I began writing More to Come… two years ago as a way to keep friends and loved ones updated during a family trip out west. As I wrote I found I enjoyed capturing not only experiences from travels, but also observations about books I was reading, music I was hearing, or simply life. The feedback was also positive (probably helped by my admonition in the “About” section that if you didn’t like what I was writing you should “get your own blog”).
Two years later I find myself on another vacation with the family and More to Come… has over 300 posts to date. So look forward to some more vacation reports. I should warn you that it is that type of vacation that hits families with teenagers: the college visits. We’re in the northeast for this trip, and while I won’t bore you (or embarrass my kids) with litanies of schools visited and reactions to the tours, I will post a few stories and photos along the way of great architecture and interesting people met.
The Sterling Memorial Library at Yale (pictured at the top of the post) is one of those spaces that is the very definition of a college library. My late mother, the librarian, would have loved seeing the rows and rows of card catalog boxes that remain. It was interesting to explain card catalogs to teenagers…almost as much fun as explaining S&H green stamps which were the basis of the fortune that made the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – pictured below – possible.
There’s more public art, memorials and sculpture on college campuses that I recall in my day. Maya Lin’s well-known Yale memorial, The Women’s Table, is but one example of several we’ve seen.
Besides seeing the architecture, we’ve had a wonderful time meeting friends old and new. Just three quick examples:
1) As we were getting ready to pull over for gas in New Jersey, a car comes beside us and the passenger is waving frantically. It turns out that it is one of Claire’s best friends from school with her parents on their way to, yes, visit colleges. We stopped at the gas plaza and had a wonderful chat to compare itineraries.
2) At one of our colleges, we made our tour and then called two new friends, who we actually met through a blog post on More to Come…. I had written about an article I admired, and the wife in the couple – who was the author – found my comments through Google search. To cut to the chase, we had mutual friends and both were members of the faculty of one of the children’s top choices. We had a delightful hour over gin and tonics and lemonade learning about their school and talking about the college crawl.
3) After staying at a hotel the first night of the trip, I was headed over to pick up the car when I ran into a colleague from work. It turns out four of my work colleagues were meeting that very morning in the lobby of the same hotel. We laughed at the chance encounter and caught up on an upcoming visit to Hartford. Later on in the trip I’ll see another colleague when we make a side visit to Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site.
So, we’re off and running. Three days, four colleges, and our first night in a Historic Hotel of America (HHA) – so far. The pace slows down as we get toward some R&R this weekend. By the end of the trip we’ll have added nine colleges to our list of places seen, and will have stayed in six HHAs. I’m not going to write about the colleges, but keep tuned to this space to hear about some great historic hotels.
More to come…