A few folks have written to ask "What's going on?".
For those who haven't noticed, the last few blog posts took a triple-jump from completing the Torres del Paine Circuit in South America on January 29 to visiting Key West in Florida on April 5, with interim foot-plants on Jolene's marathon completion & her cryptic update on how we've been spending the "blank days".
(If you haven't heard of the track-and-field event, the triple jump, don't trouble yourself trying to understand the simile incorporated in the last sentence.)
As Jolene mentioned, we've been traveling California, Washington, and Oregon visiting friends and family. Since this blog serves primarily to update family and friends on our whereabouts, we've let it slide during that time. However, we've had a few intervening experiences that we hope to memorialize here. Keep an eye out for these postings (coming "at some not-far-off time"), if you're interested. (While we will post these under their correct dates, I will try to place an "alert" posting for those of you who want a reminder when they're available.):
Early February: Walking on Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Mid-February: The Egg Drop Contest (Walla Walla College School of Engineering)
Mid-March: Seattle visit featuring Pike Place Market
I will also post about "how we're managing to do this", for those of you who can't believe it's possible to take a sabbatical without being fabulously wealthy. ("Fabulous wealth" is what most Americans assume we have after we tell them about our sabbatical. Interestingly, most Europeans do not assume this. But more on this later.)
Finally, just a note about process: As it's evolved, Jolene selects our pictures and writes a good portion of the text to go with them. When she's done and the post is published, I go back a few days later to expand the prose, embellish the stories, and (where the narrative seems a little thin) add a dash of humor or a tall tale. That being the case, if a recent post particularly interests you, you might try going back to it in a week or so to see what I've done with it. I will no doubt confuse you further, but I will try to do so in an entertaining manner...