A shot of the Atlantic at South Beach in Staten Island. It was a nice warm day (for a winter day- on Dec 21, definitely!) so I was able to wade into the water and collect four bottles of water from the Atlantic ocean that I was planning to transport to the Pacific ocean and mix it there. This act of carrying the water and mixing it was in memory of my four grandparents (who are all no longer with us).
Depending on how you view life, you start seeing synchronicity easily. A few days after I had planned this trip, I got an invitation to a sound and dance performance to be hosted at my friend Kate & Bill's house in Spring Mills PA. The artist that was performing on a full moon day (*likely) goes by the name Vox Lumina (web). The trip had more than its share of water - Constant rain from NYC to Toledo OH, post-rain floods and diversions from Toledo to Indianapolis. From then on to St. Louis, it was a little dry but again from Nixa Missouri to Oklahoma City and beyond, I encountered a regular dose of snow or freezing rain. It was only between the far western reaches of OK and all the way to central California, I went through a dry zone. Through central California all the way to Monterey, I encountered a lot of fog. Through all these watery adventures, I listened to a lot of music - Rim Jhim (1942-A Love Story), Monsoon songs (Saawan) and Vox Lumina's newest CD - kept me good company!
On Saturday, I drove from Staten Island to State College in my Lancer, then switched to a Subaru Forester. From NY to State College, I had two (and 1/2) patient travelers in my Mitsubishi Lancer who were going home for the holidays. One of them helped me film portions of trip with my camera, while I was driving. Thank you Ali, Laura and (cat).
I have to add an interesting tidbit here though. In spite of the trip's main focus being on water, the longest stop I took was in New Mexico, which seems to be one of the driest places I have ever come across in my life! This was also the place where I was literally spooked by a HUGE tumbleweed that rolled across my car on the I-40 and slammed into it while I was moving at ~60 mph. Made me pull over shaking in fear (about damage to the car), only to find out that there was smallest of scratches and nothing else! (Check out this Tumbleweed invasion video)