Well, let me just start off by saying, I am still recovering from our journey. As mentioned, I came home a little under the weather, but it wasn’t long before it was business as usual on the ranch. There is ALWAYS work to be doing...a project in place, or two...three, is not unheard of. Abby had to recoup pretty quickly as she was expected in Houston for a couple of days opening the window for me to get back to my pond clearing project. Around here, you treat any nice day like spring cleaning, because spring will come fast and the objective is to stay one step ahead at all times. A little daunting!! Besides, we have more trips on the horizon and that will mean nature gets the upper hand and will try to use it for her advantage. We usually get along with nature, but this will be my first “official” spring season here and while everything is perfect right now, soon will come the Texas bugs and their nuances and then the animals with their, so far, idle threats. Amazingly, I look forward to every second of it.
But for now… A recap of our trip to bring some closure for me. Here is how it goes:
On this trip to California and back, I got to....
|Abby's salmon with bagel|
Then I got to go to Patagonia Lake where I had not been since college, do some bird watching, visit the small town where we snacked at an old saloon, ate ice cream in a local shop, scale a tall bridge at the park (not really), see where many of the fruits and vegetables come into the United States via MEXICO (amazingly, no wall required) and California, visit U of Az., as well as have lunch with my beloved uncle, have a beer at the pub I fell in love with Abby that night a year ago, grill some delightful foods picked up at a local market and watched the Arizona sun set and rise. Incredibly, I got to ride shotgun, sans actual shotgun, to California and look at the sand dunes (I want a dune buggy for my birthday please for anyone noting), see San Diego seemingly grow out of the mountains, cross myself in gratitude that I was not driving on more than one occasion, try several San Diego breweries for their wares, get a private tour of the surrounding areas (be a Californian for a day), see and smell seals and pelicans on the beach, look over cliffs at surfers in 10+ foot waves....
|Abby walking on the beach|
....visit with my cousin and have her and her husband’s well prepared food as well as dine out with them for some memorable experiences, watch the Eggcellence NOT roll down a San Diego street while moored, do some writing and keep up with clients via email in a Starbucks every morning a block away, meet a sweet dog named Wilma, eat fish n' chips ON the beach...
|Mmmmm ...fish n' chips|
NOW, on this trip...it is only fair to say what I did NOT get to do, because those things are going back on the to-do list.
On this trip to California and back I did not get to....
|Good news...NOT a dead horse!|
|Does this need a caption?|
So, in a nutshell...this trip was exploratory as in to say, we will be incorporating specific and private trips into the next years of travel, but I am already learning that while PACKED full of constant doing, there is not enough time to do the big stuff on this year’s tripping, but we can now easily gauge what is involved for return visits to some of the areas, otherwise not explored and dubious.
So, THANKS again, to all of the sponsorship we received on this, our first venture out, as well as all of the input, kudos, thumbs up, emails, and support and interest. It is received with MUCH gratitude!!