Summer vacation started with a small pop this year. The night before our flight out to California I sprained my ankle playing softball. I didn't think it was too bad, so I kept playing-- except that I moved from my standard outfield position to first base. As an aside, first base is really great. I hardly had to move the rest of the game! And we won.
Later that night my ankle hurt bad. I wondered if I needed an airport wheelchair. While at the airport I eyeballed that old people greedily. But I hobbled along. And my ankle still bothers me 2 weeks later.
I didn't take as many pictures as I should have. Missing from this post are images from our visit to Andy and Melanie in Napa (we had Oprah-recommended english muffins that did not disappoint. Thanks, Oprah!), our beach trip, and several days hanging out at my sister's house.
The biggest adventure of the vacation was visiting Big Trees state park near Bear Valley. The trees did not disappoint. As per usual, humanity did. The largest tree was cut down shortly after the first Euro-Americans found the grove. The stump remains in the ground, and some very big pieces lay beside it.
Still, they might say to us in the after-life, 'did you have to climate change the whole planet????!!!???' So maybe we're even.
On a perhaps related note: we drove by the now-closed Sunol Golf course. I was jolted by the sight of dead weeds standing in place of lush grass. I guess googlers and facebookers don't play golf?
1. I texted [on my mom's phone]
2. I talked to Alexa (Amazon Echo). She played a Brett Dennen song for me.
The texting was to get details for what turned out to be a pretty sizable CBNC youth group gathering (plus their kids). Jenn and Brian, Brian and Tracy, Eve (Anthony was ill, so couldn't come. We did get to briefly chat later in the week), Phil, Tina, and I were all in the same place at the same time. I don't know how this happened, and it is unlikely to happen again any time soon, but it was great. Also at the party I met a fellow MSJ alum, who is a good friend of my best friend's brother. Brentwood: what a place!
Thanks to Mom, Dad, Bernie and Lisa for hosting us. We look forward to our next visit.