My grandfather and aunt were headed down to Florida with no schedule to keep so they decided they would take me back to Syracuse. This would be a good time to spend some time with gramps and my aunt whom I had never been able to sit and speak with for awhile. We had about four hours to catch up. It was a wonderful four hours of chatting and learning more about my family. Gramps was focused on driving, which is a good thing, but my aunt and I were able to speak on some many topics. As I have in the past I gushed about Couch surfing and I was excited they were able to drop me off at a hosts house and meet the kind of people that use this organization. After sharing and explaining my experiences my aunt asked the question that always peaks interest in those thinking about couch surfing, “I wonder if there is anyone in Sarasota on couch surfing?”. I had a big grin when she asked this semi-rhetorical question. I love being able to spread something that is unique and eye opening as couch surfing.
We arrived in Syracuse a little before my host got home and were able to stretch our legs a little bit. My grandfather and aunt wanted to take Risa, my host, and myself out to lunch. I thought this would be wonderful for all of us to get to know Risa and she could see where I am coming from and meet some of my family. Risa arrived and she welcomed me and my family with open arms and helped bring my things up to her apartment. She was so helpful and I could tell right off the bat her and I would get along. I was also happy to see my gramps and aunt getting along really well. I know they trust my judgment but it is always nice to introduce a way of living and thinking to those you love and have them accept it and take the time to understand it. So many people take this idea of being kind to a new friend and brush it off and I am so excited my family was able to meet Risa and take the time to get to know her a little. We had a wonderful lunch at a nice restaurant, enjoying food and good company I think is one of the best combinations of any kind of get together you can have, especially when it is making new friends.
When lunch was over we took the small stroll back to Risa’s apartment and I said my goodbyes. It was so nice to spend the last few hours with my gramps and aunt. I always learn something new when I am with family and spending any amount of time with them is priceless.
After saying goodbye, Risa and I wasted no time and went on a good hike around Syracuse. We walked a good 7 miles just exploring the city which was brand new to me and somewhat new to her. She had been there a little while but we walked to places she had not been before. A walk is a wonderful time to get to know someone. We both had our cameras ready and were snapping pictures, laughing, engaged in great conversation. It was a wonderful day and a great warm up to get my legs back into the routine of walking.
When we got back I went back into the routine of trying to find a place to sleep for the next night. Unfortunately nothing was there and I was having a tough time even coming up with leads. Risa said if I wanted to walk during the day and she could come pick me up where I would be and I could spend another night and drop me back off in the morning. What a wonderful host and a great plan. It took the pressure off and all I needed to do was find someone for the night after next in Utica which should not be too much of a problem. After figuring out that situation Risa asked if I wanted to try the best bbq around at a restaurant called Dinosaur BBQ. With no hesitation my answer was “Absolutely!”. So after our walk we worked up quite the appetite and made our way to the Dinosaur BBQ and had a great meal only to be outdone by the company. It was a great ending to a wonderful day and I look forward to getting back to walking but also spending more time with my new friend. Thanks Risa!
Day 137 Back in Syracuse