It's the spring of the year here in western Washington. I doesn't seem like that long ago that it was snowing on the passes and raining bullets here along the shores of the Salish Sea... I'm sure we haven't seen the last of the foul weather yet, but the future is looking a bit more benign these days. And that's good; I can't be the only one who was well past ready for it to happen.
I'm busy, teaching and being a student at the same time, with a whole lot of details to line up as the departure date for our Augustine expedition approaches. I've been writing a lot as well, just not so much in here. I've toyed with the idea of shutting this site down - I'm just too busy and shagged out most of the time that I really don't have anything to say - but I've decided that what really needs to happen is for me to take a sabbatical. To get some distance from the place and stretch my perspective. I'm not saying that this is the end... just that I need a bit of a hiatus.
Which doesn't mean I'll be hard to find. I'm still writing quite a bit for the Ikkatsu Project, and those entries are only going to get more interesting as this year's adventure kicks off. And then there's visitrainier.com, Canoe & Kayak and Adventure NW magazine. Others too... if you want to find me, it won't be all that difficult.
I hope you'll drift over to the Ikkatsu page from time to time and say hello. (While you're at it, check out our funding site for this year's film and contribute what you can. There's even a limited time offer to get a Todd Fischer print as a thanks for your tax-free donation - "limited" because we've only got 3 days left in the drive and we could sure use your help.) If you have any questions or comments, or you just want to chat, you can email any time. I thank you for following along with these adventures for the past 5 years and I hope you'll stick around and see what comes next.
This is not goodbye.