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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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    What a joyous adventure you are having! Awesome!!
    1294 days ago
  • BILLB000
    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
    1296 days ago
  • DAISY443
    1306 days ago
    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! :-)

    1306 days ago
    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.
    1306 days ago
    1306 days ago
    Each Blog is better than the day before!! emoticon Maha, thank you for sharing. What an Adventure!!
    1306 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/26/2014 7:31:09 PM
    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
    1306 days ago
    Love that tent moving adventure! And: what a gorgeous beach.
    1306 days ago
    Looks like you are having a great time Val, you are something else...enjoy your pictures, thanks for sharing your adventures...later
    1306 days ago
    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. :)
    1306 days ago
    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!
    1307 days ago
    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.

    1307 days ago
    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!
    1307 days ago
    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
    1307 days ago
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