Friday, September 18, 2009

Heading Home

The Midwest in early autumn is stunning…large ‘quilts’ of wheat and cornfields, grey in the northern skies and sunshine to their south…one can easily see the edge of the horizon.

Up early, we headed from Minnesota to Wisconsin and on to Chicago. Definitely a city of wonder! The city was celebrating Oprah’s 25 years on TV, and runners were warming up for the next day’s marathon…the city was packed.

Not to worry with Eric at the wheel. Drive by ‘touring’ took us up and down Lakes Shore Drive, window shopping along the Miracle Mile (…Eric’s favorite kind of shopping…) gaping at the dramatic architecture, and listening to Celtic pipes and drums at the Irish celebration. The 'drive by' created a ‘we will return’ list for a future weekend.

Leaving Chicago, we headed to another football town - South Bend, Indiana. In the fall, college football draws crowds of all ages…and yet, this weekend, Notre Dame was playing Michigan in Ann Arbor – so a good time for our ‘look about’.

From Indiana, we crossed Ohio – with a quick stop in Cleveland for a second visit to Little Italy and its community bocce center – and on to New York State. ‘The horses were heading’ to the stable…as we zipped east.

Our last morning on the road was crystal clear and cool. The Adirondacks beckoned as we headed to Vermont. Small towns and ‘summer’ villages were quiet as lakes, streams and canals cascaded behind us . Upstate, the Hudson River is a mere rivulet in comparison to its ‘Manhattan’ identity.

What a gift our trip has been. Time together, time with dear friends, and opportunities to meet good folk along the road and to realize and see the vast and varying beauty and resources of the United States and Canada. The world seems deeply challenged at this time, and yet in its midst, there is so very much to celebrate.

We have delighted in sharing our trip with you and so enjoyed your feedback. Many many thanks. It's good to be home.

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