We got the chance to get a change of scenery for a few days with my BIL J (and what a change it was.)
We headed to Julian, CA and indulged in all things Apple.
Apple Pie, Apple Cherry Pie, Apple Boysenberry Pie, Apple Cider,
Apple Caramel Pecan Pie, Apple Pancakes, Cinnamon Rolls, Cinnamon Twists, Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls and King Leo Toffee
We made it our mission to seek out the best tasting pie (and other sweet treats) -- which wasn't too hard. Everything was delicious.
Now, lest you think all we did was eat we did see all of the sights in town and out of town.
The Stonewall Mine
Digging for tourmaline at the Himalaya Mine
(I happily sat under the canopy and caught glimpses of M & S's finds)
The Julian Museum
The Julian Cemetery
The Julian Jail
The Santa Ysabel Casino (M & I had a "date night" -- thanks to J)
We had lots of opportunities to relax -- which gave me the time to read and write in my journal.
Here are a couple of things I wrote:
A change 0f scenery.We were all so grateful that we could take this trip and celebrate my being finished with Chemo.
A chance to recharge and refresh.
A respite from doctors.
We marveled at the beauty outside our windows.
A lone lady sat at a table at the neighborhood coffee house.
Her head covered in a khaki scarf mine in burgundy paisley.
I smiled at her as we approached the entrance.
She smiled back.
We shared a moment.
We exchanged simple pleasantries and then my family and I went on our journey.
Would I see her again?
What was her story?
Where was she on her journey?
Did she seek solace in this seemingly secluded place?
Does it matter?
The Julian Cemetery
Climbing the railroad tie steps bordered by an apple orchard we entered the old cemetery.
Seeing folks whose lives ended so long ago we said their names aloud as a way to honor them.
104, 98, 89.
Lots of soldiers from various wars.
Several infants and the Wolf Boy (still not quite sure about him.)
A big wind blew through the trees --
I closed my eyes and felt the wind around me enjoying the peace and serenity of this place.
Now that we are back I have been diligent about the treadmill -- maybe it is the inspiration of the plethora of older women athletes in the Olympics or the fact that I feel like a great big blob after all I ate while away -- whatever the case I am trying to get back into the daily exercise routine. I have started taking Tamoxifen -- so far nothing to report. I am hopeful it will remain that way.