Well we left NY yesterday, a day earlier than planned. It was just too much to take. The spin up for the 9/11 memorials was in full force and in fat the fist memorial took place yesterday. The air in the city was too stressful and we just needed to get out. We went to Chuck’s brother’s wedding on Saturday and had a great time. We got stuck at what we affectionately called “The Outcast Table” which was right next to the door and the DJ, well out of the way of everyone else. We sat with Chuck’s cousin, Sandy, and her boyfriend, Chris. The four of us had a great time chatting and exchanging stories. The other couple at the table (a friend of the bride’s) was scared. Oh well. We ordered cheesecake from the restaurant between the main course and the dessert. It was a good call on our part. NY cheesecake is everything they say it is. And these days I don’t really care much for cheesecake. So, while I didn’t get to try a NY egg cream, I have checked off the NY pizza (awesome), the NY bagel (lackluster, I prefer Dunkin Donuts bagels), and the NY cheesecake (mmmm). We also sampled the hotdogs and soft pretzels that seem to be all pervasive downtown. Not bad. I saw Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. So I feel my NY experience is complete. I might go back again to see some other things (missed The Cloisters and Strawberry Fields, never walked in Central Park although we walked along it), I think it will be a while before I get back. It’s a little overwhelming.
So I’m in Coudersport for the day here. I’ll be getting my oil changed and possibly having the radio that Daniel gave me installed in my car. Then, tonight we will see The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood (for my third time, but it’s a cool movie so I don’t mind). Tomorrow I will either head off to see my mother or decide to stay for the week and go to Heartsong at Brushwood. I haven’t decided yet. I’m letting the email I sent out requesting flop space at Savvy’s determine the answer to that one. If she says yes, then I head to Mom’s. If she says no, then it’s off to Heartsong. One way or the other I’ll make it to Mom’s before I head out to Thing in the Woods at the end of the month.
I haven’t heard back from Twilight Covening about the Clan I submitted to them over three months ago for consideration. I’m assuming that this means that they either never received it (in which case it’s too late now) or that they didn’t want the clan, so I’m not planning on going this year. I wasn’t sure how I would come up with the cash to go anyway, so it’s a non-issue now. At the moment, my plan is to go back down to Indiana after Thing in the Woods and spend a few days down there (hopefully with a job for a week or so) visiting with Daniel et al. Then to head up to Virginia to see my cousins and then down south from there getting to Louisiana sometime in the general area of my birthday on November 1. However, Brushwood was a turning point to head in a different direction in July, so I am not making any firm plans until I leave Thing in the Woods because something may show up while I’m there. I know it’s time to get away from the Northeast. I had thought that I would head back to the Boston area after dropping Chuck off, but I feel like I need to be away from that area. That I’ve spent too much time there. I know that’s where I’ll be going home to, but it’s time to get away for a while.
I feel like I’m babbling today, not really clear on where I’m going in my comments. I guess that’s appropriate since I’m not really clear on where I’m going in this journey. Andrew had mentioned that most pilgrims have a destination that they can point to and know when they have arrived. Walkabout doesn’t seem to fit this mold. In some ways I wish it did because then I would at least have the comfort of knowing which way I was going. But with me being so goal-oriented at times, I would probably take a shortcut and miss the journey if I had a destination in mind. I know that the Rooks Nest Refuge is a big point on the trip. It turns out that they are in the process of moving to Lake Ponchartrain, LA now from – you guessed it – Bloomington, IN. Funny huh? I didn’t realize that when I read their initial posting on the Starwood site and felt drawn to go there. The web gets smaller and more complex the further I go on this journey.
Well, I’m winding down and I’m hungry. Got to get some breakfast (and cut my nails, it’s a bitch to type with these talons). I’ll check in and let you know where I’m going from here tomorrow.
* This is part of an ongoing series of posts detailing what happened on a spiritual pilgrimage that I took in 2002. To start from the beginning, go to July 2, 2013. To see the entire journey as it gets published, click on the category “You Want Me To Do WHAT?!!?” to see all of the posts.