Saturday, September 06, 2008

Kentucky Trip, Post 2

We arrived last night, having driven three states in- evidently- record time. (Speed limits were observed, and for the most part, adhered to. We just didn’t stop but once or twice.) Traffic around Lexington was a bit crowded, but once we got beyond that the rest of the drive to Danville was rather quick. Alex called just as we entered Danville. He happened to be out with his brother, Hans, and was able to meet us and lead us the last of the way to his home.
As soon as I got out of the car Mary came to greet me, arms open wide, for a welcoming hug. No awkwardness here, it’s as if I were seeing a friend after an absence, not meeting for the first time. Sure, there is a bit of “getting to know you” happening this weekend, but Mary’s hospitality has drawn us in and made us feel at home.

The first order of business, after meeting Hans, Gina Mei and Sarah, was a glass of wine on the porch swing, accompanied by apricot and jalapeno topped Brie… yes, Mary and I will get along just fine. Rain clouds had appeared as we entered Kentucky, and once we were settled on the swing a gentle rain began to fall, completing the coziness of the evening. I have missed having a front porch from which to enjoy the rain and the Larsen’s porch is perfectly suited.

We visited as we munched, and hummingbirds buzzed around from one feeder to another. Cows and a donkey from neighboring fields called now and then, and their little Yorkshire terrier, Snuggles, made the bold move of actually stealing one of the taquitos off of the table! Later in the evening we all enjoyed a brief, but relaxing, dip in the hot tub. Situated in the back yard, with only the night sky for a canopy, it was a lovely way to end the day; far more comfortable than the car seats for ten hours of driving.

I’ve already had a cup of coffee on the porch while watching the day dawn. Mary is now up and I’ll join her for another. I’m so glad we came.

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