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I own nothing. #12, 2014 Trip

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can't breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.

~ Margaret Atwood ~
(morning in the burned house)



I sold Kurma Avatara (Turtle Goddess) yesterday, completing the final step in being able to book my flight for Ecuador in latter September. It was a stressful and bittersweet experience. Thankfully, it seems that the buyers have a true appreciation for the uniqueness of this little camper and will hopefully enjoy many adventures in her, just as I have.

I began shopping for tickets today.


Looking toward the driver's cab, the couch on the left makes out into a twin bed. Two swivel chairs on the right are between the table. Traveling alone, I used the top bunk for storage.


Looking toward the rear window, the refrigerator is on the left and the stove and sink are at the back. The door to the bathrom is on the right opposite the door to enter the camper. I will miss my little home on wheels (like the turtle, who carries her home on her back)!

Interesting about me and possessions. I love Margaret Atwood's poem, because it is essentially about stewardship, and as an expression of my philosophy of stewardship, I have always shared the material possessions entrusted to me.

I continue to revel in the joy of deep friendship and my California family's generosity in supporting me through this part of the journey. I will next post photos of some of these lovely and love-filled encounters.

  
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AZIMAT 8/28/2014 7:05AM

    I remember you in your little home on wheels in the Berkshires. Happy Trails to you.


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GOANNA2 8/28/2014 4:48AM

    So lovely to hear from you Maha. Thanks for sharing
the photos of your campervan and I can understand
how you must feel after selling it. It looks so cosy.
Love the poem too. That pretty much describes you...
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JUST_BREATHE08 8/28/2014 12:09AM

    Maha, thank you for sharing your travels, stories and pictures !! emoticon emoticon

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Capital SparkFriends in the Capital! #11, 2014 Trip

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Definition of "capital" as an adjective -- "excellent or first-rate: a capital fellow or girl, a capital hotel."


I was recently with capital friends Kathy (ATRANSFORMATION) and Vivian (MISS_VIV), each welcoming me into their Sacramento, CA area homes and sharing a gracious spirit of hospitality. The return visit has been a long time coming and I deeply enjoyed the time with them as our friendships grow and deepen. This is the merest glimpse of my time there with these precious friends.


I drove the Dolphin from Marin Co. to visit Kathy and Tiger Lily first, parking in the driveway of her lovely home framed by the stately redwoods.


Tiger Lily, sweetness herself!


Kathy and Tiger Lily bathing in backyard bliss!

Kathy is on the long and arduous journey of reclaiming her life after losing her friend and husband, her life partner. Among other things, we enjoyed quiet time, social time, eating in, eating out, going to the movies for fun...and for greater awareness, and lots of evening walks with Tiger Lily. And Vivian joined us for a swim, dinner and the movies.


The girls know how to eat healthy -- a blueberry, apple, and walnut salad after a swim, before heading to the movies.

I helped Kathy prepare for the memorial party, one year after the accidental death of her beloved husband. It was a beautiful gathering of friends, all reaching out to Kathy in love, enjoying socializing, eating, and drinking. Kathy made a delicious taco buffet, complete with all imaginable trimmings. At the end, we "went on pilgrimage" from Kathy's house to the lovely neighborhood park, where thoughtful neighbors had purchased a bench with a beautiful commemorative plaque.


A few of the guests on the way to the park


The memorial bench, for "...a kind and gentle man who always had a twinkle in his eye."


Christening the bench with "sacred water" from the swimming pool.


Kathy arranged for me to borrow a bike from a neighborhood girlfriend, enabling me to go for a spin each morning before the heat hit. Yippee!

The spectacular trail:







My reward on one of the mornings -- breakfast at the end of the trail at Karen's Bakery and Cafe -- YUM! www.karensbakery.com/

Kathy even took me to the infamous Folsom State Prison:



The old prison, still in use


The original guard tower

My time at Vivian's was also overflowing with joy -- we enjoyed the farmer's market, walking the labyrinth, meals in and out, neighborhood walks and she introduced me to her great automotive shop where they prepared the Dolphin to pass the California emissions test.


Morning coffee together at Vivian's; the Dolphin happily resting in her driveway!


Morning in the garden with Vivian


Friends


Fun! Kathy gifted me with a pedicure; more adventurous than me, she chose blue! Vivian painted her own toesies!


Vivian's beautiful yard of flowers and veggies

some of the gifts found within the graden's magic:









...and with magical creatures, like Goldilocks!

The Carmichael Farmer's Market:



Two stylin' broads at the Market


Two young ones mesmerized by a musician


I found arepas! These were very similar to the Colombian ones I'm accustomed to.


Vivian relaxing while I eat an arepa!

The beautiful Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, where Vivian and I hiked the lovely trail of the stations of the cross and walked the labyrinth:
christthekingretreatcenter.org/





A photo of the labyrinth from the Retreat Center Photo Gallery

This is merely the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, in trying to capture the experience of being with two dear friends who reached out to me unconditionally in friendship and love.

  
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SLAYINGDRAGONS 8/20/2014 10:19AM

    What fun! Enjoyed the photos and rundown of this piece of the trip.
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CATS_MEOW_0911 8/20/2014 7:29AM

    What an amazing trip, Maha! I'm sure Kathy was appreciative to have you there for the memorial; she was fortunate to have you with her.

I've enjoyed following your travels!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/10/2014 12:45PM

    Maha, this is one of the most sweetest things I've read! What wonderful gifts you and your friends are for each other. It makes me very happy for you! Thank you for sharing the stories and photos.
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SNOWYOGA 8/9/2014 12:55AM

    I love your blog, pictures and the yard decorations are really cool. I can never find any that cute! emoticon emoticon

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GYPSYHEART 8/8/2014 10:07AM

    Vivian sent me the link to your blog. So glad she did. I enjoyed your vacation too. Great to see photos of someone I've known from Sparkpeople for years of my being an off and on again Sparker. Vivian is always here for us.

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SUBMOM2 8/7/2014 2:31AM

    What an amazing trip you are having! Thanks for sharing the photos and letting us share in this special journey!

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MTRACHEL 8/6/2014 11:20PM

    I can just feel the love and friendship, especially looking at those toes.

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HIPPICHICK1 8/6/2014 8:15PM

    What a gorgeous assortment of photos. Aren't fab friends just the cat's pyjamas?! :-D

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PEACEFULONE 8/6/2014 1:31AM

    Wonderful blog! It is especially nice to see you with Kathy and Vivian.
Happy trails!

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DDOORN 8/5/2014 10:18PM

    Wow your travels and special times keep on rolling..! What a wonderful summer you're treating yourself too! :-)

Don

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ATRANSFORMATION 8/5/2014 2:03AM

    I didn't know you went to the retreat center! I have walked that labyrinth many a time....

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LOPEYP 8/4/2014 5:56PM

    What a great trip and visit! You are so lucky to meet up with your Sparkies.

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MISS_VIV 8/4/2014 2:28PM

    So beautifully done.. So much so it brought me to tears..
Thank you, thank you for all the joy and love you share on your journey. I am so happy to be able to contribute just a small part to your memories.

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KALIGIRL 8/4/2014 8:08AM

    So happy for you all!

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GOANNA2 8/4/2014 3:58AM

    Always nice to meet up with fellow Sparkers.
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MYRNACARRIER 8/4/2014 1:28AM

    Wow, you really are a "tripper". I have been following your trip all along. Just love all the details and pictures. I have always wanted to visit San FRancisco. Must get there sometime soon. Happy traveling. emoticon emoticon

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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
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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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    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?
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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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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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    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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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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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!
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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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