August 19, 2020 ~ Pismo Beach, California
As with so many of you, we have been isolated for the past six months. We are now (cautiously) headed out the door for the next 12 days with plans to smell some fresh air, walk on the beach, hug some redwoods, kick up our heals, and spend time with dear friends.
It has been over a year since we last loaded up Ellie Mae (our RV) and tethered Jethro (our tow vehicle) up for a road trip. It feels like a giant step toward normalcy.
Our first stop as we head north from Southern California is Pismo Beach. We are traveling with our long-time travel buddies, Dick and Karen. We were last here in 2011 when we came to put Karen’s mother to rest.
This was just a one night stopover to pay our respects, eat some delicious clam chowder at Splash, and try to replicate a picture I had taken of Dick and Tim nine years earlier.
This is the original picture taken of Tim and Dick back in 2011
And here is today’s snap. Tim looks more like a mountain man, with his long hair. COVID has prevented a trip to the barber shop 🙂
And the biggest surprise was when we found out the night before that two other friends would be staying at the SAME RV site. I have known Laura since 1988, when we used to work together in a doctors office in Fountain Valley.
What a coincidence! It was totally unplanned, and made for a wonderful evening when they joined us for cocktail time at the campsite. Our RV’s ended up being just 5 units away. What are the odds? I think it was meant to be.
Tomorrow we will get an early start as we have a LONG drive continuing north into the Redwoods. There are numerous forest fires currently scorching the route, so we are concerned.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to be once again on the road. It has been far too long. I feel like I am out of my element, and barely able to put two words together. I am especially thankful that we were able to have a surprise reunion with Laura and Michael.