Our trip was a bit of a disaster.
A serious bicycle accident forced us to cancel our backpacking plans (25 miles of hiking in three days was out of the question.) Then some serious sunburn made everything a bit less comfortable. We nearly ran out of matches trying to start impossible fires. Our tortillas got moldy. We bickered. We got stuck in traffic. We had loud, annoying neighbors at our campsite.
BUT, the trip was worth every minute. Tom and I had been trying to plan something special to celebrate our one year anniversary for a while, and we finally made it happen this week. The reality was a far cry from the days of redwood hiking and back-country camping in the Santa Cruz mountains I’d been planning, but isn’t that the way it usually turns out? Sometimes you just go car camping instead. And anyway, the adventure is more exciting when it’s unexpected.
One the drive home, I sat in the passenger seat as we recounted our favorite moments from the trip, tiny memories of giant happiness that we wrote down to keep forever. It’s important to cherish, to celebrate.
So, here’s a quick re-cap of the trip, in pictures (Look at all that gorgeous California sunshine!)…
Yes, we played Magic the Gathering. Yes, it was the first thing we did when we got to the campsite.
As the non-injured party, I still got some good hiking in. The sandhills are natural; the Santa Cruz mountains are an ancient seabed!
Crusin’ downtown Santa Cruz to get our milkshake fix.
Soaking up the perfect scenery at Wilder Ranch State Park.
Oh, and cherishing and celebrating, of course!
Now that we go that out of the way, I’ll be back to my usual lectionary reflections, poetry sharing, and story telling this week. Hope the summer sunshine is warming all of you, too, Diligent readers!
What are your plans for summer? What do you do when you need a break from the grind of every day life? How do you cherish and celebrate?