Yesterday marked the first day of summer, 2014, and the one week mark for our arrival at Sea Ranch.
Jerry and I left Tucson a little later this year, affording me the opportunity to fly to Minnesota to celebrate my Dad’s 90th birthday with family and friends before joining Jerry and the pets in Rohnert Park for the last leg up the coast to the Smiling Fox, our summer headquarters.
Apparently I left both Tucson and Minnesota in the nick of time. Minnesota experienced flooding right after I left and Tucson was heading into its twentieth plus days in a row of over 100 degrees.
We found the Smiling Fox in good shape with mice not pouring cartoon-like out of every crevice as we had envisioned after cautionary warnings from my niece, Karlin, who had spotted scat where there should have been a cat.
That said, I am pretty sure we will have to set a trap line. Yuma’s search and destroy skills are sadly remiss in the mouse department, at least thus far. His first face-to-face meeting with a mouse completely stumped him. He had no idea what to do with the mouse so he finally just sat on it. That is not an ineffective extermination strategy given his heft.
I recently set a goal of walking six miles daily six days a week. It will be tricky meeting that goal this week as we travel to a wedding in Chico. Guess I will have to work on banking some extra miles when I can. At least I am not confined to the pre-dawn hours for hiking here as I was in Tucson. That said, I am still on the trail early most mornings taking advantage of my early bird inclinations.
We have found a place to board Pongo on the coast which will free us up more for some trips away during the summer. They may even take care of Yuma for our longer trips.
The weather has been lovely the entire week, low seventies and sunny. The only drawback is the strong onshore breeze. I need to find that woman I once met up here who said she loved the wind and sign up for her Wind Appreciation 101 course.
As for summer resolutions, we are off to a good start. We began our yoga class and went on one hike with the hiking group here as well as starting our 50 mile trail challenge at the Sea Ranch. We have dedicated Saturday to cleaning so we can have Sunday’s off with no official chores. We have many more resolutions that will be addressed in good time…
Film recommendation (just for you Karlin, ambiguous with essentially no closure): Locke.