Hitting the Thumb

by Anna Blanch on July 17, 2012

This is the final post in the series tracing our trip flying from California to Michigan


California is beautiful to look at, but you can’t be a part of it like you can in Michigan. – Jennifer Granholm

The thumb.

That’s where K and his family say they are from when asked.

Have you heard the one about michigan being shaped like a mitten? or a glove? or a hand?

Even I do it now – I hold up my right hand and point to the centre of the thumb. And people laugh…because Australians aren’t supposed to know that Michigan is shaped like a mitten.

The thumb was our destination on the morning of the 5th of July, and specifically the airport with the code 77G.

And breakfast.

And family.

We were glad we got about 5 hours sleep because sitting in a plane for 12 hours in a day makes your body feel pretty stiff.

The morning was warm and bright in South Bend, Indiana.

It was only another 1 hour and 30 mins flight time from South Bend to our final destination, and every mile it became greener and more like Michigan with it’s red barns and silos and drainage ditches and massive empty concrete pads where a big manufacturing plant once stood. It is green and wet and there are trees: lots and lots of trees.

I was glad to get on the ground – glad to be home.

“We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse it sometimes in our dreams, or as we turn a corner, and suddenly there is a strange, sweet familiarity that vanishes almost as soon as it comes.” ― Madeline L’Engle


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Traveller. Scholar. Photographer. Writer. Dreamer. Teacher. Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. The summer of 2012 is a nomadic summer for Anna as she edits her Phd and chases the sun after three cold years in Scotland!

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  • http://ordinarilyextraordinary.com/ Amy Nabors (@amykiane)

    What a fun adventure for you both! 

    • http://www.goannatree.com Anna Blanch

      It was Amy! I saw so much of the country in such a short space of time. It was epic though!

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