Monday, September 30, 2013

My Pilgrimage Weekend

     My it has been almost two weeks since I posted on here!

     Wow, how many of my posts start with a line like that.  That is pathetic.  I had big plans for this blog over the summer and here I am, posting once in a blue moon with random updates on how life is going.  Well, I have made a resolution that here on out, by hook or by crook, I will post something at least every other day.  Anyways...

     I have had some requests to do a post about my pilgrimage last weekend.  I will have to start out by saying that was probably one of the most exhilarating, inspiring, exciting and painful experiences of my entire life.   

     Taking pictures was not something I did very often over the weekend because on the occasion that I thought about snapping some shots I was either a) walking, b) too tired to haul the camera out of it's waterproof packaging in my backpack, c) lying down in my tent too sore to even lift a finger, or d) eating and/or sleeping, usually the first closely followed by the second.

     Each morning we woke at 4:30 to pack up, eat breakfast, and attend Mass before stepping off before 6am.  We would walk for a solid few hours until a mid morning break, then walk again until lunch which was an hour, walk some more until mid afternoon break, then walk until we reached the campground.  Then we would have to set up camp while our feet were too sore to even walk on.  But the evenings were fun and enjoyable after a long day's hike, and we even had a talent show on Saturday night!

Anyways, I did snap a few pictures, and stole from my friend for the rest. :)  The landscape was absolutely beautiful... it was my first trip to New York state!


These were from the car trip in my friends' van.  It was a beautiful ride!


Our break on Saturday morning. The weather was a bit overcast, but we were grateful for the break from the sun.  This spot reminded me of the opening scene of the Sound of Music. ;)


Yes, candy keeps you going even though it's terrible for you.


For the one morning and afternoon break, we would get 15 minutes to take off our shoes and rest our feet a while, have a snack, and catch our breath before they called us to our brigades all too soon.  I was usually okay until the afternoon break, then from the stretch to our night campground is when the real test started.  It was so tempting to hop on the buses that would drive by, taking weary pilgrims.... but the unspoken credo of our brigade was "Die Before Ride".


Here we are when we arrived at the shrine!  We got to lead that day, which was fun.  Once we arrived at the shrine we had Mass in the chapel of St. Kateri Tekakwitha.  It was so cold and we were all so tired we could barely stand but it was an amazing end to a long three days!


The sisters were so inspiring. Just when you were ready to curl up in a ditch on the side of the road they would turn around and smile wide and sing all the louder and it made you think that maybe, just maybe, you could keep going and make it to the end.  And we did!

So, I will definitely be going back next year and I already can't wait.  Maybe I could steal my brother from the Academy and take him too!

Let's see, what else has been happening in the last two weeks...

Oh!  I just had my very first guitar lesson yesterday!  Being a string instrument player already, it was pretty simple for me to pick it up.  I've already almost got Eidelweiss figured out.  It's a lot of fun playing and singing.  Can't do that on violin!

Well I better wrap this up.  And like I said, I am making a point to post on here more now that my schedule is finally worked out for the semester.  Until next time...

God bless!

4 comments:

Clare Asper said...

It looks like such an amazing experience!

And it's SO nice to see a blog post from you again. *hugs* You've been missed!

Amy said...

Wow, that sounds so cool! And I've always wanted to go to New York!
Your pictures are just lovely. It looks like you had a really beautiful trip.

Catholic Hoosier said...

ok, so this is going to sound crazy, but in your third picture there is a guy, in a plaid shirt, kneeling, well... that's me!

Elizabeth Anne said...

Haha wow that's crazy!! I just took random pictures at the Saturday morning stop because I loved the landscape. NY is so beautiful! :P

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