Back in July, I stumbled upon a blogger who startled me by having the following things in common with me:
- Sabbatical for fall, 2013
- Planning on traveling for part of his Sabbatical
- Planning to blog about his Sabbatical travels
- Has the same model popup camper as we do
- Met his spouse about the same time period (early 1970’s)
His Sabbatical trip was to be a cross-country road trip, from California to Maine (northern route) and back (southern route). I noticed that his planned route took him through New York State in early September. What could I do but get in touch with him and suggest that we try to have our paths cross? This weekend that happened! We met up with Cal and Nancy in Four Mile Creek State Campground, just north of Niagara Falls.
In one of our early correspondences, Cal noticed that my signature line included a quoted line from the hymn, Amazing Grace, and he wondered if faith was another thing that we held in common. Our evening together was pretty remarkable. Here was a couple from thousands of miles away, and “chance” had brought us together for an evening. In spite of some initial awkwardness, wondering what they would be like, and wondering if they thought I was some sort of internet predator, we soon found that our time together was like meeting up with old friends. Of course, there was none of the reminiscing that happens when you’re with old friends. Instead, there was an unending stream of questions and answers – going in both directions – as we learned about each others’ lives.
An evening like this, meeting people like this, brings hope and encouragement that wonderful people are all around us. Cal is an excellent writer, and he is about a third of the way through the chronicle of his cross-country journey. I highly recommend following his blog. I think by now they are well into New England. I hope they are staying warm!