I’ve arrived in Virginia after a delightful sojourn in Florida. When I travel I spend so much more time with people than I do at home. I couldn’t make these trips without my friends along the way, who open their homes and their hearts to my wandering troupe. I’ll be catching up with pictures and thoughts in the next few weeks and hope I’ll bring myself up to date before it’s time to hit the road home. Dog World, where my last three dogs were born, is my favorite amusement park in Florida. When I lived in Florida briefly many years ago, I was even more immersed in the natural world than I am now in Colorado, and when I return to visit I am blessed with many friends who take me out in the wilds of their back yards or their parks or their secret places to experience the wonders of the many ecosystems of their state.
I’ve found myself taking pictures of people’s hands on this trip, and here are just a few. These first two of my hands were taken by Jim. I’m wishing I’d gotten a shot of the hand or hands of every friend along the way. Oh well, there are more to come.
Continuing on quickly, because once again it is late at night and sleep beckons but I have a good internet connection, a few more photos from the trip east so far. Though in real time I am now in north Florida at the home of another dear friend, virtual time will take awhile to catch up. So much to think about, so much to say, so little time. I always think that I will have more time to write on a road trip than I ever actually have.
A combination of brutal cold, long driving days, sporadic internet access, and simply having too much fun has kept me from keeping myself or anyone else up to date. And now there is so little time before tomorrow, and tonight’s sleep calls urgently. But I am safe and sound in a Houston suburb in the driveway of dear friends, after a wonderful, warm afternoon and evening; warm in so many ways, not the least of which was ambient temperature. At last the cold I’ve been fending off since the first of the year seems to be on its way out of me, after two relatively warm days and today at last a genuinely warm day driving across central Texas, an afternoon in a sunny yard, a night with windows open, and the warmth of old friends.
Here is the trip so far of the Mothership, launched January 21, 2013, destined for the Northern Neck Peninsula of Virginia, via Ajo, AZ, Houston, TX, and various points in Florida.
And the rest of the story will have to wait. I have overloaded the system with my enthusiasm to post too many photos at once, and they have stalled in uploading. It’s too late at night to wait up for them, so I will go with the flow of circumstance and try again later. But at last I’m in the warm and sunny zone I’ve been seeking for weeks, the auspicious beginning has flowed into a comfortable middle, and I can only hope for the best for the rest of the trip.