The friends I've made through blogging are scattered all over the world, and often I find it frustrating that I can't just pick up the phone and invite them to meet me for lunch, the way I do with my local friends. But the advantage is that no matter where I go, whether it's a major city or a small island, I have blogging friends -- wonderful people who take me out to lunch, show me where they live, and share their lives with me. Blogging has made the earth seem like a small and friendly neighborhood.
Now I'm leaving again for another trip -- the last adventure of my sabbatical. It's time for the biennual gathering of the Friendly Green Folks. I'll spend a whole week at that conference, hanging out with old friends, hearing great speakers, joining some bloggers for a roundtable, and exploring Beautiful Island in the Country to the North. Then I'm visiting a friend, meeting up with a blogger, and exploring City Where Frasier Lives before flying farther down the coast for a vacation with my husband. Our 25-year wedding anniversary is this August, and we've decided to celebrate a little early.
I'll be offline for three weeks. I'm not bringing my laptop because I don't want to leave it locked in the trunk of a rental car while I'm hiking; I'm too worried about heat damage. Besides, sometimes it's more relaxing to get away from the computer. I'll be thinking about my blogging friends, though, especially at the conference, where I'll be coercing Friendly Green Folk to pose naked. I'll return late in June with photos to post and stories to tell.
If you're trying to guess which state my husband and I will be visiting, the title to this post is a clue.