First, a word of thanks and prayers
Before I share about the drive up here, I need to give a shout out to Patty and Peter...I stopped in Novato last night to visit them, and I was treated to a yummy dinner of Pete's coveted risotto balls! And, for dessert, a banana cream pie with meringue on top! Wish I had a photo of that...they also gave me two bottle of really good red wine, and other libations...Patty and I were roommates in college and have been to more Springsteen shows than I can count...so it's always super fun to visit and reminisce and watch an episode of MTM!! Thanks for the hospitality...I was well fed in mind, body and spirit...and ready for the long drive up to Ashland!
Next, I'd like to send out lots of love and prayers to all of my friends and family down in Florida...I know this is a tough time for you and your communities...I hope you are all safe and get your power back soon.
I left Novato around 10:45 this morning...the drive was really beautiful! lots of hills, mountains, lakes...no traffic to speak of. Took me about 5 hours to get here...arrived around 4:00. Jackson Wellsprings is awesome! Everyone is super friendly. It's hard to describe...there's random places to camp...basically two little fields with trees...so I set up my tent (without any mishaps this time!) and went over to the huge mineral spring pool...they also have a sauna and steam room and hot tub! There's a little tea room, snacks for purchase, bathrooms, showers...a community room, and a meditation space! I love it!
Cooking dinner on the camp stove...pre-made soup from home! That's my tent in the background. No, not the bog teepee...the little orange one!
In case you didn't know this, Ashland hosts the Shakespeare festival...and unbeknownst to me, it's happening while I'm here! Good news is, I like theater so I'm excited to be able to go see some plays. The bad news is, it will be more crowded around here for the next couple of weeks!
I already met a couple of people who gave me the scoop on things to do in town, there's an art center, food co-op, yoga classes...and a few other places they recommended I visit.
Well, I'm off to check out the entertainment for tonight...local singer supposed to be good...
More to come!