This is my final posting to The Friendly City blog -- it's more of a retrospective rather than a new batch of images. The images here date back about seven years, about 2400 of them, and the below are some of my favorites, sequenced oldest to newest. For those who have followed this stream of imagery, thank you for making an effort to experience Harrisonburg through my eyes. I hope that I've been able to tell stories that touch on universal chords while also honoring the uniqueness of this place. Here are a few meaningless stats about the life of this blog.
- My first post was June 10, 2010, but the images date back to 2006 when I first moved to Harrisonburg.
- The first picture is of my wife feeding my son, Gideon, in front of The Smokin' Pig. It's pretty cute.
- There are 88 pages of images on this blog, and 477 posts -- an average of 3 posts per month and 5 images per post.
- Of the approximately 2.400 photos posted here, most of them are taken in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I blurred and extended the geographical line a bit when traveling to other areas within the Shenandoah Valley or areas outside the Valley but considered a day trip from Harrisonburg.
- There have been 17,947 page views from 64 different countries.
- Someone in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico actually spent 32 minutes browsing these photos.
- Not a stat, but I have loved exploring this town, and I have walked nearly every street within the city limits, as well as through many yards and fields. And I will do the same in the next the place I call home.
Thank you, Harisonburg, for being a home to love, filled with the kindest people I have ever known. We will miss you!