Testing, one-two-three. Testing.
The sheets are off the furniture, surfaces are dusted (allergies are having a hayfever-day), and the tumbleweeds have been released in the wind, on their way to Glennallen. I’m home.
Between December 9th and today, I’ve been home intermittently for a total of 13 days. Research suggests I have a hard time blogging when I’m on the road. If you recall, I fell off the blogging horse last spring when I was on a 7-week tour of writers’ conferences and needlework trade shows. I need to work on my mobile blogging skills.
So where was I anyway? Among other places, I was here: Death Valley National Park. It was my first visit and I gotta say, I love this park! I probably wouldn’t have liked it as much had it been 120-degrees, but that wasn’t an issue in January. In fact, we had frost on the car one morning. We spent 3 days traipsing through cool canyons, driving the scenic byways (right above my finger is a sign that marks sea level), exploring salt flats and rocks, and imagining the experiences of early travelers. Of course, I did some stitching, too. This was after the TNNA NeedleArts Market, but before the CHA winter trade show, so I was scrambling to craft models for displays. I thought Death Valley park folks did a good job of pointing out highlights, which is all we got to see in three days.
On the way west, back to the coast, we drove through a fantastic Joshua tree forest. My first Joshua trees!
Then it was up the Big Sur coast: a day at the Hearst Castle; tons of elephant seals, including calves; a giant pod of dolphins or porpoises heading north, creating an amazing wake (honestly, at any given second there were a hundred dolphins surfacing–none of us have ever seen anything like it); and great coastal scenery along twisting and turning highway 1.
The camera battery conked out after the Joshua trees, so no pics from the coast.
That’s going to be it for a recap. Trade show news will leak out as I describe current projects.
Did you miss me? I missed you. I have been a journal-keeper off and on in my life, and I like it. I look forward to getting back in the groove. Let me know what you’ve been up to when you get a chance.