The Muellers discover the Sawtooths
It was wonderful getting to experience the outdoors through the eyes of my nephews!
Alex shows off his captive frog
Stefan wields the worlds biggest marshmellow stick
Lisa gives a botany lesson
I did manage to get up to the Canadian Rockies for a fantastic week of climbing with my friend Peter. The Bugaboo spires have been a dream trip of mine since I first saw a picture of them. They certainly lived up to their reputation of long beautiful climbs.
The way down....
Tod says; "Forget the view, how do we get down?"
With the end of summer we went back to our routines (for now!) with Lisa continuing to work with her clients and me starting another year at the middle school. I made several trips to Denver to see my parents where they moved to be closer to my sisters family. Visiting our friends the Monroes in the Tetons was our best little getaway trip. Winter break has been quiet, as we’ve enjoyed the local nordic skiing and dinners with friends.
Local winter fun with friends
After years of failing health my father passed away before Christmas. I was fortunate to see him over Thanksgiving while he was still telling his stories of college days and the marines over a drink. His death has reminded me of the importance of connection, love and forgiveness. Not just as values but as actions. I saw my dad more in his last three years of life than I had in the previous ten, and because of that, and for other reasons as well, our relationship grew, and changed.
There are some of you out there that Lisa and I met on the road, and we may never meet again. But that does not diminish the value of our relationship. I have friends in Australia I haven’t seen in over 20 years but they are still a part of my life, a part of who I am. So I want to say thank you, to all of you: Old friends, family, fellow travelers, work colleagues and the many more who have touched us. Thank you for your friendship and know that across the miles and infrequent contacts you still hold a place in our lives.
Tod and Lisa