Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Seals, hills, rocks, inspiration
Just wanted to share a few pictures we've taken along the way. The rocky coast shot is from Pt. Lobos National Park, the seals were on a dock in Santa Cruz, the closeup of the quote is from the guestbook at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, and the poetry section and the shot of yours truly are from City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. I'm a fairly big fan of the Beat poets and writers, especially Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of the Beats, founded City Lights. It's a three-story, quiet little place that still holds poetry and book readings regularly. We are staying less than half a mile away so we walked up last night. I bought books at the Henry Miller Library on Sunday and I don't want to carry too much home, so I resist the urge to pick up more. As a writer, I feel simultaneously awed, humbled, and antsy while browsing shelves. The feeling tends to come over me -- do I have anything to say myself? Is my story interesting enough to share? Do I have the imagination to embellish where I need to embellish (and I have no qualms about embellishing -- hello, James Frey, best seller?).
Surprise -- San Francisco is hilly! What, you say? You didn't KNOW that? Yes, of course I knew that! I just didn't realize HOW hilly. Holy cow, this is worse than a Stairmaster! There's a Starbucks (which we haven't seen since coming to California -- at last, civilization!) two blocks away that we'll probably have to take a cab home from. All right, I'm kidding. Sort of.
Today we visit Muir Woods (home to old redwoods), Point Reyes National Seashore, and Sausalito. Getting to see more SL friends tomorrow night.
Off on our next adventure -- will check in later.