Monday, November 13, 2017

700 Miles Later

We finally were able to make the journey south. We hit the road on Friday and drove 350 miles to Roger's family beach house. Roger has been coming to this house since before he was born. And now, he's been there every year for the past 75. I can't even imagine what that must feel like, 75 years of history in one place. It's always so beautiful there. The moment we walk in the door, I run and open the blinds and look out to the bay, then open the door to the deck and go out to breathe the ocean air. The 350 miles slip away in an instant. The ocean always says Be Here Now.
We woke Saturday morning to this lovely sunrise.
And later in the day walked down to the wharf and watched this Snowy Egret contemplating the tide coming in.
Sunday morning we headed south for the second half of the journey. It's another 350 miles, but very different from the first half of the trip. This one always has traffic jams in the last 75 miles that come to a full stop and inch along mile after mile. We're always so relieved to get out of the car and finally be done with it.

And then this happens, and all those miles just slip away. We go to see my mom in the memory care facility, and she was so happy to see us. It always makes our hearts soar to be with her. We're staying until Friday, so there will be lots of time for all this love.


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  1. 700 miles would drive me crazy. After about an hour of car travel I'm beginning to get twitchy and needing to get outside. I can see though that your mother's smile would make it all worthwhile.

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    1. John-- Driving that far absolutely drives me crazy. Yes, that smile does make it all worthwhile.

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  2. As always, great photos! Especially the lovely one of Roger and your Mom. Her smile could light up the world. I hope you are enjoying your vacation with family.

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    1. Colette- Really glad you liked these photos. Having the beach house as a respite is a very wonderful thing. We're also babysitting my sister's very large and rambunctious great dane.

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  3. You mom looks so happy. That photo is so filled with love. It spills out and touches us all. Enjoy your time together. I am just catching up and see that you were not well. I’m so glad you are better. Take care of your dear self.

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    1. 37paddington-- Just seeing her face light up when she walked down the hall with her walker made every mile worthwhile. Thank you for your kind words.

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  4. Lovely photos especially of your mom and Roger. I hate long car trips and we are bound for one soon. :(.

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    1. Rain-- My mom adores Roger! Long road trips used to be fun, but I think I outgrew them many years ago!

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  5. Glad you made it down there! Yay! And very nice that you can stay until Friday. Time enough for a good visit. Wonderful photo of Roger and your Mom. She is looking happy and well. Enjoy your days together!

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    1. bev-- We're happy to finally feel well enough to make the journey. We're also babysitting my sister's HUGE Great Dane, so there's lots to do. My mom really seems very good right now.

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  6. Beautiful, and not just those gorgeous smiles. (The ocean, and all of natural, really, offers the best advice, seems to me.) [struggling with subject-verb agreement between those parentheses -- oh well! :-) ]

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    1. Jennifer-- Yes, nature does offer the best advice!

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  7. Just wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Bea looks great. Give her a big hug and kiss from me. One for Roger too.

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    1. Larry-- I'll tell her. She'll love it!

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  9. So glad that you have such a neat rest stop for the trip. You ever think of living there full time?
    That delighted smile on your Mom's face makes every mile worth it. Enjoy each minute of your visit.

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    1. Patti-- We lived there full time from 1989-1994. But it is a family home and no one gets to live there full time anymore. That ended back in the late 90s. My mom's smile does make every mile worth it!

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  10. It is always such a safe haven, a beautiful pause, and a delight to visit here. Your mom is so happy to see you! xoxo Michael and Andie

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    1. MandT-- Capitola really is our safe haven and beautiful pause. A wonderful stop on the way to the south lands.

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  11. you are such a wonderful writer I can feel what you feel, give nom a big hug from us, and remember, you can always stop here, coming or going.

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    1. Unknown-- We always go zooming by because we're always in a hurry to get south. Someday we're going to travel for pleasure. Imagine that!

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  12. So Roger was going there before he was born, WoW! Great photos as usual. Nice smile on your mom too.

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    1. Dave-- It's true! Roger's grandparent bought the house in 1938. When his mom was pregnant with him, he visited Capitola! Isn't that wild? Glad you liked the photos and smiles!

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  13. I’m so happy finally got away. Yes, you write so well of your ritual arrival on the bay. Lovely photographs as always. And yes, B looks great and so happy to be with you as you are with her. Have a wonderful visit my friends. And tell mom that Tara says hello.

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    1. Tara-- We are glad to have finally made it here. The original plan was for mid October, and so much happened between then and now. I will tell my mom you said hello. She'll love it!

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  14. So happy to find this post. I love that big, happy smile on your mom's face! She looks lovely and clearly loves Roger being close by. :) Funny to see this post - I woke thinking about you this morning and while still in bed thought I would send you a note and check in when I went online today. Now here you are! Hope the visit is full of laughter and fun - I know it is filled with love. Safe travel home.

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    1. Sky-- Thank you so much for thinking of us. The visit has been wild, delightful, and interesting, so far. We just got back to my sister's house after spending an hour with my mom. During that whole time another resident was literally screaming as loud as possible for everyone to get out of her house. We got my mom to mostly ignore and go to her room to take a safe little nap.

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  15. A mother's smile -- it's just the best thing! So glad you made it safely and hope you have a grand time. The Memory Care Center must be working out well? Kim in PA

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    1. Kim-- That smile is truly the best thing. It makes all the miles worth every effort. I'll probably do a post about the facility. We had quite an interesting experience there already!

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  16. You and roger clearly brought much joy to your mother with your visit. Wonderful double portrait, robin, especially seeing that they are as delighted with you as you are with them.

    Couldn't help but notice the rainbow segment below the clouds and above the ocean in your first photograph. Today, while driving home to Bellingham from Seattle in the wind and rain, there was a full double rainbow across the highway in Skagit County, about 25 miles south of Bellingham.

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Be Here Now.

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    1. am-- We were all so happy to be in each other's company! I'm so glad you noticed that hint of a rainbow! It was quite a surprising little splash of color in the sky there. Love knowing you saw a full double rainbow. Such a beautiful sight.

      Yes, and love serve remember.

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  17. Those photos are delightful. Thank you.
    And so is precious time with your mom. Have a good visit!

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    1. isabelita-- Thank you for your good wishes.

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  18. I'm glad you made the trip and are having a good visit. That beach house must be amazing! I can't imagine having such deep roots in any single place. We lived in our house -- and my grandparents in theirs -- only 40-plus years. Nothing like 75!

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    1. Steve-- It's pretty wild that the family kept the house for all these years. Next year, it will be in the family for 80 years!

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  19. First off, those really are two great smiles. I can easily see why they would make your trip worthwhile.

    Oh yes, I know all about traffic and avoid it whenever possible. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible.

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    1. Pat-- Seeing my mom's face light up is worth every grueling mile. Bay area and southern California traffic is always a bummer.

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  20. I'm so happy you finally got to make the trip. Those smiles are worth the travel.

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    1. Sharon-- It's true, those smile are worth the miles!

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  21. I'm late! But wonderful shots, as always, and so glad you get to spend time with Mom! She does look like she's doing really well. That beach house -- it is perfect anyway, but such a great place to rest, coming and going from your visits south.

    Sounds like your sister's pet is a lotta dog, too!

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    1. kathy a-- The beach house makes the trip so much easier and better. It's familiar and a true comfort. It's been wonderful spending time with my mom. She really is doing well. Oh yeah, my sister's dog is a lotta dog!

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  22. What happy pictures, I am glad you made it and that you feel better now.

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    1. Sabine-- Yes, happy pictures and feeling much better and definitely well enough to make the long journey.

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  23. The picture of Roger and your mother was nice. It gives us a good feeling to see her smiling like that.

    I envy the rest area where you stay at the halfway point of your trip. It sounds like one of those places you pass on a trip and wonder who could be lucky enough to stay there.

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    1. Mark-- We were so happy to make her smile everyday we were there. I tried to make her laugh too. It was great fun. Right now we're at the beach house, resting after the 340 mile trip from southern Ca. We're here 'til Sunday and looking forward to the peace of the ocean.

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  24. Well I envy you looking out on thise views in the morning, so beauiful. I don't envy the drive you had. My wife & I went to a sculpture park thinking it would be easy to get to but had a drive from hell when we got near Guildford & Farnham, It was not much beter on the way back and I was gald when it was over, can't say I was impressed with the park either. Hope you have a happy break with your Mother. She looks happy in the photo

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    1. Bill-- We had a lovely time with my mom. I wish it wasn't such a long journey to see her. I never think of traffic in England, so it is a surprise to know that you had a drive from hell as well!

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