Here is a map of a part of the world most people aren't all that familiar with:
Our friend Greg is going there soon, after some training to prepare. To Greenland, specifically. For a year. (That makes him something of a rock star at REI!) Greenland looks like a super cool place when you visit the official tourist site, but what they aren't showing you is this:
When Santa Claus is one of your nearest neighbors, you know it's going to be cold. But the Air Force is calling, so Greg will be going. And when your friend is going to Greenland for a year, you have to throw him a special party.
You have to order some pretty amazing weekend weather...
You have to eat good old-fashioned summer barbecue food (cheeseburgers and hot dogs and potato salad and baked beans and corn salad)(we were too busy eating to take pictures of that part).
We finished up our going away party with a photo shoot, because we wouldn't want the Karahalis kids to forget how goofy their dad can be...
Safe travels and warm thoughts—we'll be missing you, too!