You may have noticed that I did not finish the 30 Day Letter Challenge. I do intend to write all of the letters, just not in 30 days. I will intersperse them during the next few months. For the next couple of weeks I will be sharing my vacation trip with you. There are going to be a couple of surprise announcements in these posts, so you will want to pay attention.
I have had a trip planned for several months. There were no definitive details for this trip, but I knew I was taking a trip. The trip actually planned itself through a number of random events. Coincidences? I don’t think so. I made a choice to follow my heart and what I believe was God’s guidance. Once I made the decision, everything began to happen so fast, I could hardly keep up with it.
I am so excited because I am taking the train. I love travel by train. And –I don’t fly. You can read more about that here. I have taken the train across country (round trip). I have traveled to Chicago and Cleveland by train and I have taken the train from Charleston, SC to the Baltimore/DC area on a number of occasions. I love the rhythmic sounds of the train on the track. The train becomes a small community while you are in route. There is a dining car, a snack bar area, and some trains have a viewing car complete with windows from top to bottom. I have enjoyed conversations with travelers from around the world.
I will be going to New York City for a brief layover and then on to Poughkeepski, NY to see my brother for a couple of days. I go from there to a very small town (population about 1,300) called Danby, Vt. Pearl Buck spent her last days in Danby so I am hoping to glean some inspiration from the area. More importantly, I am going to visit a longtime friend. I will share more about her in another blog post.
During lunch today, I told my friends I had decided to do this blog series. We created a short version to give an idea of how it might read.
Day 1 Loved the train ride. Got some sleep before departing in the morning. Brother picking me up shortly.
Day 2 Having a great time with my brother. I miss Jan and Anna.
Day 3 Getting ready to go to Vermont. (Small tear forms) I really miss Jan and Anna.
Day 4 Donna and I having a great time. Jan is calling asking when are I am coming back. I am asking why doesn’t she do something drastic like hitchhike here.
Day 5 Going into severe withdrawal. Going to resort to SKYPE.
Day 6 Back on train. “Conductor, can you make this thing go any faster?”
I have an idea it may go this way because Jan and the family just came back from a week on vacation. We are going to plan these things better next year!
I need a break from things here. I am very excited about this trip and spending time with my brother and with Donna. I am looking forward to sharing my adventures with you as it happens. I will make time to write while I am away because writing is my memory, my release, my grounding, and my passion. I know I am going to miss my family and my friends.
I return at 6:00am in the middle of the week. I will head home to unpack, shower and go the office to check in. I will then head straight to the church to see Jan. I have my fantasy football league draft that night with my son. I will stop by and see my daughter before that. Going to be a very busy day.
A few days after I return, my life will take a rather interesting turn. I can’t wait to share it with you. Be sure to come back over the next two weeks and take this journey with me.