Chapel at Pine Mountain Settlement School
I left Portland, OR on Sunday July 24th. I took the redeye to Phoenix and then had a connector flight to Charleston and then onto Knoxville. We ran into a huge thunderstorm in Phoenix and my plane was diverted to Las Vegas. I missed my connector by 3 hours. So I slept in the Phoenix airport since the soonest flight to the East Coast was not until noon the next day. I was cursing Sky Harbor Airport by the end of it. More bad storms caused my flight into Philadelphia to be a bit late therefore I was running hard to meet my little puddle-jumper plane to Knoxville. I finally rolled into my final destination at midnight (Knoxville time) but it felt like only 9:00 so I got into my rental car and drove north toward Kentucky. It didn't take me long to realize that I needed to pull off and get a hotel room; fog was moving in.
After 2 hours sleep and a shower I was off again. Through the morning light I made my way up to the Cumberland Gap. I was very excited to go through this historic region of the country and it didn't disappoint. I think it was the longest tunnel I have ever been in. I soon turned off the main highway and made my way into the Appalachia country. Lots of coal, even on the side of the road.
I made it to Pine Mountain Settlement School in time for breakfast.
The Summit was fabulous! I met so many great people that I hope I know for a long time to come. I am very excited about the Standards document. We hope to have it out by the end of the year.
Some interesting fungus.
Lots of big moths.
I will not soon forget evenings on the front porch of Big Log, my first fireflies and those terrible biting insects. Thanks to the Founders for setting-up such an amazing event. I feel honored to have been part of it.