I am still around and doing fine. I love my new job, but it has been keeping me busy. I haven't had the time or the will to finish the travel log, and this has, to some extent, been a roadblock for me posting at all. So to finish the travel log - we had a few more adventures, I saw lots of cool plants, and eventually made it home. Since then, I have moved to a new city (though still in the KC metro) and started a new job teaching at a small liberal arts college. So far so good. I have also joined a city softball team (we are not very good) and that has been fun.
I have been working slowly on my "Skyline" project and doing some sock knitting. I will try to post updates soon.