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Birthday in Egypt

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April 27th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_11690" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Elizabeth Sherrill finds shade beside one of the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. "] Before their boxes were fully unpacked, new Linden Ponds residents John and Elizabeth Sherrill took off on a 5,000-mile road trip. Then Mrs. Sherrill spent her birthday exploring the pyramids of Egypt. On a scenic adventure with her sister, brother, and sister-in-law, Mrs. Sherrill stayed three nights in Istanbul, Turkey; one week in Jordan; and another week in Egypt. Istanbul was blanketed in a layer of snow when Mrs. Sherrill and her siblings arrived, but they journeyed on, visiting the Sultan Ahmed, or Blue Mosque, known for its interior lined with more than 20,000 handmade blue tiles. You just catch your breath, she says of the mosque s beauty. In Jordan, they visited Petra, a historic city carved into rock, and the mountain in Amman where Moses was supposed to have seen the Promised Land. [caption id="attachment_11692" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Elizabeth Sherrill captured this photo of a young boy riding a camel through the Nubian Desert. Sherrill also braved a camel ride, an experience she says, gave me a great respect for Lawrence of Arabia. "] From there, they proceeded to Egypt, a country Mrs. Sherrill had studied on her own. It just fascinates me, she says. Outside Cairo, they saw the famous pyramids of Giza, and Mrs. Sherrill rode a camel through the Nubian Desert, an experience she quips, gave me a great respect for Lawrence of Arabia. The group headed south to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, which houses more than 60 royal tombs and chambers, a number of which are open to the public. After Mrs. Sherrill explored the inside of a subterranean tomb, she viewed the entire landscape from above during an early morning hot air balloon ride.

Happy home

Despite the exhilaration of her trip, Mrs. Sherrill was happy to return home. Coming back from a trip, each time [Linden Ponds] seems a little more like home, she says. Nodding in the direction of her husband, she adds, Home is where he is. Upon his wife s return, The first thing I did was throw a shindig, says Mr. Sherrill, in honor of her birthday. In their kitchen, he indulged his penchant for cooking, making his wife a gourmet steak dinner. The Sherrills maintain full-time work while atLinden Ponds, Mr. Sherrill as the overseer of a publishing company and Mrs. Sherrill as a writer for Guideposts magazine. She returned home with photos and memories that she will likely preserve in story form. Despite their busy schedules, the Sherrills have come to discover the delights of life atLinden Ponds. Mr. Sherrill recently revisited a forgotten talent, taking up drawing lessons with an artist living in the community. Now residing in the same town as their daughter, the Sherrills are privy to casual visits from their daughter and granddaughter. Such events were always a big deal in the past, when the Sherrills lived in New York. Dropping in is something we ve never had, Mrs. Sherrill says. As they navigate their life both at Linden Ponds and outside it, the Sherrills remain thoughtful and open to their newest journey. Bit by bit, she says, we re finding our way.