Monday, May 17, 2010
I spent all day in the car yesterday, driving to Michigan for my annual volunteer kitchen work/vacation at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. Au Sable is one of my favorite places in the world, which balances out how I'm becoming less enamored of the kitchen work every year. It's a long drive, took a little over 11 hours yesterday (including stops for snacks and stretches). Two border crossings to spice things up too, and a Patrick O'Brian book on cd. One the way back into the US yesterday at Port Huron, the border guard asked me about my berimbau ("What's the thing on the stick?") which made me laugh for the next 10 miles or so.
Gary sent me on my way with a little St. Christopher-style piggie for my car, and I also tend to travel with one of my favorite little paintings from Ben (yo Ben, you could market this). And the naked mole rat always stays in my car to watch the road.
Unfortunately this year the vacation aspect of my time here will be kind of minimal. There are SIX art and design projects that need to be finished in the next few weeks, and so my time between kitchen shifts will not be completely spent riding my mountain bike on the North Country trail and reading books on the lake shore.