Pilgrims with much gratitude
Trip Start Nov 01, 2007
28Trip End Apr 30, 2008
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After leaving the Jefferson County Democrat's party in Port Ludlow we spent a pleasant night with Diane and Harry Carle. Diane is part of the Agate Passage Friends Meeting on Bainbridge Island. They live in a beautiful, Japanese-style house surrounded by a lovely pond and gardens called "Poem Rising Garden" since Harry is a poet and retired gardener and landscape designer.
We spent a leisurely morning (for a change) talking with them before heading out on our 10-mile day
The next morning we walked to the Agate Passage Friends Meeting, worshipped with them, and after a potluck lunch shared our skit and presentation. When we set out afterwards, several Friends walked with us to our next destination. Again we appreciated good conversations and made new F/friends.
Our next hosts were not present during our two nights, due to illness and hospitalization. They gave their key to a neighbor and this allowed us to have some quiet time and time for Louis to work on the QEW newsletter. We thank Bob and Millie for their generosity and hold them in our prayers
After coffee with Ed Sheridan, a Friend and storyteller, we met Lisa Down also of Agate Passage Meeting at the offices of YES! Magazine. We have been subscribers for many years and wanted to meet the staff. We joined their regular brown bag luch and shared a bit about our journey and learned of the many great things they are doing, which includes reaching out to schools in the hope to empower young people to act positively in the world. We also talked of ways QEW might collaborate with them. We hope you'll look at their website at www.yesmagazine.org.
We then visited next door at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, which provides a "green" MBA degree. We were impressed with the dedication to growing business people who emphasize sustainability in their work. We were concerned about the air miles required for monthly meetings by the students who come from all over the U.S. We were told that the school is carbon neutral by buying carbon offsets, but we're not so sure that this is enough. We hope they continue to work at lessening the travel for students, but want them to definitely continue their much-needed programs.
The last of the day's visits included a tour of Islandwood, a school in the woods
Thank you, Lisa, for taking us on these tours. And many thanks to Michael Moore for his coordination of our visit and making sure we got from one place to another safely.
We next took the ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle, quite a contrast in living density and pace of living
We were exhausted by the time we got back to our little room (and we mean LITTLE). The next day, today, we spent walking around Seattle, using their impressive, ultra-modern-style library and finding a new used book for Ruah and then had a long and interesting conversation over coffee with Lorraine Watson, pastor of NSFC. We found we had much in common and agreed that we needed more interaction among all branches of the Quaker tree. We parted with hopes that our paths would cross again. We're sure that her chuch is very lucky to have her as pastor.
We are preparing ourselves for our two-day walk to Tacoma beginning early tomorrow morning. We are grateful to Jonathan for his arrangements and route planning (which weren't easy).