First day in California.
Oakland to be exact. I am back in the same place I lived 18 years ago before I moved to Colorado. Its a bit of a time warp that could mess with my mind if I let it. I have a flood of thoughts running through my head, memories of old times, family nuances, tasks to tend to, places I want to see, a city I want to explore again.
I woke to dense fog this morning. The coastal morning fog provides a quiet, gentle entry to the day. Its cool, wet vapor blankets the trees and hills in a mystery of what the day might hold. It's softness allows for a brief moment to reflect, ponder, establish purpose and intention. Before long, the sun burns through the soft transition from night to day in a demanding way that begs its presence to be known.
West or Bust
On our road trip out here we stopped in Great Basin NP for a day and explored its mountain environs. GBNP is a wild and beautiful place. Everyone should add this national park to there list. Our first night camping we had a rowdy thunderstorm roll through camp after dinner. The thunder scared my dog Rilkey so bad he ran away for the first time ever! It wasn’t until 1pm the next day until I found him at another campground 4 miles away on the other side of the park. I was so happy to find him!
After recouping from that scare, we drove through Nevada’s amazingly vast landscape of basins and ranges. We passed rain storm after rain storm until we reached the Eastern Sierra late at night and camped by a hot spring. In the morning we watched the sun rise on the Sierra and soaked in the hot spring. We made the short trip up to Bridgeport for the night. On our final day we went over wild and steep Sonora pass, across the farmland of the Central Valley. Our trip ended in Oakland, the land of many people.
Environmental Note: On returning to California I notice the landscape has a primordial feel to it. A noticeable change in the scale of natural things. A scale not based on vastness such as Nevada’s basin and range or the elevation of Colorado, but more based on the shear size of things and the complexity of its bio-regions.