Today was the first day we were able to walk the grounds of our new home. It was packed with information and logistical tasks. The park is making nice progress but still has a long way to go. Richard McCoy was able to fill us in on all the progress being made and it’s encouraging to see things becoming solid. One of the tasks for the day was to get our security badges which gives us access to the bowels of the IMA. We were fingerprinted, given a quick and confusing tour, then we were off to romp the lands. We looked at all the projects being worked on including the visitors pavilion which will serve as a charging/ blogging station during the project. It keeps with the IMA’s style of swanky-ness and will be a nice refreshing change from the cramped island at times. It’s tall, clean, and full of glass. When walking around the 100 acres I kept thinking about how nice it will be to live amongst all the trees. Especially now, everything is so vibrantly green it’s really energizing.
One of things on the list of things to do was to find a rowboat and get out to the island. This is the first time I’ve been on it since our first visit before I even knew this was something I wanted to do. It was rainy and gray but it felt so good to row out to our new home. One thing is for sure; we have a lot of work to do to make this someplace we can live for an extended amount of time. After taking some quick measurements, Jess and I paddled around the lake, soaking up the experience.
I almost forgot. There has been talk about someone from the New York Times interviewing us about the project. I feel a little shallow getting excited about this but hey, it may never happen again. The whole process was mysterious. We sent the times we were available to talk but didn’t really know how it was going to happen. 2pm Friday, we get a call from an unknown number and have a quick conversation. It was relatively painless, questions we’ve already been asked and things we’ve been thinking a lot about lately. NYT, no big deal, piece of cake.