Well, if I don't start on this trip report soon, I will forget everything that happened (and believe me, a *lot* of stuff happened!). Just let me begin by saying thanks again to everyone who provided advice and assistance on planning and executing this trip - it was truly the "experience of a lifetime" (at least until the next one! :-). I'd especially like to single out several folks (you know who you are!) for going "above and beyond" - could not have done it without you.
If anyone wants a little background on the trip and its preparations, then feel free to check out my previous TA threads on this forum (hard to believe we started planning this last May!):
And finally a word of warning - my trip reports tend to be very lengthy and very detailed, so I hope I don't bore you all. The reports for my 3-4 day trips usually run on for a couple of pages, and this trip was 9 days, soooo ...