Monday, March 15, 2010
James was on Spring Break last week, so we took a little weekend trip to a popular spring break destination. The weather was beautiful. We frolicked on the beach, enjoyed some fine dining, saw the sights, and did a little celebrity watching.
Oh, wait, actually we went to Fort Wayne, Indiana. Weather? It rained the whole weekend. But at least it didn't snow! Beach? We didn't even think to bring swimsuits to take advantage of the hotel pool. Fine dining? We had Chinese food, which is kind of a treat for us, anyway. We also went to Burger King. Did you know they have veggie burgers? I hadn't been there in years, and I had forgotten. Burger King was one of the highlights of our trip, actually, since we got to spend a leisurely lunch talking with Emily and Ben while their kids played in the playground. So Burger King gets five stars from me.
And sights? Yes, there were certainly sights to see. We got to attend the Opening of the Doors for St. John Chrysostom's beautiful new building, as well as the first Divine Liturgy celebrated in their temple. Celebrities? His Grace Bishop MARK was presiding. Through a confluence of events the year we were Chrismated, James and I saw His Grace in so many different cities, that he joked upon seeing us after the fourth or fifth place, "Here come my groupies."
OK, so not a beach vacation at a popular spring break destination, but a still a lovely little spring break. The Opening of the Doors was joyous. It was wonderful to attend during Lent, since I can't help but anticipate hearing the same dialog from Psalm 24 on Pascha and thus being reminded of Our Lord breaking the gates of Hades and His victory over death.
You can read about the Opening of the Doors and see more of the sights at Emily's blog. And the first two pictures are from a trip that James and I took a couple of years ago to the San Francisco Bay area.