Wednesday I left New England. I did a great drive across the back roads of NY state ending on the shores of Lake Ontario. I have spent the last two nights near Pulaski, New York. Thanks to a new friend, I have seen a few of the sites of this area and enjoyed the company of Pauline, Harris and their dog Nugget.
Before I left New England I spent three days with a very long time friend of mine and her family. I met Diane in my first move away from home. I chose to leave the small state of Delaware and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. Diane and I worked together as nurses. I don’t recall that we were real close friends in Utah, although when I got hepatitis I do remember that she brought me Gatorade. When we both moved to Minnesota our friendship became solid. We hiked, camped and backpacked most summers and had our share of interesting and exciting events along the way. Tom and she have visited Jim and I over the ensuing years. I have had the opportunity to watch her two children grow into fine adults with the same adventuresome spirit their parents have. I have cried on her shoulder a few times and I am very thankful to have someone in my life that I can do that with.
During the time I visited with them I had the opportunity to hike and kayak with Tom and Diane. It was so enjoyable to be out on the lakes. We got observe some unique loon behavior between the adults and the babies. We also saw some otters. I love my friends who are active. This is what Jim and I did best and I am glad to have friends who also like to be outdoors and enjoy nature.
Since I was in Vermont I decided that I wanted to become totally touristy. I went searching for covered bridges to drive my Roadtrek through when possible. If it wasn’t possible then I photographed them instead. It was fun. Diane was my photographer and my guide driving the RT through the bridges.
Each place I go to visit friends I find it so hard to leave. I love having this time to visit with so many. I am thankful for my friends who can take time from their busy lives for me. It touches my heart to know that everyone wants to see me and spend time with me.
Tomorrow, Thursday, I continue to head west. I am feeling a bit of an urge to head home. I was wondering when that might happen.