Monday, April 07, 2008

Making Our Way Up the Coast...

This is the longest I have gone without blogging since I first launched my blog, 2 years ago. I took a brief hiatus as we ventured northward in our move from southern Cal to the San Francisco Bay Area, taking in some sightseeing along the way. Occasionally, at moments during the drive, looking out at the majestic mountains and field we passed, or sampling some delicious foods, or watching the dramatic waves hit the coastline, I had the urge to write it all down. But I decided to just take it in for a while first, relying on my memory to capture it later, the way some painters use a photograph to create their painting, rather then setting up at the actual spot. There is indeed a joy in merely observing, taking the photo in your mind, feeling the impact of a place or a thing. I think one of the places we will definitely go back to is San Luis Obispo, which had a much more impressive downtown then we were expecting, with a beautiful backdrop of mountains in the distance. We also really enjoyed Ventura, but were a little disappointed in Morro Bay. The large power plant directly next to the dramatic Morro Rock, was something of an eyesore. We also loved Carmel and of course, Santa Barbara, both of which we had visited years before. And so, speaking of photographs, I leave you with this dramatic photo of the sunset from the beach at Carmel, where people gather every night as to watch as if it's some ancient ritual. It's certainly nice in today's world of blackberries and iphones and imacs and nanos and twitters and flashes, to get back to nature and appreciate the joy of a simple sunset. Namaste, and looking foward to writing you now from San Francisco!

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