Another month begins! The last two weeks seem like a blur, but it was very productive; making new connections and forming friendships that will last a lifetime. Our Warsaw, NY stop was brief, meeting with supporters from Rochester and the surrounding area. We spent some time having really eye opening conversations with Brian, who is taking a similar journey with his family, but to promote love and healing, teaching his six year old all different facets of life as they travel the country. His son, Tristan, has his own Twitter handle, https://twitter.com/TristanIsLove, and we are so excited to follow them on their journey and keep in touch. All of their devices are powered by solar panels on top of their Subaru!
Next stop was The Emlenton Mill in Emlenton, PA. Our hosts, Nancy and Paul, had much to share with us. Nancy had the opportunity to travel all over the world when younger, and we loved hearing about her cultural experiences. The Mill itself was filled with things to do; from learning the history of the first steam powered grist mill and exploring the museum, checking out the antiques and bunkhouse, and enjoying dessert from the creamery overlooking the Allegheny. Needless to say, we ate quite a bit of ice cream during our stay! Great folks, with so much love and work put into the mill... we wish them nothing but happiness and success, and know we will keep in touch!
After a restful stop in Emlenton, we headed to Barberton, OH to prepare for a live show at The Barberton Herald's main office. We are so appreciative of Cheryl and Tim for helping us with this new format - recording and streaming to share some of the basics with viewers, allowing questions to be directed through comments. People seemed to really enjoy the format, as we received many messages the next couple of days requesting Ben to do more live shows like this! The staff of this wonderful family owned business were all incredibly hospitable, treating us to a VERY tasty fried chicken lunch (and sending more with us for the road)! We hope to be back someday!
Our next event was slated to take place north of Indianapolis, in the city of Carmel. We had a prime location in the Arts & Design District (thanks Teresa for making it happen!) and had the opportunity to stay with incredible hosts, Skipper and Carol. We feel incredibly lucky to have met them - they are a lovely couple, and we know we will see them again before the end of the year! Skipper turns out to be a fantastic cook; this worked very well for us :)
A number of people came out to visit us in Carmel, including sponsors and a team that drove 2.5 hours to see The Mobile Observatory (Kara and Chance, you guys rock). Ben was able to do a few interviews, including one with Gary Welsh (http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/2014/07/suspiciousobservers-mobile-observatory.html). We all had fun cramming together under the awning when the rain came in, and all observed in awe at the double rainbow that appeared afterwards (with references to the viral video of course).
We are currently in Michigan, planning for our next stop in Grass Lake this afternoon, and will head to Chicago this weekend for two events (we're ambitious)- one with Joe Guzman (Chicago Astronomer) at the Adler Planetarium, and a casual stop at The Abbey Pub! It is going to be a hectic weekend as we realized Lollapalooza is also taking place less than two miles away! Preparing mentally to deal with Chicago traffic... until next week! Love to all.
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