All I have to say is that there sure is a lot of coming and going around here these days! Not that I didn't know the summer was going to be like this, but I'm starting to think of erecting an Arrivals/Departures sign over the front door. Last night was T and A's arrival and this morning, Joel departed for a week at Camp Caraway. I'm just glad Thomas and Andrew got to be with Joel for a little while before he left. Coming and going.
The word on Matthew and the hikers in England is that they have stopped hiking for now. They were experiencing the worst rain in 20 years in the area of their hike. On Friday, when they came to a rain swollen torrent that was too dangerous to cross, it was time for a change in plans. So, they are now doing the "tourist/sight seeing" portion of their trip and plan to start hiking again in a week or so. They may change their hike destination as well and are thinking about hiking the Robin Hood Way, through Nottinghamshire. Yes, it starts at Nottingham Castle and goes through Sherwood Forest. Only problem is they didn't take their green tights! This is only a 100 or so mile walk so they are investigating other trails as well. For now though, they are off to Durham, Stratford on Avon, Stonehenge, the Lake District, and I don't know where else.
Lastly, if you think Thomas looks a little skinny in that last picture, you're right. He lost about 8 pounds on the trip. Even though he wasn't sick, I don't think the diet was very high in calories, and it was hot, hot, hot so he said they sweated a lot. One of my goals over the next few days is to put some weight back on him. To that end, I'm off to the kitchen to bake.