Tuesday, August 22, 2006

#11 Fifty Words and a Picture

Happy 20th anniversary tomorrow to our friends and role models, Rob and Donna!

Not only did they travel for four+ months...
they carried and cooked their own meals (no 3 meals per day provided)
they wore the same clothes over and over (no valet laundry service provided)
they walked from town to town (no ship to carry them)
they slept out under the stars (no comfy cabin to come home to each night)
and they journaled with pencil and paper!

And one year after hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, they’re still together, still happy and already starting on another new adventure. Happy anniversary. In a tribute to all 20-year marriages in Colorado, we released We Are Still Married: Stories and Letters at the La Junta train station.
Surreptitiously releasing We Are Still Married...
In this book, Garrison Keillor taught me how to write postcards. Garrison wrote, “A postcard takes about fifty words gracefully, which is how to write one. A few sweet strokes in a flowing hand – pink roses, black-face sheep in a wet meadow, the sea, the Swedish coast – your friend in Washington gets the idea. She doesn’t need your itinerary to know that you remember her. Fifty words is a strict form but if you write tiny and sneak over into the address side to squeeze in a hundred, the grace is gone and the result is not a poem but notes for a letter you don’t have time to write, which will make her feel cheated.”

Yours in needing way more than 50 words to congratulate our friends,


  1. " We were born before the wind
    Also younger than the sun
    Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic
    Hark, now hear the sailors cry
    Smell the sea and feel the sky
    Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic." - Van Morrison
    WE LOVE YOU! (50 words)

  2. YOU two are OUR role models! You're sweet to wish us a happy anniversary. Here's to 20+ more years! Questions we have for you are: Will you get your hair cut during your adventure? Will you change clothes? Will you eat peanut butter and honey sandwiches every day? Will you eat with more than just a spoon? Will you shower more than once a week? What about catholes? Blisters? Sun poisoning? Will you talk about your trip for the rest of your life?!

  3. Haircuts? We hear they're cheap in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Change clothes? We hear the valet laundry is pricey, so we'll probably not bother to change clothes.

    Peanut butter and honey everyday? Yum - Mary would love that!

    More than a spoon? You don't even need a spoon for peanut butter and honey - just a finger for spreading.

    Shower more than once a week? For sure - the ship shower has GOTTA be bigger and better than the train shower.

    Catholes? Blisters? Sun poisoining? Those are minor inconveniences compared to malaria, hepatitis and typhoid.

    Yours in talking about this trip for the rest of our lives,
    Mary and Kelly