Thursday, August 14, 2008

Reflections on a Dwindling Summer's Day

Hey, Bloggy Friends!

How's everyone doing? It's been quite a chill week for me, not much has been going on. The weather in Philadelphia has really cooled down lately, I can feel it starting to ease into fall. I love fall, it's such a nice middle-man between the sometimes brutal weather conditions of summer and winter.

I can't believe how fast this summer has flown by. It seems like just yesterday I was looking ahead at all I would be doing throughout my break - and now I'm practically on the other side of it! It has been a fantastic past few months and I feel blessed to be here.

I do still have a good two weeks left before school starts, so I'll be finding someproductive things to do before then. Alan and I are planning a trip at the end of the month to Ithaca, NY. We've been doing lots of research, thanks to the internet and a couple of friends who once lived there, and I'm really excited to check it out. It will be nice for us to go somewhere that isn't dead in the middle of a city, where we can relax and take it easy - just the two (plus Galileo) of us. Ithaca is surrounded by massive amounts of nature. We'll be able to go on hikes, see impressive waterfalls, and bask in tons of other goods that mother nature has blessed us with. I'm not typically the outdoors kinda fella, but the prospects of this trip are looking really nice to me at the moment.

As a child I did spend a lot of time outdoors. Derek and I used to roam the acres and acres of land that surrounded our home in Garrard County, Kentucky. Looking back, those explorations have become some of my fondest childhood memories. We were so adventurous, imaginative and thankful to be independent enough to leave home for hours and hours in our attempts to discover "something new." We'd wade in creeks, play in mud holes, and enjoy picnics in the "holler," under a big shade tree. We sure had a lot of fun, my brother and I.

Somewhere along the way I lost a bit of that outdoors spirit, but perhaps it is beginning to resurface itself through my desire to hike along the Finger Lakes of New York State! There really is so much to see and do, living here in Philadelphia. In every direction there awaits a new adventure, new lands that I have never trod before. I look forward to familiarizing myself with the New England area. I once had a vision that New England would be the place I would eventually settle down and consider home. We'll see!

I hope you all have a dreamy day!

Love, Joshua

Picture Credits:

1. Me @ home, 2008.
2. Derek (R) and I (L) in St. Louis, MO, 1989.
3. Me in Center City, Philadelphia, 2008.

5 comments:

Rick Watson said...

Hey girl. I was thinking you were probably in a reflection state of mind. I could just tell.

I welcome fall with open arms! Bring out the fall fashions! You know, Janice and Greg used to live in Ithaca, NY. Maybe I could get some insider information from her on what to do in the area? They also lived in Oneonta, NY. I visited them there one summer on an excursion from NYC where I staying at FIT for the summer. We drove to Albany once and she picked me up at the train station in Poughkeepsie. So I'm familiar with the area. You'll enjoy it. It's outside the rat race of NY, but there is still a NYC flavor happening.

Great pics, by the way!

Love
Rick

TrainingtoTri said...

The finger lakes are beautiful. You look hawt in that last picture!

Casey said...

I'm interested in hearing about Ithaca. I didnt really know that much about it.

I love the old photos. I'm going to get a scanner eventually so I can put up some of my childhood photos.

Enjoy the rest of your summer break! I too love fall.

Bill Fogle said...

What a perfectly charming essay. I always want to say more than I actually do in response to your stuff. I am of the age at which I could be your parent, and sometimes (but not always!) I perceive you the way a parent would.

Regarding the oputdoors, I would say that even more than old snapshots, maps make me sentimental. I've spent my entire life, especially my 30s and 40s, hiking and just being outdoors. I just got back from hiking in Maine, at one point on 2 acres of land we just bought up there! And yes I DID make a video!!!!

You have a sort of "Jobriath pose" in that last photo! All you need is the face paint and glitter. "You're a man, an elegant man ..."

Edro Edro said...

Aww... some of my best memories growing up are from being outside too. I remember going to my grandparents farm in Rockcastle County, and I would just wander in the woods and "hollers" for hours; when my parents were ready to go home, they'd come outside and honk the car horn as my signal to come back to the house. Sometimes I was too far away to hear though. Good memories! =)