Peggy and I have time off, a little money (not much), and Roman and Jazz are away at college. This seems like a good chance, a good time really, for us to travel and explore. Places with sunshine and warmth -- maybe even spring and summer -- in November, December, January, February, and March. Places with good walking and wild life, with rafting suitable for us, two in a packable boat.
It's been more than two decades since the two of us had this combination of time, money, and less responsibility. Two decades and two kids, since we crossed 300 miles of Alaska's Brooks Range with a single packraft and quilt for camping.
So I've quit running rapids on the local creeks:
and packed up for warmer climes and gentler waters. It's a trip that Peggy, in particular, deserves. I hope that she enjoys it