Days of Autumn, Pt. 2

A few weekends ago, my brother Eric and I traveled to Mifflinburg, PA, to sing at a friend’s wedding with some of the ensemble he had organized last year while teaching there. I joined him on the trip because he needed another soprano at the wedding, not necessarily because I knew lots of people there, so I was pleasantly surprised to reconnect with some great friends. That was fun 🙂

Here are some iPhone photos from the road.

'The hills are aflame...'

‘The hills are aflame…’

Driving through the Bald Eagle State Forest, which has amazed me twice with its seasonal beauty.

We drove through the Bald Eagle State Forest, which has amazed me twice now with its seasonal beauty. The other time was a solo trip in the middle of February during a snowstorm. Had my parents known about the terrible conditions, they would have been a lot more nervous! But, I was very aware of my surroundings, and still think back with happy memories.

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Beauty Whizzing By.

Abstract journeying stories.

Abstract journeying stories.

The gems of the Eastern Pennsylvania mountains.

The gems of the Eastern Pennsylvania mountains.

We had spare time in the afternoon after the wedding, so a group of Eric’s former co-teachers from last year went on a hike, and invited me to join them. We hiked up a hill through the woods, through a clearing, and back into the woods, before we came upon the end of the trail at an outlook with a chain-link fence ensuring our safety.

Through the field...

Through the clearing…

I don't think I've ever been this close to one of these before.

I don’t think I’ve ever been this close to one of these massive electrical structures before!

A giantess dress form.

My friend Sharon calls them ‘giantess dress forms.

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Then we walked down the road to a cemetery and rested. If you look really closely on that mountainside, you can see a bald spot. That was the overlook.

The view outside the fence was amazing.

The view outside the fence was amazing.

Then we found a precipice to stand on. Y'know, the view was better.

Then we found a precipice to stand on. Y’know, the view was better.

A 'bunch' of happiness.

A ‘bunch’ of happiness.

Then we crossed a creek on a suspension bridge.

Then we crossed a creek on a suspension bridge.

I was so used to picking wildflowers that day, that at the end of the hike, when we got back to our cars, I didn't think twice about crossing the road to pick this one. Except there was a house really close by, and I realized my foolishness right away. Oops.

I was so used to picking wildflowers that day, that at the end of the hike, when we got back to our cars, I didn’t think twice about crossing the road to pick this one. Except there was a house really close by, and I realized my foolishness right away. Oops.

A beautiful Mifflinburg sunset.

A beautiful Mifflinburg sunset.

And then the day ended and soon we were on our way home again, through those lovely mountains.

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I Went To Kansas!

From Harrisburg to Wichita.

From Harrisburg to Wichita.

Chris finally married Euni!

Chris finally married Euni!

I'm humbled to say that one morning, this beautiful experience was mine.

I’m humbled to say that one morning, this beautiful experience was mine.

Christy means very much to me.

Christy means very much to me.

Beautiful moments with Kristi.

Beautiful moments with Kristi.

God is very creative when it comes to designing His world.

God is very creative when it comes to designing His world.

Kansans know how to eat alfresco.

Kansas knows how to eat alfresco.

And then I flew away again!

And then I flew away again!

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My fabulous travel buddy Tinslie chose chocolate frozen yogurt for breakfast!

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Like, who thinks of this? And to think, His fingerprints are on me?

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In-flight entertainment

I finally did see my home again, and how sweet it was!

Then I Got To Sing With Tapestry

Early one morning in New York, Neil and Dad drove me to the airport, and I began my first solo flight. I arrived at the Tapestry rehearsal very sleep deprived and disoriented, knees trembling, and not ready to jump in. But that changed quickly!

Sunrise at Syracuse.

Sunrise at Syracuse.

I jumped straight into rehearsal. #fearandtrembling

I jumped straight into rehearsal. #fearandtrembling

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We gave a few concerts on our way up to Pennsylvania from South Boston, Virginia. This is from our last one in Shippensburg, PA.

#fullhouse

#fullhouse

We stayed at SMBI during recording, and had much, much fun hanging out.

We stayed at SMBI during recording, and had much, much fun hanging out.

Dave was really great at reading bedtime stories. #martinathebeautifulcockroach

Dave was really great at reading bedtime stories. #martinathebeautifulcockroach

We got creative in more ways than one. Ever played Old Maid with Rook cards?

We got creative in more ways than one. Ever played Old Maid with Rook cards?

We recorded in this amazingness every day for four days.

We recorded in this amazingness every day for four days.

Sometimes bats would fly overhead.

Sometimes bats would fly overhead.

Just going in to a normal day's work... #welcometomyoffice

Just going in to a normal day’s work… #welcometomyoffice

Taking it in.

During the first day’s setup.

For more information about Tapestry, go here!

We finished recording on Thursday, and the next day I flew to Kansas for a wedding!