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Live from Rhode Island

Hey there folks!

I'm online from sunny Rhode Island, at the apex point of my trip. We took the northern route out from Seattle, hitting Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and finally Rhode Island. Tomorrow we'll start out on the western leg of the trip, south unti we hit the Gulf Coast and west along there through the American Southwest until we hit the Pacific.

Highlights of the trip so far in bullet points:

* Discovered a strange ball of yarn under the driver's seat just before we left. If my life were a novel, this prop would be important later in the story.
* I had forgotten how silent and dark the nights get away from the city. So many stars!
* Small towns remind me of the Body Snatcher films. I'm just not sure if I'm the pod person, or they are.
* The basaltic lava formations at the "Craters of the Moon" National Park are twisted, desolate, and gorgeous. It was 115 in the shade. And there was no shade.
* Spent some time frolicing in a river on the 4th of July. We were invited to a bonfire party down around the bend of the river. I was quite delighted, until I remembered the classic British horror film, "The Wicker Man." We decided to keep driving.
* Chicago looks nothing like it does on TV.
* Oval Beach on Lake Michigan really is gorgeous. Trees and sand dunes down to a soft sand beach. I walked among the waves and tasted the water. Fresh water at the beach; my coastal brain did a somersault.
* Water Fire in Providence, RI is amazing. Huge braziers are lit in the center of the river that runs through the city. Crowds of people move along the river listening to all sorts of live music. It feels like festival, a bachanal, something sacred.

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mackiedockie
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Glad you are having a good time! But sriously? The Wicker Man? Bwahhaha...

Your description of the Craters is exactly right. The heat must have been making the air waver like water. I hope you got to tour an ice cave!

Nothing looks like it does on TV...
sparklebutch
Jul. 16th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
Shiny things. And fresh air, too! How cool.
amonitrate
Jul. 16th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
sounds fun. Lake Michigan is my favorite place in the world. I grew up near the Michigan side.
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