My friend John Carney has been a friend for a long time — 41 years and counting.  John is an architect in Jackson, Wyoming, where he lives with his wife Elaine, who's a fund-raising consultant, teaching people how to get other people to donate money to worthy causes.  (That's John and Elaine above, on the porch of a house John designed on his family's ranch near Cora, Wyoming.)

John had his sixtieth birthday this month, and a bunch of his friends planned to descend on him in Wyoming to celebrate the event.  I don't fly on airplanes any more, so there was nothing for it but to hop in the Ghost and drive 800 miles north for the gathering.

I'll be posting reports on the adventure in the days ahead, and pictures of the wondrous things I saw in the course of it.