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Day 3 - May 15
Left Jeanne and Frank's place early and made my way toward Albany. A workshop on travel writing was scheduled at the Voorheesville Public Library for noon. So not a lot of time to explore beforehand.
Jumping ahead for a moment, the pictures I took that morning somehow disappeared later that night as I transferred them to my computer and backed them up. I was talking and working at the same time. Later, when I went back to look at them again, they were gone! I searched everywhere I could think, in odd folders, in the trash. No luck. I'm not sure what I did, but it was certainly a loss. But, not having a lot of time to explore before the workshop kept me from taking too many pictures. Some of the one's below were actually taken the next morning when I went back to the Hudson River before leaving the area.
Stopped at Corning Preserve to get out near the Hudson. I'm hoping to get out on foot by most of the rivers US 20 crosses over. So far it's been the Charles, Connecticutt, Westfield and Hudson. Many more are yet to come.
In the city I visited Washington Park, which borders right on 20. An interesting fountain sculpture that intrigued me. A theme of water, with an obvious older patriarch type person and other smaller figures in the process of getting water. Later, I learned it was called "Rock of Horeb" and the patriarch was Moses. To read a NYT article about the stautue from 1893 click here. (PDF)
Driving through Albany, I realized it was Saturday - Yard Sale day! Quite a few signs pointing up this street and down that one. I didn't stop for any. Didn't need a thing.
The workshop went very well. Nine people attended on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in spring. We shared pieces of travel writing we liked and then I presented information and led a discussion of haibun. Lively talk and I think most of the attendees will work on their own haibun.
The workshop was co-hosted by the Voorheesville Public Library and Rootdrinker Institute. Alan Casline, the founder of RDI, was one of the contributors in the first book FootHills published, way back in 1986, "Susquehannock: A Literary Anthology of the Upper Susquehanna River Watershed." The book was co-published with Walt Franklin's Great Elm Press. I never met Alan in person until just a couple of years ago, but we've connected a number of times since. Again, the
people-connecting through the poetic work. Here's a link to the RDI page. I highly recommend considering becoming a member. He does great work and your membership fee brings you an amazing amount of published literature from the Institute.
After the workshop, Alan took me out to the Pine Bush country north of US 20 and then for stops along 20 at the Glass Pond, the history room of the Guilderland Library and a meal at the Duanesburg Diner on US 20.
The Glass Pond and library visit were in connection with Henry Schoolcraft. He was the dscoverer of the source of the Mississippi as well as being a pioneer in early Native American Studies. At the library we looked at a couple of his books dating back to the early and mid 19th century.
Alan always is delving into fascinating avenues of history, nature, poetics.
That evening we hung around the house sharing good talk and a little homemade beer made by a friend of Alan and Jennifer's. That's when I somehow lost the day's pictures. We split three bottles between the three of us, so it certainly wasn't the brew's fault. I worked while talking, not being focused enough on what I was doing. Lesson learned.
Tomorrow, I move on closer to home territory, with a reading in Seneca Falls at 2:00 PM, then a swing home for one night before heading out further and further west.