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Oh joy! San Francisco Bay Area and Environs, #10 2014 Trip

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The first stopover in the SF Bay Area, has come and gone and this blog is long overdue. (I am now visiting dear Kathy, ATRANSFORMATION, in Folsom, Sacramento area. Stay tuned for #11 on my Sacramento area sojourn with Kathy and Vivian, MISS_VIV.)

So here are a few photos and reflections on the magical SF Bay Area and environs, with some beloved friends. One unfortunate photos omission is a sail boat race that Diana enjoyed being a part of, invited by our friend, Ira. Kaveri and I watched the race on the SF Bay and the four of us had dinner together at the Golden Gate Yacht Club afterwards.

Diana and I loved the day at Land's End coastal trail, Ocean Beach, and The Cliff House:









Another dear friend, Tricia, swooped me up to visit one of San Francisco's fine museums, the Legion of Honor, to enjoy two impressionist exhibits and lunch in the museum cafe:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legion_of_Hono
r_(museum)









BTW, this is a Paul Gauguin self-portrait

Beloved Annie came by Jnani's place to take Diana and I on a day trip to Bolinas:


Annie and Diana




Diana the goof-off!


Annie took the scenic route to the Golden Gate through The Presidio


A canopy of eucalyptus lines the roadway


For 218 years the Presidio served as an Army base for three nations; it is now a National Park
www.nps.gov/prsf/index.htm


Aerial view (from the internet)


On the way to Bolinas, a wonderful mural in Fairfax in what used to be Good Earth Market (it has moved to a larger space)


Hi Annie!


Ahhhh...first view of the Bolinas Lagoon
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolinas_Lagoon


The Lagoon


Bolinas Bay


The Lagoon dumping into the Bay


LOVE this natural food store!


Bolinas Peoples Store mascot perhaps?


We did lots of hiking on the mesa


Diana and Annie on the trail

Yoga sister Kaveri joined me'n'Diana for lunch at Jnani's:




A profound thought, I'm sure

Next up, five days at a wonderful cabin with Diana and Dawn:


Crossing the "new" San Francisco Bay Bridge
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_span_r
eplacement_of_the_San_Francisco%E2%80%
93Oakland_Bay_Bridge



Old and new bridge (from the internet)


Crossing Altamont Pass


On the way to the cabin Dawn checking out produce at a fruit stand in the San Joaquin Valley, known as the "food basket of the world."

Finally we arrive to the cabin in Arnold, 4000' elevation, NE California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains:




Somehow, "cabin" seemed like a rather humble description to me








Dawn brewing the morning coffee


An aside, speaking of coffee -- at the Big Trees Supermarket in Arnold I happened upon this coffee, which flooded me with memories of travel through the Andes to Chanchamayo, in the high jungle of Peru with Ricardo, a dear friend who had two brothers living there. We stayed with one and every morning we would toast some of the world-renowned coffee from a neighbor, a coffee grower, manually grind it, and brew an exquisite cup of coffee.


That's Diana outside our bathroom; each of us had an upstairs bedroom


Diana enjoying breakfast on the back deck


Dawn reading the Chronicle on the back deck


The first afternoon we walked down to the private lake which pertains to the housing association; Dawn swam every day; I got in the water, but didn't swim


Diana taking a picture at the lake




We went to Calaveras Big Trees State Park twice; the first day we finished the hike with a picnic sitting on a huge rock in the middle of a creek






The second visit was to the North Grove. The majestic Sequoias, such as the one behind Dawn and Diana, are awe-inspiring


A staircase up to a slice of a downed Sequoia


















Leaving the park we crossed the Stanislaus River

And last but not least, a gathering of beloveds at the lovely home of Katherine and Duane:


Katherine, Diana, Duane, Jnani


Mochi, a very important member of the family

  
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MARJORIE368 7/15/2014 1:20AM

    Wow!! I do not know which pic I liked best. What a amazing journey! Thank you for sharing :-) emoticon

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1MORNINGWALKER 7/11/2014 3:07PM

    Just beautiful, I will have to head out that way again, may be just what I need. emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 7/10/2014 10:46AM

    Now THAT'S a TREE!! WOW!

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SNOWYOGA 7/10/2014 2:38AM

    Sounds amazing and loved your pictures too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BILLYCRASH 7/9/2014 8:59AM

  Hey Val,

Some really great pictures, especially the staircase to the Sequoia...hope to visit the Sequoias one day...You are a super lady, thanks for sharing your adventures...Take care, Later

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GOANNA2 7/9/2014 4:12AM

    Oh, WOW! What an amazing time with good friends.
Doesn't get any better than that, does it?
Thank you for taking us along and sharing your
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PEACEFULONE 7/9/2014 1:25AM

    Wonderful! Wonderful! It was fun to read about your amazing trip. A great adventure with great friends-life doesn't get any better! Enjoy! Looking forward to the next installment. More happy trails...
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SUBMOM2 7/9/2014 1:13AM

    Great photos! You've made me realize there's so much of California I've yet to explore. Thanks for sharing the journey with us.

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ASHERAH38 7/9/2014 12:15AM

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What an adventure. Lots of amazing sights. So glad you are having a wonderful time. Pretty Awesome!

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DDOORN 7/8/2014 11:45PM

    Adventures with friends...could we ever get enough? Highly doubtful! :-)

What a GORGEOUS "cabin"!

Recently enjoyed a ride w/ MI Sparker WMUGRAD! :-)

Don

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MISS_VIV 7/8/2014 11:31PM

    again, you have done a remarkable job with the pictures. Enjoyed every minute of it.

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JUST_BREATHE08 7/8/2014 11:18PM

    Absoluting emoticon!!! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/8/2014 9:04PM

    Amazing pics, amazing friends -- you are clearly having a marvellous time!!

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THINFITFEMINIST 7/8/2014 7:43PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/8/2014 7:28PM

    Wow! What a great photo spread... although nothing matches BEING there, thanks for taking us along virtually! emoticon

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    emoticon THANK YOU FOR SHARING. emoticon

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We have arrived! #9 2014 Trip

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I would say I'm into the third chapter of this adventure, one being Little Rock to San Diego, where I rendezvoused with Diana, two being the trip up the California coast to San Francisco with Diana, and three, the stopover in the SF Bay Area. Four will be a visit to Sacramento area friends. Five? Not sure which chapter Ecuador will be! So, to finish chapter two:


The beach near our Carpenteria camp site.


Cruising Carpenteria Thursday afternoon


Reynaldo's had DELICIOUS flan!


Grape cultivation has been significant in this area for many years.


Beautiful tile work depiction


We finally discover why Steve made that statement abot Carpenteria (Blog #8)

Jnani, Diana and I spent Thursday and Friday nights at Carpenteria State Park before Jnani continued on to Los Angeles and we completed the journey to the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday.

Jnani brought a big tent to sleep in. None of us had a clue how to set it up. I saw that the family next to us had a similar tent, so I walked over and said to the young dad, "And who put up this tent?!" The fellow hesitated, and I added, "because he is obviously a Tent Installation Specialist, and we need help badly!" He then broke out in a smile and said he and his son had, but that he was afraid I was a park employee the way I asked with such authority. I laughed and asked for their help. Shay and son Lucas, about 13 years old, came over with me and helped us find the front zippered door, which we couldn't even find (DUH!). They went back for a hammer for the stakes and proceeded to enthusiastically put up the tent (with our assistance). was born. Shay's wife Jennifer came over, as well as 10-year old Carly, during the tent raising and thus another friendship was born.


Lucas and Shay (in ballcap) figuring things out


Diana helps out


Jnani tripping the light fantastic as Lucas surveys the progress


The next morning with coffee-in-hand -- yay! That's the tent of our new friends in the background

NOW the story gets really good!!! Since we didn't have a prior reservation, and since California State Parks tend to get totally booked in the summer, and ESPECIALLY on the weekends, and since it was FRIDAY morning we were told we had to move, since our site was pre-reserved for the weekend. WAAAAH! We were told that if we wanted to stay another night, we'd have to enter the lottery and see if our name was drawn. So Diana and I went over to the ranger station and added our name to the list. After a long wait, our name was called! But the space available was on the other side of the campground, probably 1/2 mile away.

We went back to Jnani with the news. Her response -- "Let's schlep the raised tent on top of my car to the new site!" I'm thinkin', "OMG, Jnani's at it again"(she's brilliant, and a VERY creative and non-linear thinker)! So I head over to talk to Shay and Lucas and see if I can enlist their help in this kooky project. I didn't mention that Shay is actually a state parks ranger himself and runs a park in the desert region of California. He's young though (late 30s?) and appreciates our thinking *out of the box* and said, "Let's do it!" So, off we go, embarking with them upon another joint project!


Jnani and Diana stablizing it on top of Jnani's vintage Honda

The show begins! That's Shay in the tank top holding on the the tent. We attracted a GREAT deal of attention all along the way. Campers shooting pictures, laughing, wishing us success, calling others to look at the sight, etc. It was indeed a sight to behold!


Lucas and Shay runnning beside the car, hanging on to the tent, about 1/3 of the way there.



Lucas, Diana, me, Shay, Jnani -- all VERY happy with our success! Another park ranger appeared. We were fearful he would reprimand us, but instead he said he just came to give Shay and Lucas a ride back to their tent and he took the group photos!


I had led the way on the circuitous journey on my bike


The Pacific from our new digs


Jnani built an awesome campfire which we enjoyed Friday evening


Early Saturday morning, the three of us enjoying the beach


Jnani clowning around in the surf


All good things must come to an end, but we're milking our time together to the max! (A toast with my morning coffee.)


Diana is an excellennt driver, and helped considerably with that chore!

We have arrived
we are home
in the here
in the now
-- Gatha for the In and Out Breath by Thich Nhat Hanh


-- Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh

  
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HIPPICHICK1 7/8/2014 4:36PM

    What a joyous adventure you are having! Awesome!!

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BILLB000 7/7/2014 9:19AM

    Your blogs continue to be fun and inspiring Maha. I love reading them. I feel like I am there with you on this fabulous journey. I will be sad when you trip is over! emoticon

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DAISY443 6/27/2014 9:43AM

    AWESOME!

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DDOORN 6/27/2014 9:33AM

    What wonderful, heartfelt adventures!

Just gotta get out there again (only once before to San Diego in '09) one of these days to get me a piece of that west coast! :-)

Don

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GOANNA2 6/27/2014 3:53AM

    Thank you Maha! Your blogs are so inspiring.
Thanks for the photos. Really loved the tent
story. Enjoy your time in the City by the Bay.

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JUST_BREATHE08 6/26/2014 7:30PM

    Each Blog is better than the day before!! emoticon Maha, thank you for sharing. What an Adventure!!

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BILLYCRASH 6/26/2014 3:29PM

  Hey Val forgot to mention everyone here at library says HELLO! They have the floor tore up again from Circulation, over in the computer lab (where u use to sit) up to Star Bucks and in front of circulation over to the browsing section...its a mess...will send u a picture, maybe, if I can figure how to do it...later

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WATERMELLEN 6/26/2014 3:20PM

    Love that tent moving adventure! And: what a gorgeous beach.

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BILLYCRASH 6/26/2014 2:53PM

  Looks like you are having a great time Val, you are something else...enjoy your pictures, thanks for sharing your adventures...later

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CRYSTALJEM 6/26/2014 1:55PM

    Loved this! I was rolling on the floor. We have habit of settling into our reserved campsite and then deciding we like a different one more for any number of reasons. We have also loaded our tent onto the top of our car and toodled off to our new spot.

Keep thinking outside the box and loving the journey for all you can. :)

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PEACEFULONE 6/26/2014 1:30PM

    Wow, what a beautiful view of the ocean from your campsite! Glad that all is going so well and you are having a fabulous vacation! Thank you for sharing. Happy trails dear Maha!

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MISS_VIV 6/26/2014 12:51PM

    Camping stories are always good for a laugh. I can recall a few, but none involve moving a tent across the campground. I guess I haven't started to live yet. Oh my friend, you are living a truly enlightened life...

Continued blessings.

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ATRANSFORMATION 6/26/2014 11:39AM

    Alan and I did the same thing one time! It was hysterical!!! Only we arrived at the campground at Salt Point around midnight, had only one flashlight, and when we finally got the tent up, we'd put the rain fly over the zipper. We had to blow up the QUEEN SIZED mattress manually, because Alan had forgotten the pump. Throw in some wine and the two of us trying to get that inflated mattress through the skinny door, having it be bigger than the tent itself, and you can imagine how hard we were laughing at 3 AM. In the morning, when we had to move we were so humiliated when we realized there were people right next to us that we hadn't seen in the middle of the night. But evidently they had not only seen, but heard, us. We just threw that tent on the back of the truck and drove away.

We then carried the tent about a quarter of a mile off road to a walk-in campsite which was lovely. And worth all the humiliation and effort. Looks like your campsite was equally as beautiful. I think it's pretty darn funny to hear someone else with a similar story! Another good laugh for the memory bank!

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CONNIECHANTS 6/26/2014 11:34AM

    Thanks for the update! The photos added a great deal and loved the tent story! Wonderful that great friends are making new friends along the way! Looks like you've had a great time on your trek! Love to All! Connie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Title: Trundling up the California Coast #8 2014 Trip

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I'm entering the near past, not to dwell there (of course), but simply to begin to bring you up to the present. I left off in Blog #7 having arrived to San Diego to reunite with my soul sister, Diana and continue up the coast to San Francisco to rendezvous with Dawn and other friends. Dawn, Diana and I met when we all lived and taught at the Integral Yoga Institute in the early and mid-80s. We became best friends then, inseparable, and known by some as The Three Sisters.

After spending a good portion of Monday, June 16 on necessary chores like grocery shopping and getting the oil changed in San Diego, we finally got on the road just in time for commute hour traffic. In spite of this we made it to San Onofre State Beach, the first camping site we reserved, before dark for the first two nights of our journey north.
www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=647


San Onofre State Beach

As good luck would have it, we began talking to our cordial neighbor Rich, an artist who has a gallery and lives in Carmel, and this was the beginning of a lovely connection which grew during our 2.5 days and 2 nights there. His pal Steve, also an artist, was set to arrive early the next morning, though only Rich was participating in a Pleinair event there. Steve lives in Carpenteria. (We asked him about Carpenteria State Beach and his response was that it's the safest beach in the world. We puzzled over this, but it later became clear to us.) Steve's intention for the trip was to fish. And fish he did. He landed quite a catch the following day and we pooled our food resources, and had a delightful dinner together, with Steve's fishing and cooking skills the main component of the feast.


Diana watching an artist in the Pleinair event.


Diana and Rich clowning around.


Rich (L) and Steve (R) getting the propane burners going


Sitting down to the feast

Rich told us a funny story. A new head to the CA Parks System decided some years ago to single-handedly eliminate nude beaches in state parks, beaches which had existed for decades and generations. There was one at San Onofre. Signs were put up by the Parks System prohibiting nude bathing, but they always disappeared. Finally a disgruntled nude bather took a sign, managed to climb to a very precarious cliff mesa and posted it in a place no one could get to, nor could they read the sign easily. Many years later, it still remains perched in that hilarious spot:




Nudity in the State Park System is prohibited.

After walks on the beach and a nice bike ride for me, we said goodbye to our new friends and continued on our way Wednesday, landing at Faria Beach Park in Ventura County for the night. We were parked less than 20 feet from the pounding surf and loved the sound show, which acted as a lullaby for us.
www.ventura.org/gsa/parks/beach-fron
t-parks/faria-beach-park



Faria Beach Park

The next morning, Thursday the 19th, we headed the further short distance to the sweet little town of Carpenteria and Carpenteria State Beach, just south of Santa Barbara.
www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=599

Diana had tried to book reservations there online to no avail. Rich and Steve told us that only about 1/2 of the reservations are held by Reserve America, the agency that does the online booking. The others are held for people driving in without reservations. We lucked out and got a great spot for the night.

We had been in touch with another dear friend, Jnani who lives in San Francisco, a health professional who had to be in Los Angeles over the weekend to teach a program at Loyola University. She drove down from the City and met us at Carpenteria State Beach Thursday afternoon, shortly after we returned from the wonderful downtown Farmers' Market.


Jnani and Diana at sunset on the beach.

I'll finish the trek to San Francisco with Blog #9.


  
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HICKOK-HALEY 6/29/2014 4:19PM

    Your blog brings back good memories. My family, Aunt and Uncle who lived in Santa Barbara, and my Cousins camped at Carpenteria often. Back in those days it was easy to reserve a spot. Love your pics!

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DAISY443 6/27/2014 9:46AM

    You continue to amaze!

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MISS_VIV 6/26/2014 9:35AM

    TOTALLY AMAZING PICS. Thanks for sharing your journey. emoticon emoticon

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ME_HERE_NOW 6/26/2014 8:42AM

    i love your adventurous spirit, your willingness to make new friends everywhere you go, and your connection with the sand and sea! you inspire me!

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WATERMELLEN 6/26/2014 8:19AM

    Super pics, super trip . . . such a carefree life you work hard to create for yourself!!

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KALIGIRL 6/26/2014 8:07AM

    What a wonderful trip - love the photos!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 6/26/2014 7:53AM

    There is nothing like sleeping next to the surf. So glad for you!
emoticon Happy trails!

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THINFITFEMINIST 6/26/2014 6:33AM

    What a wonderful trip.

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GOANNA2 6/26/2014 3:20AM

    I just love reading about your adventures. It is
so nice to have friends that you can meet up with
and catch up as though time and space didn't exist.
Keep enjoying your travels. I wish I could be there.
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1MORNINGWALKER 6/25/2014 11:47PM

    Beautiful, I really should head out there again, such a wonder adventure you are having. emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 6/25/2014 10:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon so much for sharing!! emoticon

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DOKEYOKEY 6/25/2014 10:38PM

    What a grand adventure! I am so happy for you to be living in these soulful connections.

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San Francisco or bust! #7 2014 Trip

Tuesday, June 24, 2014




This is the San Francisco digs (near Geary and Presidio) of dear friend Jnani, where Diana and I are currently hanging out. Jnani is in southern California for the week teaching at Loyola University and visiting friends.


We spent yesterday cruising some old haunts in Haight Ashbury, and enjoying the wi fi, coffee and food at The People's Cafe across the street from Jammin' In Haight.

Let's see...to backtrack and bring you up-to-date since Blog #6, I left that wonderful park in Ramona, CA Sunday to head to San Diego and rendezvous with Diana who had flown in from Maui. But FIRST I enjoyed what was supposed to be a six-mile bike ride, but turned out to be 17 miles (one wrong turn is all it takes!).






Needless to say I had no trouble justifying blackberry crepes and a soy latte at Packard's, a delightful cafe in Ramona which serves purdy much all organic, before returning to the park for the getaway to San Diego.

Kathy [ATRANSFORMATION] sent me the wonderful autographed tee for my birthday last year after a conceret, because she knows how much I too love the group/concept, Playing for Change.


These flowers were all over the place, and I so enjoyed them during my bike ride.


FINALLY, I made it to Diana's friend Paul's house Sunday afternoon. Here were are clowning after being reunited (with perhaps a two+ year gap since our last meeting).


Diana and Paul, just before Diana and I took off for the journey north.

Next I'll add some glimpses at our adventures traveling up the Calfiornia coast camping!

  
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DDOORN 6/27/2014 9:35AM

    Such super people you are surrounding yourself with...! Not to mention glorious views & experiences as well...!

Don

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BILL60 6/25/2014 8:30AM

    Super. Thank you for sharing.

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KALIGIRL 6/25/2014 8:05AM

    Wonderful trip!


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GOANNA2 6/25/2014 7:06AM

    So nice to hear you are in California. Thanks for
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MTRACHEL 6/24/2014 11:23PM

    Well, it's so nice to catch up with you today!

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JUST_BREATHE08 6/24/2014 11:22PM

    Absolutely emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEACEFULONE 6/24/2014 10:20PM

    Your happiness shines through your lovely smile! Glad that you are having such a wonderful trip! Looking forward to more blogs.
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MISS_VIV 6/24/2014 10:06PM

    Totally awesome pics. Hope you are enjoying being home in the city.
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HEALTHY4ME 6/24/2014 9:17PM

    Awesome and please if you do see ATRANSFORMATION please please give her a hug from me. She is such a nice person and we talked a lot about her mum, my mum and I just wish her peace and happiness.
The pics are great and you look great, wow one wrong turn and whew that's a lot of miles!
Still think you would love the monks in Cape Breton NS Canada LOL

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WATERMELLEN 6/24/2014 8:51PM

    Lovely part of the world with good friends . . . can't be beat!

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THINFITFEMINIST 6/24/2014 7:41PM

    How fun!

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GRANDMABABA 6/24/2014 6:29PM

    What a fun trip!

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Friends and Dos Picos County Park #6 2014 Trip

Sunday, June 15, 2014


I traveled on the famous Route 66 to my old Hawaii-now-Arizona friend Sam's, in Topock, AZ, arriving a week ago.




Scenery along the way


I shot this quickie as we got his rebuilt Mitsubishi Montero (Sam's a master mechanic) to go to the Topock Marsh to watch the sunset.

The white van in the background is the long bed cargo van I traded him in 2009 for my camper! He was living in Roundup, Montana then, a hour from Billings. I drove my van there, which I had bought new in 2001 and used for the sweater project that I ran out of Ecuador. It had over 100,000 miles. The camper, a 1984, had 50,000 miles when we made the trade. I've put about 20,000 miles more onn it.

After arriving Sam got the A/C fixed in the cab (the camper area A/C works fine) and helped with other assorted glitches. Thanks Sam!


The Topock Marsh is one of the larger birding sites in the Lower Colorado River Valley, found from south of Hoover Dam to the Colorado River Delta.


Another (blurry) shot of Sam




Needles was named after "The Needles", a group of pointed rocks on the Arizona side of the river. The large Mohave Native American community shares the nearby Fort Mojave Indian Reservation and the town. Needles is a gateway to the Mojave National Preserve.


Here we are having lunch at a hole-in-the-wall spot in Needles, California (basically just across the Colorado from Topock, Arizona), where the chile relleno was absolutely delicious!


Here is a sunrise shot from the front of Sam's place.




Sam's 90-in-July year-old mom, Mama J as I call her, lives with him. She is amazing -- sharp as a tack, walks with an erect spine and spoils her little chihuahua, Piggy, rotten. Sam lovingly assists her as needed and they have an incredible relationship. Actually, you could clearly say that they take care of each other!

The front of their place looks out onto expanses of protected Mojave Desert land, which will never be built on.

I don't think I could ever get used to the climate in this desert. It got up to 116 and doesn't cool down at night like it does in the high desert. I absolutely melted when I went outdoors between about 1:00pm and 7:00pm...you gotta' get outdoor stuff done early or late.


A rather poor shot of the Colorado River at a marina yesterday morning, Saturday, as I got back on the road from Sam's, crossing into my native state of California.






Scenery on the road to Ramona, where I'm writing this from. Ramona is in San Diego County in southern California. Crossing the mountains, the elevation reached about 4500' and the climate changed -- ahhhhh.

Today is Father's Day...yesterday I was looking for a place to camp...without ANY success. I was getting worried. A few locals said to try Dos Picos (Two Peaks) County Park, so I drove the few miles out of the way to check availability.
www.sdcounty.ca.gov/parks/Camping/do
s_picos.html


My heart fell, though, when I saw the "FULL" sign as I entered the ranger's park station. I decided to give it my best shot. First I showed the young ranger at the desk my vintage camper, which he definitely appreciated. Then I "talked him up," mentioning that this intrepid 72-year old (aka me!) is making a solo cross-country road trip and that I'm getting anxious, out on the road alone with "no room at the inns." And for effect, I did a fake "WAAAH! -- don't you hate to hear a grown woman cry!"

He paused with a smile, then said to hold on while he radioed his supervisor. The head ranger appeared a few minutes later and said he would give special dispensation for me to camp in the unmarked space #45 (nine is my favorite number!), normally reserved for fire-fighting vehicles. The park has 75 spaces and every one of them is full. I was chanting all the way up the road, and sure enough the Mother heard me! It's glorious here -- lower elevation (about 1,500') but still chilly at night and lovely in the daytime. It's 8:00am now...I've been up since 5:00am and I watched the the sunrise, after watching the moonrise last night. Here are a few shots of Los Picos, an NOW I must get out on my bicycle and do more exploring!


Camp Site #45!


And I even had hook-ups (electricity and water)!




Used my hotplate on the picnic table to fix dinner last night


Here I've added some leftover brown rice and the Trader Joe's Soyaki Sauce which friend Connie gifted me, kicking the taste up a notch


Accompanied it with a yummy salad -- romaine, feta, kalamata olives, and sliced organic California strawberries, with a drizzle of my balsamic vinaigrette.

How's this for a theme song:

ANNIE OAKLEY aka me (lol)

Got no GPS, got no iPhone,
Still I think I'm a lucky girl.
I've got the sun in the morning
And the moon at night.

Got no mansion, but I've got some wheels,
And I'm happy with what I got.
I've got the sun in the morning
And the moon at night.

Sunshine gives me a lovely day,
Moonlight gives me the Milky Way.

Got no checkbooks, got no banks,
Still, I'd like to express my thanks.
I've got the sun in the morning
And the moon at night.

And with the sun in the morning
And the moon in the evening
I'm alright.

Got no butler, got no maid.
Still I think I've been overpaid,
I've got the sun in the morning
And the moon at night.

Got no silver, got no gold,
What you've got can't be bought or sold.
I've got the sun in the morning
And the moon at night.

Sunshine gives me a lovely day,
Moonlight gives me the Milky Way.

Got no heirlooms for my kin,
Made no will but when I cash in
I'll leave the sun in the morning
And the moon at night.

And with the sun in the morning
And the moon in the evening
I'm alright.

  
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MTRACHEL 6/24/2014 11:26PM

    loving your journey, sun in the morning, sometimes moon in the morning. PS I live north of Roundup, MT and work there once a week!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/23/2014 6:16AM

    Ha Ha , loving your journey!

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MISS_VIV 6/21/2014 5:08PM

    Loving your narratives on the wonderful places you are camping. Your poetry and songs are soooooooooo sweet.

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SUSANNAH31 6/20/2014 2:20PM

    It looks like you are having a wonderful time.
The scenery is outstanding!
And now you can enjoy California - your old home.

Hugs to you...
Sue

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BILLYCRASH 6/19/2014 1:36PM

  Hey Val, In case you don't recognize the "billycrash" it's Bill from the Library, that's an old railroad nick-name from long ago...any how, happy to be on your BLOG...and read of your adventures. You take care of yourself and have a good time!!!


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ATRANSFORMATION 6/19/2014 12:55PM

    Great pics! I was at my dads probably only 40 minutes from Ramona! And we would've put you up just fine… Glad you made it to California. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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DAISY443 6/18/2014 2:58PM

    Wonderful in so many ways!

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KALIGIRL 6/17/2014 8:28AM

    Thank goodness for your special dispensation!
Wonderful trip...

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HIPPICHICK1 6/17/2014 8:05AM

    It's amazing what a few prayers will do!
Love the pics, love the song and love you!


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SNOWYOGA 6/16/2014 11:32PM

    Thank you so much! This was really good and love the pictures and emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 6/15/2014 11:19PM

    Loved the pictures, the poem and Sam looks pretty good, too! emoticon emoticon for sharing! emoticon

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GOANNA2 6/15/2014 11:11PM

    What a beautiful poem Maha. YEs the Universe
heard you and you got the lovely spot to stay at.
You are reminding us that we don't need much
to appreciate life and living. Thanks for sharing
your journey and beautiful photos. Happy trails!
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DDOORN 6/15/2014 8:50PM

    Whew! How glorious is THAT?!? :-)

Time to drag myself outta the dumps & put myself back out into the world!

Thx Maha' for the reminder of what I'm missing out there, wheels or no-wheels, the whole world awaits...

Don

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CONNIECHANTS 6/15/2014 1:18PM

    AWESOME!!! So glad you found such a lovely spot to camp last night! You go girl! Love the pics & travel log - nice to see what I've been hearing about! And connect a face to 'Sam'! Your song/poem is Wonderful! Love & miss you!
Have a great time with Diana & Dawn - please give them each a hug from me.
Wishing you a wonderful journey along the coast! Just thinking of that wonderful ocean air makes me nostalgic!! Hugs & Much Love, Connie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUBMOM2 6/15/2014 12:52PM

    I love your theme song, and I am so happy that you are able to treasure the true riches in life. Thanks for the wonderful photos. It's been great sharing this journey with you!

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THINFITFEMINIST 6/15/2014 12:40PM

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PEACEFULONE 6/15/2014 12:37PM

    Happy trails dear Maha!
Thanks for the update. I really enjoy traveling vicariously with you.
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HEALTHY4ME 6/15/2014 12:12PM

    Awesome and love the pictures, so cool that Mama J walks so erect something I am trying hard to rectify. and love the poem. Hubby still wants to RV full time and you make me think about it, but still need a home base for me...
Have a great trip you are so awesome!


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ELRIDDICK 6/15/2014 11:17AM

  Thanks for sharing

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