Camping the Big Sur Coast & Friendship.

along the Big Sur Coast

along the Big Sur Coast

Sometimes I get caught up in my day to day events and feel they are so important and I don’t take the time to be thankful or grateful for this moment in time. Then I find out a friend of mine is fighting for her life and it throws everything back into perspective again. I thought I would take some time out of my morning chores and business and be thankful for this day, my health and remember those who struggle. I decided to write on the blog. After all, it is called “Journeys of Thankfulness”. ¬†Although my trip last summer is over, my journey into gratefulness is not.

Janet & Diane at Point Loma

Janet & Diane at Point Loma

Two weeks ago my friend Diane, from Vermont (remember her helping me to drive across the covered bridges of VT and NH?), decided to escape the cold and the snow and head west to visit me in sunny southern CA. Funny how friends show up at the right times in my life. I have been mostly content with life now, although still missing Jim so much at times. I have been stressed a bit about life and then Diane shows up. People seem to arrived just when I need the company and a boost. I love friends. It is so good to have them in my life.

Beach Kind of Morning

Beach Kind of Morning

Right after Presidents Day we decided to pack up the RV and drive north to the Big Sur Coast of CA. I have done a lot of traveling alone and I really enjoy it yet it is so much fun to have a good travel companion. Diane and I have had our adventures over the years, backpacking the Rockies is one, and now we continue to find more to do together. The weather was perfect, the scenery grand and the company magnificent. And through all of the activity it also was relaxing. I think I might have sold Diane on RV camping as well.

I had to throw in a photo of a  Sea Otter, They are so cute.

I had to throw in a photo of a Sea Otter, They are so cute.

One of the best things about long time friends, no matter how far apart we are, we pick up right where we left off the last time we talked or saw each other. And so we did. It was a marvelous 5 day trip of remembered times and creating some new moments along the way. We hiked into the hills, slept among the redwoods, and wandered the beaches and it was so much fun. I don’ think I have laughed so much since before Jim died. I guess I had forgotten how serious I have become sometimes. I need to stop this, really. It is good to have friends who can help you remember to lighten up (and the elephant seals mating on the beach helped too).

I want to thank Diane for coming to visit. It is good to get out of my normal routine and remember how special the world is. I am an adventurer and I love to explore the natural world, books, knowledge, my internal growth and the wisdom of others. It is good to take time to remember and value what I have. I am glad I stopped this morning to remember all of person-kind and value what I have in this day. Today I am thankful.

Today I will call a friend and let them know I remember them and thank them for loving me. Here is to good friends.

Diane & Janet Toasting Friendship & a Perfect Holiday on the Big Sur Coast.

Diane & Janet Toasting Friendship & a Perfect Holiday on the Big Sur Coast.

 

If you would like to see all the photos from this trip here is the link.

Journeys of Thankfulness

Slowly Starting West.

Driving through covered bridges

Driving through covered bridges, NH

I am slowly starting to head west. Slowly is the key word. On Saturday I departed Maine. After a fun drive through New Hampshire I am now in Quechee, Vermont. After I left Moxie pond and my friends in northern Maine, Missy & Dan, I drove to southern Maine to Sebago Lake, the supplier of most of the water supply for the greater Portland area.

Memorial of the ordination of Rev. Samuel Hildden, 1792

Memorial of the ordination of Rev. Samuel Hildden, 1792

As I traveled through NH my GPS seemed to have a mind of it’s own. I stopped in Tamworth to explore a farmers market. After I left there I found that crazy GPS took me into the back country, over dirt roads, through covered bridges and found some beautiful farms. I found a small cemetery with a unique memorial. It was not a quick drive but such a pleasant surprise. I guess am kind of liking my crazy GPS.

Janet & Mary

Janet & Mary

I spent two days with Mary In Sebago, ME.I met Mary in 1971. We went to the same nursing school in NH. Mary was in the class behind me. I met her about 1/2 way through my second year of school. I felt alone during my nurses training but when I met Mary that changed. After I met her we became friends and had many adventures together. After we both graduated we visited a few times. then I moved west and Mary went her way. It was almost 30 years before we met again. That meeting was two years ago. Even though we had not seen each other for such a long time there was an immediate connection and we picked up our friendship where it had left off all those years ago.

I am so glad we reconnected. Over the past few years Mary has been there for me. We might live on opposite coasts yet distance has not stopped me from feeling her love and support.

Sebago Lake

Sebago Lake

I am continuing to love the fact that I can swim in the lakes on the east coast. Soon after I arrived we were in the water. What a delight, we talked and swam and caught up. I had my first opportunity on this trip to kayak On the lake. The best part of being with Mary is that she loves to cook. One of the touching moments with Mary was the evening we had Maine lobster for dinner. Earlier in the day we had been talking about seafood and I had mentioned that I love scallops almost as much as lobster and for dinner that night scallops arrived on my plate along with the lobster.

Moments of caring may show up at any moment in our lives. Often we don’t see them as we get busy with our lives. I have found that since Jim was diagnosed with metastasis of his original cancer I have been paying more and more attention to these small and often touching moments in my life. I appreciate these moments and I feel so much in my heart for everyone who has prayed and thought of both of us. I continue to feel so much in my heart for all those who continue to support me and encourage me through this struggling change in my life.

After my days here in Vt I am going through New York State to weave my way around the Great Lakes. I am looking forward to a few days of camping. It is a time to regroup and enjoy my RV.

Jim & Janet Grand Canyon

Jim & Janet Grand Canyon