I recently embarked on a little solo road trip to meet up with some friends in the Mt. Shasta area. The weekend was a reunion with two of my dearest girl friends from California, and this was the first time the three of us had been together in years. It was so nourishing and grounding to spend time with these powerful, intelligent, beautiful women, and to be in a different climate for a moment. There was much laughter, good food, wine, and endless conversation.
There is something immensely liberating about packing the basics into your car (or in this case a super sweet, tricked out van) and heading out on the road. No planned destination, nowhere to be, music drifting out the open windows and the world whizzing by. Road trips, they’re where it’s at.
This particular adventure was hatched for the purpose of attending a dear friends wedding in Northern CA (more on that later), and we figured why not make it an excuse for some coastal wandering. The wedding weekend was spent with friends and family, cooking and eating copious amounts of amazing food (can you say salmon burgers with homemade aioli, cherry tomatoes and avocado? Yum!), and generally reveling in each others company.
After the festivities were over, The Photographer and I headed up the coast seeking new sights, waves, and photos. I’ve driven this section of coast many times, but rarely have I given myself the luxury of being able to stop frequently and take detours, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
We spent a night camped amidst towering redwoods, followed by a first-thing-in-the-morning dive into a radiantly clear creek. We surfed, including a perfect near-dark evening session, the water so glassy it appeared oily and pink as the sun sank into the ocean. We spent a golden late afternoon scampering around on the tidal beds of an exquisite sandstone bay, snapping photos and taking in the sunshine. We stopped to visit family, took photos, ate more amazing food, stopped to take more photos, enjoyed a few hikes, and generally had a ball. Overall it was a rejuvenating, inspiring trip, and a perfect way to kick off my self-employed lifestyle.
Enjoy the photos!
As you may have guessed, we’ve returned from our California adventure and are enjoying settling back into work and play in our cozy little home. As always I’ve been a bit busy and haven’t been able to get to editing and processing the 1,000 plus photos I took. Still, I figured the least I could do was let you know I was alive and share a little sneak peek of everything we did, saw, and ate. It was a wonderful and rejuvenating trip, full of friends, family, good food, surfing, and beautiful places. I hope you’re having a wonderful fall so far. Enjoy the images!