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Update #21 - September 28th
Chittenango, New York
2,806.43 miles (4,490.29 KM)



I was thinking that the least amount of time that I was going to be in Chittenango was four weeks but it is just going to be half. I was hoping that there would have been some ministerial work that I could connect with but there isn't much here. The local association of churches is loose and not all of the churches belong to it. There is a local food pantry in the village but it is operated by a group of volunteers. My pastor friend at the Presbyterian Church is retiring after 27 years in the pulpit at the end of the year so he is winding things down. There will be an interim minister at the beginning of next year.

Chittenango is an interesting village with a population around 5,000 about 12 miles (19 km) out of Syracuse. Chittenango is the birthplace of
L. Frank Baum who is the author of the Wizard of Oz. Baum was born in 1856 and in 1900 he published "The Wonderful World Of Oz" , which became the 1939 classic movie "The Wizard Of Oz". There is a museum/ store called All Things Oz . Here are a couple photos that I took.



 All Things Oz Store

 All Things Oz Store

 All Things Oz Store

 All Things Oz Store



Here are a couple pictures of the village. Around the village, there are several things Oz related.



 Scenes around Chittenago, New York

 Scenes around Chittenago, New York

 Scenes around Chittenago, New York

 Scenes around Chittenago, New York

 Scenes around Chittenago, New York

 Scenes around Chittenago, New York



A little over a mile (2 km) north of the center of the village is the Historic Erie Canal. The construction of the canal was completed in 1825. There is a museum called Chittenango Landing . The museum is a nineteenth century dry dock complex, which teaches about boat-building and repair of Erie Canal boats. Here are a couple pictures.



 Chittenango Landing Museum outside of  Chittenago, New York

 Chittenango Landing Museum outside of  Chittenago, New York



If there was public transportation to Syracuse, I would try and find some housing in the Chittenango area but there isn't any. I will be loading up Alice again on Wednesday, October 3rd, and heading South before it gets really cold up here. This of course will be Mission Trip 33. From Chittenango, I will be heading first to the Boston, Massacusetts area before I start the trip Southward along the East Coast.

I am looking at stopping in the Norwalk, Connecticut to visit with friends who are involved with the New England branch of the
National Network of Youth Ministries . I am hoping to possibly stay for the night or two in the New York City area. I will be also taking the ferry between Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware and finding a way across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland outside of Annapolis. There might also be a brief stop in the Washington, DC area.

I don't know how long this next trip will be, how long I will be on the road, and where this trip will end. I'll be waiting and praying for what the L-RD has me to do. The next update will possibly be posted between October 05th and October 12th.




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