After 2.5 years of thinking, planning and acting my adventure has begun. Emerson wrote: Life is a journey, not a destination. -Right now I am totally living that.
After weeks of good byes, good lucks and a few “You’re doing WHAT?”, yesterday I left Troy and drove to Ossining, NY. I left around noon and headed southwest directly into the sun for the entire drive. Oops! Well, it’s good to get poor planning over with right at the beginning of a trip. 🙂 As I drove away I felt free as a bird (specifically a sun-blinded bird) – no cares, no worries – only me and the open road calling my name. Hahahahahahahaha! Not really. I was actually figuring out how to finish my to-do list (including this blog) and singing along loudly to the radio. Ok, it was pretty awesome but not free of cares just yet.
The friend I’m staying with in Ossining lives at Campwoods Grounds which is a group of cottages that a Methodist community built in the 1880s to use as a summer retreat. The houses are awash with charm, gingerbread details and cool porches. Check out this website for the history and see some great photos. www.campwoodsgrounds.weebly.com/history.html. (TES kids this is the educational part of this entry. 🙂 )
My original plan was to stay the night in Ossining, NY and then head to Winchester, VA on Friday. Ah, but Mother Nature has a HI-larious sense of humor and timing. Yes, the second stop on my Grand Adventure had me heading South into a blizzard (20-30 inches of snow predicted) that will totally miss NH. I will wait while you finish laughing. So, the new plan is to stay right here in this lovely former Methodist summer cottage (at most 8 inches of snow predicted) with my good and generous friend until Monday. This is a much, much better plan. 🙂