I have traveled a fair amount of the country in these 22 days. The first two long train rides were perhaps the most beautiful -- from Seattle, along the Pacific Coast, to Los Angeles; and then from Los Angeles, across the desert to Santa Fe. I flew to Austin, and had the chance to drive across a good part of Texas as well. From Austin to elegant Chapel Hill, "the Athens of the South" as my friend Matt called it. I loved the trees and gardens. I think it was on the freezing cold Carolinian that my cold got a lot worse. But I still saw and did a lot while in Princeton with Mary and her family, and I'm glad for the extra time I had with them. Coming to Pittsburgh to stay with James has rounded things off nicely. I wouldn't have missed James and his world for anything.
Since I did business only at the front of the trip, I'll need to plot a trip back for meetings in New York and Washington DC.
We're off now for the Carnegie Library and a couple of other visits before I leave Pittsburgh.