Last week, I too had a sort of pilgrimage - but more on that later...
Religious pilgrimages are not unique to our faith - in fact other faiths take them much more seriously. For example:
Mecca: In Islam, a pilgrimage to Mecca is supposed to be attempted at least once in a lifetime. Mecca is the most important of all Muslim pilgrimages.
The Wailing Wall: In Judaism, the greatest pilgrimage is to visit the Western Wall of the temple in Jerusalem. It is the most sacred of all Jewish sites, and people travel from all over the world to visit.
The Vatican: Home of the Catholic Church is a pilgrimage destination for many, as well as other sites around the world associated with the Apostles, and the Virgin Mary.
The Mormons: Pilgrimages are not a requirement of the LDS theology, but we do like to visit sites that hold special meaning for us. The Sacred Grove, the Hill Cumorah, Nauvoo, Temple Square, etc., hold special places in our heritage.
And a Personal Destination:: After seeing the Hill Cumorah Pageant, there was one more place I needed to go. My EC understood that it was important to me and she was supportive. So we set out together. The clouds gathered and it threatened rain as we set out- but we were undeterred, undaunted. It was to be a journey of over 100 miles. But with guidance from my trusty navigator, and a good car stereo, we knew we would arrive at our destination.
My pulse quickened as we began to get close. When our destination came into view, I found myself struggling to find the words. After all these years - there it was - directly in front of me.
Yes, there it was. The Anchor Bar. I know you are probably feeling jealous right now. We parked our car and walked to the door. What? You don't understand? Really? It was in that very place that Teressa Bellissimo changed history. On a Friday night, in 1964, she fried the first Buffalo wing. And covered it with sauce. And here we stood, at the very place, on a Friday night, in Buffalo, New York.
Moments like this don't come around every day.
We went inside, and experienced exactly what we had hoped for. Rather than try and put it into words, I will merely show you an image of the fulfillment of my pilgrimage. With blue cheese of course.
I was fulfilled.
|Actual photo of 20 wings with Original sauce.|
Special reminder: This Sunday, July 29, is National Chicken Wing Day.