And it was said that Sunday was a day of rest. But not for us.
My last full day on the island started with a phone call from Cathy at the Gondola Point Grocery – over 20 people had dropped in asking how to get down to see the trees.
Her big, and valid, concern was the number of people who wanted to see the 50 Paces Project but were intimidated by the hill. It is steep, packed hard and slippery at the best of times. Lord knows there are many times when I’m intimidated by that ***ing hill. Since I had never considered that anyone would come to see the trees unless they were already on the river, I never considered the hill.
Cathy has been suggesting people try going to the Cameron Road and walk over to see the trees from there. Luckily, John & Cathy don’t seem to mind all the questions.
We had a whack of visitors, including a group of 6 people who flagged me off the island for a “photo to put on flickr”. I’m not sure it’s kind to photograph someone who’s been walking 2000+ paces a day and has been on an island with no running water for a week. But I figured since I was sneaking along the cliff photographing them, it was only fair to let them take a snap or two of me. Hopefully we’ll never see those online.
Sandy, Mary Jo and Zara came to visit too.
On their way across the river they met a man hanging a frog on on the first/last tree… yes hanging a little stuffed frog on the tree and photographing it.
As it turns out he was taking a portrait of Phil the Frog, who has been crisscrossing the world since the turn of the century (aka 01-01-00) as part of RunThePlanet.com. Phil arrived in town Friday to visit local host (whose name we never caught – or shamefully forgot) for a week or two. Phil‘s host heard about the 50 Paces Project “had” to photograph Phil on the first and last trees on the path.
So he did, AND got a photo of Phil on a dogsled too.
How cool is it when two wacky projects intersect?!?
We crossed the river again, but this time to the glen side, for a lovely dinner party with Tim Frink – a local historian and author.
Dinner? Cassoulet and Apple Pie w/ Calvados soaked raisins. Yum!