It worked! We set a date for October 3rd and wrote out everything we had to have done. Even though it didn’t seem like we could finish remodeling the motorhome in time, we made it. To me, it was a clear example of creating a vision first, then making it a reality. I’m slowly learning that having a plan doesn’t strangle your spontaneity, it actually gives you more freedom. We made the plan and now we have the freedom to travel! If we hadn’t, I’m sure we’d still be working on it in Visalia.
Back to the trip! Nate and I made the short trip to Folsom, CA on the 3rd and met up with Hunter and Taylor, two friends I made working for Northstar in Lake Tahoe last winter. It was great to catch up with them over some surprisingly good beers and hear what their plans are. Both of them will be heading back to Tahoe for the winter season. It sounds like a good time, but this season I’ve decided I’ll only be up there for a visit or two. As the night progressed me and Hunter, of course, stumbled upon a karaoke bar. We couldn’t believe our luck when they had the one song we were looking for. A folk parody rap duet we sang many times in Tahoe called “The Rhymenocerous vs. The Hiphopopotomus.” Check out the original version here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbbxA8a_M_s
Needless to say, we brought the house down with bottomless lyrics.
After that we wanted to cover some real distance so we drove that night to Weed, CA. The night was beautiful, with clear skies perfect for seeing stars. I had to pull over and get some good long exposure shots of Mt. Shasta and the I-5.
After all that, we made it to Weed, CA. Once we parked, the tiredness of the past two weeks of work and travel hit me hard. You know, like when you walk into a pole that you didn’t see coming. It hit me fast. It felt like everything I did was done inside a vat of molasses.
That night I slept good. The sleep was restorative and we started the new day, ready to leave California behind and truly begin the adventure! So we’ll say our goodbyes to California from Weed, and see you in Oregon!