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11/Summer10: Dinner (thanks Stlrzgrrl!)

Friday, June 25, 2010

I'm on a roll, so I'll post some photos of tonight's dinner in my house-on-wheels:

I needed to restock my groceries before departing Mooville in the Toyota Dolphin, so on our last night (Wednesday) Tracey took me to the ONLY natural foods store in her necka'da woods, The Healthy Grocer, a wonderful full service mostly organic food store.

Among other things, I bought a beautiful, fresh, HUGE bunch of organic kale for $1.99. I wish I had taken a photo of the lovely bouquet before destemming it, but here it is ready to go, filling my tub more than halfway:

I started by sauteeing it in a bit of olive oil with a little salt in my BIG skillet:

Such a beautiful green as it reduces!

I separated out half for another meal tomorrow. I hope Tracey doesn't mind that I took the leftover veggie korma and a bit of biryani (she wasn't there to query) from our Indian meal out at Masala Bistro, also the evening before my departure. I added this to the kale.

All dished up, on the picnic table, ready to *chow down.*

I think I did a purdy good job of cleaning the plate, shown inside empty skillet.

Wish you had been here to share it with me Tracey!!!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 6/27/2010 5:39PM


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CARRAND 6/26/2010 8:45PM

    That looked really good!

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GOANNA2 6/26/2010 4:10PM

    What a beautiful green!
You are living the life my dear.
Food looks absolutely delish.
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FRANCESCANAZ 6/26/2010 2:35PM

    LOVE the empty skillet! emoticon You are so funny!

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STLRZGRRL 6/26/2010 10:37AM

    Maha! Why didn't you take ALL the biryani, too? It is MUCH easier for me to get more here than it is for YOU to get more in the woods!!

Yes, yes, the kale looks wonderful... you are right...

I have determined that it is TOO HOT to pick anything in the field markets here today... but the Farm Show farmer's market is Tuesday (and Friday... NOT Saturday so you didn't actually miss it after all...) and I will endeavor to get over there at lunchtime (since it is not a proper Farmer's Market and doesn't open until 9 AM!!) and see what they've got in... and if there is kale...

I will... uh... think very hard about getting some...



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BECOMINGONE 6/26/2010 8:28AM

    So glad you are experiencing the divine in your journeys. My journey is a continuing learning experience -- a battlefield between my insecurities and inner consciousness for my self.

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MAZZYR 6/26/2010 7:23AM

    Yum, looks good.

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SLASALLE 6/26/2010 12:38AM

    But if I was there with you, I could have eaten the other half of this gorgeous meal!!! LOL

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DARKTHOR 6/26/2010 12:09AM

    Mmmmm, looks delicious!

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MISS_VIV 6/25/2010 11:57PM

    YUMMO. . . . . a veritable feast.
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ONEKIDSMOM 6/25/2010 10:47PM

    Looks yummy! Tomorrow morning here: spinach and mushroom omelet! emoticon The kale made me think I have some lovely fresh spinach to use.

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LYNNANN43 6/25/2010 10:40PM


Camp Hill! Home of PA's Blue Cross/Blue Shield:-)

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PUDLECRAZY 6/25/2010 10:20PM

    I wish I was there to share, too. That looks delicious! emoticon

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10/Summer10: Beautiful Parks, Park 2

Friday, June 25, 2010

I'll start with Cedarville State Forest here in Maryland, 'cause that's where I am NOW. But I have also have photos to journal of Kiptopeke on VA's Eastern Shore, Cape Henlopen on Delaware Bay and Codorus in beautiful southern PA.

I pulled in to Cedarville yesterday and was greeted by these hieroglyphics to help me find my way. I was also greeting by Marie, the camp hostess. We had some pleasant conversations and she gave me the idea for the ride to Cedarville Pond!

Today my home on wheels and the campsite fairly shone.

I love looking skyward in the woods.
I ended up clocking a mere 14 miles today on the Trek...but they were mostly VERY hilly with loose gravel on a VERY uneven roadway. Here is the photo journal of my ride to Cedarville Pond --


Can you get a sense of the road?
Sights along the way:




Quiet streams

...the story of our lives....

About half way there

The CCC guys built and used this back-when



Cedarville Pond

Blessed be!

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FLORIDASUN 6/28/2010 10:13AM

    Ahhhhh I'm immersed in green power after reading your blog and enjoying your pics...what a faboulous faboulous way to enjoy our world...and thank you dear one for sharing your adventures with us! WE LOVE them! emoticonand of course we LOVE you for taking us along! emoticon

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/26/2010 1:04PM

    You are such an intrepid traveler, Mahalakshmi!
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KATL940 6/26/2010 1:12AM

    I enjoyed this, thank you

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DARKTHOR 6/26/2010 12:08AM

    I feel more relaxed just looking on your journey, thanks for letting me tag along.

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PENNYAN45 6/25/2010 11:56PM

    Thank you for the photos - the poem - and more photos in your two blogs. I hope you felt drawn in by the woods and the fields - and the peaceful countryside - with all of its regenerative energy.


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EOSTAR_45 6/25/2010 11:46PM

    Blessed be Maha. Thanks for sharing your photos. Great scenery. And I agree, almost seems like one crossroad or another:-)

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DENI_ZEN 6/25/2010 9:43PM

    You've lifted my spirit and drenched it in natural beauty today - thank you!! I can literally drink in that beauty and tranquility you've captured - ahhh! - Sandi emoticon

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CARRAND 6/25/2010 9:42PM

    Your pictures are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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LILPAT3 6/25/2010 9:31PM

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks so much for sharing them. emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 6/25/2010 9:26PM

    Right on all counts Vivian! And, yes, there was a wonderful freshness to the air as I coursed up and down the road!

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MISS_VIV 6/25/2010 9:20PM

    I trust the 14 miles were on your Trek, and the roads photographed were also on your bike and not in the Dolphin. Oh, Maha, I can feel the air and smell the forest from here. I love it so. Thank you so much for sharing.

Blessed be.


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VALERIEMAHA 6/25/2010 9:19PM

    This odyssey was on my trusty Trek, Chris.
I've edited the text so that it is hopefully more apparent now!

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PUDLECRAZY 6/25/2010 9:14PM

    Lovely! I was waiting for the daytime photos; it looks like it was an adventure getting your camper through.

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9/Summer10: Beautiful Parks

Friday, June 25, 2010

Cedarville State Forest, south-eastern Maryland


Day ends, and before sleep
when the sky dies down, consider
your altered state: has this day
changed you? Are the corners
sharper or rounded off? Did you
live with death? Make decisions
that quieted? Find one clear word
that fit? At the sun's midpoint
did you notice a pitch of absence,
bewilderment that invites
the possible? What did you learn
from things you dropped and picked up
and dropped again? Did you set a straw
parallel to the river, let the flow
carry you downstream?

~ Jeanne Lohmann ~
(The Light of Invisible Bodies)

I've gotta' get out on the Trek before the heat becomes unbearable.

Blessed be!

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BUNNYCATS 6/25/2010 8:32PM

    The woods are lovely dark and deep . . . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/25/2010 6:17PM

    Beautiful resonance with the poem, Mahalakshmi. Makes me think of birds tucking themselves into a nest at night. Repose.

So glad you are doing well!

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LYNNANN43 6/25/2010 4:25PM

    A MAHA shared poem with the gorgeous pics. It's gonna be a good day!

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SLASALLE 6/25/2010 1:35PM

    You've been getting LOTS of time on your trusty Trek, as well as many, many scenic beauties to enhance your soul ... keep on keepin' on, my friend ... enjoy it all and just soak it in.

Wish I could be on one of those rides with you, but am delighted you're sharing with us so we can at least live it vicariously!


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FRANCESCANAZ 6/25/2010 1:18PM

    I hope all of your corners are rounded off nicely...enjoy your Trek, I'm about to take mine out too! emoticon

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MISS_VIV 6/25/2010 10:08AM

    Ahhhhhh, peace. Where else could you find such serenity (unless it would be the beach?) The quiet calm of the day ending, night creeping in and stillness in the trees. How magnificent.
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NATIVECOURAGE 6/25/2010 9:56AM

    Nice poem! A great addition to the pictures.

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KALIGIRL 6/25/2010 8:44AM

    "Are the corners sharper or rounded off?" That's one I should ask every day...
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PUDLECRAZY 6/25/2010 8:36AM

    The park looks lovely, I am waiting now for your daytime photos.

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GREENCAT1 6/25/2010 7:19AM

    I am loving your pictures!

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BECOMINGONE 6/25/2010 7:00AM

    The pictures are beautiful and the heat is oppressive. I hope we will get a break from the heat and humidity one of these weeks ....


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STLRZGRRL 6/25/2010 6:53AM

    If you were here, I could lighten up those pictures for you, Maha, she said quietly...

If there is any good in this world it is cooler there than here!!!

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    ... and the heat becomes unbearable by 8am!

Love the pictures!

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8.5/Summer10: PAJAMA PARTY!!!

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.

Blessed be!

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GENKI_WARRIOR 6/24/2010 10:21PM

    yaaaay for yacking and good times!

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GOANNA2 6/24/2010 4:49PM

    What an interesting story about the cows.

Glad you got to have a good visit with Tracey and Noreen. Lucky you.
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PUDLECRAZY 6/24/2010 4:26PM

    Sounds like a wonderful visit!

I have always loved those cows. Our local dairy does a take-off on that; schools and businesses can paint cows which are auctioned off as fund raisers. Fun activity.

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DARKTHOR 6/24/2010 11:44AM

    What a wonderful journey you are having, it really looks like you are making the most of every moment. Whatever the reason for the cow, how great that it was there for all of you to ponder.

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MAZZYR 6/24/2010 9:59AM

    Smiling. Thank you for sharing.

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PENNYAN45 6/24/2010 8:31AM

    It was good to see the photo of the three of you. What a GREAT time visiting in 3D with friends!
So happy, too, that you have solved the mystery of MOOVILLE for us!

May your laughs continue as you meander on....


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NORLANA 6/24/2010 6:31AM

    Maha and Trace ... thank you for making me a part of your Summer Fun 2010 :)

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DDOORN 6/23/2010 11:07PM

    Thx for sharing your wonderful travels...!

What special times...!


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DENI_ZEN 6/23/2010 10:10PM

    What a delightful, delicious, and deliciously delightful odyssey you and your friends have created, Valerie! Spark ON!! That's a lovely picture of the three of you :) - Sandi emoticon

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LYNNANN43 6/23/2010 8:55PM

    I've met both you & Noreen:D I so wish i could have met Tracey too!!!

Thanks so much for the update from my state capitol!


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SLASALLE 6/23/2010 6:51PM

    That is way cool ... all of it ... thanks for sharing and for the pics!! Keep enjoying ...

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WALKINGANNIE 6/23/2010 4:41PM

    Good to read your update Maha.

I have seen cows like this in various parts of Europe and the US that were described as being part of an international 'Cow Parade'. I wonder if this is part of the same moo-vment?


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MARENAMOO 6/23/2010 2:17PM

    I am so glad that you are making "in the flesh" spark friendships. How rewarding. You were near me when you were at Cape Henlopen state park but I was committed to something so I did not connect with you - maybe another time. Have a wonderful trip.

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KALIGIRL 6/23/2010 1:15PM

    Sounds like a wonderful visit with fabulous friends.

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MAEVE77 6/23/2010 12:58PM

    Wow, I love your new photos of the ashram and I adore Pickles! I grew up with boxers and have a deep and tender love for boxer dogs - I wish I could hug Pickles! The ashram looks fabulous! Blessings, Mary Pat emoticon

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RUSSELLORAMA 6/23/2010 12:29PM

    So much fun! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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PEACEFULONE 6/23/2010 11:29AM

    Maha it is such great fun traveling with you! How nice to meet in 3D Tracy and Noreen. Wonderful, wonderful travels! Happy trails!

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VALERIEMAHA 6/23/2010 10:55AM

Yep -- Valerie's right! That's it!!!

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_VALEO_ 6/23/2010 10:48AM

    How exciting to meet the two of them!

The cow might be part of the Cow Parade.
A few years ago, we had many cows designed by different artists like this one in Paris, the aim was also to support charitable actions through art (against Aids in Africa for the Cow Parade in Paris.)
These cows have toured Europe, and Japan, they might have made their way to the US and to Mooville. I couldn't think of a better place for them! ;)

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MISS_VIV 6/23/2010 10:23AM

    Awesome, awesome . . . . I am so glad you are taking and sharing with us some very priceless photos. What a great trip. Everyone looks happy and relaxed.
What fun.

Love ya

Stay safe
Stay well
Stay happy

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FRAN-SOLEIL 6/23/2010 10:17AM

    Sounds like your journey continues to be exciting and rewarding. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

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8/Summer10: STLRZGRRL's Mooville & Other Assorted Pleasures

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, *tan lines*from my sandals!

To be continued...!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 8/29/2011 9:17AM

    Mooville looks soooo cool in these photos. Next time you come through town Tracy has to share you with me!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 6/27/2010 5:36PM

    Love those tan lines--Somehow I got un-subscribed again! Catching up with Maha's big Adventure! Go-Go- Maha!

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DENI_ZEN 6/23/2010 9:22AM

    LOL about your tan line! You've even got suntanned toes! Thanks for treating us to more beautiful vistas...and an opportunity to meet Tracey and Lewis via the miracle of your peripatetic blog presence! I'm joining you in spirit :) - Sandi emoticon

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STLRZGRRL 6/23/2010 5:42AM

    I am SO THANKFUL for this time NOW... with THIS incredible woman...

(Lew is way cool, too!)!!!!!!

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LEWISH11 6/23/2010 1:42AM

    We had a great time. Here's wishing more great times.

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KALIGIRL 6/22/2010 1:31PM

    Great photos. Looks like you are continuing to have a marvelous ‘journey’ with your friends!

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SLASALLE 6/22/2010 11:10AM

    What awesome pictures! So glad you're having a great time ...

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LYNNANN43 6/22/2010 10:53AM

    My MIL was just talking last night about a 3 or 4 day trip we could take together when the aunt & uncle come in from TX next month.

You have given me some great ideas!

Keep having a fabulous time and working on that tan!


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SHEENADEE 6/22/2010 10:48AM

    Great pics! Sounds like you are having a good journey. Enjoy!

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EOSTAR_45 6/22/2010 4:26AM

    Wow! What fun!

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PENNYAN45 6/21/2010 11:45PM

    It's fun to see your pictures and hear your description of your good times on the road.

And.... to learn the true identity of MOOVILLE!!!

Beautiful lake and beach front!!

Keep having fun and moving on!!

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DDOORN 6/21/2010 10:15PM

    Oh! Shoulda stopped by here first...! Great pics! Got my wanderlust cranked up and going...! :-)


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MAZZYR 6/21/2010 7:16PM

    Wow, this is fun to read.

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GOANNA2 6/21/2010 6:22PM

    Wow, I feel as though I am with you on theis great journey. Keep well.
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GREENCAT1 6/21/2010 6:01PM

    You are in my neck of the woods now!

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    Thank you for the tour! I miss Penn!

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AZIMAT 6/21/2010 1:53PM

    So how about another retreat, this one in the Berkshires, July15 through 18 at the Abode of the Message with the Sufi Order.
You will love it!

Hope to see you there. emoticon

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SLASALLE 6/21/2010 12:49PM

    Did you see Norlana's status? (Geez, I unplug for only two weeks and Maha shows up in my state!!!) LOL

Glad to hear you got to meet up with more fellow Sparkers, turning those friendships into 3D!!!

Where you headed next, or do you even know? I've thought about calling, but didn't want to interrupt you being "in the zone."

xoxoxo from Kansas City

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GENKI_WARRIOR 6/21/2010 11:55AM

    yaaaaaaaaaaay beach~!

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FRANCESCANAZ 6/21/2010 11:48AM

    What a great adventure you are enjoying amiga! I hope you can make it up to the Adirondacks of NY...I'm so happy you met with Spark friends. Awesome indeed! emoticon

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MISS_VIV 6/21/2010 11:04AM

    I am so enjoying your trip with you. (in your pocket so to speak) Know you are having a wonderful time. Happy Summer Solstice to you. Be sure to enjoy this extra long day doing all of what you do best. So glad you got to meet up with Lew and Trace, what fun. (keep the pictures coming)

My thoughts and prayers with you.

Blessed be.

what BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, I loves beaches.

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LYNNANN43 6/21/2010 10:37AM

    You're still in my state!!! Did you go to Hershey?

Waving HI from Pittsburgh!

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