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Monday, October 13, 2014

A Past Present

We had a weekend away, taking the five-hour ride back to our college campus where Mr. Middle Passages and I met, for the wedding of his roommate's daughter who also attended our alma mater. Roommate's wife also graduated from there, and the four of us have a long history together.  Too many stories to tell, but let's just say this wedding and beautiful beginning, in a place that holds so many heart-shaping memories delivered mega doses of nostalgia.

We hadn't been up there in nine years and things on campus had changed a lot.  Other things, not so much.

For starters, the view of the Adirondack Mountains across Lake Champlain, from Burlington, Vermont still reaches down and plucks deep inside of me.

There is the view from across campus.  That hasn't changed.  I used to be able to see this from my dorm room.  Imagine those peaks covered with snow, as they were, for most of the school year.

Back on campus, there's a word garden now.  They've placed all manner of words etched in stone for visitors to arrange in contemplative and meaningful ways.  This was the first set I saw.

Okay.  I couldn't resist.  Our daughter will be making caramel apples for parents weekend at school.  I heeded the advice from the picture above this one, and sent her this photo as inspiration.

The view along Route 7, in Shelburne, VT.  That hasn't changed either.

On the way back, we stopped in my home town and took a walk to stretch our legs.  Here's a place where beauty remains constant.  So many memories...I learned to swim in this lake, but the little beach where I learned is long gone.

Keeping with the "way back" theme, we had dinner with all manner of family in the house where I grew up.  Brother and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins catching up cousins from as far away as Australia, and another long walk after  dinner.  When we woke up today, I downloaded my pictures, and found this.

 My contribution to the word garden.  Seems fitting to end this way.

Wishing you a wonderful week.


Anonymous said...

Now this is a great weekend get-a-way in a beautiful area. Hope the memories made you giggle and sigh and all of you act like college kids again :).

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, your college sat in a beautiful location!
Those apples look tasty.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

What a wonderful weekend and beautiful campus. It sounds like a lovely time.

Anonymous said...

Lovely autumn colour. Thanks for sharing.

Bish Denham said...

Oh my. So beautiful. And those three little words... very true, very timely.

Robin said...

I've never been to Vermont... and had no idea what I was missing. Wow!

Scenery aside, it sounds like you had a wonderful trip. It is good to touch base with the people we love.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

The University of Vermont is my daughter's first choice for a college. Vermont is beautiful, and Gabbey loved her visit to the UVM campus.

Joanne said...

oh the colors. I could feel the waves of memories wash over you. Sounds like a lovely weekend and see, you can go "home" again. Very nice post and the word garden sounds like something I might want to create in my backyard.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! Such breathtaking scenery! How wonderful that your daughter is making new memories in a place you hold so dear!


Carol Kilgore said...

New England is so beautiful this time of year. I can see what a great time you had.

Daisy said...

Wow, such gorgeous pictures! I love that first one. It is amazing. Sounds like you have a lot of good memories there.

JJ said...

I know the area well, used to be a Vermonter, and still miss the Fall season. Beautiful!

Arlee Bird said...

Wonderful photos that make me long for a back East autumn experience. Wouldn't mind a candy apply either.

Tossing It Out

glnroz said...

Dang, Ms Liza, kinda made me homesick and I haven't gone anywhere...glenn