Monday, February 8, 2016

Be patient

I'm not entirely finished with gushing about Northern CA yet!

As someone whose only previous experience with CA
were visits to LA -
with its manicured beaches and lawns
plastic people and focus on fantasy,
I was unprepared for the natural beauty of Northern CA; 
it was literally a breath of fresh air.

There are proponents who believe they should be two completely separate states.
They surely represent two different states of being.

What surprised me the most 
was that the area contained elements 
of all the topographies 
that speak to my heart the most. 

I've already covered the ocean,
but can you really ever get too much of the sea?
There was also the rocky grazing lands of Scotland
 
 
 
 yes, those white spots are sheep on the top of the mountain!
There are also hints of the Black Hills of South Dakota
  reinforced by a local delicacy made from buffalo milk 
and powdered mushrooms
 
which sounds like it should be terrible
but which was, in fact,
the creamiest,
most delicious maple syrupy
version of butter pecan ice cream without the nuts
I've ever had.

There were rich green pastures and open skies of Iowa
even if some of the produce and livestock were different!
Add in some funky towns,
 local 'atmosphere'
 
 
unique architecure


 someone I love
  and this as a backyard view -
is it any wonder I'm smitten?



Saturday, February 6, 2016

Abiding

 There's no other word for them...
 although others have used
majestic,
mysterious,
towering,
giant.
It's difficult for me to articulate
exactly 
how a living
but essentially inanimate
creation
can exert such a profound presence
but visits to both Muir Woods 
and Anderson Redwood Preserve
were proof positive for me 
that they can.

The trees and forest that surrounds them
 inspire a reverence that lends itself to 
hushed tones
long deep breaths
and 
soft slow footsteps.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The reality that they've existed for over a thousand years
as silent witnesses to so much history
is a fact beyond my ability to comprehend.
I didn't see a single one that didn't bear scars of previous fires.
You don't live that long without getting scorched
 yet they endure.
 
 There's another word that applies:
survivors.
They were extraordinary.