Thanks for your patience; in my absence there were several comments about farmers and vacations; basically, if you're starting a business, why design one that has a lifestyle that sucks? My farm is in the flood plain, and during the winter I'm on 4 hour flood/dike call, from November to February. That means that if I do want to get away I have to do that in the summer. Why should the working condition of someone who farms be worse than any other profession?
The grand canyon is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and having the opportunity to row a boat down the length of it, and look up at this for most of 3 weeks is something that I really treasure. Doesn't mean I'm less dedicated to my animals -- I lined up folks to cover for me while I was gone, and traded favors with other farmers, and worked like a dog for a month to make sure that everything was ok.
So I'm going to stop being defensive. Yea, I took a vacation. Sue me.