Day 12

Three showers in three nights? What kind of a hobo am I?

April 7th, 2010

Last night began something like this:

"Hi, my name's Matt. I'm doing a walk across America."

"Cool. Want some wine?"

Jeannie and Norbert, as it turns out, are a very friendly and interesting couple who had, until fairly recently, been living in wine country in Washington (and making wine, including the bottle from which I was drinking). Their house, which I got a tour of after dinner, was built in 1802 and once served as a hotel. In 1933, H.P. Field, the owner at the time, tried to murder his daughter, his wife, and himself. You can still see the bullet hole in the door from when he fired at his daughter down the hallway. The room where I spent the night was a post office in the 1860s. And so on. It was an amazing place.

Pictured above, in addition to Norb and Jeannie, are son Rory and nephew Addison (other son Cory wasn't home at the time). Pictured below are some old photos of Norbert's Irish ancestry.

Norbert's Irish ancestors


  1. Emily Aronson says:

    Wow, any ghost stories? I bet that Field family is still lurking…

  2. Jonathan says:

    I am disappointed in how often you are showering.

  3. Jeannie O'Donnell says:

    No ghosts…just wine & spirits!

  4. Mari says:


    Just know you have a place to lay your head if you make it to Campbell, Ca ~ A lil town between Santa Cruz and San Jose California

    Your simply amazing,,,, ~~ I plan on living vicariuosly through you on this journey ~~ YOU ROCK

  5. Barbara says:

    Hi, Lovely website. I will have to start paying close attention. If you are getting close to Williamsport, let me know (cell 840-6906732) and I will call my ex-brother in law, who is a decent person. I have friends in Hershey, of course, but I don’t think you will get there. Keep on truckin. do you need another $20?


  6. Sandy Bagley says:

    Lookin’ Good Guys!

  7. Jeannie says:

    Sandy is my sister. If you make a wrong turn and end up in Mississippi, let her know.

  8. Peter O'Donnell says:

    Hey, great story but don’t give the walker the good wine!!!!! I ‘ve been asking for a bottle for weeks….we’ve only finished 16 since Christmas….I wonder..can I get some wine if I walk over to your house?

  9. Jim says:

    This guy makes the best Cab/Merlot I ever tasted. Matt can you help me get a bottle or two?

  10. Jeannie O'Donnell says:

    Where should we send it?

  11. Chris says:

    I’m not sure you showered that much when you lived at home!

  12. LiAnna says:

    are you still clean?(Get Down and Dirty with the Turtles yall!!!)

  13. LiAnna says:

    Are you still Dirty!(Get down with the TURTLES soup!!!)

  14. LiAnna says:

    Are you dirty! Get down with the turtles soup!!!

  15. Rhea in CA says:

    What cool frames! (And pictures too, of course!)

  16. Jeannie says:

    Thanks Rhea!

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