The red chair left Sandwich on March 30th and spent a wonderful sunny day in West Barnstable with the innkeepers of the High Pointe Inn, Debbie and Rich Howard. They took the intrepid chair on a high out to Sandy Neck Beach, one of Cape Cod's preserved treasures. Take a look on the map and you will see what I mean. The chair raised a few eyebrows from park rangers (perhaps they were worried that Debbie and Rich were planning to move in?) but I think everyone enjoyed the March sunshine. It sure looks like it from the stunning pictures which you can see on their blog.
I felt like a mother preparing her child for camp today. I bustled about making sure that everything was in order. The chair is a bit old and rickety, and I don't want any stray pieces to fall off on the way. I wrote a nice note to my fellow innkeepers, like a proper care and feeding of the chair document, and then I packed it up in my car and drove it to the Belfry Inn in Sandwich.
There has been so much planning and anticipation for this journey, I really was feeling a bit anxious saying goodbye! Chris, the innkeeper at the Belfry told me he would not be home until six and that it was fine to leave it at the side door, but I actually had a pang of nervousness as if, perhaps thousands had read this blog and someone might recognize the chair as the celebrity that it is and run off with it. I know, crazy.
It was a perfect day for a drive across the island we call Cape Cod, and the sun was shining brightly as I pulled up 30 minutes later in front of the lovely Belfry Inn. I found a good hiding spot around the side just like Chris told me, then I lingered a bit enjoying the gardens and shops nearby.
Then it was time to go! Goodbye dear chair. Enjoy your travels!
How many of you have heard of the Stockbridge family named Ffrench that make these wonderful silk-screened calendars every year? Well, I have long been a fan of these calendars, and have them always hanging in my front hall to delight me with their original art work. So imagine my shock this month when I turned over from February and found this! If there ever was a sign that now was the time to put the effort into my red chair travels project it was NOW! So, with out further adieu...the Red Chair begins it's Cape Cod trip in the month of March 2012. How very fitting.
I created this blog to track the journey of a simple wooden chair on a special journey across Cape Cod. I look forward to hearing what you think of the red chair, and the images that emerge as it makes its way across one of the most beautiful places in America.
This blog is maintained by the participating innkeepers of the Red Chair Travels project.
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