|Grandson Henry feeding the Chickadees. Great photo by Chris!|
After a delayed flight I arrived in Boston at three in the morning, and was delighted to see my husband Chris's bug smile as he greeted me. We spent the holidays with my son's family in Livonia, NY.
|John, Deb, Henry, Megan, Thomas, Evie, Vicki and Chris|
|Sungling with grandchildren and the new kitties|
|Grandpa Chris with Evie and henry|
All too soon I had to fly back to South Carolina and get back to work! Rigby picked me up from the airport early in the morning on New Year's Day. Now that's a sacrifice for Rotary! I spent a wonderful day with Rigby and Deb, including a dinner that spanned the New Year traditions of four locations: Germany (sauerkraut and pork), South Carolina (hoppin john), Spain (12 grapes) and Maine (no lobster, since they crawl backwards and we want to go forward into the new year).
Meanwhile, Bernie Horn and crew spent the holidays sailing his yacht, Polaris, down to Miami so that it will be ready to take me and my kayak from Florida to Belize in April. Thanks, Bernie!! We also agreed to a plan that will fit with Bernie's schedule. It means leaving from Miami, rather than from Key West. That cuts about 170 miles off of the total distance of the kayak part of the expedition. If my rough calculations of distance of the future legs are right, that means the entire kayak part will be only 2,387 miles. That's a little shy of the 2,500 miles I had estimated. Maybe I'll find an extra 113 miles to explore along the way, or maybe do the Key West to Miami leg on the way back to Maine. NO, I am NOT planning on kayaking the whole way back to Maine.
|Food for good luck for the new year.|
Thank you to all the many supporters who made the holidays of the Safe Passage children a little merrier, by donating to help us convert third and fourth grades from after school programs to full day school!