One of my favorite things about California is driving along freeways surrounded by green slopes and wide stretches of farmland. I haven’t really driven a car since I left mine behind several years ago, so it’s been a treat to go on road trips with Taurin. If I had a car again, I would love to drive a tiny smart car convertible perfect for city maneuvering or a heavy duty four-wheeler that can plow through snow mountains.
Talk of road trips and snow, Taurin and I spent the past week living in a cozy house just outside of Yosemite Valleys. Thinking all of California would be perpetually sunny, I showed up in a light jacket, and the mountains were covered in snow. We picked up snow chains for the car, bundled up in (accidentally) matching jackets, and drove into the wilderness. Our little home was perfect–a fireplace that kept the whole house toasty, a fully-stocked kitchen, and a yard with a jacuzzi and grill. There was no cell phone or internet service, but a huge VHS movie collection and plenty of nature all around.
I can’t remember the last time I was able to look up at the night sky and gaze at the stars.
“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” –John Muir in a letter to his wife Louie in July 1888
P.S. I hope everyone is staying well and healthy this winter! I’ve been reading about the national flu epidemic on the news and updates from friends sick at home. Unfortunately, it’s not surprising I caught it somehow, even here in sunny California. I completely lost my voice for two whole days, making a part of our Yosemite adventures an involuntary silent retreat. Although I’m starting to sound like a teenage boy going through puberty, I’m glad my voice is starting to come back.