I've just returned from the P.
Buckley Moss Society's cruise to Hawaii. What an exciting experience!
I have a few pictures to share with you, but I was so busy trying to
take everything in that I didn't get as many good pictures as I would
have liked. Hawaii is truly a beautiful place, a jewel in the Pacific
Pat and her family members enjoy the Society cruise to Hawaii.
Our cruise ship debarked from Vancouver on September
21, and after six days on the ship, we arrived at Kahalui, Maui. Being
on board the ship was fun. Not only did I get to be with so many of
my wonderful Society friends but I also got to spend some very special
time with both my sister, my brother, my brother-in-law Bill, and sister-in-law
Carol. Many of you have heard my sister Mary referred to as "Honey",
and my brother Dan is known as "Buck" in our family.
A very large group of Moss Society members enjoyed the cruise.
There were about 2,000 people on the ship, but not all
of them were part of our group. Nonetheless, I met lots of people who
collect my work. I was delighted to meet a Waynesboro, Virginia, UPS
driver, as well as the nurse from the Summit Square Retirement Community
in Waynesboro who took care of my mother "Gran Liz." It really
is a small world! I also found out that the UPS driver lives on the
same street in Waynesboro as my daughter Ginny and her family.
The cruise ship that Pat and the Society members were aboard.
As much fun as the ship was, nothing compared to the breathtaking
beauty of the islands. We got to visit four of them in all, starting
with Maui and including Hawaii, Kauai, and Oahu. I was fascinated by
the lava formations. I knew that the islands were formed by volcanic
activity, but I didn't know about the different kinds of lava and the
formations they make. The lava that flows out of the volcanoes and runs
down the sides cool into waves and ripples of black rock. The lava that
blows up into the air from the tops of the volcanoes and rains back
down forms splatters of rock. It makes very interesting terrain.
Hawaii's beauty was breathtaking!
Pat and friends from the cruise.
I loved everything, but two things really stand out in
my mind. One was our visit to the planetarium on top of Mauna Kea Mountain.
Honey, Bill, Buck, Carol, and I went on a guided tour that took eleven
of us in a van up the mountain to the planetarium. It was incredible,
but the real treat was that when we came back outside to leave it was
snowing! We had to have the heat on in the van. We were like little
kids with our first snow of the season. Buck took a really good picture,
but his camera isn't digital and he hasn't had time to get the film
developed yet. Maybe I'll be able to include it in a future newsletter.
Pat, Carol Buckley, Floyd Boothe, and two friends they made on the
ship (not Society members) wait to go up in the helicopter.
The other thing that I really enjoyed was taking a helicopter
tour. It was so lovely to be able to see how the islands were formed
by volcanic activity and to see the waterfalls and beaches and how the
land is used.
Pat and her sister-in-law Carol Buckley got the front seat of the
helicopter and were thrilled.
While I was away on the cruise, Hurricane Rita added insult
to injury along the Gulf Coast. I am happy to announce that the two
special prints I created to benefit the American Red Cross are now ready
for release. We Care and Red Cross Cats will both
retail for $50.00, ten percent ($5) of which will benefit the Red
Cross. Two dollars and 50 cents from every print sold will come from the authorized
dealers that carry my work, and the other half will come from The Moss
Red Cross Cats will benefit the American Red Cross to aid hurricane
relief efforts in the Gulf Coast region.
Pat also created We Care to benefit the American Red Cross.
I returned to Mathews, Virginia, just in time to announce
the organizational meeting of our area's first Society chapter. Moss
on the Chesapeake will hold its first meeting on Sunday, October 16,
at 2:00 p.m. at the local gallery MAG-The Gallery. If you live close
by and are interested in joining the chapter and attending the meeting,
please contact Patty Zierow at 1-804-725-3326.
That's all for now. I have to get ready for this weekend's Museum
Open House and Barn Show in Waynesboro, Virginia. I'm looking forward
to seeing the mountains' fall foliage and all my friends in the Shenandoah
Valley and its surrounds.