Earlier this summer I traveled between Maine and Virginia as a I prepared to embark on the Oregon Trail with other Airstreamers. As I journey, I keep all my readers and their intentions in my prayers. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see more churches and lovely natural settings from my route.
Airstreams in Maine
At the end of July, I spent a week in Maine at the Airstream International Rally. Over 900 Airstreams and their owners gathered at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds for fellowship, fun, and seminars on everything Airstream. In between being a vendor, I went kayaking on the Saco River, visited local churches, and discovered maple nut and lemon meringue ice cream at Froaring’s, a local creamery. On my last morning there, I recited poems from my new book to a very warm audience on the fairgrounds.
Near the fairgrounds, I found a lovely church dedicated to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Quintessentially New England in its architecture, this church had lovely Stations of the Cross. Parishioners welcomed me, something I find often on my pilgrimage around the country.
Departing from Maine, I took two days to wind my way back to northern Virginia to one of my favorite churches, Saint Andrew the Apostle in Clifton. There, I spoke after the 5:30 Mass about conversion and evangelization as reflected in my personal journeys. Several people were kind enough to let me know that my story touched them. I truly am blessed to be able to give witness to God’s love and mercy in this way. As I write in my book, it is a matter of starting over and starting over again.
On my way west, I stopped in Gordonsville, Virginia at Shenandoah Crossing Resort. This resort offers RV sites, yurts, cabins, villas, and hotel rooms all nestled in green rolling hills around a small lake. Horses, white fences, and tall trees add to the ambiance. Last year I spoke at the General Store there about RVing and the store purchased a few books. Apparently, they’ve been popular with the RV visitors. I stopped by the store the last day I was there. To my delight, they created an appealing display of both the travel memoir and coloring book, right above the marshmallows just inside the store entrance. Placement on an end cap represents some sort of milestone, I think!
From Gordonville, I headed to West Virginia for a lovely boondocking spot overlooking smoky blue mountains as I prepared my journey west.
The Better Part
Most important, I had time to relax in the outdoors and at churches in Gordonsville and in West Virginia and to spend more time in prayer after my travels to Maine and back. It becomes easy to neglect the best part of the day when busy with many other things. Renewing that time with the Lord renews my peace and energy to reach out to others. May you too find rest and renewal even when you are distracted and busy. God always is waiting for us!