Today I walked a slow road…

A while back I wrote a review for Fred First’s, A Slow Road Home, at the time we had only met on the pages of each others blogs and through the exchange of emails. This is what I wrote back then…

Today for lunch I joined a friend I’ve never met. We walked along a creek with no name under hemlocks in a valley I’ve never seen. We passed a barn I’ve only envisioned in painted light upon my screen. The sun I couldn’t see glistened on grasses in the field to dry the dew I did not feel. I wasn’t there, and yet I was, visiting with Fred on Goose Creek in the mountains of Floyd County.

I’ll go there again tomorrow for lunch as I revisit a “Slow Road Home”. Won’t you come along? We’ll visit Ann’s Falls, we’ll sit a spell under the white pines, we’ll wave at the neighbors from the front porch. We’ll while away the time as we discuss the important issues of the day, the bumblebees at play, and the hawks upon the wing. We can discuss anything at all as we visit there on the creek with no name along that “Slow Road Home”.

Today my wife and I walked that creek with Fred and Ann, and there was a big yellow dog running about as we walked and talked. We didn’t make it to Ann’s Falls this trip, but we visited the lawn chairs under the pines, we paused on the creek of no name and visited where the fall colors were washed in the brilliance of the westering sun. We watched the neighbors pass from the front porch…

We returned to the house, where over coffee and cake, we (I hope) cemented a friendship. We talked of the important and the not so important, of friends and acquaintances, we even talked of politics and the lack thereof.

Fred…Ann, thanks for the visit. I look forward to more.

The most photographed barn in Floyd County and this shot’s mine…

One dog gone fast dog…Tsuga

And on my return to the Hotel Floyd I had an email from another Floyd County fan with ideas on places to see and do. Not all of which we will make this trip. Thanks, Liska…Maybe we’ll meet here in the future.

Well it’s off to dinner at Oddfella’s Cantina and one more night under the maple on Goose Creek…

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