The phone rings. I answer.
"Hi Allan, this is Mark". Mark and I were college roommates back in the early 80's. Life-long friends. Mark owns an organic flower and vegetable farm back in Minnesota.
"Hi Mark", I say.
"You know, I've been reading your blog and articles and I think we should take a backpacking trip when I come out in a few weeks. Just a few days. Have another adventure. You pick where we go".
"Gosh Mark, I was kind of hoping not to saddle up that backpack again this year. But, well, okay, I'll tell Joni".
Here we go again; I haven't really recovered from the last trip yet.