Something in today's sermon mentioned taking time out to admire the views around you. Slowing down, refreshing your soul, really seeing the beauty of the world around you. Before we were even back in the car, Mr. Scottie Dog asked if I'd like to take a drive up the coast. We live in Eureka, CA...away up North in CA. The sea is cold and rugged. Since we will be moving this year to Minnesota we've already begun to experience some "lasts." Last Christmas in Calif. Last New Year's (spent taking inventory). So on this trip today we slowly wound our way on the side roads up the Coast to experience the beauty of our coastal Redwood Forest perhaps for the LAST time.
This is the view looking back at Eureka in the distance from above Luffenholtz Beach, just south of Trinidad. Eureka is on the thin line of land in the distance. Even with my naked eye, I could see the pulp mill on Somoa Beach. I like this shot Bill got with the Pampas Grass....somehow I think that long after man is gone there will still be cockroaches and Pampas Grass.
Trees of Mystery. Here's Paul Bunyun and Babe the blue Ox (and our green Tahoe). It was a great trip...sunny although quite chilly for us...temps ranged from 34-41 F. Lots of frosted vegetation where the sunlight doesn't actually touch, even a few places with ice formed on puddles. I expect that in MN and not CA.
Our visit with Beka and her family over Christmas was wonderful. We had to say goodbye last Thursday morning. The house is quiet now...and clean. The dishwasher isn't running three times a day and it's quiet.....too quiet. I keep listening for a little chaos....Now to begin to pack up our things. We'll be moving before we know it (probably in the summer). It's nice to know that we've made the right decision. It will be wonderful to have all our family close.