Dear Family and Friends,
back on 2004, we are overwhelmingly thankful for God's mercy through the safe
travel He gave us. In 55 weeks, from the last two weeks of 2003 through the
first week of 2005, we traveled a total of 46 thousand miles: 27,000 by car,
17,000 by plane, 2200 by train, 100 by bicycle, 100 by bus, 15 by boat, and many
by foot. Through all of this, nearly twice around the world, we prayed for
safety, especially before the big trips. But even when we sinfully neglected to
thank God and pray for protection for the small trips, He still faithfully
the year, we were able to safely drive from Connecticut to Montana and back in
the winter, and our parents were able to meet for the first time. We all had a
wonderful time together, sharing laughs and new experiences, ranging from
Yellowstone to Hot Springs outside in the snow to underground caverns by
candlelight to sledding at high speed on (and off !) the road to Priest Pass, to
simply sitting by a warm fire and enjoying a cup of cocoa.
the way to Montana, we enjoyed Walla hospitality in Chicago and Milwaukee, but
mostly just drove straight. On the way back, we swung through Denver to see Lee
and Steve Sutterlin, then continued our southern route through Saint Louis, then
took in the monumental sights of the Capital City.
was a studious one, with Stan continuing the physics Ph.D. program at Yale, and
with Ira teaching Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Electronic-Business to
students at Bay Path College in Southbridge, MA.
the close of the academic year, we renewed our travels, driving all the way to
Key West, FL, for a picture of our MT plates 90 miles from Cuba! As a side
bonus, the flowers were beautiful, the air clean, and the water warm and clear.
The only downside was that we never got to eat Alligator Burgers. We were hosted
in Royal Palm Beach by our friends the Kershners, who opened their home to us
even though they went to Russia. On the drive back, we enjoyed the Great Smokey
Mountains and Shenandoah, as well as a few warmer days in D.C.
relax from our long drive, we got on a plane to LA, where Angela picked us up at
the airport and overnight drove us and Melanie to the Grand Canyon. What a
magnificent sight! The scale is immense, unimaginable, and we had never seen it
before. To contrast the grandiose tranquility of the void desert expanse, we
stopped by Las Vegas on the way back, observing the rich indulgences accompanied
by vast sums of money. Then, for the next week, Angela played tour guide,
showing us the famed sights of Greater LA.
next flight took us to Montana, and immediately after arriving, we went out to
the Madison river to try bravely floating its icy waters, and enjoying shashlyk,
which my mom had marinated the night before. This Montana trip included a drive
to Yellowstone and Teton National Parks, as well as a jaunt up to Glacier and
the Canadian border, and a boat ride through the Gates of the Mountains.
our base in CT, we took drives to Niagara, Boston, and Acadia National Park in
Maine. After seeing Ira's parents to the plane, it was time for more work, and
Stan spent the rest of the summer in a lab studying neutrinos.
arrived, and along with the New England colors, leaves, smells, and cooler air,
returned the academic schedule. Again, Stan studied, Ira taught. Stan's
parents came for a seminar at the Steinway Factory in NYC, and we spent the
weekends on both ends of the seminar with them. Thanksgiving was spent with the
Days in Groton.
with the change in seasons came a change in churches. Our new church, Trinity
Evangelical Free Church, is closer to our home, larger (400 or so attend), more
active, and has a larger population in our age bracket. Plus, they have a choir,
which we joined. Every Wednesday night we rehearse, and sing most Sundays. In
November, the Christmas choir started up, with rehearsals mostly on Mondays.
Four performances in December were packed, with over 1200 in attendance. It was
quite a feat, combining multiple choirs, an orchestra, as well as actors.
final trip of the year was to Russia, requiring planes from NYC to Moscow via
Switzerland, then the 22-hour train south to Rostov-on-Don. We didn't really
do any sightseeing in Russia this time, spending time with family and seeing to
other needs instead. On December 25, we stuffed and breaded a goose. By the time
we ate the succulent bread which had surrounded it in the oven, we were too full
for the goose itself, which lasted several days after that. For New Year's, we
had many scrumptious Russian salads, including the famed "Herring Under a
Fur Coat", and at midnight ventured outside to watch the fireworks.
before it had begun, the trip was over. On the way back through Moscow, we saw
our cousins Lena and Dima, then flew back via Zurich, Switzerland. Unlike the
outbound leg through Geneva, our return trip included an nine-hour layover, so
we were able to get out and see the sights. The forecast included freezing rain,
snow, and fog, so we were reluctant to head out, but fortunately the weatherman
was once again proven wrong, and we enjoyed a beautiful and mostly sunny day.
The only rain was during lunch, so we dropped into a Swiss restaurant and
relaxed until the air once again dried up.
is only a brief glimpse of all that happened during the year. A slightly longer
glimpse is stored in the pictures on the site, which we hope you'll enjoy.
wish you a belated Merry Christmas, as well as an exceedingly Happy New Year
Christmas and Happy New Year !
and Irina Guthrie
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