Wow. There's so much that I can write here.
This whole trip was
a little over a year and a half in the planning. And for every such
adventure we do, there are periods where you wonder to yourself "Why in the
world am I doing this!?"
And then, almost in a blink, the whole trip is
over, and you're left with just the memories. I'm fortunate (I guess)
in being the webmaster, because it gives me great opportunity to sort
through all the photos... to look at all the smiles... to pause and remember
how very much fun everyone had... to see the growth in all the people.
That growth can be on a personal basis, such as somebody trying something
they'd not done before and discovering they really like it. That
growth can be in seeing friendships develop, and having people help and rely
on one another. And that growth can be seeing a father and a son
quietly off to the side enjoying each other's company and forming shared
memories. (Kudos for the Sleys for having all four of the men in that
family be able to go on this adventure. I'm happy for them.)
was fantastic in every measurable way; yet another in the series of
adventures I've been lucky enough to participate in with T14. We've
been to Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and many other places
across the US. I can't wait to see what we do next.
At the end of
each day on the ship, we'd do "Thorns an Roses and Buds"... where everyone
would say one thing that bothered them during that day, one thing that was
special for them that day, and one thing they looked forward to from the
coming day. I could almost never think of a "thorn", but looking back,
I can think of only three things that could have made this trip better for