I sent in my expedited passport renewal application today. It’s the first time I’ve ever renewed!
Really & truly.
I didn’t start traveling in earnest until I was 38. I kept waiting for a traveling companion that never arrived. I had this idea in my 20’s and 30’s that I needed someone to go with me on my adventures. So I waited. And waited. And waited.
But coordinating travel plans with friends or mates was more complicated than I imagined. So I headed out alone. I bought books on women traveling solo, read travel memoirs, studied maps, packed my bags, held my breath and dove in headfirst.
It was an unexpected bounty. My powers of observation felt sharper. My vision & hearing keener. I walked through a wonderland of strange new places. Loneliness visited occasionally, but lingered for shorter periods of time. In an atmosphere of internal quiet different parts of the self start to come forward out of the shadows. Solo travel always feels to me like a deep kind of listening to the world and to the self.
My sister and I travel together very harmoniously. I love our time together! Two very different experiences which both appeal to my multiple personalities.
Buoyed by my much-needed escape to Cambria, I’ve already made plans to head out again over Veteran’s Day weekend. I almost always head for the coast, but this time I’m going to a cabin tucked way off the beaten track, next to a roaring creek, in the middle of a forest. A big forest. Near an itty bitty town. Some hours north of LA.
My heart races to think of all of the new things I’ll be investigating…
For the last few years I’ve often been asked if I have an email subscription option for Dispatch From LA. I thought it was high time I got it together and figured out how to add that feature. So I did! It’s up at the top if you are so inclined.