I have not been able to post in a while, the result of a combination of things including lots of fire related work on behalf of my parents and a full immersion back into Boy Scouts now that my oldest son has started Cub Scouts. I am already a den leader, assistant Cubmaster and working with several district level committees (I plan on writing on Boy Scouts soon and its role in the founding of this site soon), so the level of activity has been high and it has interfered with my blogging.
Now it is Thanksgiving Day, and I feel moved to at least say something, for I am grateful for many, many things. Chief among them is my family. I have an amazing wife and three great kids. My parents are alive and well and soon to be in a new house. The fire may have taken most of our family history and other valuables, but that is insignificant compared to their well-being. I am thankful for my brother and his family and the honorable way they have served and continue to serve our country. I am thankful for our nation, in spite of its many ailments, it is still the greatest place in the world to live. It is a land filled with many people of good will and it is overflowing with great natural beauty.
I am thankful that God has put me here and given me the many opportunities I have been blessed with.
Now, I have been thinking back of the many images I have captured this year and the ones I keep coming back to was the majestic sunset I witnessed at the Minarets in October. That was possibly the most spectacular sunset I have ever had the good fortune to see. I hope everyone else will have a like opportunity, if they have not already. I also pray that everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving Day. Thank you for continuing to read HikeMtShasta!