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26/Summer10:Frank Lloyd Wright: Fallingwater

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Already well-known during his lifetime, Frank Lloyd Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as 'the greatest American architect of all time'.

I was so looking forward to seeing work more of this brilliant, eccentric, and multi-talented man. I'm very familiar with the Marin County Civic Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. And a dear friend and I attended a service at the Unitarian Church in Oak Park, Chicago, IL But he was prolific...AND two notable houses were conveniently located on my journey.



"FALLINGWATER: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), this house was built in 1936 as a family retreat for Pittsburgh businessman Edgar J. Kaufman. Widely admired for its design, it is dramatically cantilevered over a waterfall: it exemplifies Wright's desire to join architecture with nature. Edgar Kaufman Jr. presented the house to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in 1963."

Definition of cantilever style: A cantilever is a beam supported on only one end. The beam carries the load to the support where it is resisted by moment and shear stress. Cantilever construction allows for overhanging structures without external bracing. For example cantilevers can be created by an extension of a simply supported beam (such as the way a diving-board is anchored and extends over the edge of a swimming pool).
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantilever

Here are some shots I took of the fabulous structure Fallingwater, which though immensely indaequate, show how his organic architecture is integrated into the woods and over the waterfall, and some of the amazing angles and design motifs:



















"Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, which resulted in more than 500 completed works. Wright promoted organic architecture (exemplified by Fallingwater and Graycliff), was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture , and developed the concept of the Usonian home.

"His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also often designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass.

"Wright authored 20 books and many articles, and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin studio."
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wr
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CARRAND 8/13/2010 3:35PM

    Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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FRANCESCANAZ 8/13/2010 12:04PM

    Beautiful pictures & very informative. I'm still trying to get that shot of Zeus with all four hooves up! emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 8/13/2010 11:33AM

    Great shots!

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LYNNANN43 8/13/2010 10:36AM

    I haven't been here in YEARS! I so wish I would have gone with you!

Oh well, I certainly live close enough to get here all by my lonesome old self:-)

Thanks for the great memories & reminder!

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KALIGIRL 8/13/2010 8:33AM

    One of my favorite pieces of architecture in one of my favorite settings - thanks for sharing.

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JLWOF1 8/13/2010 7:54AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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ATRANSFORMATION 8/13/2010 3:40AM

    How lovely is this! We went to his house in Chicago (with Carli) but it was quite different...


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INTERSTATEVERSE 8/13/2010 12:38AM

    I was there Memorial Day! Love FLW!

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WILDHONEYPIE1 8/13/2010 12:37AM

    I forgot to ask if you had ever heard of Puzzle Of Light? They are a band from Dayton, Ohio and they recorded an album at Falling Water. I think you might enjoy. http://www.puzzleoflight.com/about.
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    Nice picture on the bottom.

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25/Summer10: SPARK WOMEN EXTRAORDINAIRE & a Maha-Friendly Village!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

You create yourself in ever-changing shapes
that rise from the stuff of our days---
unsung, unmourned, undescribed,
like a forest we never knew.

You are the deep innerness of all things,
the last word that can never be spoken.
To each of us you reveal yourself differently:
to the ship as coastline, to the shore as a ship.

-- Rainer Maria Rilke, from (Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, trans. by A. Barrows and J. Macy)


Youghiogheny River while cycling on the trail

Intersecting with Chris (PUDLECRAZY) and Rachel (WILDHONEYPIE1) in Yellow Springs, Ohio, two more amazing women, SparkWomen at that, brought BIG JOY to my heart as I come close to three months on the road, completing Maha's Magical Mystery Tour in time to begin fall classes. Though distinct and unique in their own rights, these two friends are indeed both beautiful examples of beings in the world making a difference in their way of living it out.

Beautiful, gracious Chris, who has taught grades 4-7 for almost 30 years at the highly regarded Antioch School, previously the lab school for Antioch College (which she is an alumni of)
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is one of those multiply talented, over-achievers whose accomplishments could be intimidating (though she's ANYTHING but THAT!)


She was poised to *shoot* me standing in my camper.

We spent all of Tuesday AUGUST 10 afternoon/evening together and MAN! did we pack it full:

~ upon my arrival, she swooped me up and took me into the village and accompanied me while I chowed down some lunch, all the time communing/dialoguing together. While we were at Ha Ha's Pizzeria(!), two beautiful young women came in and, upon seeing Chris, ran up to her, hugging and greeting her. I learned afterwards that these are two former students (remember, almost 30 years at Antioch School), both through university now...one living in Italy and both flourishing in the world!

~ we then cruised the streets some, while I got the cook's tour. She had made a haircut appointment for today with her gifted and wonderful haircutter, so she showed me where Wavelengths is.

~ we went to Tom's Market and the local health food store, where I replenished my food supply

~ of course I twisted her arm to drive by both the Antioch School, as well as her Alma mater, Antioch College. On the wall of the school is some stupendous ceramic art created by her students: a flock of many kinds of birds, with branches and leaves strewn about and the peace symbol created by some of those branches and leaves, birds perched here-and-there.

~ we went to her place and I got to meet and play with the one-and-only legendary STELLA!
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~ I also got to meet her handsome DH, who gifted me with a jar of his special homemade mustard, which I plan to sample with avocado today!

~ Chris insisted I take some brown basmati rice (I was going to buy some)

~ she prepared us a refreshing and perfect light dinner of whole wheat macaroni/spinach salad with goat cheese and cherries

~ she gifted me with a yoga class at the downtown studio, while she attended water aerobics

~ after class, she rescued me when I was miserably lost after dark, and we went back to her home where

~ we pulled the trip itinerary for Wed. travel together (when she should have been in bed!) and I arrived here with nary a hitch!

~ she gave me an individual whole wheat peach/blackberry cobbler (that would be a resounding YUUUUMMM!)

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! I'm soooooooo sad I didn't get more photos of Chris'n me on Tuesday and NONE of one-and-only Stella! I kept leaving my camera in the Dolphin. Getting there on I-70 had been very stressful and it was VERY hot and VERY humid...and I think I had a temporary(?) *Brain Melt.*

Wednesday, AUGUST 11:

YIPPEE! It was nip-and-tuck, but I got to meet and play with Rachel, aka WildHoneyPie1:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id
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Rachel is the young, committed mother of three children, ages 3, 6 and 9! I already knew she was a special soul from our prior communications via SP. But what a joy it was to intersect with her...to learn about her revolutionary matriarchal roots, her stellar mothering philosophy and commitment , her bright and quick mind, her wisdom...far beyond her years. She has so much to offer the world and right now she's focusing that wealth on three fortunate children! Here are some photos of our morning together:


Isn't she beautiful! (me BEFORE the haircut)




Sunrise Cafe, where we had an exceptional breakfast (Chris tried to take me there, but it's closed on Tuesdays)


Rachel insisted on sending me off with a copy of the local news


A cluster of kewel-esque shops in this town of less than 4,000. I also loved Asanda Imports and the handsome sweet proprietor, where I bought birthday gifts. He and his wife (who teaches yoga locally) met in Thailand on a secluded island with others, practicing Mysore Astanga Yoga.
www.asandaimports.com/


A bench at the library






More exterior library art


Detail of book tree, with REAL books


This and the following on the streets in Yellow Springs


Mural art


Tree fiber/crochet art


More bench art


Truck art






Relaxing on the daisy bench AFTER my haircut. Gary, who owns Wavelengths Salon, is not only a master hairstylist, but also a gracious human being. I'm so grateful to Chris for facilitating the appointment in her salon!


I didn't want to leave this magical village and so Rachel and I ended up having ANOTHER delicious meal, lunch this time, at Williams Eatery. It is owned by a wonderful young Peruvian woman (who waited on us) and her husband, William.

Thursday, AUGUST 12:


Peek-a-boo my home-on-wheels at Charlestown State Park, southern Indiana


This morning I cut through the humidity to ride my Trek down to the Ohio River (made it 6 miles last night before aborting the trip and heading back because it was getting dark) and 9 miles this morning




It looks like dusk, but that's just because the morning sun rose over the Ohio and I was looking into it


The Ninja Turtle Patrol came to the rescue and moved this lovely creature off the road on the way to the river




Butterflies along the way; I also saw a pair of wild turkeys trotting off the road, both directions (prolly the same pair!)

I'm now eating an amazing salad of organic spring greens, avocado, grapes, sheep feta and olives from Current Cuisine that Chris introduced me to and a fine miso-ginger dressing I have on-hand. I'm thinking of heading to Mammoth Caves National Park for the night and to explore down-under!

  
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FRANCESCANAZ 8/13/2010 12:02PM

    emoticonmore happy adventures. I'm glad you got your haircut and sounds like you are staying very faithful to eating well & being healthy. Te amo, Francesca

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PUDLECRAZY 8/13/2010 11:31AM

    Oooh, you had some more photos to add. I love your new haircut! I am glad you got to eat at Sunrise and Williams.

Are you on your way to Mammoth Caves?

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DOR2BFIT 8/13/2010 10:23AM

    Looks like you attract what you offer- kindness, beauty, generosity, wonder... emoticon emoticon

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WILDHONEYPIE1 8/13/2010 12:32AM

    Oh Maha it was wonderful to intersect with you as well. I am happy that your journey continues to be safe and magical. I hope you do stop at Mammoth Caves, I haven't been there in years but I remember it being fun and beautiful. Continuing to send you love as you continue on your journey.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 8/12/2010 11:33PM

    Love the poem, Mahalakshmi! And your extraordinary visits with friends, this wonderful village and amazing art. What beautiful eyes you have, my friend.
Hugs,
Usha.

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MAZZYR 8/12/2010 6:49PM

    I love reading about your summer adventure. Stay safe.
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TEENY_BIKINI 8/12/2010 6:40PM

    I love this adventure that you are on. How beautiful and amazing to meet all these wonderful women.

And how super amazing are you.

XO

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WALKINGANNIE 8/12/2010 3:04PM

    Thanks again for sharing your extraordinary adventures Maha. Your blogs always have something for all our senses and you have met such interesting and delightful people along the way.

Thanks also for enquiring after my health. I'm on the mend and grateful to be making progress every day.

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EARTHSEAME 8/12/2010 3:00PM

    You were blessed by butterflies, turtles, and turkeys! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AZIMAT 8/12/2010 2:43PM

    Thank you again, it's lovely to travel, even vicariously.

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KALIGIRL 8/12/2010 1:16PM

    What a marvelous trip, blessed with new 3D friends!

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SUCHAHOOT 8/12/2010 12:34PM

    JOY! JOY!! JOY!!!

Stay safe & happy!!

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BOOBERRY 8/12/2010 11:11AM

    I have read some of your journeys this summer it looks like you are having a blast I can not wait till Hubby and and I can travel as we please without work getting in the way. We have a travel trailer and love to camp.

Thank you for sharing your travels and beautiful pictures , Be safe and enjoy yourself, There is another nice place in Indiana it is Turkey Run State Park it has lot of nice hiking areas there. In fact this pic of me is of there hiking in the rocks and hollowers. Brenda

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MISS_VIV 8/12/2010 10:30AM

    I am so pleased that you were able to meet up with these wonderful women.
and that you are enjoying what is left of your Marvelous Mystery Tour. The parks you have been visiting make me a bit jealous. California is beautiful but it looks like the world is full of beautiful places that could only be 'discovered' by a woman who has no boundaries. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh Maha, you are truly blessed and in turn it is such a blessing to be among your friends. emoticon Stay well, Stay safe, Stay happy..
Much love

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FLORIDASUN 8/12/2010 10:30AM

    Aha...Maha's Magical Mystery Tour is a treat and a pleasure! I'm soooo happy you are connecting with our beautiful Sparkie friends...and my fleshy friends disdainfully ask me if I've been in touch with my 'fake friends' each Friday night when we get together pssssshaw...on them...I'm going to make them read each and every one of your blogs...fake... my footsie in their rear end! emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 8/12/2010 9:11AM

    I am so glad we got to spend some time together, short though it was, and that Stella wasn't too obstreperous for you to enjoy.

I am happy to hear that you are getting in a bike ride along the Ohio, but be careful; it is supposed to be beastly hot and humid again today.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 8/12/2010 8:59AM

    You've had quite the journey! When do you head back? I'm ending my FL trip today---home a few, then off to the Outer Banks before school starts.

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24/Summer10: Every Common Bush AND Niagara Falls!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God.
-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from Aurora Leigh

I'm in my THIRD month of trippin' about in this huge, awe-inspiring country of ours (and a *touch* of Canada as well)!!! Today I rode my Trek to -- and about 20 miles around -- Niagara Falls. I'm so glad I have this unique opportunity to see more of it, since up to now, I've been generally more traveled internationally than domestically.

RECENT HUMAN INTERACTIONS: There was Laura in the St. Lawrence Seaway Region and Judy in Ontario, Canada...who both got in their cars and LED ME significant distances to my campground when I showed up at their front doors miserably lost! (Over the three months, two others have LED me to places, the latest of which was a young man who yesterday led me to smalltown Brookville, PA , library.)

Then there was Ellen from Buffalo, a pal I went bicycling with in Allegheny State Park (a retired [published!] law librarian), and Melissa (a world traveler, currently a teacher and summer employee at Alleghany State Park, NY) from Salamanca, two kindred spirits that I intersected with in a sweet and substantive manner (e.g., shared meals, wonderful conversation, bike rides, etc.).

I wish I had photos of these women!

RECENT NATURE INTERACTIONS: Here I will post a photo journal of just a token of the last two parks I've been in (wish I had a better camera, but you'll get the idea)...oh, and a few shots of Niagara Falls:


Here I am (can you see me?)!








Whirlpool


A beautiful garden adjacent to the falls


This wonderful "Sri Chinmoy International Peace Falls" plaque was in the garden


A breath-taking silvery lavendar hibiscus in the tropical greenhouse




Loved the tall grasses




I also made it to the Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens (at Azimat's recommendation), but my camera battery pooped out, dang it! It was amazing in every way!

ALLEGANY STATE PARK, NY (BTW, they spell it "Allegheny" in PA!) :


Osprey pair with their young in the nest right at the park entrance!


Loved that I got site 108!


Quaker Lake (the side of ASP I camped on). I got very few photos of ASP, a beautiful park that I would love to return to, both Quaker and Red House sides, to explore further.

COOK FOREST, PA (absolutely magical):


Can you see the amazing trunk *design* in a center background tree?


I loved the sun-dappled trees


Incredible mushrooms were scattered through the forest


Still life with coffee (can you see it?)




Lots of fern in the shaded, misty forest





  
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SLAYINGDRAGONS 8/1/2013 3:22PM

    Oh man! I was living in that area from June to Dec. 2012!!! So glad you are having so much fun!!!

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MISS_VIV 8/1/2013 2:48PM

    Thank you for allowing us to relive this adventure. Love the pics and the detail. What an amazing trip.
Hugs

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ROBINSNEWNEST 8/11/2010 7:49PM

    You're on an amazing journey... Thank you for taking time to share it with us emoticon

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GBOOMER 8/9/2010 7:07AM

    What a lot of amazing beauty you are seeing and photographing! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/8/2010 6:55PM

    Wonderful pictures and sounds like a fabulous trip (glad you're feeling better)

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GINABUG 8/8/2010 6:27PM

    Maha! What great travels you have had. The woods pics are magical to me. Thanks so much for sharing. I am hoping to reconnect with you and Stephanie soon. The summer has had some very unexpected turns and I am ALMOST looking forward to a return to some semblance of normalcy when the Fall semester begins. Thinking of you often, my dear friend!

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SHANTISHANTI 8/8/2010 4:49PM

    Awesome. I have thoroughly enjoyed traveling with you this summer
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LYNNANN43 8/8/2010 4:49PM

    Thanks for checking in with us and sharing your pics, MAHA!

I so would've met you at Fallingwater! I haven't been there in YEARS!

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STLRZGRRL 8/8/2010 4:42PM

    Ya, you got to see some prime PA woods this trip, you did...

I am so pleased... it's sometimes hard for me to remember the parts of this state that really ARE worth going out of your way to see...

YOU, OTOH, went out of your way to see Mooville and that is STILL a miracle to ME!!!

MWAH!
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FRANCESCANAZ 8/8/2010 3:49PM

    Great to hear from you again! You made it to Niagra Falls!!! The people from Salamanca are SOOO Simpatico! Glad you are still havein a good time and glad you are feeling better too. emoticon I'm still trying to get that picture of Zeus with his four hoofs up! emoticon

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SLASALLE 8/7/2010 11:24PM

    Oh Maha ... awesome everything - pictures, blog, check-in, you!!! I leave for San Francisco Thursday and will be seeing AT on Friday!! Isn't it just awesome connecting with those we have connected with so well in our wonderful ThanksGiving Community!!

With love,
Stephanie

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/7/2010 10:18PM

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I hope you are feeling better. Your pictures are beautiful.

Cheers.
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CARRAND 8/7/2010 8:48PM

    Aren't the Falls just awesome. When I saw them I could totally understand why someone would want to go over them in a barrel. Your pictures are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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STILLPOINT 8/7/2010 5:23PM

    Welcome to Canada....hope you enjoyed the falls lovely one! If you need a place to stay in Ottawa - my door's open!

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WALKINGANNIE 8/7/2010 2:53PM

    Hope you're feeling better Maha. The photos are great as ever. It felt strange to see some of the pictures and to think that I had once stood in the same spot by the Falls.

Thanks for sharing your summer with us.

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AZIMAT 8/7/2010 2:48PM

    Thanks so much for checking in. Beautiful photos, beautiful you!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 8/7/2010 11:25AM

    Absolutely gorgeous forest! I can see the rainbow in the mist of the falls. Hope you are regaining your whole sense of health. I'm having mango-banana-oatmeal with my coffee and these photos are perfect.

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MISS_VIV 8/7/2010 9:29AM

    Haven't had the coffee yet. When the eyes clear I will go back an relive this portion of your trip. Your trip and pictures are exhilirating but right now I need COFFEE... back soon.

I am so enjoying this trip with you.



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PENNYAN45 8/7/2010 9:27AM

    Beautiful photos! Your trip sounds like so much fun! I wish I were there!
Keep on enjoying nature here in the U.S. - and thanks for sharing it with us.

Hugs,

PennyAn

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THECITYMOUSE 8/7/2010 9:06AM

    Just love reading about your summer adventure...
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23/Summer10: Kaniatarowanenneh

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Saint Lawrence River (Mohawk: Kaniatarowanenneh, meaning "big waterway") is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary drainage of the Great Lakes Basin. It traverses the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and forms part of the international boundary between Ontario and other places in the United States:

St. Lawrence Seaway

I camped at Black Lake last night, about 25 miles from Alexandria Bay, the 1000 Islands region:

Black Lake


Alexandria Bay

This morning I head to Wellesley Island State Park in the St. Lawrence River for three nights
www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Welle
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Wellesley Island State Park

A friend who is from this area insisted that I MUST go on the boat tour of the islands. She said that albeit it's a "touristy thing" it is nonetheless a spectacular sightseeing experience: "The most popular cruise is the Two Nation Tour, a 2 1/4 hour cruise departing from its home port of Alexandria Bay. This features a narrated international tour offering enjoyment of historic and scenic wonders in both American and Canadian waters. At the end of each trip there is an optional stop at Boldt Castle on Heart Island for a self-guided tour." usboattours.com/1000islands/

Uncle Same Boat Tours

I also plan to do lots of bicycling during these days...and I even hope to perhaps rent a kayak (thanks Francesca)!

I sadly left Francesca's loving home yesterday -- and the company of Timothy the handsome freckled springer spaniel, her two beautiful rescue horses Onyx (who is sun-bleached to a dark brown now!) and Zeus, and her sweet DH. At her recommendation I drove west on NY-3 through exquisite scenery...green, green, green...with lakes, rivers, and all the myriad the joys of the Mother at her finest!









THE JOURNEY

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice --
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do --
determined to save
the only life you could save.

~ Mary Oliver ~
(Dream Work)

  
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SHANTISHANTI 8/1/2010 4:48PM

    Gorgeous, breathtaking trip, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! And, thanks again to Mary Oliver.

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DRAGONFLY7149 8/1/2010 4:10PM

    Absolutely beautiful, Maha -- I do wish I knew the name of that freighter...just might be the one my son is on (hope you waved!)

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/30/2010 6:58PM

    Wow. That is gorgeous.

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FRAN-SOLEIL 7/30/2010 10:59AM

    Thanks for the pictures. Makes me miss home. Enjoy!!

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STLRZGRRL 7/30/2010 7:59AM

    Ohmigosh!

THANK YOU for saving your life, Maha!!!
MWAH! MWAH! MWAH!


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PUDLECRAZY 7/30/2010 7:50AM

    Lovely!

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GETDONE 7/28/2010 3:25AM

    Wonderful pictures--thank you. I am going back to read your older posts--I am planning a trip and need ideas.
Enjoy. Discover

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_VALEO_ 7/28/2010 2:18AM

    Kaniatarowanenneh: the name is already an invitation to travel.
The ducks reminds me so much of Ontario.

Thanks for sharing your travel, and for sharing another great poem from Mary Oliver.

Have a safe trip.

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SLASALLE 7/26/2010 4:56PM

    Living this trip vicariously through you, my dear. As always, appreciate your sharing - all of it - the visuals, the imagery, the words ... you're just something else, my friend.

With love,
Stephanie

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FRANCESCANAZ 7/26/2010 8:15AM

    We are so happy you are enjoying your adventure. Maybe you are at Niagra Falls by now. I finished putting up the other fence for Zeus & Onyx and today they will have a nice new field to graze on. God Bless you, Francesca, Papi, Timothy, Zeus & Onyx.., midnight ...Diego too emoticon

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BRIGHTSPARK7 7/24/2010 2:54PM

    Glorious exalting views, Mahalakshmi!
Thank you!

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AZIMAT 7/24/2010 10:06AM

    My DH and I are sitting on the sofa, lookin' at your pics, remembering the fun we had, marveling at your courage and sense of adventure.

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BAGGYPANTS5 7/24/2010 3:20AM

    Wow, what a place!! Wonderful pics.
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CARRAND 7/23/2010 9:24PM

    Lovely pictures and lovely poem. Thank you for sharing.

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WILLOW49 7/23/2010 7:51PM

    I used to go camping there every summer with my family. Thanks for the memories :)

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HEALTHY4ME 7/23/2010 7:01PM

    Memories as we lived in Kingston Ontario for 6 years and we were married there 33 years ago this sunday coming. Actually we went on the Cdn 1,000 Island tour way back then and yes it is well worth going on. Aweseome scenery.
Have a super time and enjoy!!!

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PENNYAN45 7/23/2010 6:55PM

    This new area you are in looks magnificent! For sure, take those tours and drink in all the sights you can.

The poem is poignant and tugs at the heart. "...determined to save the only life you could save." I have grown to really appreciate enjoy and Mary Oliver's poetry, thanks to you.

Have a marvelous time, my friend, spreading your love as you go.

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WALKINGANNIE 7/23/2010 5:25PM

    Thank you for introducing me to Mary Oliver through your blogs Maha. I have enjoyed reading other poems that she has written.

Fare well.

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DENI_ZEN 7/23/2010 4:50PM

    Mmmmm!!! Thank you for this glimpse of the area around Kaniatarowanenneh! I then felt compelled to look at more pictures of the St. Lawrence on Google Earth - ahhh, I love armchair traveling under my ceiling fan! The vividness of the blues in your pictures and those luscious greens remind me of how far north you are. Cool colors seem to grow deeper at that latitude! - Sandi emoticon

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COSMIC_ENERGY 7/23/2010 12:32PM

    I feel cooler looking at these pictures and knowing you are much further north than I.

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FRANCESCANAZ 7/23/2010 12:14PM

    Timothy misses his treats. Onyx & Zeus miss their clover eating on the lawn, DH was really glad you were here & was sorry to see you leave. And I am enjoying hearing about your continuing adventure mi amiga! HAVE FUN! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 7/23/2010 11:21AM

    What a fabulous place your travels have taken you to.
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/23/2010 10:31AM

    Such beautiful photographs!

What a wonderful journey you are on!!

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22/Summer10: Francesca and Kathleen, and the Wonder Of It All!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I am making this blog more visual than textual. I'll begin with the lovely bike ride at Lake George which I took before arriving to Francesca's. I rode solidly one way and stopped for photo ops on the return ride.


Lake George is quite large...this is one small area.


The Lake George bike path


Ducks in the marsh with lily pads


Flora and fauna


A gurgling brook with ferns in the sun


Lots of historical markers



Yesterday Francesca and I took the ferry across Lake Champlain to Burlington, VT to meet Kathleen (DokeyOkey) and go for a bike ride and have lunch and girl-time.


Me'n Francesca on the ferry


Francesca got one of me


A Burlington original!


Francesca and Kathleen are rarin' to go!


One more of Kathleen

We rode about 12 miles after a DELICIOUS lunch at Bueno y Sano (Good and Healthy) and the trail is equally as beautiful as the Lake George bike trail, but I wasn't able to stop and take photos this time.

And finally...this morning we left around 7:15am to go kayaking on Lake Champlain...a FIRST for me...and I LOVED IT! Here are some photos Francesca got of me:








This was after almost two hours in the water

  
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DOKEYOKEY 7/4/2013 11:22AM

    Makes me wanna take a trip back up to Burlington for another ride on the bike path! It was so lovely to meet both you and Francesca!

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DDOORN 11/19/2011 7:59AM

    Gotta love all the precious nooks & crannies of our upstate New York! :-)

Don

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MAEVE77 7/26/2010 7:00PM

    What a wonderful time you're having! Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures and stories. I love kayaking and it's exciting for me to see you trying it out - isn't it a blast? I hope one day we can go biking and kayaking together!
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DARKTHOR 7/23/2010 4:07AM

    Looks lovely! What a wonderful day surrounded by nature.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 7/22/2010 9:33PM

    Lovely day! You look so relaxed after the kayaking. And looking very fit, Mahalakshmi!
Hugs,
Usha.

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WALKINGANNIE 7/22/2010 6:02PM

    Looks like you had another great day, shared with friends.

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KALIGIRL 7/22/2010 8:27AM

    Great photos with great friends - can't beat that!

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BECOMINGONE 7/22/2010 6:19AM

    So the journey continues ... I hope you are feeling as renewed and enlivened as your pictures of the Lake George bike trail. You look so carefree in the pictures on the ferry. What a summer!

Shine,
Sandra

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MAZZYR 7/22/2010 5:30AM

    Great pictures!!
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_VALEO_ 7/22/2010 3:07AM

    Great company, beautiful scenery, new experiences.... and delicious ice cream. What else can a girl ask for?

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PEACEFULONE 7/21/2010 11:32PM

    Such beautiful scenery and how delightful to meet and engage in fun and physical activities with Spark friends. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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SLASALLE 7/21/2010 11:24PM

    Thanks to you, my dear friend, I get to go to sleep with these photographs in my mind!!! THAT is a REALLY GOOD thing ...



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KAT573 7/21/2010 10:01PM

    Thank you for taking us on your journeys! enjoyed the pix and memories; we used to go to Lake George in the summertimes.
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DENI_ZEN 7/21/2010 9:38PM

    Your pictures are always so mesmerizing! So glad you and Francesca had a terrific time. I felt, through all these pictures, as if I'd been there with you! - Sandi emoticon

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PENNYAN45 7/21/2010 9:20PM

    The photos are great! It looks like the BEST time possible!! The bike riding - and the kayaking!! So much fun!!

Much love to you - and Francesca!!

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CARRAND 7/21/2010 8:26PM

    I love your photos. The duck picture is my favorite. I'm so glad you are sharing. Your trip sounds wonderful.

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FRANCESCANAZ 7/21/2010 7:44PM

    Are we not BLESSED to have had this time together?? I love you both!!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 7/21/2010 7:42PM

    Riding warrior your are! Hope the heat wasn't as bad as it was here!

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