If you check my website regularly, then you might have noticed that more than two weeks have passed since my last post. There’s a good reason for that: Catie and I were away on a long-planned vacation to celebrate our tenth anniversary. Because both of us really enjoy nature and hiking, we chose Costa Rica as a destination, and could not have been happier.

I could share with you photos of the pristine rainforest, diverse wildlife (the strangler figs and leaf-cutter ants were especially neat), or picturesque beaches — all of which we saw in abundance — but, really, you could see similar images on postcards or through an internet search.

So, instead, I have chosen this little sequence of images taken during our whitewater rafting expedition. We look reasonably assured at the beginning, but keep watching as our raft hits a dip in the river, spilling me and Catie into the water. Our guide tumbles in, too (which soothed my wounded pride a bit). Then we are rescued by a kayaker. A little more excitement than we had bargained on! But, in the end, a great story to share with Jeremy and Owen.

Anyhow, I am back at work and will resume more normal posting of news and information in the days ahead.