Here we are month two of 2017, and what a beginning! Without focusing too much on the crazy politics of the world at the moment we are keeping sane in our rig Janey-Rae and wintering in the warmer climes of southern California. The challenges of living in such tight quarters for so long has not been nearly as tough as we thought. Sure there have been rough patches, but what is a journey without some uphills to enjoy freewheeling down the descents on the other side? I’m kinda looking at our world like that at the moment. Okay, the current uphill may have a headwind thrown in and a bit of ice on the road, but like some of the toughest winters I can remember growing up in New York, the springtime was that much sweeter, the flowers that more beautiful, and the people so much more appreciative. Let’s use this time as a wake-up call knowing a beautiful Spring awaits us, but unlike the change of the seasons that just happens naturally, we may need to work a bit to coax that first whiff of the Spring blossoms that do await us. Keep on smiling, and never lose faith.
We discovered California is the toughest state to find free creative camping in. I happened to read somewhere that certain casinos on Indian Reservations allow you to park up for 24 hours obviously hoping your deposits in their various machinery will be worth it. Not the gambling types though, the only deposits we made were in their warm bathrooms. It didn’t seem that the casinos were going broke without our input, it always amazes me how casinos never seem to be empty, day or night. We are currently in the beautiful mountains east of San Diego. The small fledgling spiritual retreat center we are volunteering in is quite the opposite to the casino a few miles away. Instead of people sitting blankly in front of machines slowly giving their life force and cash over to inanimate objects happily obliging in this soul-destroying relationship, this place is filled with young people communing with nature, navigating human relationships and basically living differently carving out their own unique paths through life. It makes my nose itchy already sensing that wonderful Spring around the corner.
Here is a clip of a bit of fun in a local pizzeria we shared the other night. You may recognize some of the folks banging the cups!
Before arriving here Louis broke in his new bicycle with two first place podium wins in the Fontana winter series mountain bike events. It was a rainy weekend, but that didn’t stop the riders from getting out there and enjoying a ride in the cool wetness. Chessie joined in on the drier practice day opting out of the wetter race day. I was with her on that one! California definitely needed some rain and snow in the higher altitudes after a five year-long drought. Far from being out of the woods, the welcomed wettest winter in years has seen us having to stay creatively below the snow line. So we have been helpxing to keep it all fresh and ourselves busy, warmish, and dry. We stayed in Oceanside California for a few weeks with Karen and Ari. We had some fun, went ice skating and did a few projects around the house. Louis and Chessie roped in another helpxer to help build a small bike trail on their property. Then along with Ari they edited a fun movie you can watch at the end of the blog.
A bit of exploring around these parts has been fun. It is a beautiful part of the world. The cooler weather at 3,200 feet in altitude keeps it fresh, and we have sniffed out some riding/hiking for all of us to keep busy when we are not doing some work around the retreat center.Snow still covers most of our route up north and back east, so we’ll be staying put in California in the meantime.
Hope you are all enjoying wherever you are as well. Keep smiling and never fear, Spring is around the corner.
Enjoy the vid.