We just have set out for the 8 hour drive to Seven Springs, PA for the Mother Earth News farm fair. My goal is to blog updates using the “Blogsy” iPad app as a electronic journal of the trip.
At the beginning of this year my husband told me that since I turn 40 on October 7, he would take me anywhere I wanted to go. I thought about it a lot, and decided that I wanted to attend the fair. No Paris, no India, just Pennsylvania. I love to see new places, but I hate to travel. I am also painfully aware of the limitations of my body. Too much is just too much and then I cannot enjoy things. Fibromyalgia can be a real bitch. It is also very hard to travel with my daughter’s food allergies. She cannot have gluten, dairy, legumes (soy!), corn, melon, fish, hazelnuts, cashews, and kiwi. Trust me when I tell you that she can have basically nothing besides fresh fruits and veggies not listed as allergens. Any prepared product has about a 95% chance of having an allergen. Luckily, since we are going to a sustainable living fair, the food will be a little friendlier. Regardless, I have packed a cooler full of food, baked goods, and have even brought a rice cooker to make sushi rice and pasta. Pretty involved for a four day trip and another reason we stay relatively close to home.
So we have an eight hour drive today, followed by three nights at a beautiful mountain resort and the opportunity to hear people like Joan Dye Gussow, Joel Salatin, and Frances Moore Lappe. I am looking forward to attending seminars about soil microbes and no-till gardening (of which I am already a big fan)–just to name a few. The “fair” is at the resort and will be physically manageable for me. An indoor pool will help me relax painful, contracting muscles.
I am very excited– much more excited than I have been about anything in a long time. Best of all, my mom, dad, and nephews are meeting us there. Seven Springs, PA just happens to be about halfway between Westpoint, IN and Antrim, NH.