I'm not happy with Blogger's new photo uploader (see post below), and it's been such a hassle that I've lost interest in trying to post anything in any kind of order. So, a kind of mishmash:
Cloud formations on my first full day of retreat. It occurred to me that they accurately illustrated what seemed to be happening: thunder and darkness on my part and the light of God trying to break through.
Statue of Ignatius the Pilgrim. A very nice welcome, as I had spent some of my drive listening to a set of recordings on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises just made by a Jesuit dear to me, and he makes extensive use of the pilgrimage metaphor.
View to the south. The retreat center sits on 250-plus acres.
West cloister garden. You can venture out on the roofs of the cloister walks, which is what I did most mornings with my cereal and juice and late most evenings with my hot chocolate.