October 12th, October 12th

I left the Hotel Ithaca around 6:20am in group of 8 or so. We were led by Mary Carol. Our first stop was Cascadilla Falls. It was still dark out. The falls were next to a church. On seeing the falls and the rushing water, I was reminded of my friend’s recent death. I bottled my sad thoughts. The morning was cold but comfortable.

We made our way to Ithaca Falls, which were massive. From the bridge we saw a heron. In order to approach the falls, we walked the path to the right of the bridge. With the recent rainstorms, the falls were going full blast. They were massive (100 feet tall and almost 200 feet across). There was someshoreline flooding. Mary Carol told me the falls are fed by Lake Cayuga.

After the hike ended, then came: breakfast, errand-running, presentation prep, and presenting. CVS and Tompkins County Public Library came to my rescue!

My poster session featured Enterprise Risk Management research from one of my class projects and my lightning talk coached conference attendees on Design Thinking. I challenged them to think about its applications to library management and project work.

The conference wound down with more new friends and a trip to Syracuse. I drove directly to the Inn Complete for Librarian’s Night Out – where I got to reunite with many grad school friends and mentors.

It was a lot of social energy output in a very short time! I did not have enough energy leftover for blogging.

My old roommates hosted me. I stayed in Sidney’s bedroom. I read a great book that was on the kitchen table (Tea Dragon Society), reunited with Mo and Vicky, and then proceeded to have an intense sleep.

Again, David and I talked little, except to discuss plans for the following day. He had already headed to Boston with Tom. David made the trip for his alumni lacrosse game and reception.