Started off in New York State with Dave's mother (and sister, sister's boyfriend, brother, brother's fiancee, brother's child-to-be, grammy, pitbull/ mushy spaghetti mix, and other assorted characters).
Took a side trip to Ithaca. Went climbing. It was exactly as painful as I thought it would be. Awesome.
On the way back to downstate, we detoured through the Catskills and hiked Hunter Mountain. Second time in my life that I've felt exposed skin start to freeze. BRRR!!
Next up: a week in Florida for Dave's father's wedding. The primary reason I'm back in the U.S.A. Somehow I didn't take any pictures all week, but I did read four books.
Back to New York.
Side trip to New Jersey to visit my family. My cousins are far cooler than I will ever be.
On the way, stop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to see a few of my high school buddies, in Baltimore, Maryland to see one of Dave's friends, and in Williamsburg, Virginia to see J-T-W (who had joined us in Nepal for trekking).
Temporary final destination: North Carolina. My parents moved here while I was abroad. This was the first time I'd visited their new home.
|angie invades my snow cave|
|summit of hunter mountain|
|my family & cool cat cousins|
|davo and jtw, sittin' in a tree...|
|playing with fire in north carolina|
Well, I can say that there's some big stuff about to go down in the next few days. At this point, not going to get more specific than that, because (1) my plans have been changing by the day, and (2)...
...I'm trying to decide whether I want to (a) continue writing for the public, or (b) drop off the radar (again) for a little bit.
If anyone is reading this, (I) do you keep a public journal/ blog (and why/why not), and (II) what have been your favorite posts on One Great Dewdrop?