August 20, 2012
Thomas A Kempis
Two years ago June and I decided we wanted to journey across America and embarked upon a trip across the upper Midwest (the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana) and parts of Canada. What made this adventure a journey rather than a vacation was the fact we did not have a specific destination. Rather we wanted to enjoy the trip and the surroundings more than a specific place. We are now ready to resume the journey to include the eastern portion of the United States.
Leaving Sewanee, Tennessee our journey has a different dynamic. What makes it different is our search for what Jan Karon called ‘Patches of Godlight.’ Patches that are found in the environment, culture and people. June and I will take a pilgrimage that includes examination of our spiritual life. We are aware Inherent in this process is the fact that old habits are hard to break, and no one is easily weaned from his own opinions. But if you rely upon your own reasoning and ability rather than on the virtue of submission to Godliness you will seldom attain wisdom.
If you would like to follow us as we make our way across the country I will be posting, on somewhat of a frequent basis, our experiences at http://www.dgcoker.wordpress.com Our first stop is in Glade Springs, West Virginia where I will be playing in the Georgia Seniors golf tournament. Secondly we arrive in Harrisonburg, Virginia and spend time at James Madison University. Next is Paradise, Pennsylvania and three days living on a dairy farm in the middle of Amish Country. From Paradise we travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to rekindle June’s childhood with relatives she has not seen or visited in many years. We move from Worcester to Cape Cod and begin a circuitous trip down the eastern United States with stops in Providence, Rhode Island and Annapolis, Maryland where we will spend three days adjacent to the Naval Academy. We will arrive back in Greensboro, Georgia three weeks later.