You may recall that a couple of weeks ago I opined that the Los Angeles City Council’s choice to create a special day of recognition for Bob Marley was an unusual choice The argument given by city officials was that Marley contributed to the “feel good” atmosphere we need in troubled times. I guess I was a little out of touch with my opinion that posthumously honoring Bob Marley wasn’t particularly designed for mass appeal. Imagine my surprise upon coming out of a Huntington Beach parking structure and directly confronting this flag!
You’ll note a major source of Marley’s “feel good” reputation. Those leaves on the flag are one way to relax, I suppose. I won’t further comment on how others choose to recreate–I’m not particularly judgmental about such things, but I’m also not much of a personal adventurer, shall we say. But I DO know what brings me pleasure and I think I’m somewhat of an expert on my personal well-being.
Sometimes our best getaways require simple relocation. We keep a little trailer less than two hours from home, 3500 feet up in the San Jacinto Mountains. Silent Valley is a private 460-acre camping resort –resort indicating the many amenities offered, but at the same time, as rustic and remote as you choose. We often arrive, set up camp, and are loathe to move more than a few brief walks and a trip to the pool.
Sophia and Karina brought their mommy and daddy up for a day of swimming and miniature golf. This was the girls’ first attempt at golfing. We did our best to explain the rules of the game to the two little competitors. I don’t think we were very successful. They played with their own rules, and we eventually let go of all expectations.
Isn’t this a beautiful spot to sit and do little but appreciate? Thirty minutes back down the mountain is the usual Southern California chaos.
I’ll share more next time about relaxing in the San Jacinto Mountains. Part of breathing lighter is taking the time to savor the experience.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home;
That wilderness is a necessity…” John Muir
I hope you’re breathing lighter even while attending to responsibilities. I’ll be back to invite you to make plans for weekend exhaling.