Tuesday, January 06, 2009


John and I have been traveling since last Thursday morning. We're sitting in the dining room of Chisos Mountain Lodge in Big Bend National Park. Tonight will be our third and final night here. Tomorrow afternoon we'll be heading back home to cold Michigan (where the flood has receded).

Here is a photo of me at trail's end at the Window, where we hiked the first afternoon we were here. Yesterday we drove out to a trail that was unmarked but highly recommended and got into some very difficult but rewarding high elevations. Today we took a 10 mile hike up the mountains outside our deck. It's supposed to be a 6 hour hike but we finished in less than 5---dead tired but feel good.

John took this photo outside the dining room a few minutes ago--looking from the patio down to the Window.

The real reason for coming to Texas was to visit Ann and Paul Kelsey and a bunch of other good friends. I dedicated my last book, Leadership Reconsidered, to Ann, and we all had a party honoring her. What fun. Ann is battling cancer, but her spirits are high. She has a fantastic sense of humor and we all love her for it. Here is her ever-ready smile and laughter.