My wife and I drove down into California yesterday, a day trip from Oregon. My wife enjoys it and I like the drive and break in routine. Looks like it's becoming a recurring life feature. We're rut people.
Amazing how different, again, it seemed in California. The air was warmer and more pleasant. That aligns with expectations; we were further south toward the equator and out of the mountains. But the energy seems different. We experienced several stores and shopping venues, and I noticed it again and again. While we seem less hurried up in Ashland, in Medford they seem less hurried, lethargic and slightly depressed. Is it a SADS matter, the energy levels seemed higher in Redding, California. My wife said it only smells different in California. I didn't notice that.
We're a mixed bag when it comes to smells. A skunk event outside the bedroom the other night had her suffering. She "...can't understand how you could sleep with that smell. I couldn't breath or sleep." She claims that she pulled the covers over her head in desperation and I farted.
The odor did not please her.
We stopped at a service area overlooking Lake Shasta on the way back. As we stood by the rails and looked down at the lake, a frog talked to us from the bushes. Like children who have never seen a frog, we started looking for it. My wife began poorly imitating its sound. Maybe that was my take, as the frog responded each time she made her noise. Maybe the frog was saying, "What the hell is that? It makes a sound every time I make a sound. Let me make a sound again and see if I can find what's making that sound."
How silly we were.
Less silly was Lake Shasta's water level. They're doing bridge construction so I hope that was the primary cause, and not the Sierra snow pack. On this I must Google.
Mount Shasta itself was molded in deep snow, visible for long stretches of travel. Seeing it and tall mountains like it always awe me, reminding me of the forces that shaped our land masses.
And it's pretty.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com