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