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Road trip update

It’s been a whirlwind of adventure since my last post, so it’s time to catch up. Since leaving Wisconsin, I drove east on the I-70 into New England. Ohio charged me a fee to cross their state, almost entirely through one lane construction. I missed most of the fall splendor through New York, as I was driving at night. 

I arrived in Salem Massachusetts later than I’d hoped for the Witch Dr Gallery Friday the 13th show, but I made it. There was a ton of Halloween and horror themed art on display. From there, I spent a week with Brando, aka Bhaller Glass at his home/shop in upstate Mass. Home cooked meals and great hospitality! Got in a few colabs, made a good sale and headed south. 

The next stop was in southern Mass at the shop of Matt Donofrio. Spent a week there doing some production work, colab pieces with the shop and eating good food. Also very hospitable people who were very generous with a place to stay. I even got in a round of golf with a Boston police captain! 

With no real concrete plan for the next week, I decided I’d make a run down to Asheville NC for the 15th anniversary of Mountain Glass; a major east coast distributor of raw materials. At a pit stop along the way, I looked over my maps and realized I was right next to Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Had to male that detour, for sure. The park was absolutely packed with people! Come to find out, it was peak time for fall leaf color. It was an epic drive through some outstanding fall scenery. The anniversary party took place the next day. I was able to connect with a lot of the glass community from the area and had a hell of a good time. I spent the next few days holed up in a motel to sort out some cold working I had to get done and organize the van. Took a few hours to run the south leg of the Blue Ridge Parkway where I picked up a German dude hitching his way down into the Smoky Mountains. It was nice to share a little bit of conversation and scenery with someone. 

I hit the road yesterday, headed north. Pulled into Alexandria VA in the evening, where I’ll be spending a few days wroth my sisters. I’ll be exploring a few museums and catching up with family before I head back to New England. 

More to come! 


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