Monday, July 20, 2009

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then all of this is magic

So far on this trip I have petted three dogs over the age of ten, and four cats whose age I do not know. I have met three children of friends, and seen three friends whose total elapsed time since the last time I saw them was more than 36 years, though understandably, we lose count.

For the last three days I have been off the grid, solar-powered, organic eggs, seasalt collecting (failed, sadly), berry picking, living in a house made of straw and mud and connecting with an old friend and many, many goats, one of whom I heard yipe today as he unwittingly touched the electric fence, poor thing. There was internet, but I mostly opted out of it. I read two books the beach, (which apparently was also a movie, but how would I know, since I live in a cave,) and Throwim Way Leg in which I learned a whole lot about tree marsupials and a little about Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya. Both of these books I gave away, one to a cafe owner named Jody in Martinez, California who made fun of me for taking a picture of my bagel, but in a good-natured way, and one to the community at which I stayed, which received me well and took me to a creek where I could swim and watch damselflies and dragonflies and a bunch of other bugs and tadpoles and frogs and the whatsises that they are when they're neither, but rather something in between.

And now I'm in San Francisco, which was a very slow bus labeled "local" (and was it ever!) that took 3.5 hours to go less than 120 miles, followed by a slightly uphill schlep to this urban hostel with more Dutch speakers than you'd expect and questionably clean chairs set up like we're waiting for a beauty treatment in a room full of pipes with a black ceiling and really good wifi reception. They call it the library. I call it my office, as I have a bunch of work to do. Somewhat embarrasingly, I also call it almost bedtime, since I'm still on farm schedule, apparently. Also, how is it a place that I used to live can look so unfamiliar? I'll search out something known tomorrow. If you see me wandering, be sure to stop and say hello.



Nimble said...

You're managing to do a lot of great things on your travels. Yay for SF. Hope your sleep at the hostel was better than I would expect. If that makes sense. Enjoy the fog.

marilyn terrell said...

I love the variety of your adventures. Keep it up!