Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I discovered Harrisburg's Greenbelt yesterday morning and the Trek'n me got in almost 18 miles exploring it...from a Martin Luther King commemoration, to a labyrinth, 5 Senses Gardens, a community garden, and a happy and active creek keeping me company most of the way
THEN then I hurried home to be there for Noreen's (NORLANA) arrival and I'm sorry to say we took very few photos...we -- me'n Tracy'n Noreen were MUCH TOO BUSY yakking and having fun!
I got one measly photo of Noreen shortly after she arrived, and she was totally engrossed in bonding with Pickles and explaining... SOMETHING obviously *very* profound (BTW, the bike seat behind Noreen is the Trek!):
And I managed to a passerby to take a shot when we went on a walk yesterday evening with Pickles along the Susquehanna River after Tracey got home from a hard day at the office.
(Note: I wasn't sure *why* the psychedelic cows, but in any case it supports Tracey's Mooville nickname for Harrisburg!)...but Valerie, from the SP European contingent, in her comment solved the mystery:
"CowParade is an international public art exhibit that has been featured in major world cities. Fiberglass sculptures of cows are decorated by local artists, and distributed over the city centre, in public places such as train stations, important avenues, and parks. They often feature artwork and designs specific to local culture, as well as city life and other relevant themes. After the exhibition in the city, which lasts many months, the cows are auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity." And it reached MOOVILLE!!!!!!
After getting to bed late, 'cause we just had...SO MUCH to talk about, we had wonderful fruit salad for breakfast this morning, Tracey had to take off for work, and Noreen and I hung out a while longer before she jumped in the shower to ready herself for returning to her *other* life!
We all loved being together! Tracey is SUCH a generous and gracious hostess-with-the-mostest and sweet, substantative friendships are blossoming.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday (yesterday), after the wonderful gathering with Lewis (LEWISH11), Tracey took me to her home the "long" way, over country roads in beautiful southern PA, stopping to pick up some local black raspberries and blueberries (YUMMY breakfast material!!!) AND (to answer Lynn's (LYNNANN43) question) yes, among other small towns, we went through Hershey and by the chocolate manufacturing complex!
OK, since I've had such scarce and paltry internet access, I'm WAY behind on any kind of chronological journalling. So I'll just start with this morning and work backwards, posting a few photos of some of what's been transpiring during this odyssey.
Here's dear Tracey, ready to leave for work this morning, with sweet Pickles
SparkFriends Tracey and Lewis as we're about to head in for breakfast and wonderful conversation yesterday
Acknowledging Lew's birthday during the gathering
Enjoying murals in Mooville, AKA Harrisburg, PA as I followed Tracey to her place on Saturday
A glimpse of the state capitol building as we cruised downtown Harrisburg, me following her uber-cool Honda Insight (a woman who walks her talk!)
OMG! Lake Codorus, just inside PA crossing from MD, within the State Park, 26 mi. of beautiful shoreline and wooded beauty
LOVED my campsite at Codorus where I spent Friday night!
While at Kiptopeke State Park on the Eastern Shore, VA I went on a 24-mile bike ride into Cape Charles and environs. Here are some photos from that trip:
I had a low fat frozen yogurt chocolate malt at the local soda fountain!
And then on to the Cape Charles Beach
Oh, and...my *tan lines*from my sandals!
To be continued...!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Maha: Well......FINALLY some sistah' fun! Yeah, Jude got here to First Landing this morning around 9am and we first enjoyed the morning here at the state park getting to know each other "3-D." Then we decided to go cruising...down to the Boardwalk to do some people watching.
Sand soccer anyone?
Jude, in the turquoise, is returning from checking out King Neptune.
I'm in the bright orange, wanting to get up-close and personal with the King.
Jude wanted to stay at the Cavalier, but I talked her into hanging out with me in the Dolphin!
C'mon Jude, time to get up!
Jude: No traffic! I got here almost an hour before I thought I would and found Maha's little camper in the woods. What a wonderful time, meeting a soul sister! We started the day with a plate of fresh fruit and then headed out to the beach area. The Mayflower Cafe had the most wonderful Mediterranean Cuisine and a cute waiter who read read our Turkish coffee grounds. In honor of Sparky eating we split a baklava! The search for dry ice was a bust and our dinner was guac with fresh avacados, tomatoes, onion, and salsa and black bean chips with melted cheese, nacho-style.
This little "hole in the wall" was recommended by friends at Yogaville.
Lunch at the Mayflower with tabouli and a Turkish "tapas" plate.
Chopping onions and tomato for the guacamole.
Dinner at "home."
Something was in the air as we walked on the beach later in the day. Dragonflies were everywhere landing on our hands, hopefully feasting on the nasty little biting flies.
Maha: Jude is being modest. Dragonflies landed on HER hands, nasty little biting flies landed on MY hands...and other assorted body parts. Jamie Sams in her Animal Medicine says of the Dragonfly that it will "guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation." GO JUDE! In spite of all that the beach walk was wonderful and we waded a little in the warming Atlantic.
This morning the computer was acting up, and I gave it a piece of my mind (that was my first mistake this morning)!
Maha AND Jude
Friday, June 11, 2010
I spent two weeks at the Satchidananda Ashram in central Virginia. It was glorious in every way. The time there began with a kirtan retreat with Krishna Das, and what a beginning that was! I was either sobbing or singing or laughing, all from joy.
This is Sivananda Hall, where all meals are eaten and many programs take place as well. This is only one of several buildings on the 100's of acres. It is a wonderful environment, which supports the practices.
I'm hanging out in Sivananda Hall, prior to a meal.
Saturday dinner. Krishna Das is in the dark tee shirt. Notice the photos of saints up high on the wall...Paramahansa Yogananda is quite apparent.
Krishna Das gave me a few pointers on harmonium playing and mechanics.
The beginning of a lovely trail to LOTUS (Light of Truth Universal Shrine), a temple to all the world's religions, known and unkown
The LOTUS trail
LOTUS in the distance.
My very old and dear friend, Swami Divyananda, arrived at the ashram while I was there. WHAT A SURPRISE! She was my first introduction to Integral Yoga, while directing the San Francisco Institute when I knocked at the door in 1981.
Swami Divyananda and another wonderful friend, Swami Dayananda.
The entrance to the home of Swami Tyagananda, a noted artist who took sannyas (monk) vows many years ago. What follows are several photos of his amazing varieties of artistic work. All the landschaping is his as well. He is in an orange tee shirt with gray sweats. He's in his late 80's and has several pieces in-process. He always appears for morning, noon, and evening meditation...very consistent in the practice. The library in his house is impressive. He is a prolific reader.
LOTUS and the LOTUS Lake from his second floor balcony.
What a laundry room! There are colorful discs on walls all over the house...all with designs on both sides of the disc.
Satya Greenstone chatting with Swami Tyagananda
Yesterday was my first day at Land's End State Park, Virginia Beach, on Chesapeake Bay. What a sunset
Set up in my lovely camp site, with computer at-hand!
To be continued!
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