We've had a disappointment this morning. Since signing up last May to tour Utah's national parks and monuments with Road Scholar, we have been looking forward to seeing friends we've not seen in years -- a wonderful couple, Chickie and Pat Harristhal, who used to own and operate Canadian Border Outfitters east of Ely MN, where Tal first met them, and then Shining Falls Lodge in the Atikaka Provincial Wilderness Park north of Bissett Manitoba.
A wrinkle in the plan to visit them came during August with the impending sale of their home and the new house not being ready for occupancy. Not to be discouraged, they (with their two dogs) set out in their travel trailer to enjoy the best part of autumn seeing the western part of the country. Today we were to have rendezvoused with them for breakfast or lunch, perhaps for a trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim.
Pat awoke this morning way under the weather. So, we are preparing to head east. Chickie's email with news of their situation provided the title for this post. We, the four of us, are indeed "near, but yet so far."