Yay, we managed to wake up this morning in time for 6am meditation. What a brilliant way to start the morning of our departure. Exciting day today …. the weather is spectacular and clear, and we’re weaving our way up the coastline towards the wine country. 9 years ago, I completed my Private Pilot’s License in Sonoma, and this will be the first time I’ve returned since then. How fabulous!!! I’m excited beyond words. This time in my life was so incredibly memorable and special, difficult and challenging. I was just out of a 5 year relationship with my beloved friend Randy (who is no longer with us on this Earth, and is sadly missed), and I was searching for meaning, independence and knowledge. Who knew that I’d return here such a changed and complete person? And better yet, with the love of my life. Doesn’t get much better than this!
The drive up to Guerneville along Highway 1 was incredible! The winding steep roads were awe-inspiring. Throughout the drive, I was grateful that we hadn’t explored this route with our 35 foot trailer in tow. The trouble we might have had makes me wince at the thought! And yes, this had to be one of my favourite drives yet on this journey. Spectacular …. so grateful for the digital camera!
Arriving at our host’s family cottage was a treat to behold. The two giant redwood trees guarding the driveway left me breathless at the thought of hugging these gentle giants. And Scott, ever the amazing entertainer, made us a delicious eggplant parmesan meal paired perfectly with some divine red wines that had me hankering for water at midnight. Yummy but Ouch!