I just came in from a good trail run up a local peak, a place and headspace in which most of my best thinking occurs. As I'm burning my way up the hill, I started to think about a good friend I met through BPL years ago, Michael Skwarczek, who's currently travelling in South America.
And then I thought about Adan Lopez, another person I've met through BPL who's come to be a great friend (as well as his family).
And then there's Nick Gatel, another friend I met through this site, have done some trips with and has always shown great generosity.
And Rob Vandiver, also of BPL, who I had the pleasure of sharing a trip up the Sespe and night in a palm grove with.
And Josh Billings and his son Ocean, with whom I shared a great night up in the Tableland Meadows...
And many more I've met in passing here and there, all good people.
And then there's all of those that I have corresponded with regularly or individually at some point and yet have never met in person- I look forward to doing so someday: Eugene Smith, Tom Kirchner, the Most Generous Douglas Ide, Brian Maynard, David C., Ken Thomson, the whole 2012 R2R2R running crew...
And then there are all of those that I feel like I've sort of gotten to know, though we don't really speak outside of the forums here...too many names to name- please don't be offended- but suffice to say, it's all you regular regulars.
So when I think about all the flak that Ryan Jordan and the rest of BPL have taken over the years (and especially recent months) over what this site "should" be offering...
It doesn't matter.
There are still so many good people here that I've yet to meet, yet know that I eventually will, that I do not believe BPL has to "do" anything or "go" anywhere. Just keep doing what you do.
So to Ryan Jordan and the entire BPL staff, thank you for creating what you've created; I wouldn't know any of these people were it not for this site.
Edit...Dammit, this is reading like an Oscar speech and I know I'll regret leaving out some names tomorrow...forgive me!