Thursday, November 20, 2014

Driving By Unseen Paths

If you come to visit me in San Francisco, make sure you ask me to drive you down the California 1 Highway. Don't leave without the experience for the sight might bring tears to your eyes.

For if I were to compose a list of favorite drives:
1. Baca Loop Road leading to my family's ranch.
2. California 1 Highway from SF to Stinson Beach.
3. The 2222 from 38th to Lake Austin.
4. Roads cut through mountains in Colorado.
5. Monument Valley's 17 mile loop.

Wow wow wow. It made it to #2. Well, it's a magical drive. Ellen and I were both speechless. We let Spotify do the talking. And finally, we pulled off the road and ventured onto a less traveled path and neared the cliffs overlooking the sea. The ocean, really. The whole Pacific.

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"Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. I was a child, which meant that I knew a dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane, ways that would not involve walking down our drive."
– Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane