Sitting in a Starbucks in Roanoke, it’s a beautiful thing to sit and talk with Ngood (Judy to us), and plan out trips to meet up in Greece, and later for me to meet her in Saudi Arabia for Ramadan in a couple years when I have vacation time again. All over the lodge people are making plans to coordinate road trips together after the course is over, or visiting people in different parts of the country or the world for backpacking trips. It’s hard to get over just how poignantly fortunate I was to stumble upon this rotation and get to know so many incredibly kind, generous, fun-loving people with a broad variety of skill-sets and hobbies. I couldn’t ask for a better networking opportunity that I’ll do everything I can to take advantage of.
For Valentine’s day tomorrow, I’d come up with the idea for us to pick someone else in the rotation for a secret valentine, so we sat and wrote out cute cards, putting tampons in the envelopes for our valentine’s first aid kits, and life-savers for the next time they go caving.
It’s been one of those beautiful afternoons, walking around an unknown city, talking about our lives and making plans, soaking up the last cool rays of sunshine and being happy in newly found friendships.
We were the only two to decide we weren’t up to the group activity today of climbing and learning how to self-rescue (although I made a couple people agree to teach me what they learned later). Taking it easy was the road less travelled, and it made all the difference.