Well here we are, safely ensconced in the Smiling Fox at the Sea Ranch in northern California. Our trip with the great big trailer in tow was without incident but for our 8 hour delay due to Yuma’s going AWOL. Traveling on the weekend paid big dividends as we sailed effortlessly through Phoenix, LA and SFO without hitting any major traffic.
We arrived after traveling 1010 miles from Tucson to find unseasonably warm, clear weather on the coast. It is the bane of the firefighters around here, but very welcome to us as we commenced digging out of the chaos left last Fall when the house was closed up. After hacking away at it for a week we are making good inroads and the place is once again resembling a home.
The other morning Pongo and I walked down the road to view the fire prevention sheep herd only to find they had escaped and were being herded by dog and shepherd back up the road toward us at full gallop. How exciting! Pongo would not deign to look at the skilled little dog heading up the charge, as if to do so would give him too much credit for this very impressive skill set sadly lacking in Chinese Cresteds..
Pongo has also made the point that she is, indeed, a beach dog at heart. She moped around for two full days after we arrived until I took her over to our old beach haunt for a run.
Jerry and I attended an Emergency Services Forum at the Sea Ranch at which representatives of the Sheriff’s, Coastal Rescue, and Fire Departments spoke about staying safe in this wilderness we now call home. Since this seems to be the season of the dead abalone diver (4 in an 8 day period), their chief advice seemed to be steer clear of killer abs. Tough sport, that. I myself can be satisfied with a good local crab cake and need not indulge in that other over-priced exotic mollusk.
Since the house demands are slowing we were able to get out to our first yoga class and to a feature of Oscar Nominated Short Animated Movies . A nice reminder of the eclectic activities available to us here.
Our first guests arrive on Sunday. let the festivities begin!