Somehow, my mind told me that the view from the cliffs at Albion River Inn would look the same as they did in my photo taken twenty-five years ago. The peacefulness remains but the flower garden has grown into something quite wonderful.
I had come here in search of simplicity. I found so much more. Albion has a certain calmness to it. The fog horn hums it’s rhythmic tune while the fog gently rolls in and out all day long. The last day we were there, I awoke in the morning and looked out at the sky. “Patchy morning fog,” echoed in my mind. That was the term so often used at KSCO radio in Santa Cruz. I hadn’t thought of that saying in years, and there it suddenly was again, deja vu.
Along with the morning fog came the hummingbirds and I took this shot from inside the dining room during breakfast. I liked the light but when I got home I found a surprise on the right hand side. The hummingbirds had been out battling each other that morning, but I had missed the fact that I had somehow captured one.
We stopped and watched a rehearsal for the Mendocino Music Festival. It was fascinating and I could tell that the performance was going to be an exceptional experience that evening with Alan Pollack playing his saxophone to Bridge Over Troubled Water and the lovely voice of Kim Nalley singing songs of Aretha Franklin. We had other plans…..
Dinner at the MacCullum House. It was divine. It is interesting to me, how very complicated people can make their lives. I thought this weekend that it surely is easier to have fun then to be in a snit all the time. We all do know people though, that find little fun in their lives and almost everything to complain about. I choose fun over unhappiness. I will share just a couple more photos from last weekend with you and then be on my way.
Seeking Simplicity and Finding Simplicity…..it’s all around us, like the view from the lighthouse, any lighthouse really, and the beauty, complexity, and simplicity of flowers.
So there you have it. I went to Mendocino, didn’t make it to Fern Canyon. It was too far to travel, and by not going to Fern Canyon, it was easier to find the simplicity all around me. The weekend was, simply, lovely!