November 20, 2013
Our return to the US from Colombia went pretty smoothly. Our plane was greeted in Atlanta by two German Shepherds and their Homeland Security handlers in the jet-way. After passing though that gauntlet we went through immigration. We sent up a small red flag because we had been out of the country for so long, and weren’t working overseas, so we got to go through the “special” line. All our boxes were x-rayed, but the only thing they seemed interested in was the several pounds of roasted coffee we had in our carry-ons.
We arrived back in Vermont to a warm welcome from Chandler’s family and our dog, Lucy! My biggest worry was that Lucy wouldn’t recognize us, but my fears were unfounded.
Our original idea was to spend the whole day relaxing, but with the sun shining, we headed out to the cabin. We started on the structure almost exactly a year ago, but couldn’t finish as winter arrived in force. We had a lot of work ahead of us and were eager to get started.
The boys brought out the lumber out of storage and immediately started working.
The first order of business was getting the rest of the wall framing done. The work was relatively easy. We framed in two walls and nailed them to the floor of the second story.
We have so enjoyed reading the blog of your adventures. My, my, what a trip! Glad you are home and it looks like Lucy is, too! We’re happy to learn you are staying in the area – and I think I spotted you two on top of Sterling one day before Christmas. Wish I had spoken up! But we do want to meet you some time, and wonder if you would be willing to give a slide show and talk to our bike group, some time before the end of March? Several of us have been following your trip, but all would love to hear your story. Jeanne has our e-mail. Please get in touch, and meanwhile, welcome home, and may you have a great winter in Vermont!
Barbara Thomke & Bob Mulcahy
I can’t wait to see the cabin! I REALLY can’t wait to see you two!