June 10th, 2007

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A walk in the woods

So this was a weekend of travel. First I went up to Santa Rosa for the better part of the day, spent some time with my parents and then my grandmother (who seems much better than the last time I saw her, more energy, in good spirits). It was a good visit, about the right length, especially considering that I'll be seeing my mom again next weekend.

Then it was off to the wilderness to visit muggy_mountain. She's even more lovely and intelligent and fun in person, and I had a great time hanging out with her. We polished off a bottle of wine and chattered about fandom and many other things, and then I spent the night in her tent cabin under a gorgeous and bewildering array of stars. This morning we got an early start (darn that nodding off early under the influence of wine) and drove down to Armstrong Woods, where we communed with the redwoods and got our feet very very dirty; after lunch in Guerneville we hit the beach, briefly, but it was so windy that we decided not to stay long. I brought her home and after kicking back for a little bit, I headed out for the three-hour drive home.

I really enjoyed my overnight in the wilderness. Trees, ocean, stars, and so much wildlife! The retreat center where muggy_mountain lives is a real haven for animals -- I saw deer, rabbits, all kinds of birds, insects galore, semi-feral cats, and the treat of the day: a fox. We also saw deer in Armstrong Woods, and at the beach there was a determined seagull, which tried valiantly to fly into the wind, but with no success. It did better than the crows, though, which I actually saw pushed backward. I am, and remain, a city girl, but I always appreciate the occasional day spent with nature. I'm tired from walking and driving, but it was more than worth it.