Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Winchester
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Friday (day 3) was an amazing day on the road. I tried to meet up with Shannon who will be my room mate in Florida. She recommended a diner just down the road from where I stayed. It was in one of those very old buildings with crooked floors and a tiny ladies washroom.
In hindsight, I am not sure if I went to the right diner or not, but the food was delicious in the one I stopped at. I took the first exit 19 that I came upon which ...
... flying. Kites are even used for fighting! Legend has it that Thailand won a battle by sending children up on very large kites to spy on the enemy. We all made a kite, ran around the room with them and even had a kite fight happen. (All in jest of course.) Then on to lunch. We prepared the lunch ourselves, all traditional Thai foods: vegetable stirfry, spring rolls, coconut sticky rice and a fruit ...
... they would see in the village. We then broke into four groups of children, Road Scholar workers, and adults accompanying the students — each group with our own Shepherd's Spring Leader. Stewart leading our group, and we visited each home in the global village as he spoke about the challenges faced in each region of the world represented. We showed the students the rabbits in Appalachia, the goats in Kenya, the duck in Thailand and the chickens in Guatemala. We then ...
... guest speaker, Ruth Anne Callaham, who talked about what is being done in Washington County, Md. about helping the hungry. She had food bank experience and is the county commissioner. She spoke about education not only of students and families, but of teachers to better help their students. There was lively debate on some of the merits of her ideas and plans. We all took away something from her presentation.
... of time really until we ended up with this perfect little place in Malibu for a month. Perfect & WARM.
So much packing and planning to do yet I sit here and type...
It's more fun if you wait until the last minute, anyways. I haven't even let it sink in yet that in less than two weeks Steve and I will be starting the biggest adventure of our lives! Now maybe I should get that funny noise on my car checked out before we add another 3,000 miles ;)