Last Day of Summer 2014


You, mom, and I went for a hike this evening at Lighthouse Point Park to celebrate the beautiful weather and, unknowingly at the time, the last day of summer 2014. You had fun hiking along with us for a little bit of the trail, and enjoyed inspecting (and reinspecting) each rock and boulder that you came across. Both mom and I remarked that we are impressed with your curiosity. It’s a good reminder to look up from our iPhones from time to time, and absorb some of our natural surroundings.

Goodbye, fickle summer. Hello, fall, my favorite season.

Sand Hills Golf Club

I played Sand Hills Golf Club with Grandpa Dan, Steve, and Adam. The course is recognized as the #1 modern course in the United States, and it lived up to its ranking – mostly because of the golf course and partly because of the unique solitude of the location.

Mile marker 55
Lodging on the Dismal River
Basic range
Ben’s Porch
Large, undulating practice putting green
Great opening par 5
Diamond, square and circle tees
Firm and fast
Beautiful cavernous bunkers
Challenging short par fours
Golf all day, eat dinner
Spartan lodging, good water pressure
Escape, experience



(Kyle, the Super at SH; Me; Steve, the Super at TCGCC; Grandpa Dan, the pilot; and Adam, Executive Director of MiGCSA)

Wedding: Zack and Amelia

Congratulations to Zack and Amelia, who were wed today on the lawn of the Bowers Harbor Inn. The ceremony was a bit cool and windy, but beautiful nonetheless. The vows were touching, and the surprise singers at the end were special. I was happy to be a groomsman, and to have the chance to spend some time with Zack – a longtime friend, sometimes (former) tennis rival, world traveler, and good guy. Lindsey and I look forward to visiting Z+A in Vancouver one of these days.

Scarlet Maples

“Already, by the first of September, I had seen two or three small maples turned scarlet across the pond, beneath where the white stems of three aspens diverged, at the point of a promontory, next the water. Ah, many a tale their color told! And gradually from week to week the character of each tree came out, and it admired itself reflected in the smooth mirror of the lake. Each morning the manager of this gallery substituted some new picture, distinguished by more brilliant or harmonious coloring, for the old upon the walls.”

~ Walden, by Throeau

Wedding: Christy & Brian

Congratulations to Christy and Brian! What an amazing and well executed celebration of your love. And the balloon arches were great, if I do say so myself! Out . . . of . . . breath! We’ll never forget the grandness of the set-up, your entrance on the golf cart boat, or sitting on risers in front of hundreds of people! As you can see below, we clearly had fun.