2000: The Year that SUUSIites Walked on Water
Neighbors, Ancient Civilizations
Yes, it's true. People who go to SUUSI really do walk on water.
When they reach a place where the only clear way is a stream, they just walk up
that stream. I went to SUUSI this year, like I have been doing for the past nine
years. I went on many nature trips in 1998, and in 1999 I learned how to tell
the tale in two workshops; in previous years I empowered my self, learned
drawing, and singing, and how to choose the path. I dance every year at SUUSI,
at Serendipity and in dancing workshops. I also gave my own workshops every year
since 1995.. This year I did a little of everything; appropriate for a sumup
year like 2000. Here are some of my highlights; click on the little
thumbnails to get a bigger picture.
|TRIPLE SLOG: Where we walked
||This is the hike where we walked up or slogged
up a stream. We started by going down an embankment through the woods,
coming out at Little Stoney Creek just above the Cascades waterfall. I
looked down and saw the cold pool in front of the waterfall together with
SUUSIites from the Cascades trip. We turned away and went up the stream,
finding it really slippery with pools in the way that have to be swum or
||When we reached the second pool, some of us tried swinging
on a rope like Tarzan, then dropping into the pool. I tried to take a
photo of that but it clicked too late. Still, you can see the circular
waves that a jumper's crash into the pool caused.
||When we got to the end, we had to climb a waterfall to get
to the top. I climbed on the far right side, hoping I would not slip and
fall. Some of these people found it a steep climb.
||After we got to the top, then we could enjoy the water, such
as laying down on it and looking down to where we had just climbed.
|COVE MOUNTAIN: Where we walked
| I took this hike, knowing it would be all
afternoon, and into the evening at a restaurant. Shortly after I got into
the hike, I was confronted with this rock formation, and told the trail
goes up it. That was surprising, but I went up it anyway, and negotiated
several hair-raising rock formations, until
|I saw this lovely view of a farm nestled in the Blue Ridge.
|we went back down again, this time over more negotiable
paths through the woods. Along the way, I found this perky daisy popping
out of the woods floor.
|After the hike, we ate a good meal at this country homestyle
restaurant, Homeplace. It had the atmosphere of an old time country home.
|MORNING BIRD II: Where we walked
through the cows
||We went to a farming area with a path along
which many birds could be seen in the morning. We looked for birds and found
them immediately: barn swallows, cardinals, eastern bluebirds, and also
a rabbit. The beginning of this trip was at this old church.
||It was a foggy morning, and the sun had to struggle to
shine through the mist. This made the birds hard to see and took the
color out of them, but we saw and heard them anyway.
||We started on our way up the path, and found that we had
to contend with these mooey gatekeepers. Maybe they'd like to look for
the birds, too. We kept walking along, and they moved aside and let us
through. The topography was unusual - it dipped to a basin to our
left, which leads to some underground caves (that's another SUUSI
trip). We went to a puddle with frogs in it, then we turned back, and
we discovered afterwards that we had seen about 30 species of birds.
|MOM, THE FLAG, AND ROCK AND ROLL: Our
Lives in Music
|I happened onto this unusual workshop after the one I had
registered for was cancelled. Led by
Jennifer Bosveld, it required us six participants to describe our
lives by the musical tunes that we have heard throughout our lives, and
then sing small excerpts of these songs, one after another, on Cabaret on
the last day. To construct this musical story, she had us describe our
lives on a long piece of wide paper ruled into squares. This enabled us to
compare our life and its stages with the songs we have heard. One exercise
consisted of a free-form writing followed by the writing of a poem; I
wrote one named "Where's The Way?" I
then wrote my song list and performed
it, like the others, late on Friday evening at Cabaret. This workshop made
me feel once again how music really drives our lives.
|DANCING AT SUUSI: A New Contra
Dance and a Wheel of Conga
| One of my special pleasures of SUUSI is
the dancing. There are many workshops on dancing at SUUSI: line dancing
(not offered this year, unfortunately), contra dancing, ceili dancing,
waltzing, Latin dancing and jazz dancing. I took the Contra Dancing and
was intrigued by its mathematical structure; a major part is simply a
sequence of elements from a matrix
group, as explained by Ivan Peterson. I found that some elements of
the group were not in the dance, and by including these elements, I
designed a new contra dance step which I showed to my SUUSIMatics
workshop. Late at night, on all nights save one, I danced at
Serendipity, where every midnight a special edition of La Bamba is
played, by SUUSI tradition. This year, the DJ, with a TV quiz show in
mind, turned this into a Wheel of Conga: he spun a bicycle wheel (see
picture at right) and wherever it turned up, that conga was
|MY OWN WORKSHOPS: where we
walked across the Drillfield
|I gave the same three workshops I did last
year. However, I revised one of them to Star Tales of Ancient
Civilizations to match the theme, and I added another one, SUUSImatics.
SUUSIites had to walk a distance to get to my workshops because they all
were across the drillfield. In return for that, they had a chance to
make attractive models, like the two made by Janice DeLoach at the
right. I told them about stories of the constellations, this time
focusing on Native American star tales, which are not too widely known.
SUUSImatics generated considerable debate about what the chances of
winning the car on Let's Make a Deal were, and about when the Stargazing
nature trip would occur. And they surfed the 'Net in my UUs
To sum up: I had a really great week at SUUSI 2000 this year, and I am
looking forward to next year's SUUSI, with its theme of the Interdependent Web
of Life, and which to me will be 2001: A SUUSI Odyssey.
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