What’s the best part about living in a hot, smoggy valley? Getting out of here and heading for the coast! And that’s exactly what Wilbur, mama and I did this weekend.
Mama had a baby shower to attend in the bay area and brought us along for the ride. Wilbur and I were not invited to the shower, which I believe is a good thing because I don’t particularly enjoy a bath or shower and the thought of babies raining down on me sounds a tad scary and stressful.
We drove from the valley to mama’s bestie Brigid’s house on the peninsula and Wilbur and I were left there when the ladies went to the party. No, we were not left unattended — we were being cared for by 14 year old Billy. Billy has been teaching his own dog, Phil, some new tricks and was keen to teach Wilbur and I some new moves while mama was away.
Well, Billy didn’t have the opportunity to teach us anything as Wilbur and I refused to budge from the front window, where we waited patiently for hours until mama returned. So much for learning those new dance moves Billy was prepared to teach us.
We love the weather in the bay area (mama’s home turf) — the cool mornings and nights plus temperate days — that’s my kind of weather. And the brisk, fresh air at night makes for perfect sleeping conditions and our rest was restorative and energizing.
With an abundance of puppy pep we headed over to Pacifica to explore the beach with our blogging buddy, Darcie. The crispy, salty air and sound of crashing waves are just what this pooch needed! The scents on the beach are amazing and I especially love the smells that humans don’t appreciate, like decaying crab shells and deceased sea creatures. Nirvana to my nose, I tell you!
Mama and Darcie were chatting incessantly as we strolled down the beach and hiked a trial up Mori Point where the wildflowers are in full display. The view from the top of the headland is inspiring and Wilbur and I took a few minutes to soak it all in.
Needless to say, I was reticent about getting into the car and heading back to the valley.
Franziska recently wrote a blog post asking opinions about the best places to live. I told her the bay area and Seattle are tops for this dog and I yearn for the day we can move back to this locale.
Perfect weather, friends, nose-candy and inspiration… I must return full time! But, until that day, I can still deeply appreciate what I have now and remain content. Wherever I am, I always have my family. And for that, and you lovely loyal readers, I give thanks.