roadtrip-1024x682After traveling through 13 states to arrive at 6 distinct destinations over the last five weeks, I am road-weary, and ready to be home for a good, long stretch. Weariness notwithstanding, they were all good trips that included wonderful scenery, with introductions and reconnections with people and places. Ahhh. The sojourning inspires today’s Friday Five.

Share with us:

1) a favorite city, and what makes it so.

2) a favorite getaway spot, far from the maddening crowd (far being a relative term).

3) a great local eatery that you stumbled upon while passing through from one place to another.

4) a landscape that inspires or nourishes you.

5) a place you long to visit.

Pictures to accompany any of the above are welcome.

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14 thoughts on “Friday Five: Hither and Yon

  1. 1) My favorite city is Boston. I’m a huge Red Sox fan and when my friends lived in Boston, we could sit on their stoop, see the lights of Fenway and hear the crowd.

    2) My favorite getaway spot is the Mt Adams Zen Buddhist Temple for a variety of reasons

    3) The River Pub & Grill in San Marcos, TX

    4) I live in the most beautiful place in the world…in the valley between Mt. Hood and the Columbia River

    5) I deeply long to visit Scotland and Mexico City (to see Our Lady)

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    1. Anna, Boston is the city that inspired today’s FF. It’s a wonderful place if you’re not driving in it! 😉 How lucky you are to live in such a beautiful place. I hope you’re able to get to Scotland and Mexico City sooner and later, and experience the beauty and richness of both places. Thanks for playing.

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  2. Hi ladies—I am not on here much but I just transitioned temporarily out of my ministry job and need my ministry community!

    1) a favorite city, and what makes it so.
    My favorite city that I have been in is Montreal. Being in an inner-racial marriage and overly aware of racial dynamics in the U.S., my husband and I found it to be a mecca of casual and unapologetic diversity. It also is just incredibly beautiful.

    2) a favorite getaway spot, far from the maddening crowd (far being a relative term).
    I enjoy getting away to a place i used to live in the Adirondacks on the shores of Lake Champlain called Plattsburgh, NY. It is gorgeous, friendly and especially wonderful in the Summer.

    3) a great local eatery that you stumbled upon while passing through from one place to another.
    In Lake Placid, NY there is a little tavern called Liquids & Solids (weird name I know) with some of the most innovative cocktails and food—my husband and I had beef tongue pot pie and cherry glazed fried brussel sprouts. It is a bit off the main drag where skiers and tourists go, and a lot of people do not know about it which is another big selling point. You feel like you’ve found a diamond in the rough.

    4) a landscape that inspires or nourishes you.
    I personally LOVE wide open spaces and big skies 🙂

    5) a place you long to visit.
    So many! San Francisco / Morocco / Nepal / Austin TX etc etc

    Jessie Lowry

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  3. Blessings to you during this time of transition, Jessie. I’m glad you find Montreal to be a place of “diversity rest.” I wish there were more places that offered that, although I do think that large cities are best equipped for it. Hawaii is another place (so I understand) where races/cultures/ethnicities coexist without so much fuss. Liquids and Solids does sound like an intriguing place to dine. Cherry-glazed, fried brussell spouts is a novelty! Thanks for playing today!

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  4. 1. Chicago – shopping on Michigan Ave., eating at great “Top Chef” restaurants and – the best of all – baseball at Wrigley Field!!

    2. This is crazy maybe(?) but my local bowling alley!! I mean, what a better way to let go of negativity than to take it out on those ten pins; it’s inexpensively therapy – that’s for sure!

    3. A tie between a family style restaurant in Washington, MO called Cowans -home of the mile high pie and the Edgefield Inn in Edgefield, South Carolina. My husband and I discovered the Inn on a recent trip to Augusta, Georgia this past Spring. We had South Carolina low country food – on the veranda y’all – yummy indeed!

    4. The green valleys that surround the Cumberland Gap area of Pennsylvania inspires me.

    5. Anywhere in Ireland…

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    1. A bowling alley DOES sound like a great place to get away, not to mention cheap therapy. I’m glad for the recommendation of the Edgefield Inn. My family has a place in the same county (at least for now, it’s about to go on the market), and it’s an easy trip to Edgefield. I also just drove through the Cumberland gap on one of those journeys to which I refer, and it is, indeed, a lovely place. Great play. Thanks for taking part!

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