While the rest of us have been watching the retreating backs of our adultish fledglings, Phineas Gay and his wife are in the, um, preadolescent phase with Parker, 9, and Bowden, 7. On a trip to Colby, Phin’s boys found the game room most interesting. Bowden asked if you can go to the game room anytime when you’re in college, and Phin said yes, “to which he replied, ‘I’m going to love college.’” Phin’s team has been spending as much time in Maine as possible, vacationing in Lincolnville Beach for the last decade and hoping this summer for a drive-by from Dave Glass, who similarly enjoys “The Way Life Should Be” during his vacation days in Maine. Phin also keeps up with Mark Tolette (who has a place on Vinalhaven), Ken Emery, George Katz, and John Northrop. * I learned via auto-reply that Maria Jobin Leeds was in Kenya and Tanzania, and I pressed for details. Maria hiked Kilimanjaro, the highest peak on the African continent, with 13 friends. She confessed, “[I] wasn’t sure I had the altitude capability (almost four miles high), or that my knees and feet would withstand the downhill, but we all made it! Seven days up, two days down. It was a powerful force that we encountered at the top, made us all sob and hug each other. From now on, I can always tell myself, ‘If I can climb Kilimanjaro, I can do this too.’” Amen, girlfriend! Eric Broadbent showed up at Maria’s recent birthday party, doubly cool since she writes that she and husband Greg ’81 are going to put solar panels on the cabin that Eric ’84 and Susie Macrae sold the Leedses almost 20 years ago. Maria’s second child, Zander, is just off to Colorado College. Zander was warmly hosted during a tour of Colby provided by the daughters of Becca Cunningham ’84 and Adam Weiss. * From “beautiful western New Mexico in the tiny town of Ramah (pop. 300),” Steve Albert sent me an update. His town is “in the heart of the red rock and ponderosa pine country of the Colorado Plateau.” Steve and his wife arrived there for what was to be a short-term gig on the Zuni Indian Reservation, and as these things in beautiful places tend to turn out, it’s been 22 years of love in the high desert in general and the Zuni area in particular. All of us share an open invitation to visit what sounds like a really special place: “a cabin on 25 acres of drop-dead gorgeous land.” Steve has worked as a wildlife biologist for an employee-owned company for 11 years, and by the time you read this, he will have returned to work in the nonprofit sector with the Institute for Bird Populations of Point Reyes Station, Calif. He’ll be traveling through much of the country with occasional trips to Latin America. Steven and his wife are a couple years into post-parenting nirvana and loving it. Son Arlen just graduated with a degree in creative media and is looking for a job in the film industry, and daughter Mariel is at Linfield College in Oregon, looking forward to this year in Kyoto. Steven keeps in touch with Eric Dexheimer and Ann Poncelet and hopes to see more of Ann, who lives in the Bay Area where he’ll be working. * All I want for my November birthday is more news from all y’alls, so keep the cards and letters flowing!