Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Of Oranges and Happy Cows

The drive to Redding California from Kingsburg (River Bend RV or something like that) was pretty uneventful. It was an easy drive on Highway 99 to Sacramento then an easy transition to Interstate 5. Elk Grove was out main stop for lunch at In-N-Out Burger.

As we approached Corning and one of our favorite stops called the "Olive Pit," Sharyn spotted a sign for a produce stand. The stand was a little off the Interstate, down a narrow road and then on a minor two lane highway. When we saw the sign ands a place to park the Musemobile we didn't see the stand so we began to turn around and noticed an arrow beneath the sign pointing across the highway. We also noticed two of California's famous "Happy Cows" chowing down on some grass.

Of course I got some pictures including a telephone with religious overtones.....

....the Happy Cows........

...and the minor highway in the middle of nowhere......

Well not quite nowhere because as I documented FedEx delivers anywhere.

No wonder we had trouble finding the stand it was behind this house hidden in the underbrush and down the driveway with an "Open" sign on the mailbox.

Sharyn played in the traffic running across the highway and emerged with a sack of oranges, a bottle of olive oil, two fresh ripe tomatoes and an orange melon of some kind.

All in all it was a nice drive and brought us to Redding, and in sight of Mount Shasta and a one days drive to our home in Oregon. It' been a long trip that began on May 27 and will end August 25. Three months of wandering and wondering about life, family, this magnificent land and how we made it intact from the time we met at University of Houston through today. No one's perfect and yet I wonder if perfection in a human life can ever be measured. All I do know is we can all choose to act happy all the time or just be who we are and give the truth to those we meet. Personally I prefer the latter because then I get the true definition of what it is to be human. Knowing that one thing makes me feel ok about who I am with all my scars and wrinkles and even the twinkles in my eye. We didn't play scrabble tonight, we ate a great meal we prepared ourselves and watched an old movie called Arabesque with Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. It's nice to know my humanity and after this trip I can thank Sharyn for our eventful 39 years and 4 days to be exact (not counting the time we dated).

Quote of the Day
A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant - rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance - but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself. ~Roberto Burle Marx

1 comment:

michelle Hogle said...

Happy Belated Anniversary.

love and miss you much!


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