Peacock Tales • Winter 2012

A Sabbatical Journey of Discovery

By Doug Nolin

For the last six months I have been on a sabbatical, a most amazing time of discovery, learning and recreation, made possible by the generosity of this firm and the patience of our clients.  I was privileged to be allowed to step away from both firm and clients for that time, and I am humbled to once again take my place of service to both as my sabbatical ends.

For nearly six weeks early in the sabbatical my family traveled west to places I had long wished to visit, and to places I did not ever know existed.  We traveled through 17 states, to places that included the Gateway Arch, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Alcatraz and Yellowstone.  We experienced the heat of the desert in Pahrump and Good Springs, Nevada, and Death Valley, California, while just a few hours north our planned route was closed by snow.  We raced a storm across eastern Wyoming and saw its remnants paint Mt. Rushmore red at sunset.  We dined in Rod’s Steakhouse on Rte. 66 in Williams, Arizona, and the Blue Plate Diner in Salt Lake City, Utah.  We studied lizards in the Petrified Forest and buffalo in Yellowstone.  We saw so much, and et there is still so much to see.  If I had an unlimited sabbatical I still could not see it all.  We concluded that we live in a large and fantastic country.

The remainder of the sabbatical included other smaller trips, sporting events, entertainment and projects at home.  I was able to complete a deck that had stood partially complete for too long.  I was able to build a small addition on a barn.  I managed to finish a basement bathroom.

But most of all, and certainly most refreshing, I was able to spend valuable time with my family – my wife, my children and my parents.

This has been a spectacular six months, long awaited, much valued, and always remembered.  I am grateful to the firm and our clients for allowing me such a great opportunity.

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