I found third gear driving up I-65, through the green fields of Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. I found it again through laughter and catching up with a seminary classmate and her family in Buffalo, NY. Third gear’s RPM slowed down at Niagara Falls, overwhelmed by the sheer force of nature and the nation’s oldest state park.
My list of top books to read is shrinking – 16 down and 20 to go. Lake Ontario, and especially a homey cottage on Sodus Point, NY (between the lake and Ontario Bay), helped me slow down and pay attention to the rhythm of the universe: sunrise, pottery, lake tides, good food, cool breezes, lighthouse museums, millennia-smoothed rocks, rain showers, sunset. Yeah, this is definitely 3rd gear!
We drove home through Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. Some things look a lot like home, but others are amazingly different. Home is a great place to return, not to mention a helpful resource from which to prepare for another adventure.