Day 21: Rainbows

Today was a long and somewhat frustrating day of driving. 

By evening, I was about 12 miles into a 20 mile drive uphill to my campground – on a narrow, winding, mountain road with steep drop-offs conducive to a a maximum speed of 10-20 miles per hour – when I said right out loud “I don’t wanna do this. I can’t do this.”  My inclination was to turn around and drive to Phoenix or San Diego immediately, as I have friends in comfortable houses waiting for me in both cities.  Both cities would have been at least a 4 hour drive…but at that moment, I didn’t care.  I wanted to hit the eject button.  Abort. Mission

Then, right around the next bend in the road, as if on cue, a rainbow appeared above the tree line.  Okay, Universe, I know you’re looking out for me.  I know you’ve got good things on the horizon, and I just have to stick in.  I hear you; message received. 

That rainbow turned into a double rainbow as I continued up the mountain.  And giant sequoias started appearing, dotting the forest along the road.  The temperature dropped from a balmy 98 to a cool, refreshing 72, and then it started to rain.  It was lovely and refreshing and welcome.  And tonight I’ll get to enjoy it from inside my tent for the first time, and it will be music to my ears. 

I don’t know what lies ahead of me in this life, figuratively or literally, but I believe there was significance to the good stuff I found around the bend in that mountain road.  Even though it doesn’t come naturally to me, I’m gonna try to be patient and remain open to good things coming my way.   

Day 7: Stones

Neil Diamond says, Some days are diamonds; some days are stones.  My day was stones.

I got woken up in the night by something wandering around my site.  I don’t suspect it was a human, but I wasn’t super concerned until it…huffed.  It let out a loud-ish snort-ish noise, and I didn’t like that at all!!!  My first instinct was to put on my glasses…cuz, you know, if you’re gonna be devoured by a wild animal, you wanna see it coming.  The “protocol” for bears (my concern here) is to make lots of noise.  Instead, I froze. Quiet as possible.  Glasses on.  Petrified.  Of course I didn’t sleep well after that.  Then  I woke up late.  And groggy.

To top it off, I had car “trouble” en route to my hike, probably from taking my Civic on rocky mountain roads meant for higher-clearance vehicles (if I could manifest a Subaru, I would).  Then everything just sort of went haywire from there.  All is well (or will be), but it was just a frustrating and…sort of fruitless day.  Probably meant to teach me some sort of lesson, I imagine.  [eye roll]

I never made it on my hike…but I did treat myself to dinner at an adorable Italian restaurant not far from the car shop, and my waitress was delightful (and let me sit and soak up their WiFi for some time).  She was definitely the bright spot in my day – and the Bolognese sauce, which was delicious.  Then the clouds (which I’ve hardly seen in the bright blue skies here!) just floating softly above the mountain tops… So idyllic.  Hard to imagine all the devastation that’s come from those peaks in the past – and surely will again someday.  At least my day just felt like stones.  I guess I should consider myself lucky none were spewed at me from the top of those volcanos!  😉

Tomorrow will be diamonds.  I’ll make it so.