One of the fun experiences from my weekend with my fellow writer chicks was our walk to the Kindred Spirit mailbox. If you've read Marybeth Whalen's book The Mailbox, this is the beach town and this is the mailbox that novel is based on. It's not often you get to walk with an author through the setting and scenes of their novels. So here were are - baseball caps, dark sunglasses, no makeup, big smiles and all.
On the nearly 4 mile round trip walk down undeveloped beach together, we talked a lot, paused to take pictures of shells or jellyfish, and a few of us even developed blisters on the bottom of our feet!
Me, Marybeth, Lisa Shea, Alice Wisler, Mary DeMuth:
We finally made it to the Kindred Spirit. It was chocked full of letters and notebooks and pens. Reams of words were poured out onto those pages. Some from locals, many from tourists. Some lighthearted notes, others letters filled with anguish.
Here I am looking through some of the entries in one of the notebooks. I couldn’t find a single unused page to write on.
Marybeth found a spot in another notebook and wrote an entry about our visit – listing out all of our names.
Me & one of my favorite gals, Marybeth. If you look closely, her hat says “The Mailbox” in rhinestones. Fashion star Shari Braendel made it for her. She’s also got a picture of her book cover on her t-shirt and a copy of the novel with her …. which made for this perfect shot of The Mailbox in the mailbox:
Photo credits: Mary E. DeMuth
Thankful for like-minded friends.