Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Big Push

(For more information about my 50-state labyrinth journey, please click on the "Labyrinth Journey" tab above.

My labyrinth journey is nearing an end. I will walk #50 in Hawaii on July 4th.  Drew will walk with me, as will Marian (who has traveled to 19 states with me) and her husband, Jim - friends for 30 years.
As exciting as the completion of this two-year trek is, it's not yet time for reflection. Not time to put away the suitcase, bid a less than fond farewell to the "lady" on Mapquest who drones "re-calculating" each time I take a wrong turn, or send letters of commendation to Southwest Airlines, Hampton Inns, and a quintet of rental car companies.

My personal goal has been to finish visiting a labyrinth in each state, except Hawaii, by July 1, 2014. With that date speeding faster and faster on the horizon, I looked west to the six remaining states in that area that I needed to visit. BIG states! Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico. States #42-47 in my journey.

Mid-April I began plotting my course. It was the largest jigsaw puzzle of a trip yet. Connecting the labyrinth creators' schedules with airplanes, rental cars, hotels, plus the one variable that even a 10-day forecast can't guarantee -- Weather. Mile-high and higher elevations could mean spring snows and all the travel joys that would bring. But, similar to my February trip when the Polar Vortex was spinning out of control, there reaches a point when you say, "Come Hell or High Water, I'm doing it." (At least, my grandfather used to say that.)

Long story shortened, here's the "text" version. (For the longer tale, you'll have to wait for the book. Yes, the book!)

Arrived Salt Lake City, Utah, just ahead of thunderstorms.
Drove to Elko, Nevada to visit Sarah Sweetwater's labyrinths.

Her personal labyrinth

Elko Peace Park Labyrinth, which Sarah designed

Back to Salt Lake
Visited Peggy Montrone and daughter, Christy's, "cabin" labyrinth -- up a mountain, in the snow.
Weather cleared; returned in the afternoon.

Peggy, expert mountain-driver in the snow!
Three hours later -
With the help of boots, I made it to the center and back.

Flew to Denver; drove to Cheyenne.
Visited Vanda Edington and Anne Wagner who helped envision the labyrinth at Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.
The next day, the labyrinth was under 10 inches of snow!

Vanda and Anne
This labyrinth sits atop the original grass one.
Barbara and Mary in front of the Chartres-style labyrinth

Drove back to Denver.
Visited Barbara Machann's labyrinths in nearby Sedalia.  Barbara's friend, Mary Turner, has "adopted" Barbara's larger, Chartres labyrinth and helps her tend it.

The next day. . .
You guessed it -- 9 inches of snow!

The Classical design next to it
Kent, Cherylee, Terrylee and Lorenzo

Flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico; drove to
Pinedale, Arizona.
Who knew there were "high wind warnings" on the Plains?                  
Visited Cherylee Brewer's labyrinth that she and her family created.

Rocks from the area line the path

Backtracked across the Plains, through Albuquerque to Cerrillos, New Mexico.
Visited Liz Paterson's "goddess" labyrinth.

The labyrinth lies in an old riverbed

Liz with her goddess sculpture
One week, six states, six labyrinths, nine inspiring women! It is their stories, of course, which shape the heart of my journey, as have the others before them. An ancient design connects each woman to herself, to the larger group, and to me. I am profoundly grateful to them all!

 Nebraska next week. Louisiana the week after that. Then Hawaii.

I carry each story with me as I walk.

Thanks to all you readers who continue to encourage me and show such an enthusiastic interest in my story!  


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  2. By accident, I deleted this lovely comment by "enliven" - Sorry, Vanda! Thank you for your kind words. :-)
    "Oh how marvelous your journey is. I love the weather parts. Fortune smiles as you just seem to make it through. Thanks for sharing the labyrinth connections. As we discussed the best part is the people along the way. I hope I will meet them as we travel."


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