Yes, I've been absent, however, Absent But With Leave. I have been dealing with multiple computer issues since a hard drive crash.
Fortunately, I use Carbonite to back up my photos and documents and everything else. It's off-site, so if my house burns down or an earthquake swallows it, I won't have lost all.
There are literally tens of thousands of photos to download, so that process has been going on since Tuesday, around the clock. I even bit the bullet and increased my DSL download speed to 4 megabytes.
Wednesday, I had to do something on the computer and Windows Explorer froze again. This was after nine hours online with Geek Squad Tuesday trying to whip the laptop into behaving. That;'s all it took to put me over the edge.
I changed clothes, got in the truck, and drove to Anchorage, where a bought a new laptop. That started another project--getting the programs I wanted, learning Windows 10 (an on-going process), and (worst of all) trying to get used to a smaller keyboard. Multiple typos, as my self-taught typing skills are lacking.
I am working on a new post of the Mongolia trip and it should appear soon.
Now to correct all the typos in this message.....