But the universe finds plans amusing.
Or maybe just mine.
Krystal had thought some friends of hers were coming into town the following day, but they had a quick switch of plans, and were arriving that very same night. While I was invited to come over as well I was not yet comfortable being indoors maskless with people I didn’t know, drinking and eating for a prolonged period of time. Even in my plan to see only Krystal, I had pictured us sitting out on the patio. This wasn’t just for my own protection, but because I had been traveling and staying in hotels; I wanted to reduce my own potential of getting anyone else ill.
So we saw one another outside for a brief moment out on the street, for the first time in nearly two years, and made plans to meet up the next day after her guests had left. My days go from absolute nothing but long naps on the couch and reading to traveling two hundred miles, hiking protected lands, scouting burial sites, and seeing old friends all in a 12 hour timeframe.
I awoke in the morning to another change of plans. Carolina’s husband had tested positive for COVID. So, the Fort Funston romp was a no go. Later in the day, Carolina also tested positive. Although I was bummed to not see her, I was glad to see Krystal, and get an extended time with her as I had no other plans for the afternoon.
She took me to China Beach, where Tuck and I were allowed on the shores, but not in the fishing village.
But alas, that too, was blocked with afternoon traffic. So, after an eventful morning, then eight hours on the road, and still at least two hours from home, I called it a night. One more hotel room, one more night away from my own bed. So be it.
Once more, the universe proved that its yield signs aren't done to anger us, but let us slow down and enjoy ourselves. The delay and the detour gave me a chance to experience something new. Never had we gone this way before, or at least that I could remember.
The orange trees greeted us with an abundance of fruit.
Our little house needs some attention and love before we leave her to rest in quiet again. Between our healing moments on the house that gives us shelter, you will find us in the nearby wilds, with a city just far enough away to be accessible, but forgotten about once we turn our back to it.
And here we will stay until the open road calls to us again.