For the past 30 years I have practiced medicine, and through that profession have met many wonderful people and had many extraordinary experiences. With my patients I've experienced countless moments of great joy and happiness, but also ones of profound sadness and heartbreak. It has been a difficult journey but rewarding, and I wouldn't have changed anything for the world.
But now my wife (a registered nurse) and I begin a new adventure that, in all honesty, we enter with some anxiety, but also some great anticipation and excitement. We have been called on a mission, to serve in Guatemala for the next 18 months as medical advisers to some 1000+ young missionaries in Central America for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It is a voluntary assignment and is completely gratis; we'll receive no monetary compensation. But it is an opportunity to serve others and give back without expecting anything in return, and that, in part, is what we are looking forward to.
So, it's time to close down Teton Tenkara. I want to thank you all for following the blog and YouTube channel and for supporting them through these past years. I've really enjoyed sharing with you my tenkara adventures, and I hope my posts have provided some useful information, entertainment, or at least, contributed something positive to your lives. I've made some great friends here in the United States and from around the world who have enriched my life. They have been the best part of my tenkara journey.
I would like to give particular thanks to Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA, Chris Stewart of TenkaraBum, Adam Trahan of Tenkara-Fisher, Dr. Paul Gaskell and John Pearson of Discover Tenkara for their products, knowledge bank, and willingness to share that knowledge. I would also like to thank Tenkara Guides, LLC (John Vetterli, ERiK Ostrander and Dr. Rob Worthing) along with Masami Sakakibara for their passion in teaching tenkara and for providing the Oni Tenkara School. A special thank you goes out to Brent Auger of DRAGONTail Tenkara for tolerating me stopping by from time to time, and bugging him while he's trying to work.
Teton Tenkara and its affiliated YouTube channel will remain online as a reference. They may be added to when I return.
Once again my tenkara friends and family, thank you; you have made my life better, and I bid you all a fond farewell. See you on the mountain streams in a year and a half. Save some fish for me!
Teton Tenkara signing off.