While backpacking in the Grand Canyon last week I managed to win my first election. In the contest for Montpelier Parks Commission on Town Meeting Day I prevailed by a vote of 1398 to 677. And I was among the last to know.

As Montpelier voters went to the polls, Ruth and I (having voted absentee) were hiking off-trail in a relatively obscure portion of the Grand Canyon on the north side of the Colorado River. To those who voted and offered me wisdom and support, I offer the most sincere gratitude. Along the with other dedicated member of the Parks Commission, I’ll bring passion and three decades of experience gained while working and playing on public lands.

And for putting up with me during the campaign, here are a few images from our hike, including a few of Ruth and her customary dawn coffee. Click on any one to start the slide show (and click the “i” button for captions). We’re on our way back to winter in Vermont. Thanks again, everyone!