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Monday, October 18, 2010

Travelogue, Day One: Pilgrimage to Mecca


On Wednesday last week, my friend Kitty and I set out on a long drive to upstate New York. The destination? Corning, NY and the Corning Museum of Glass. We were going to attend a lecture series on medieval glass, and make some side trips further upstate to Geneseo and to Rochester.

The drive was fairly easy, all thing being equal. It's about seven or eight hours from here to there, and I don't usually stop that often for very long. We got on the road around 8 in the morning, and pulled into our hotel around 4:30 or 5 that evening. Not bad.

All along the way, the leaves were changing, and as we drove further north, they got more and more brilliant. It was gloriously sunny all the way up, and perfectly chilly (for ME, anyway!) when we got out of the car in Corning. The company was excellent, and we really never ran out of things to talk about the whole way up there. It made the more boring parts of the drive much more tolerable, that's for sure.

Beware of sloping parking lots and partially full baggage carts. You might find yourself running when you hadn't intended on doing any such thing. Just sayin'.

Even though the drive was long, we were beyond excited about what we had come to do, so the intensity of this trip started the minute we arrived in town. If Corning, and the Corning Museum, the Rakow Research Library, and Corning Industries are not Mecca for the glassworker/artist/historian, then I don't know what would be. It's an amazing place, really.

After checking in and getting our stuff upstairs in the (really nice!) room, I introduced Kitty to the wonders of Wegman's, the best grocery store chain in the world! We got dinner there Wednesday night, and lunch on Thursday, and I was happy. Their food is so yummy!

Upon returning to the hotel, we did the girly thing and discussed outfits for the next day's lectures, and how much makeup to wear or not wear, and which shoes to wear with what. I arranged and re-arranged my tote bag and purse, trying to decide what I needed to carry with me. I settled on just my large purse, with my camera and a 5x8" spiral notebook, and a few pens.

Finally, I tried to sleep, not really realizing just how significant the next few days would be.

4 comments:

isenglass said...

OMG!!! That durn baggage cart. If I could draw, I'd have to do a cartoon of the looks on our faces when we turned around and realized the cart was gone. LOL!

sundownbeaddesigns said...

Sounds like you girls had a great time! So nice to have girl time. What a long drive but I bet it was beautiful.

chocoholic said...

I grew up in NE and used to vacation at Great East Lake near Rochester NH. Your pictures bring back memories of my favorite time of year in NE- fall- the color in the trees is like nowhere else in the world!! Hope you had a fabulous time can't wait to hear more.

Cindy said...

Welcome home - you were missed! Thanks for taking us along on your trip up North. I feel like I was there with ya, chatting and figuring out what to wear...how fun! Looking forward to hearing more about your adventure. :-)

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