," remember, the argument is really about using skin as a mascot and profiting from that. Also, the most current letter to Roger Goodell called for the ceasing of Native American imagery, names, and logos. You can not just change the Redskins. You need to make sweeping movements across all leagues. If they stay around long enough for people to talk, then you are just creating publicity and still profiting.

Let us take a look at all the possible replacements for the team as this seems to be inevitable. I am going to avoid all Native American imagery in this analysis. If it calls for a term that could be used in another way to avoid that context, I will use it. My analysis will also include a simple grading scale of Weak, Neutral, Strong. This, of course, is my own opinion. I also was going to write up an analysis of the Redskins skill positions but I think I am going to wait until it is closer to preseason and the naming controversy is over with. Which for Riveria, is hoping it is soon so to not cause a distraction in training camp and preseason action.

Washington Redhawks - Neutral 

There have been a couple of different types of logos for the possible Redhawks, this is the one that most fans have been posting. Little work is needed to be done to the actual logo. Simply take the Redskins out of the circle and place the "R." However, the issues I see are from the feathers and the spear. This does not answer the Native American imagery problems. Those would need to be removed or replaced with the actual hawk image. Overall, I do not hate this logo but I do not like it either. 

Washington Redtails - Weak

Here is the logo that has probably gotten the most traction from fans. Even QB Dwayne Haskins stated he liked this logo in a recent interview. The Redtails were the nickname of the Tuskeegee Airmen, an all-black fighter pilot squadron. While this seems like a great idea on paper, considering all the problems going on right now, that is the problem in itself. It seems like a failed attempt to right injustices with today's social climate. Not only that, but we also go from profiting off of Native Americans to profiting off of segregating black men. This does not make sense to me. Besides, the Redtails name is weak. This is a hard pass from me. 

Washington Redhogs - Strong

In my personal opinion, this is probably one of the best considerations, if not the best. What bad can you say about it besides you may be a little corny to call them the Redhogs to keep the HTTR chant? In this case, you can just call them the hogs, but I would lose the HTTR then. But this is a great logo because the hog actually looks pretty fierce. To add more of a football vibe, we can even add a helmet with the stripes in the middle. What is more wonderful about this, it pays homage to our legendary offensive line in the Joe Gibbs-era. In this way, we get something new but still looking at Redskins team history and tradition. 

Washington Redwolves - Neutral

I am not really against this but I really can't give it a big thumbs up either. I like red and I like wolves but I don't know if I like the Redwolves. Besides, the problem with this logo is the Native American imagery. Race is not a logo so we can not use this. Same with my Redtails opinion. I am not really saying no to this idea but it would need major changes. Using an actual wolf would be the best way to go about it. 

Washington Pigskins - Weak

Eh, I can see where everyone was going with this. It is football related, o-line, and cute. But this is football. This logo can not be cute. I get it, little adaptation to media, colors, etc. but I can already see the excessive taunts from other fans from this logo and name change. It is bad enough we have to deal with the Deadskins or foreskins. I can already see all the issues coming from this. So no, sorry. Not going to happen. 

Washington Warriors - Strong

I do like this one but only if it stays away from any Native American imagery, which I have seen many examples of. Speaking of, I have seen many different styles ranging from this, swords, and soldiers, but I think I like something like this the most. Or at least some kind of imagery from DC. I think Warriors flows pretty well and you can make slight modifications to the fight song. I do believe this is the name change that is on Dan Snyder's shortlist. We may see something along these lines very soon. Of course, I am prepared for something like this to be the new logo and name. 

Washington Generals - Neutral

One of the logos I can see where they are going with but unsure if I am on board. This logo uses George Washington as it's the mascot. Get it, Washington DC, George Washington. Anyways, it makes sense. He is the most senior military officer, past or present, and holds the rank of General of the Armies. It would only make sense to use his likeness. However, there has been controversy surrounding him coming to light in today's climate. I think that is really petty considering what was going on during the time of Washington so it is hard to fault everyone, but the logo listed is not one I would approve of. I would go for a more subdued look or use a default soldier or general. I also do not like the idea of being named after a team that consistently loses to the Globetrotters but that is a different story and would show my level of pettiness.

Washington Renegades - Weak

Renegades flow really well and you can keep the HTTR, but that is where this stops. Renegade means a person who deserts or betrays an organization, country, or set of principles. Because of this, I think this is a poor example. The Redskins organization is fully committed to a culture change as well as a name change, as this was evident during the offseason of firing pretty much all staff and hiring all new coaches. I do not think this would vibe well with that shift. Also, anything to do with betrayal or desertion in our nation's capital just does not sit right with me. 

Washington Braves - Weak

Can not go too much into this. The name Braves defeats the purpose of what the name change is all about. It has Native American imagery and names. This just does not work. Another hard pass that needs to stop.

Washington Senators - Strong

I know this logo says federals but I would give that a weak and would prefer to use the logo with the Senator moniker. I like the Senators. There was a baseball team in Washington called the Senators before they were moved to Minnesota and it would play well into the Washington Nationals baseball team. It is very similar to how Chicago operates with the Cubs and Bears. My old high school mascot was the Senators so I am a little biased. But overall, this is not bad. I could rock something like this. Maybe not the logo, but the name I could.

Washington Sentinels - Neutral

This is more of a joke than anything else but after thinking about it, I can really get into it if it is done right. The name Sentinels comes from the 2000 movie titled, The Replacements, starring Keanu Reeves. The movie draws from real-life situations from the Redskins, including the winning Super Bowl team during the 1987 NFL strike. The Falco-Martel starting QB controversy is very similar to the one experienced by Doug Williams and Jay Schroeder. This could work but the logo would need to be changed to fit today's standards. The below logo is more of an 1980s-1990s sports logo.

I guess it is just the tradition I am afraid of losing. My father was a Redskins fan as was his father. My son is a Redskins fan as a result. Something we all have bonded over. I love screaming "HAIL TO THE REDSKINS" and I love singing our fight song after every touchdown. I never worried about any negative connotations to using Redskins. I just loved the team and loved the symbols. But I can root for a team with a different name. I can create new loves and traditions with a new team name. And I can still bond with my son regardless of the name.

What do you think about my analysis of potential new names? What are your top names? I would love to hear your thoughts on the name changes and my analysis as well as your potential names as well. Also, what are your thoughts concerning the whole thing anyway? Is this a little too much or should it be changed? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Fourth of July 2020!

It has been a while since I posted anything and that is going to change this weekend. I should have the layout of the site all figured out and we are actually stuck waiting on the Army to sign paperwork to leave. So, that means the site will be done, coding wise, and I will be posting more. I was upset I only posted 10 blog posts last month. I am going to shoot for 20 posts for a month. 15 will be my mark though.

In the meantime, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Fourth of July! I know the political and social tension is something...well something else right now but that still does not mean we aren't the greatest country in the world and a model to other countries. I want all my readers celebrating to make sure you are safe and do not drink and drive. 

We are planning on going to our son's friend's house because we do not know when he will see him again. What are your plans for the day? Let me know in the comments! 

Every 4th of July you will be treated with an epic picture of presidents and founding fathers. So here is one of George Washington! Have a Happy Fourth of July!