Merry Christmas 2014!
Kathy, 'Stache and I hope this holiday letter finds everyone in great spirits and good health. Thus far, the winter has been fairly gentle on us, at least compared to last year, when we were buried in record amounts of snow. Our winter escape last winter was to Orlando, Florida for a veterinary conference. We spent a few extra days touring other parts of Florida and visiting friends.
My big Spring adventure was to bring our new-to-us sailboat home from the Keweenaw Peninsula. Winter hung on longer than anticipated, forcing us to move the trip back to the end of May and first of June. Even then, much of Lake Superior was iced over. Dad joined me for the crazy adventure as we anchored with icebergs at night and fought fog, a wild storm, strong headwinds and even some nice days on our trip home. Kathy and I spent the rest of the summer learning about our new boat.
The McBride family celebrated another gathering in August, this time in Wisconsin. Deanna had timed it to coincide with McKinley's high school graduation party. We had fun partying, hiking, kayaking and generally enjoying one another.
In early September, Kathy and I celebrated our 30th anniversary and took a trip up the west coast of Michigan, combining sailing and a few evenings in an old historic inn. Later that month, Craig and Lora joined us for a beautiful backpacking trip along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The following month, we headed to Tennessee for the Father-Son backpacking trip in the Smoky Mountains. Kathy and Mom hit the shops while we were enjoying the trail.
Both Kathy and my jobs are going well. The veterinary hospital has continued to grow, and keeps me busy, but that's a good kind of busy.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas,
Steve and Kathy