Here is the breakdown of 2007 by the numbers:
7 trips outside the US (OK, three were to Canada, but that one to British Columbia was pretty long)
New Countries visited: 8 (Lifetime total-36)
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 12 (Lifetime total-38)
Blog posts: 205 (not bad!)
Nights on the road: 143 (Not an estimate this year)
Airplane Flights (As opposed to flights of fancy): 67 (Takeoffs and landings. Although it only requires a take off to qualify as a flight. Could count a parachute jump, if I had one, although I didn't. None since 1975.)
307 New friends. (Still an estimate.)
Miles run: 2525 (Pretty good I'd say. Ten more than last year and I basically ran zero in Sri Lanka and Central America, a total of almost two full months.)
Lifetime total: 95,194 (On schedule to reach 100,000 by age 60.)
New category-Books Read: 56
But, old age looks back and youth looks forward. Forward is really all we have, so that's where I'm headed. I want to head back to Sri Lanka for the Kandy Esala Perahera and a reunion with my friends, elephant and human, in August. One of my amigos and I plan on following Wellington's Peninsular Campaign trail in Spain and Portugal. I would love to go back to British Columbia to visit the Orcas again.
AND there are a couple more Middle East trips in the hopper. Morocco calls.
And one other big thing. I was walking the dog about a month ago when I distinctly felt the winds of change. I just sensed something big in the air. I have decided to sell my house. With luck this time next year I will have sold the ranch and moved on to new digs. Where that will be I don't know. But, I have some ideas. Read Horace Greeley.
I scratched alot of itches this past year. But, I still have loads of itches left.
See you out there...