We made it back. We had a wonderful time overall. 4060 miles driven, 55 hours in the car coming and going. Lots of time with family and friends.
Home was beautiful:
Perhaps the most exciting thing was a special surprise from Santa:
Yes, that is right friends: We are going to Iceland in August (30 year bucket item: Unlocked!).
Did I have any bright epiphanies? Not necessarily, no. Maybe clarity is the more correct word to use. I have a little more clarity perhaps. The Ravishing Mrs. TB and I talked - perhaps more forthrightly than we have in years - some of our more egregious failures and what maybe we would actually like to do when Na Clann have gone (not too many years in the future, really).
Overall, a grand trip. Which brought up perhaps the last thing I realized I need to work on: having more small real adventures. As often as possible. Because just trying to grit out the work environment is never going to be a good solution.