Monday, December 28, 2009

Looking Back

This photo was shot late in the summer on Lake Michigan… In my annual Christmas letter, I admitted I now have a few gray hairs in my beard and they seem to show up well in the photo. I just recently came across it when emptying a photo card. 2009 did fly by fast . As far as years go, 2009 was a good one. At least for a time, it seems we’ve avoided the economic apocalypse that loomed in our minds last year. Although I didn’t make any wilderness trips (only a 2 day canoe trip), I did spend a nice week in the middle of the Yucatan, took a long driving trip out West and another trip in August to the Carolina coast. I’m writing this at an airport terminal, having checked through security without having to have my drawers sniffed (read Desert Rat’s take on airline security, it‘s classic). I’m now waiting for a flight for Detroit, because that’s where you now go when you leave from here, thanks to the Delta/Northwest merger. Tomorrow morning I hope to be listening to the surf on the beautiful beaches of Southeastern North Carolina.

I didn’t have time to post yesterday and haven‘t gotten around to find a hotspot until later today. The beach is still beautiful and it’s good to be with my parents even though I once again am reminded truism from another North Carolinian, Thomas Wolfe, “you can’t go home again.” I’ll write more later and set up an auto post for tomorrow evening for “Traveling Tip Thursdays.” May you have a fun and be prosperous in the New Year. To ensure it’s prosperous, be sure to eat your greens, beans and cornbread on New Year’s Day.


  1. I've got mine ready to cook! Have a good trip!

  2. Sage
    Safe travels .... and a happy New Year and I'm looking forward to our next meeting.

  3. After spending a week at "home" over Thanksgiving I can agree that you can't go home again.

  4. 2009 went by in a blink for me, and it seems that many others agree. I hope 2010 is another good year for you.

  5. Well welcome back to the East!

    Have a wonderful New Year!

  6. Have fun and don't worry about us. We'll clean up.

    And have a Happy New Year in NC.


  7. Men can pull off gray hair easier than women.

    Especially in their beards.


    Happy New Year, Sage! Enjoy the beach! I'm jealous, of course :)

  8. Sage, Happy New Years!

    I hope it's not as cold on the coast as it is here in the Mountains. I know it feels bitter down there whenit is.

  9. Have a safe and lovely trip.

    Happy 2010 to you and yours ; -)

  10. Hopefully you get some warmish weather down south. Desert Rat thanks you for the plug. He has a big ego.

  11. Not sure how warm it will be, but I hope you have a wonderful trip, and a joyous and healthy New Year ahead!

  12. Maybe you shouldn't refer to them as gray and instead call them something like 'chrome highlights'.

    It's only a 2 hour drive but you have to fly from there to Detroit and then on to NC?!? Crazy!

    I'm sure you aren't the only person thankful for not having to sniff your drawers. :-)

    Happy New Year!

  13. We had black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread here on New Year's Day, among other things. All that was missing was some fat back.

    Enjoy the coast and the visit home. Happy New Year!