Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Central Coast wrap-up - stargazing

President's Day, where have you been all my life?  Somehow the stars aligned for us this year and what is usually just another Monday postal holiday became a last-minute four-day vacation to visit family in our favorite sleepy sea-side towns.  We wandered shops and played on the beach and shared oh so much good food with family.  Our girls had the best time playing with Auntie Barbara and her doggies, rifling through Grampa's art supplies, and giggling themselves to sleep in zipped-together sleeping bags.  Jimmy and I even had some stolen hours to ourselves, and a date night which was supposed to be convened at the old Tavern wound up wrapped in an old blanket and drinking hot coffee on the beach because the stars were SO bright, Milky Way bright, that we couldn't pass them up.  I learned at least three new constellations - Taurus, Gemini, and Leo - and could see all of the Seven Sisters without squinting or straining.  Usually I spot a satellite or two, even sometimes in Los Angeles, but nothing of the sort this time, just one huge, bright falling star right over the hills to the north that curve out into the Pacific to form the bay. One of our dreams is to be able to buy a vacation home in this town one day, but when we can't even afford a first home, and can't see much possibility for that in any near future, a vacation home sounds completely, scandalously ridiculous.  And sometimes, while we are in the middle of such a good, gorgeous weekend, that is exactly the anxiety that sneaks into our conversation to bring us down.  But we try to keep the anxiety pushed aside, because we have a bird in hand right now.  Two, really - two very precious birds in hand.  And they make our right now worth more than any dreams.


Brooke B said...

Love it! I'll always cherish the memories I have of Cayucos and Morro Bay. :)

melanie said...

Thank you, Brooke! Did you live on the Central Coast at one time? It is so beautiful, and those little towns are so relaxing. I don't know how anyone gets anything done up there! :)