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Island Hopping: San Juan And Orcas

Island Hopping: San Juan And Orcas

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Gallery | 28 comments

We spent two and a half months on Lopez Island last year, our sixth summer in the islands. And we didn’t return to the mainland until we sailed back on the ferry to Anacortes in September.

That’s a long time to be on an island that’s only 15 miles long and eight miles wide. Do we ever get island fever? Not really. In addition to magnificent outdoor recreation opportunities and a calendar filled with cultural events, Lopez has just about everything we need—superb local foods, a weekly farmer’s market, a delightful library, excellent coffee shops and cafés, and even a terrific bike shop (we do a lot of biking on the island, and there’s always something in need of repair). For everything else, there’s FedEx. We do, however, enjoy hopping on the inter-island ferry on day jaunts to explore nearby islands.

The San Juan archipelago has 172 named islands and reefs, most of which are too tiny to be inhabited. The Washington State ferries serve four: San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw. Each island shares spectacular Pacific Northwest Island scenery—emerald forests, pastoral farmland, and sparkling jewel-like bays. But each also has a slightly different flavor, and it’s fun to explore all of them.

The first of July, we’ll be sailing once again to Lopez Island. We’ll be settling in as interpretive hosts for two months—a position we love, on an island we love, surrounded by people we love. We’ll once again be doing lots of inter-island journeys, and look forward to sharing our explorations with you. Meanwhile, I’ve been sorting through photos of last summer’s adventures. It gives me something to look forward to, especially since it’s snowing again today in Ashland. This has been one long, crazy winter.

Island Hopping

Bustling Friday Harbor On San Juan Island

It Always Feels Like An Adventure

Boats Docked At Friday Harbor

Summer In Friday Harbor

Our Favorite Friday Harbor Gallery

Delicious Lunch At San Juan Island Cheese Shop

San Juan Islands Museum Of Art

I Think He's Seen Enough

Lime Kiln Lighthouse

Searching For Whales

An Orca In The Distance

Tide Pooling At Lime Kiln State Park

Pools Of Beautiful Aggregating Anemones

An Oystercatcher Looking For Lunch

At American Camp

Hiking Mt. Finlayson

View Of Cattle Point Lighthouse From The Trail

Pelindaba Lavender Farm

At The Lavender Festival

Sculptures In The Lavender Fields

Making A Lavender Wreath

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park

Kinetic Sculpture In The Garden

Orcas Island Ferry Landing

Eastsound Village On Orcas Island

Raven Sculpture In Eastsound Village

Darvill's Bookstore In Eastsound

A Merman Overlooking The Village

A Beautiful Labryinth Walk

Rustic And Charming Cottage Galleries

Turtleback Mountain Trailhead

Turtleback Mountain Views

Oyster Stout? Umm....No.

Hiking In Moran State Park

The View From Mt. Constitution

Island Hopping
Bustling Friday Harbor On San Juan Island
It Always Feels Like An Adventure
Boats Docked At Friday Harbor
Summer In Friday Harbor
Our Favorite Friday Harbor Gallery
Delicious Lunch At San Juan Island Cheese Shop
San Juan Islands Museum Of Art
I Think He's Seen Enough
Lime Kiln Lighthouse
Searching For Whales
An Orca In The Distance
Tide Pooling At Lime Kiln State Park
Pools Of Beautiful Aggregating Anemones
An Oystercatcher Looking For Lunch
At American Camp
Hiking Mt. Finlayson
View Of Cattle Point Lighthouse From The Trail
Pelindaba Lavender Farm
At The Lavender Festival
Sculptures In The Lavender Fields
Making A Lavender Wreath
San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Kinetic Sculpture In The Garden
Orcas Island Ferry Landing
Eastsound Village On Orcas Island
Raven Sculpture In Eastsound Village
Darvill's Bookstore In Eastsound
A Merman Overlooking The Village
A Beautiful Labryinth Walk
Rustic And Charming Cottage Galleries
Turtleback Mountain Trailhead
Turtleback Mountain Views
Oyster Stout? Umm....No.
Hiking In Moran State Park
The View From Mt. Constitution
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Bustling Friday Harbor On San Juan Island thumbnail
It Always Feels Like An Adventure thumbnail
Boats Docked At Friday Harbor thumbnail
Summer In Friday Harbor thumbnail
Our Favorite Friday Harbor Gallery thumbnail
Delicious Lunch At San Juan Island Cheese Shop thumbnail
San Juan Islands Museum Of Art thumbnail
I Think He's Seen Enough thumbnail
Lime Kiln Lighthouse thumbnail
Searching For Whales thumbnail
An Orca In The Distance thumbnail
Tide Pooling At Lime Kiln State Park thumbnail
Pools Of Beautiful Aggregating Anemones thumbnail
An Oystercatcher Looking For Lunch thumbnail
At American Camp thumbnail
Hiking Mt. Finlayson thumbnail
View Of Cattle Point Lighthouse From The Trail thumbnail
Pelindaba Lavender Farm thumbnail
At The Lavender Festival thumbnail
Sculptures In The Lavender Fields thumbnail
Making A Lavender Wreath thumbnail
San Juan Islands Sculpture Park thumbnail
Kinetic Sculpture In The Garden thumbnail
Orcas Island Ferry Landing thumbnail
Eastsound Village On Orcas Island thumbnail
Raven Sculpture In Eastsound Village thumbnail
Darvill's Bookstore In Eastsound thumbnail
A Merman Overlooking The Village thumbnail
A Beautiful Labryinth Walk thumbnail
Rustic And Charming Cottage Galleries thumbnail
Turtleback Mountain Trailhead thumbnail
Turtleback Mountain Views thumbnail
Oyster Stout? Umm....No. thumbnail
Hiking In Moran State Park thumbnail
The View From Mt. Constitution thumbnail

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Looking Toward Spring: Trip Plans!

Looking Toward Spring: Trip Plans!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Food, Gallery | 47 comments

You didn’t think we were going to let something like a triple bypass stop us, did you? No way! We have lots more adventures ahead (just not of the medical variety, please).

Eric’s unexpected open heart surgery was a major derailment in our life journey. But we’re finding our way back to physical and emotional well being—and feeling confident enough that we’re starting to make travel plans. We’ve decided to do something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time, and we’re really excited.

 

 

For years, we’ve dreamed of a leisurely trip up the Oregon Coast. Although we’ve camped at many of the coastal Oregon state parks (after all, we’ve lived in southern Oregon for decades), there are stretches of the coast that we’ve never explored, particularly the northern region.

We’ve also wanted to return to some of our favorite places on the Olympic Peninsula—tide pooling at Salt Creek Recreation Area, hiking the trails at Cape Flattery and Hurricane Ridge, biking the Olympic Discovery Trail, hanging out in Port Townsend…we can hardly wait! Along with revisiting favorites, we’re looking forward to exploring places we’ve never been, like Cape Disappointment and the southwestern region of Olympic National Park.

We’ll begin our journey the first week in May, and cap off our Oregon Coast and Olympic Peninsula adventure by sailing to Lopez Island the first week of July, where we’ll once again happily spend the summer as interpretive hosts at Spencer Spit State Park.

I’m feeling an overwhelming desire to buy myself one of those t-shirts that says Life Is Good.”

If you have suggestions for places that we shouldn’t miss in our Pacific Northwest Coastal Extravaganza, please share with us in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!

Coquille Lighthouse, Bandon

Coquille Lighthouse, Bandon

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The Best Of 2016

The Best Of 2016

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Gallery, Musings, Travel | 36 comments

Just for fun, Eric and I have been looking at photos from our last year’s travels and playing, “What was your favorite (campground, hike, paddle, bird sighting, café, etc.…)?”

On these cold, long winter days, I look at photos of us kayaking the wild rivers in Florida, hiking through meadows of wildflowers in the North Cascades, and biking on Lopez Island. I once again delight in the fabulous multi-hued landscape of southern Utah and the flamboyant sunsets of the Gulf Coast. I peruse the remarkable array of birdlife that we’ve seen, from tiny colorful songbirds to boisterous nesting colonies of egrets and spoonbills. I remember the delicious crawfish we had in Cajun Country, and the excellent paella in Boise.

Reflecting back on yet another year of travels, I’m amazed at all that we’ve done—and I’m extraordinarily grateful that we set out on this journey three-and-a-half years ago.

I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit to moments when I wonder if we’ll really be able to get back out there (“there” meaning back on the road, embracing whatever adventure captures our interest). We’re told that this is a normal part of the healing process—it takes time to heal emotionally and spiritually from a radical life event, just as it takes time to heal physically.

All in all, we’re doing pretty darned well. Eric had his two-month follow-up appointment yesterday with the cardiologist, and he passed with flying colors. Another couple of months, and we should be back to our pre-falling-off-the-cliff definition of normal. Yay!!

As we reminisce over our photos and our adventures, I am reminded yet again of how important it is to follow the thread of our dreams, so that those dreams become reality, and then become wonderful memories. And I envision us back out there, doing what we love, and making more memories.

Our Current View: Ashland, Oregon

Technicolor Gulf Coast Sunset

In The Florida Piney Woods

Quirky Cedar Key Campsite

Low Tide In Cedar Key, Florida

Beautiful St. Augustine

Gorgeous Florida Springs

Green Heron

On The Trails In Florida

Ichetucknee River, North Central Florida

St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge, Florida Panhandle

White Pelicans In Flight

French Quarter Festival, New Orleans

Exploring The Louisiana Swamps

Crawfish Feast In Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Biking And Birding Dauphin Island, Alabama

Lovely Hooded Warbler

Nesting Egrets, High Island, Texas

Nesting Spoonbills, High Island, Texas

Bike Friendly Austin, Texas

Texas Hill Country Wildflowers

Mosaic VW On The Riverwalk, San Angelo, Texas

Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas

After A Long Day In The Caverns

Colorful Downtown Silver City, New Mexico

Gila Cliff Dwellings, Southern New Mexico

Lyman Lake State Park, East Central Arizona

Homolovi State Park, Northern Arizona

The Magnificent Petrified Forest

Wahweap RV Park, Lake Powell, Arizona

Hiking Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

The Toadstools, Grand Escalante Staircase NM, Utah

Lower Antelope Canyon, Northern Arizona

Paria Ghost Town, Southern Utah

Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Angel Lake, Eastern Nevada

Shoshone Falls, Southern Idaho

Biking In Boise, Idaho

Paella In Boise

Charming Downtown Joseph, Oregon

Riding The Rails In Joseph

Overlooking Hells Canyon, Eastern Oregon

Lake Diablo, North Cascades National Park

Hiking In The North Cascades

Pipestone Canyon, Northwestern Washington

Spencer Spit, Lopez Island, Washington

Biking On Lopez Island

Kayaking The Bays, Lopez Island

Sunset At Shark Reef, Lopez Island

Lavender Fields, San Juan Island, Washington

Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island

Words To Live By

Our Current View: Ashland, Oregon
Technicolor Gulf Coast Sunset
In The Florida Piney Woods
Quirky Cedar Key Campsite
Low Tide In Cedar Key, Florida
Beautiful St. Augustine
Gorgeous Florida Springs
Green Heron
On The Trails In Florida
Ichetucknee River, North Central Florida
St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge, Florida Panhandle
White Pelicans In Flight
French Quarter Festival, New Orleans
Exploring The Louisiana Swamps
Crawfish Feast In Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Biking And Birding Dauphin Island, Alabama
Lovely Hooded Warbler
Nesting Egrets, High Island, Texas
Nesting Spoonbills, High Island, Texas
Bike Friendly Austin, Texas
Texas Hill Country Wildflowers
Mosaic VW On The Riverwalk, San Angelo, Texas
Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas
After A Long Day In The Caverns
Colorful Downtown Silver City, New Mexico
Gila Cliff Dwellings, Southern New Mexico
Lyman Lake State Park, East Central Arizona
Homolovi State Park, Northern Arizona
The Magnificent Petrified Forest
Wahweap RV Park, Lake Powell, Arizona
Hiking Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah
The Toadstools, Grand Escalante Staircase NM, Utah
Lower Antelope Canyon, Northern Arizona
Paria Ghost Town, Southern Utah
Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah
Great Basin National Park, Nevada
Angel Lake, Eastern Nevada
Shoshone Falls, Southern Idaho
Biking In Boise, Idaho
Paella In Boise
Charming Downtown Joseph, Oregon
Riding The Rails In Joseph
Overlooking Hells Canyon, Eastern Oregon
Lake Diablo, North Cascades National Park
Hiking In The North Cascades
Pipestone Canyon, Northwestern Washington
Spencer Spit, Lopez Island, Washington
Biking On Lopez Island
Kayaking The Bays, Lopez Island
Sunset At Shark Reef, Lopez Island
Lavender Fields, San Juan Island, Washington
Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island
Words To Live By
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Technicolor Gulf Coast Sunset thumbnail
In The Florida Piney Woods thumbnail
Quirky Cedar Key Campsite thumbnail
Low Tide In Cedar Key, Florida thumbnail
Beautiful St. Augustine thumbnail
Gorgeous Florida Springs thumbnail
Green Heron thumbnail
On The Trails In Florida thumbnail
Ichetucknee River, North Central Florida thumbnail
St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge, Florida Panhandle thumbnail
White Pelicans In Flight thumbnail
French Quarter Festival, New Orleans thumbnail
Exploring The Louisiana Swamps thumbnail
Crawfish Feast In Breaux Bridge, Louisiana thumbnail
Biking And Birding Dauphin Island, Alabama thumbnail
Lovely Hooded Warbler thumbnail
Nesting Egrets, High Island, Texas thumbnail
Nesting Spoonbills, High Island, Texas thumbnail
Bike Friendly Austin, Texas thumbnail
Texas Hill Country Wildflowers thumbnail
Mosaic VW On The Riverwalk, San Angelo, Texas thumbnail
Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas thumbnail
After A Long Day In The Caverns thumbnail
Colorful Downtown Silver City, New Mexico thumbnail
Gila Cliff Dwellings, Southern New Mexico thumbnail
Lyman Lake State Park, East Central Arizona thumbnail
Homolovi State Park, Northern Arizona thumbnail
The Magnificent Petrified Forest thumbnail
Wahweap RV Park, Lake Powell, Arizona thumbnail
Hiking Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah thumbnail
The Toadstools, Grand Escalante Staircase NM, Utah thumbnail
Lower Antelope Canyon, Northern Arizona thumbnail
Paria Ghost Town, Southern Utah thumbnail
Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah thumbnail
Great Basin National Park, Nevada thumbnail
Angel Lake, Eastern Nevada thumbnail
Shoshone Falls, Southern Idaho thumbnail
Biking In Boise, Idaho thumbnail
Paella In Boise thumbnail
Charming Downtown Joseph, Oregon thumbnail
Riding The Rails In Joseph thumbnail
Overlooking Hells Canyon, Eastern Oregon thumbnail
Lake Diablo, North Cascades National Park thumbnail
Hiking In The North Cascades thumbnail
Pipestone Canyon, Northwestern Washington thumbnail
Spencer Spit, Lopez Island, Washington thumbnail
Biking On Lopez Island thumbnail
Kayaking The Bays, Lopez Island thumbnail
Sunset At Shark Reef, Lopez Island thumbnail
Lavender Fields, San Juan Island, Washington thumbnail
Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island thumbnail
Words To Live By thumbnail

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It Was A Very Good Year (And A Map!)

It Was A Very Good Year (And A Map!)

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Gallery | 28 comments

It truly was a very good year. Despite the shock of Eric’s unexpected surgery at the beginning of December, we enjoyed another magnificent year of traveling, filled with soul-nourishing adventures.

Our wings are clipped for several months. But one of the benefits of sitting still is that I have the time now to take care of things that have long been on my to-do list—things like creating maps of our travels.

So, ta da! Here it is, a map of our 2016 adventures, beginning with our winter in Florida and ending in our hometown of Ashland, Oregon. You can enlarge the map, click on any of the icons, and access information about where we stayed. Clicking on “more details” will take you to related blog posts. (Almost all of the locations have an associated blog post; there are a few at the end of our summer that don’t yet have posts. That’s also on my to-do list, haha.)

 

 

We made a conscious effort to slow down our travels this year. It worked out well—although we didn’t anticipate just how slowed down our travels would become at the end of the year.

We stayed most places 3-7 nights, with just a few one-night stands; at the opposite extreme, we spent two-and-a-half months on Lopez Island for our summer hosting gig, and three months at the end of the year in our hometown of Ashland (that wasn’t planned, but it’s a good place to be). Our travel distances were split pretty equally, with one-third under 100 miles, one-third under 150 miles, and one-third at close to 200 miles.

A few statistics:

Total mileage for the year: 6790 (towing)

Number of places stayed: 52 (some more than once)

Shortest travel day: 20 miles (from Mt. Vernon,WA to Lopez Island)

Longest travel day: 238 miles (from Boise, ID to Joseph, OR)

Next Up: The Best Of 2016

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Snow Days

Snow Days

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Gallery, Musings, Oregon, Travel | 62 comments

We went for our daily walk today in the snow. It’s beautiful and treacherous. Eric needs to walk every day as part of his recovery (and I need to walk for my sanity), but we can’t risk him slipping and falling. It will take at least two months for the bones in his sternum to begin to knit together.

Had everything gone according to our plans, we would have been strolling the white sugar sand beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast now. Instead, we’re buried in almost a foot of snow with temperatures in the teens, a rare occurrence in our hometown in southern Oregon.

But here we are. At just one month after Eric’s unexpected surgery, we’re emerging, somewhat battered and fragile, into the light. Neither of us is sleeping through the night. He awakens often, his entire being thrown off by the invasive and life saving surgery he endured. I awaken often, a habit of hypervigilance instilled during the 10 days of his hospital stay when I checked on him every hour or two, making sure that he was still present and accounted for. It was an otherworldly experience for both of us, a journey to a foreign land that we never expected to visit.

We’re relieved for our return to a somewhat normal life. And yet, we’re still far from normal. We go for our daily walks, slower than our usual pace, and only on level ground. Three weeks ago, when I accompanied Eric on his first halting walk through the hospital corridor, I could barely reconcile the man hunched over a walker; shuffling along at a snail’s pace, with the man I know who hikes 10 miles or bikes 30 miles with no discernible effort.

But today, I recognize him. We walk at a reasonably brisk pace around the lake, through the snow, for 40 minutes. It is nothing short of a miracle what the body can endure and recover from.

As much as we love our hometown, we would never have planned to spend the winter in our trailer here. There are many things that are challenging about wintering in an RV. It’s a total pain in the butt to be filling the propane tanks every week—they’re heavy and awkward. And we can’t hook up to water because the hoses will freeze, so we have to keep filling the fresh water tank and using the water pump. Most of the tasks of daily living are falling to me right now.

In our normal life, pre-apocalypse, Eric did the outside stuff on the trailer, and I took care of the inside stuff. In our usual sharing of duties, I plan the meals and shopping lists, he does most of the errands, and we share cooking and clean up. I plan our travels; he drives. But right now, while he’s healing, I’ve been doing most everything.

I want to do this; I want to care for him. And there are times that it feels hard. It’s hard for him, too. I know that it won’t be forever, that he will get better, and that we’ll return to our normal active lives. But I’ve arrived at one of those life-changing moments, the realization that there will come a time—hopefully many years down the road—when something will happen and it won’t get better. Maybe it will be him; maybe it will be me. It’s sobering to think about, either way.

It’s like that for my mom and dad now. My mom is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and where they once shared equally and happily in the tasks of life, my dad, at age 88, has taken over responsibility for every aspect of their lives. He does it with remarkable grace and acceptance. I’m watching him and learning. It’s not a bad thing, this awareness. It brings life even more sharply into focus, and helps me keep my priorities straight.

There are many gifts now, even in the challenging moments. Last night after a marathon grocery shopping expedition, followed by hauling in the groceries and five gallons of water (through the deep snow, mind you), reorganizing the refrigerator, and putting away the groceries, I took out the compost. As I slogged through the snow in the dark to the compost bin, the sparkling diamonds in the pure white snow illuminated by my headlamp mesmerized me. That made me happy. When I can see and appreciate the diamonds in the snow on the way to the compost bin, I don’t miss the white sugar sand beaches of the Gulf Coast at all.

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Matters Of The Heart

Matters Of The Heart

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Family, Friends, Gallery, Musings, Oregon | 88 comments

On the morning of December 5th, Eric underwent open-heart surgery and a triple bypass. As he told the surgeon, this experience was not on his bucket list. Nor mine. Needless to say, this has been the most intense month of our lives.

All things considered, Eric is doing remarkably well. He’s now walking 30 minutes a day, soon to increase to 45 minutes. He looks great. But he looked great before the surgery, and had no symptoms other than occasional minor chest tightness when we were hiking or biking strenuously. We were lucky. This could have turned out very differently, and I try not to think too much about that.

There have been times in our adventures when we’ve been hiking alone in the middle of nowhere and I’ve thought, “I wouldn’t want to sprain an ankle out here, miles away from help.” I’ve even had brief imaginings of “What if something really bad happened and help was hours away?” At those moments, I’ve reassured myself by acknowledging that I’d rather accept the risks that come with doing what I love instead of indulging my fears and staying home where life is undeniably safer. Nonetheless, I am extraordinarily grateful that we didn’t suffer a tragedy on the trail.

Our doctor told us that Eric is very fortunate—that only about one quarter of people have symptoms that indicate cardiovascular disease. Apparently the first symptom for the remaining unlucky 75 percent is a heart attack. Eric didn’t suffer a heart attack. In fact, his heart is remarkably strong (the EKG tech referred to him as a “work horse”). He also has perfect blood pressure, a heart rate in the 50’s, low cholesterol, and takes no medications. We thought he was bullet proof. But his dad had a heart attack at age 47, and died from cardiovascular disease at 58. So there’s that.

Even now, almost four weeks after we entered the cardiac lab for a diagnostic angiogram (“He might need a stent,” said the cardiologist) and ended up in the hospital for nine long days and major surgery, the whole experience is surreal. I still have times when I expect to wake up and discover that this was all merely a bad dream. The image of Eric in intensive care, hooked up to a tangle of tubes and wires and flashing lights, haunts me. More than ever, I am in awe of both the fragility and resilience of the human body and spirit.

I have always been skittish around hospitals and medical procedures, and do my best to keep medical intervention at bay with a healthy diet, daily exercise, and a positive attitude. When we need help, we turn to herbs, acupuncture, massage, and other noninvasive treatments. This problem, obviously, required drastic measures. The technology and approach of Western medicine is at once terrifying and miraculous. This has been the most humbling experience of my life, and I will be eternally grateful to the skilled and compassionate people who saved Eric’s life and made a scary situation as comfortable as it possibly could have been.

Both Eric’s surgeon and cardiologist assure us that in time, we will be able to return to our normal lives. And they understand that “normal” for us looks different from what most people think of as normal. The doctors and nurses were intrigued by our stories of travel and our outdoor adventures. In Eric’s chart, one of the doctors wrote, “He and his wife travel the country full-time in their RV, and are active hikers, bikers, and kayakers.” I loved reading that. It made me feel that they understood something about us, and that they cared.

So, here we are. We would never have signed up for this adventure, but we are extraordinarily grateful that we discovered the problem before it turned into a tragedy. We are grateful that we’re here in our hometown, within a few miles of one of the finest cardiac centers in the country. We’re grateful for our wonderful surgeon and the skilled nursing care Eric received. And we are grateful to be in the embrace of our loving community of friends and family, who have held us in the most challenging moments, opened their homes and their hearts, brought us nourishment, and encouraged and supported us through it all.

Here’s to life, and to doing what makes your heart happy. You’ve heard it many times, but I have to say it anyway—don’t put off doing what you want to do. Tell your family and friends that you love them. You can’t say it too much. I know that I’m going to do my best to be more present, more generous, and more compassionate in this amazing, wild journey of life. We wish you peace, joy, and good health in the New Year.

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