The brilliant news is that our younger son, Eli (the athlete), has been accepted at his first choice: Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It has the perfect academics for him (he wants to major in Animal Behavior), is not too big and not too small, in a small city (not rural like here and not a huge, overwhelming city), and…drum roll: has a Division 1 Wrestling Team! Yes, Eli will (oh please let him be less injury prone in college!) wrestle in college. His teammates are *very* impressive, the coach is wonderful, and we are thrilled that he already has a group of like minded souls to be his first “college family.” So we went to the “Closer Look” day the Friday before Maine’s Spring Break weekend in mid April. Here are some pics from the way down:
About an hour a half from home, Paul said “Oh oh.” He realized he was still wearing his house slippers. And had no other shoes. So we made a quick detour to Freeport to buy something for him to wear as we were too far from home to turn around. LL Bean had this totally awesome clockwork thingie…LOVED it. Could see a fab steampunk-ish art quilt inspired by this.
We got back on the road, I got caught up on a mountain of magazines (mostly art and quilt related to keep up on inspiration and industry news), Paul drove, and I took occasional photos. It is a 9 1/2 hour drive, and we needed to be in Lancaster, PA by about 7 pm, so we had to make good time.
This is in NY, I think, but I love the look up to the just-about-to-bud-out trees. I also really like the ghost silhouette of Paul in the reflection on the window.
The landscape changes when you get into western NJ and then into the farm fields of Pennsylvania.
more fields and hills in Pennsylvania
Finally, nearly there! Next post I’ll share some inspiration I found at F&M.
ten hours after leaving home, with only VERY brief pitstops, we are at Lancaster, PA!