Summer adventures began in the middle of America. A trip to Duluth, MN.
I gained a new status, ABD. It's not a disease. I went out into the world at the beginning of this summer untethered, again, from the role "student." What would it mean to persist toward a weighty new title? What would life be like after another uprooting from place?
It was cold in Duluth.
I saw these strange passenger ship cabin displays in a maritime museum on Lake Superior.
It grew warm quickly after. Every chance possible, I convened with the best people I had come to know on a truly memorable balcony. There are some pictures, but those are for me. I miss those times. They were gone far too soon.
Before I knew it, the warmth and weekly porch BBQ sessions were over. I got a sunburn at a yard sale, where I rid myself of the things I treasured for my brief stay in Minnesota. It was really summer then. Hot and sticky, and full with the love of real friends.
Before I knew it I was in a strange, beautiful new place.
It was cold again, very cold. And I was lonely.
But the beauty to behold at every turn overwhelmed my wary heart.
I went to Los Angeles, seeking the love of old friends. It awaited me unchanged, and I was happy.
We went to a baseball game.
Mostly we talked, and I soaked up the sun I so desperately craved. I remebered a truth it took moving far away to understand: I love southern California.
I bought a dress by Won Hundred at Mohawk General Store. (Of course I did.) I wore it to see the ocean again.
I ate delicious seafood.
I went back to San Francisco, and before I knew it summer was peaking. It was still cold in this city. But on my husband's 30th birthday, conditions were perfect.
We rode the ferry. I love a boat ride. My hair has grown so long.
We went to Muir Woods and saw the most incredible things.
This fern that really looks just like this, like a hovering neon green fog
This wonderful plant whose name I do not know, and a bee. Spot the bee.
What is technically "fall" arrived and it got quite warm here. I explored more. I put in something of an effort.
Now it has turned cold, again. This summer I learned to adapt, again. I focused on maintaining balance, health, and well-being. I bought some amazing things, but I didn't show you them all just yet. I don't know what to say about that. Sometimes you just act out of habit, to feel yourself remain while the world delivers you change.
I just think it's really beautiful here.
But this place is not yet my own.