Back from Vermont and New York, and here are a few random facts. Narratives to come.
Miles I schlepped: 2600+
" per gallon: 35, freeway
Highest priced gas: $4.07 9 (Woodstock)
Cheapest gas: $3.379 (Southern Maryland)
Folks visited: Wyn and Shawna in Vermont, Amy at the KTD monastery, Woodstock.
Most beautiful scenery: Devil's Kitchen cataract from the cliff edge with Amy. (Hike to firetower above 100-mile viewpoint, VT with Wyn and Shawna was an excellent second).
Best wine: You'll have to wait. There were many and they were excellent.
Best meal: Shawna's (menu to come).
Scariest moment: Sudden downpour on 81 that washed the windshield opaque.
Museum visited: Mass MOCA.
Play attended: Olleana (starring Shawna).
Movie: The Wackness.
Subtle surprise: Server at the pub in Brattleboro (and friend of my hosts) recognized my Califone t-shirt. Hope she likes Guatemala.
Mushrooms foraged and enjoyed: Chanterelles and boletus bicolor in VT; bb and black trumpets in NY.
Worst road name: Beaver Ruin Road (north of ATL).
Best Hotel: Lakeview outside Bennington for $35, cash only and a plastic shower exactly like the one I ripped from my bathroom.
Best new custom: Motel hotplate cooking (recipes to follow?).
What I missed at home: Ninja Gun CD release party and a shed show.
Best Bread. Bread Alone's SF Organic Whole Grain Levain.
Best moment: Looking in Amy's eyes again and finding her happy in Woodstock.