It's holiday time again ... time to wind down the year and get ready
It's been a busy year for us. The defining moment of 2011 had
to be the Monument Fire,
through charring our oak trees in June, but luckily skipping the house.
Still we had a few months of recovery (replacing parts of split rail
storage, etc.), and many of the trees that looked completely dead are
now sprouting from the roots. So things are looking better, but it will
be some time before we forget the sound of exploding propane tanks (not
thankfully) and fire-fighting helicopters/aircraft as we raced to
We had more fun trips this past year, including a return to Croatia, southern Ecuador,
and New Zealand.
Croatia this year was partly a birding trip and partly a chance
to do more exploring on our own that we had started last year
when we cycled there with VBT.
Southern Ecuador was once again with local friend and nature guide
and New Zealand was a fun cycling trip (again with VBT) on the south
(It was tough coming home in mid-December from their near-summer to our
We also had nice visits with both our families in Los Angeles, in May
Maureen's graduation from USC, and at Thanksgiving (when we also
attended the USC-UCLA football game - yay!). Liza's mom Alpha
in the summer. And Liza had some other friend/family and work related
trips, to Brooklyn
(on St Patrick's Day, no less!) to see cycling buddies Joanne and Mark
Guranlick, Virginia for her Aunt Maureen, Arkansas for the 50th wedding
anniversary of her Uncle Melvin
and Aunt Pat, and El Paso / Ft Bliss for work (where the highlight
actually was walking
the UTEP campus and setting foot on the field of the Sun Bowl).
We've already been planning next year's travels, even more in
usual. Our plans include returns to Panama and to Brazil, both with
for birding, and a cycling trip with much of our "Downhill to
Breakfast" club - not
to mention my sister Luci! - to Burgundy, France.
If your travel plans bring you out this general way, let us
guest room awaits. :-)
Wishing you a terrific holiday season and a marvelous 2012.
By the way, if you hover your mouse over the photos, captions
should appear...unless you're on an iPad, in which case I can't help
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