On the road we look forward to having people to visit like we look forward to Christmas. It’s weird to say it gets lonely since we always have each other and our stinky dog, but it does. I think it’s part of the human psyche to feel the presence of another by their arrival and leaving. Since Matt and I never leave or arrive, we have become singular in a way. It’s a beautiful thing but at times its lonely.
After Tahoe, we had planned to visit Sacramento where I had a good friend Shauna to meet up with and help us be tourists. I warned her ahead of the time that we might smother her with attention since she would be the first friendly face we would see since we left. We only had a couple of nights to spend there so we decided to let go and see as much as we could without pressure.
It rained during the days, good for you California (I mean this!), and so our activities were slightly limited. This meant finding great places to eat and drink, watch football, do yoga, get coffee and visit historic downtown Sacramento to eat salt water taffy.
Not only was Sacramento a chance for us to see a good friend but also spend some time apart. I went to yoga and Matt went to a brewery to edit photos. The separation was short, just a few hours, but in our own elements and the places where we find peace, we gained a little more gusto for the next leg of the trip. The trials we face often take place in our heads where lots of truth telling occurs. We see what we may have been ignoring about ourselves and each-other and in the quiet and separation, we resolve the troubles and like muscles growing after healing little tears, we have new strength.
We visited Sacramento in a different attitude than our other stops. We didn’t #getoutdoors like we usually do and we didn’t do a lot of planning prior. We had different needs for Sacramento.
We have never intended our pieces to be “a guide” but rather stories of our experience since we are having a pretty darn good one. There are so many “10 best things to do” out there and we don’t feel qualified to tackle our countries metropolitan areas or claim any sort of expertise. The only real “travel” lesson we can impart is to listen to the locals. They know. Trip Adviser and travel blogs are a great place to start but they don’t match the experience of your friends who live in those cities, who understand what you are interested in. Even if you don’t have a friend living where you are visiting, strangers (in most places) love to share what makes their home special and what you should spend your time and mulah to see. Invest a little time to talk to real people.
So thank you Shauna! You are a beautiful, bright light in the sky and we were blessed to have your company and advice. To top it off we were honored to celebrate your birthday, your life has changed mine!