i return to the classroom on january 11. i’ll have to face the sad fact that my travel shoes will have to go into the closet. the keys to the getaway car hung on a higher hook.
time for one more trip? um. yes i think so. better paddle out quick before my oars are hidden away.
besides, the shimmering new year is on the horizon. is there a better time for a treck out to the high desert? no siree there is not.
a sojourn in a little desert shack. a little walking, writing, and ruminating about all the new year holds. solitude. how a person who lives alone can crave solitude so much is a mystery not to be solved in this lifetime.
but i’ll be here. watching the desert sky, sending dispatches out into the starry sky, building fires, enjoying the cold desert air.
it’s all about the stars & meteor showers. i’ll be watching the Geminids from my high desert perch. can’t wait for that!
HERE is a link with photos of the monster surf we’ve been experiencing in the last week. 33 foot waves? Dangerous, but oh so magnificent!
hope you’re well. hope you’re content and warm. preparing for your own style of holiday celebrating. keep in touch.
Stephanie Beckham says
I am SO jealous! Have a wonderful final fling…for now….because I know there will be more.
Be glad you’re on sabbatical today, the entire L.A. school district was shut down due to some threat. 640,000 kids not in school. But I’m sure you’re already aware of that.
I do understand your need for solitude. I love to be alone, but it’s a late in life thing for me. Now I relish staying home. A week with no appts, luncheons, or shopping involved is heaven.
Karen Goetz says
My favorite time to be at the beach is during a big storm. I would love to be there now! Those waves demand respect, that’s for sure! Have fun in the desert and enjoy your solitude. I too am a solitary person, but I am married. My husband is getting ready to retire soon, and I seriously don’t know how I will handle that. Something that will take time to adjust to. I’m so glad you took time to get some travel in before returning to work. You certainly had some adventures! Thanks again for sharing them with us!
Sharon Chapman says
The power of those waves. I’ve been there when I was sailing in Puget Sound. The waves came from behind and it was scary. If I am on shore I love watching them but not so much sailing with them. 🙁 Love your photos. You could and should make a book with them. Happy holidays to you Ms Moss. Celebrate life big time.
Connie Rose says
Raising my hand — another person who lives alone, is already a recluse, and still craves solitude! Sisters!!!
Enjoy your sojourn in the desert. If I had desert closer to me, I actually might get in my car and drive there. As it is, one trip into Eureka a month (40 miles round trip) and a couple-times-a-week trips into Fortuna are as far as I get.
Have a splendid holiday. And an excellent new year. And just remember, next summer is right around the corner!
Ilse Aranti says
Enjoy your journey, the holiday and the rest of the year.
I am with you and know how a person who lives alone can crave solitude so much. I am such a person too. 🙂
Glenda Hoagland says
Merry Christmas, I was wondering when you returned to the classroom. This sabbatical has been absolutely wonderful, at least from the perspective of a person living vicariously through your wonderful adventures. I have lived alone since 2001 the year my husband died. I cherish the time alone. In September I traveled to Seattle alone for an art retreat and it was glorious.
I so admire you and all you do. Enjoy your high desert time,
Wonderful photos Mary Ann!
I do believe nature in general, primps & poses for YOU!
Deborah A. Pierro says
Hi Mary Ann–Wow what waves! I understand your need for solitude because I need a lot of it myself. It helps with keeping serene. Happy holiday/Merry Christmas to you and yours. I haven’t posted on my blog for a while b/c I’m not sure I like WordPress.