Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal
and give strength
to body and soul.
Rancho Punta de la Laguna
So my friend Tim, who I have known since high school (we even went to a prom and were roommates with two other friends, down in San Diego, in 1988!) moved from San Luis Obispo, out near Santa Maria and Orcutt. This is where I was headed on the train! (previous post)
He owns this land with his sister and about 30 cousins! There is a house on the property, that was lived in for ages by a caretaker couple, but they retired and moved off the property ... and Tim moved in. I headed up there right after New Years, to get out of the city, and see what he was up to!
Climb the Mountains
and get their good tidings.
Looking out toward Santa Maria and Orcutt. (I think!) There are our shadows!
In the presence of eternity,
the mountains are as transient as the clouds.
~Robert Green Ingersoll
We took a couple of beers up to the top, to enjoy the view ...
(note to self ... do not store a half open beer on lap when off roading!)
I figured we would reroute, when we came upon this big hole, (see photo below) but Tim was determined. He filled enough of the hole to get around it. (I removed myself from the vehicle beforehand, just to make sure!)
How gorgeous is this tree? Reminds me of a Caspar David Friedrich painting. I might have to pull out the oil paints for this one!
Below, Jeep selfie.
In the canvas of life,
a flat landscape would be pretty boring.
It is the valleys and the mountains
that help us to appreciate the flatlands.
It is the dark that makes us appreciate the light
and the cold that makes us appreciate the warm.
It was pretty cold but beautiful, that evening, and we had a delicious dinner at the famous Hitching Post, nearby. SO good. Fabulous wine, lamb and the most tender scallops I've ever eaten!
Nature always wears the
colors of the spirit.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
To see my 2010 visit to San Luis with Tim, click here.
Blessings and light!
Next up, beautiful Avila Beach!