Our latest class at Olli (Athens, UGA) was a study of the geology of the Colorado Plateau taught by Dr. R. David Dallmeyer. I don’t know a rock from a button, so I was a bit nervous. Add to this I needed to explain to David that it was necessary for me to knit during class in order to stay focused. Well, it all went smoothly and David is one of the best teachers I have ever seen. I didn’t need help staying focused.
We not only signed up for the class, we also joined the group going to Arizona and Utah to see in person the real strata we had just studied. ( Actually, pre-class, I was just planning to paint my way from A to U. )
Two problems had to be solved.
1. How many art toys do I need to take? How few can I get away with is a better question. Best I can tell, there are no art supply stores in the National Parks. To start I filledthe dining room table. After a week of slow, steady deletions, I am packing these:
Luggage space is limited in our vans, so I may have to wear all my clothes on the plane and find a paper bag when I get to Phoenix.
2. Getting to the airport and finding a parking place.
We flew to France from Atlanta a few years ago and almost missed the flight because we couldn’t find a place to park–and then there were the fees! Not doing that again. Also, I’m not in Charlotte anymore and the airport isn’t 18 minutes from my house. We are going to Atlanta today and spending the night, leaving our car at the motel (free parking) and taking their shuttle to the airport Sunday am. Yes, the hotel fee and the airport parking for 12 days balance out,and it’s much easier emotionally.
The trip will be far less boring than this blog. There will be opportunities to fall off a cliff, tear up a knee on a trail, or meet a wild animal.
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