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October 31, 2007

Operation Refresh and Gladden: Days 1 and 2


Places I've driven to: Columbus, Ohio and Ithaca, New York

20071029_bahiyyih_road_trip_007.JPG (my favorite classroom at Earlham-where I spent my first two college years)

Places I've stopped along the way: Earlham College (Richmond, IN), Jamestown, NY (home of Lucille Ball!- where I got little Lucy a T shirt that says Lucytown all over it), many rest stops and scenic overlooks

Places I've slept (or are about to sleep):

  1. Ann and Rich's house: where I met the cutest baby ever, named Liam!, who played enthusiastically with me and showed me how he can stand for a few seconds, and where I was introduced to 'muskrats' which are really cloth bags filled with rice that's been microwaved to be a heating pad for cold toes and sore driving shoulders! Joy! And Ann actually called up her friend to come over to admire the little lap quilt I made from all her old Baha'i t-shirts.
  2. 20071029_bahiyyih_road_trip_016.JPG (Here's her expression when she saw her quilt. - Janie asked for a picture of this.) 20071020_anne_grove_tshirt_quilt_03.JPG (Here's the quilt. It was hard for me not to have much control over the colors, but I had fun doing the little touches- beads and pretty stitching- over it all.)
  3. Log Country Inn: a sweet B &B owned by a Russian? Polish? woman named Wanda that's in the middle of a state forest and which I have all to my self as the only guest. The description of this place needs its own post because it's so beautiful and has so many lovely amenities. For now, I'll say that I had a great time tromping through their woods and that I made Wanda laugh, or really my bobbleheads on the dashboard made her laugh and she was really appreciative of something making her laugh today. Oh, gotta go! Time for a bath in the jacuzzi!
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People that are my hero today: Billy, for taking 8 days off of work so that I could go on this great odyssey. Thank you! I'm having such a great time! People I just had a fabulous dinner with: my Uncle Michael and Aunt Jane (hi guys!) who made an amazing, colorful meal that was SO delicious including kuri squash, punjabi greens (I seriously need the recipe, please), rice pilaf with hazelnuts, homegrown tomatoes, and roasted beets. My cousin Lucy, who lives in Chile, skyped us (meaning she talked to us over an internet phone service with video), so we all had a strange, wonderful conversation across continents. Mostly about food and compost. It was really fun and made us laugh a lot. Then we got out the photo albums and looked at their three girls when they were tiny. They went hiking all over the place with those three little 'uns, out Oregon way and thereabouts, and it was so inspiring to me because that's what I want to do with my girls and look! They did it! See? That's what it looks like! Ooo, that's fun.

20071030_bahiyyih_road_trip_139.JPG (Here's the delightful dinner!) 20071030_bahiyyih_road_trip_146.JPG (Hi Lucy!) 20071030_bahiyyih_road_trip_148.JPG (Here are dear Michael and Jane)

Places I found while I was lost (Which makes me wonder if lost is the right word. Perhaps otherly- directed is better): a dome house, a brown horse with a horse shoe-shaped white marking on its side, a big garage covered in hubcaps, and Ithaca Falls.

(Many pictures to come, check back in about a week and a half)

Posted by Bahiyyih at October 31, 2007 06:41 PM

Wow, what a terrific start to your trip!

Posted by: Heather at November 3, 2007 10:04 AM

It was great fun having you stop in for dinner, Bahiyyih!

Posted by: Michael Engle at November 12, 2007 05:54 PM

Wow that's bizarre to see a picture of me talking to you online, on a computer in the U.S, on a U.S. blog from my computer here in Chile. What beautiful pictures and stories. I can't wait to see more. The bed and breakfast certainly looks fit for a spiritual retreat!

Posted by: Lucy at November 12, 2007 08:25 PM

What a moving pic of your classroom at Earlham. Really has a Quaker feel. I enjoyed the pink doo-dahs peeking over Ann's quilt. Glad I could see some of the stitchery. Michael! Jane! Lucy! Jacuzzi! Yummy yum yum. A feast for my eyes. I wonder if the dome you saw was the one we would occasionally visit for a shower when you were a munchkin. I'll have to get lost myself when I visit Ithaca this summer. It's so wonderful to see your trip through your words and camera lens. Thank you for letting us all in.

Posted by: Nana at November 13, 2007 12:54 AM

What a great trip! I agree about getting lost - we often got lost on the way to where we were going when we were in South Africa, and sometimes now in Texas, too. How else do you find wonderful things you didn't know to look for? I always find your blog inspiring.

Posted by: Sherri at November 24, 2007 06:51 PM