Monday, July 24, 2017

Crossing The Golden Gate Home

We left Capitola early Sunday morning for the long (350 miles) trip home. We leave early with the plan to get through San Francisco and cross the Golden Gate Bridge by 9:30. The city gets so busy, crazy, crowded so fast and we have to drive through it on regular city streets (19th Avenue) to cross the bridge. Sunday mornings are best for zooming, so we zoom along. There is a vista point rest area just on the other side of the bridge. We stop there for some tea and toast that we pack along with us. And we take in the view. It's always beautiful no matter what.
It's just one of those places that takes your breath away, makes you glad that you've come this way and stopped for a bit of tea and toast. The fog was just hanging out over the entire city. We laughed about what Mark Twain didn't really say, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." I really wished he had said that, but Snopes said he didn't. It's true nonetheless.

Thank you all for you wonderful heartfelt and uplifting comments on the post about our visit with my mom. It really helps to share these stories of her journey. I called her when we arrived back in Arcata to let her know we were safely home. She actually answered the phone. She sounded sweet and lovely and wispy and full of love. I told her that I would be sending her homemade cards again, now that we're here. She said, "I love your cards. I can't wait." I think I'll send her this.

19 comments:

  1. How can a thing be both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time? I am so glad that the visit went well and that she answered the phone when you called her from home.
    I can only imagine how beautiful your homemade cards are. It's a blessing that your mom is still able to appreciate them. I think you are each blessed by the other's love. That won't ever change.

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    1. CCorax-- I wish we lived closer. These 1400 mile roundtrip journeys are so hard on my back and neck. I love sending homemade cards to my mother. She has them saved in her room. It's a way of keeping in touch that is so important. She can re-read them whenever she wants and know again how much we love her.

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  2. "And we take in the view. It's always beautiful no matter what."

    Love and beauty. All in connection with your mother.

    Haven't seen that splendid view of the Golden Gate Bridge for many years. Never noticed that the light poles (I think that's what they are) at the side of the road leasing to the bridge look like Golden Gate Bridge-colored ducks with long necks. Thank you!

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  3. Leading, not leasing (-:


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    1. am-- We love crossing that bridge and look forward to it on every trip. There is something about it, when we are driving north, once we're on the other side, we know we're on our way home.

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  4. What a wonderful view, perfect for a tea and toast picnic. Your mother's journey may be hard to watch but you have so much to contribute and to make it lighter. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Sabine-- It is the perfect view for tea and toast! We so want to make my mother's journey lighter. I can't tell you how much I wish she were still here living with us. Sigh.

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  5. I am so glad your visit went so well and your trip was a safe and pleasant one. It sounds like your visit really helped your Mom. Cool idea to send her regular cards. In this electronic age it is always good to be able to touch a message from a loved one and hold it in our hands.
    Sorry to hear Mark Twain didn't say that. Every time my team plays in San Francisco, they bring up that quote.

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    1. Patti-- I remembered a while back how my grandmother left Germany and came to this country in 1921. She communicated with her mother and siblings via mail exclusively. For more than 20 years that was how they kept in touch, and those letters meant everything to them. So, it inspired me to send my mother cards that she can re-read whenever she wants. I was SO SURPRISED when I checked Snopes on the Mark Twain quote. I was so sure he had said it.

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  6. In August of 1977, we rode fully loaded bikes from Astoria, OR down to San Francisco. That view looms familiar. We rode across the bridge, which was breathtakingly scary.
    We were young once...

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    1. isabelita-- Wow! That must have been quite a spectacular adventure. Whenever we drive across the bridge we always say we'd like to walk the span of it. Riding must have been wild! Yes, we really were young once.

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  7. What a beautiful view! Do you take the PCH all the way up the coast? I'm glad you're home safely. :)

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    1. Steve-- We drive Highway 101, which at times is the same route as Highway 1 (like here in San Francisco). It's quite beautiful, and once we drive through the Sonoma and Mendocino wine country, we drive through the redwoods. Sometimes people call where we live "behind the redwood curtain." It's a hundred miles of forest between us and the rest of California! We are so glad to be home.

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  8. Great picture. I lived in SF when I was a young hippie chick. I turned 19 in a lovely apartment on the Great Highway. But I regret to say I never went up north. T and I are going for a long weekend this fall to see my oldest sister (who has lived in the Bay area since 1964)and my younger siblings are meeting us there, too. We intend to spend some time in the wine country. I can't wait.

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    1. Colette-- I love that you were in San Francisco as a teenager! What a time that was. You'll have such a good time in the wine country this fall. It's beautiful with lovely rolling hills. I can't wait to see what you see on the trip!

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  9. What a wonderful view, perfect for a tea and toast picnic. Your mother's journey may be hard to watch but you have so much to contribute and to make it lighter. Thank you for sharing.


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  10. phann son-- I wish we lived closer so we could see her more often. Her decline is rapid and the miles are far.

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  11. I didn't take my laptop but have followed you on my tablet. I am so thrilled you had such a wonderful visit with your mom. Keep those memories when things are not so good. So sweet and marvelous to see her interactions with you and Roger. A blessed time indeed.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- We really did have a nice visit with her. She's pretty out of it, but it was good to sit by her side and remind her how much we love her. This is a very sad downward spiral. Sigh.

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