We've begun preparations for the Wicklow Way. Plane tickets have been purchased and accommodations arranged. Each singer has begun choosing their hiking boots, evaluating the best exercise regimen, and searching for the discipline to maintain the physical training necessary to endure the pilgrimage. Repertoire is nearly finalized -- scores are marked and will be mailed out to the singers within the next several days. More importantly, we've begun to share our stories with each other, creating trust for ensemble and travel. It seems excitement mingled with details marks all beginnings.