It was twilight outside, I could see the soft glow of the sun tucked down behind the mountains to the East and the nearly full moon glowed in the crystal clear sky over towards the West. There is something so serene about traveling in the wee hours of the morning...
The sky was slowly getting brighter and brigher as dawn rapidly approached and the sun's rays started stretching across the landscape.
Into California near Boomtown I hit construction...good thing I left early giving myself plenty of time to get to my appointment at 9 am in Sacramento! Very narrow lanes, like columns of cement with little room to move right or left, while trapped between big rigs at the front and rear. The only way to go was forward! Two lanes condensed to one, the only speed was SLOW. A mere 20 MPH for miles and miles with a short break in between only to be back to two lanes again.
Onward I went, the road opened up and the sun was rising illuminating the hills, I took a picture at the beginning of the forest and the moon is dancing above. :)
I continued on, I was listening to U2 on the CD player and singing, it was such a 'now' moment and I was loving every single second of it. Sometimes we Moms just need that time for 'peace' you know? So as I drove along enjoying the now-ness of the moment there were a few little awakeing moments...Some bright and cheery like the amazing bright yellow flowers with a purple vine floral twisted in between.
Some perhaps a bit morbid in a sense, but awakening. A young Doe who had gotten hit by a car, lay near the divider to the left of the road. Something like this really opens your eyes to how we each are 'temporary'.
So through the trees and into Sacramento and a wall of TRAFFIC. Instantly, memories of my past 'commutes' from when I worked full time and commuted to my office job in Cali. Crawling, crawling... I took the moment to reflect on my gratitude for not having to commute like that any more!
Once I settled into gratitude, I smelled a beautiful aroma, some sort of flower wafting on the breeze, it took me way back to my Montessori school days. Funny how a scent can transport you to another time and place isn't it? I started thinking about when I was a child, my childhood friends, school... my mind was on wander with a grin on my face. I then realized how quickly my daughter is growing, wow... another awakening moment. One moment I'm back 30 years, the next moment my daughter is 11.
So at this point I'm not taking pictures as I got LOST. Yep, even with a printed map AND GPS and I still got lost. But, I was grateful I left early and though I passed through a VERY scary part of town on my adventure, I arrived an hour early at my destination! LOST is just a moment, and everything happens for a reason. The others who attended the meeting said they passed 3 accidents on the way, I passed one, so, divine intervention was in place.
Three hours in a meeting and by noon o'clock I was back en route towards home. This time I decided to take Highway 50 through Lake Tahoe instead of Highway 80. More of a scenic adventure!
I left my windows down the entire way, so many had their air conditioners on, I LOVE the heat! How amazing our sun heats our planet!
This picture to the left here shows the dry grassy hills and just over those dry grassy hills soon will be the snow capped Sierra Mountains. Absoloutely astonishing, no?
In 102 degree heat then within minutes you can see SNOW!
Zoom, zoom and I was back in the mountains. Oh how I love it there! The air is so clean from all those trees polishing the air! As I acend the mountains I'm tripping out how HOT the climate was. 96 degrees in Placerville, crazy!
The old fire damage looms on the naked areas of the hillside where all that remains are mere sticks from past trees and new vegetation starting a new life! Nature's way :)
So due to low battery on the iPhone (I wiped out the batt with GPS and no I did not have a car charger ~ life, raw, real, it's me! LOL) I was not able to get some pictures of Lake Tahoe, but all things happen for a reason ~ and what a great reason to go back up to Lake Tahoe again, and soon! I'm thinking next week, a day trip to the beach with my daughter. A picnic, some water fun and a spin around the cool park they have up there right on the beach!
So I dropped into Carson City around 2:30 and got my kiddo from her Auntie's around 3:00 and after chatting I was home sweet home around 3:30. That's 12 hours after I woke up! Now it's neary 11:30 pm as I writethis, I've been up for nearly 20 hours straight, no wonder I'm going crosseyed as I'm typing this! Well thankfully I can sleep in tomorrow :)
Any-who, a few little funnies I noticed along the way that I wanted to mention....
Funny Ponderings From Along The Trip:
- Do the telecommunications people REALLY think the fake 'pine tree' cell towers blend in with the actual pine trees? Maybe a better color match would help, the teal trees really don't mesh with the natural pine color!
- Why someone who goes very slow (below the speed limit) on a curvy one-lane road, stacking up traffic behind them, suddenly finds the gas pedal when a passing lane opens up just to make sure no one will get in front of them. (?)
- It's in the 90's, the group of younger kids are all in swim wear walking down by the casinos in Lake Tahoe, yet wearing thick, fuzzy winter hats?
I hope your day was exciting like mine!