It was a pretty normal day at the gallery. I was working in the studio as a storm was gathering over the valley, offering a promise of more rain. Anna dropped by for a visit and, just after she arrived, a car drove up. We had visitors, but not just any visitors. The woman came in first, looked at Anna and said, “I am the walker.”
Anna stared for brief seconds and then recognition struck. The two women exclaimed, laughed, hugged, as the man entered. Hugs all around.
It turns out these two, Petra Wolf and Mike Metras, have recently completed a walking pilgrimage from California to Jerusalem. They walked for over two years. Just three months into their journey they walked into Truchas and stayed at a B and B for a night because they were welcomed by a freak spring snowstorm. They met Anna at her old church gallery and she and Bill had them over to dinner. They remembered it as one of the most pleasant experiences of their long walk.
Now they are in the process of retracing their steps (but in a car this time), going backwards along their route, looking up some of the people they met along the way. So they were here in our gallery and we sat for an enjoyable afternoon of story-telling. They call themselves “ambassadors of dreams” because, along their path, they met many people who heard their story and decided to consider living their own dreams, too often set aside for more “practical” lives.
You can read more about Petra and Mike on Mikes’s blog: Walking With Awareness.
And, as we sat through an afternoon, that storm did realize and we had rain.
Love to you all,