I assure you, Elisha was safe while snapping this photo.
There was a one foot drop to a grassy area that led to a very long leap below…
My adventuresome 9 year old was not in danger taking this photograph!
View from the Towers
I have not posted since the eve of our excursion (a flight) back to the bay area in California. Words (for today) cannot describe the expereince both Elisha and I had with my brother Matthew and his lifetime partner, Michael. Being in the midst of my brother’s daily life in SanFrancisco and in a northern community 2.5 hours above the city was relaxing, enJOYable (my brother has a wit beyond anyone I have ever met, and kept us laughing), and an experience for all the senses.
We experienced the quiet buzz of a neighborhood in the Pacific Heights to the Sea lions’ calls on Fishrocks.
I will post the photos and let them tell the story, but I do have many snipets of time spent out west to share. Just not now.
This afternoon we will embark on the 27 hour train journey that will lead us to Tacoma, Washinton, and family and family camp.
I am gearing up for the long ride in the confined space, but I have booked a sleeper car on the second floor of the observatory car on the Starlight. This train journeys up the coast of California to Tacoma.
We (Elisha and I) are ready to travel. Our time in Samta Maria has been so relaxing, and we may be transition to bustling activities with my brother and his family. There are bikes to ride, hikes to walk on, sight seeing to,be done in Seattle or Tacoma, so, that means ferry rides and lots of walking. Family camp means cool activities like daily worship services, archery, horse back riding, swimming, biking, walking, kayaking, canoeing, horse back riding, zip line adventures. This year rumor has it that there is a jacuzzi somewhere on the Cascades Camp property…hmmmm.
My determination this year has to do with being able to get n a horse and go for a long trail ride.
Last year, I could not get my tush up over the saddle. Not sure if my core body strength is any different than last year, but I do know that I was much more cancer symptomatic last year than this.
So, I will try to get on a horse again. I will post it if I succeed!
The time here in Santa Maria is so relaxing. No schedule. Just hanging out enjoying the company of good friends, eating delicious fresh food, and not having 1 “have to” on my plate. I don’t have to teach a class. I don’t have to go to any infusion of chemo. I don’t even have to get out of my PJs! Elisha and I are just enjoying the freedom from any structure in our day. However, if I want to catch that train tomorrow to Tacoma, then I’d better accept some sort of schedule. I don’t think Amtrak waits for anyone!
Elisha and I attended a worship service at Mary & Rob’s church this morning. Element is the name of the church. WWW.ourelement.org
It was a beautiful experience even though the worship songs were unfamiliar, and the setting was new. God’s word is the same east coast or west, and the word brought forth from the pulpit (a funky looking one to look like something that would have been inside an ancient persian tent of yesteryears) was edifying.
This trip is so relaxing, and I am convinced that this is one of the main purposes of our excursion. Elisha and I have been in desperate need of relaxing. This previous academic year had been so intense, and stressful…even though while in it and taking a day at at time it all seemed okay.
I am grateful to have this much needed rest this summer, and I am thanking God for every moment. We set out for Tacoma, Washington on Tuesday via the sleeper car on Amtrak. Let the adventure continue!
The weather in Central California is ideal. I love the coolness of the mornings and evenings. Last evening Mary and Rob took Elisha and I to Avila, CA. It is near Pismo Beach. It was a very special evening. The drive to Avila towards the great pacific was captivating. I loved looking out the window as we drove about a half hour to a very place.
They have what is called a farmer’s market every Friday evening during the summer. It is filled with local venders serving good fresh food at a reasonable price. Elisha had a shrimp taco, and I ordered the tuna burrito! Delicious. Music played in the back ground from a live band. Steps lead down to the beach, and it was there I watched Elisha’s glee! He begged me to allow him to take his shoes off. So, he then rolled up his pants, and he frolicked in and out of the tides. It was magnificently beautiful. The HUGE pelicans above we’re fishing with dramatic dives into the big pacific ocean. Incedible sight. I enjoyed watching Elisha enjoy the water, and in between I’d look up a the great birds. Although the water was cold, and usually only wet suited swimmers venture out in the waters of central Calofornia…he was clueless to the degree of the water. It was frigid. Eventually we all ended up on the pier-walking and watching the sunset. It was pink sky over the rolling hills and palm trees that line the horizon at Avila Beach. Suddenly, we all saw dolphins playing off in the distant. A first for me. It gave me great satisfaction observing this scene from nature. It felt like a gift from God for me. The breeze cooled, and the farmer’s market was winding down. We concluded our evening with ice cream at cold stone. A very sweet experience!
Our great western journey has begun! We arrived to Santa Maria after a long drive to Ohio over Father’s Day weekend. I left Boston on June 15th, and inched my way across the Tobin bridge with thoughts and prayers that my trip was not going to be this laborious. My patwere wasps on trial as my Chevy malibu inched its way across the bridge that leads me out of Boston. it took about an hour and a half..?painful. Once we got beyond Worcester, MA the drive to Little Falls, NY was smooth. little Falls was beautiful with good friends, their lovely old home, the Erie Canal, herkimer diamonds, and a long walk before a long drive heading further west.
We set out for Edinboro, PA the next afternoon, Saturday the 16th…The traveling took all day and the rolling hills and farmlands of NY into Pennsyvania soothed my eyes. I was getting very tired and Elisha was ready to disembark the back seat of my car! We arrived at Lakeside, my cousin Kitty’s sweet home, that late afternoon. Hanging out in Endiboro was edifying for both Elisha and I. My cousin, her husband Buck,and their teen daughter Cassandra, we’re so gracious to us. We stayed for a bit of a family reconnection until later into Father’s Day. It was nice and felt important. My cousin and I had not seen each other for many years. (25).
After a wonderful visit, Elisha and I, and all our stuff, stuffed into my car, and rolled into my sister’s driveway Sunday, June 17th around 6:00pm…Tired, but so glad to be “home”. I was grateful for the couple of days with my family before Elisha and I got on a plane to SanFrancisco!
However, on Tuesday, June 19th, we got on a plane with one suitcase stuffed with our stuff for our great western adventure, and flew to SFO. We landed in California that evening at 11:00pm Pacific time. To our bodies it felt like 2:00am, so weary and travel worn, we took a shuttle to a hotel, and crashed until morning. Elisha awoke at 6:30am. It was early, but good because it took us awhile to get from the hotel to a 10:30 greyhound to Santa, Maria. That adventure is to be shared on another post!