California Dreaming — A Tale of Friendship and World Exploration

September 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment


When I first left for my final summer vacation, I have to admit I was somewhat fatigued and feeling a bit down.  I know that this sounds like first world problems, and partly it is.  I spent most of August traveling on personal trips, which is not something I normally do, and I was having a great time and this was the home stretch.  But on top of that, I was traveling on my old friend’s birthday, my old friend who recently passed suddenly, my old friend, who I planned to reconnect with when I was booking this trip.  I couldn’t help but feel robbed, as somehow things really could have been different.  But as is the way I have been trying to handle this loss, I try to live in his honor and enjoy every day, so I knew I’d be able to pull it together and enjoy myself.

And when I got off the plane 6 hours later, I received just the news I needed to give me that boost.  My good friend had received the results from that morning’s PET scan early.  After nearly 2 years, she was finally cancer free.  Something in me feels like maybe my old friend was throwing me a bone.  Celebrate life.  Don’t forget.

My husband and I then embarked on one of the greatest journeys of my life.  We traveled down the coast of California from San Francisco to LA to San Diego, experiencing the different culture of each city.  I had spent some time in San Francisco before, but my husband had never been to the state, so we took the long drive down to see it all.  

I happen to know many transplants in each city and was able to connect with a few of them.  My husband and I are very social people and while we enjoy each other’s company, we enjoy adding a few more voices to the conversation, too.  By reconnecting with old friends, I was able to enjoy their company and learn about how they live now.  A couple of friends in particular went above and beyond to make sure we had a good time.  They made the experience truly amazing.  It was the first time, when the vacation was complete, that I wasn’t done.  I was not ready to leave and go back to reality.

But of course, that’s not an option.  I couldn’t just stay and never come back.  I have a life to live here in New York.  But I do have some new perspective, which is always my goal with travel.  This experience truly changed me in ways I am still digesting, and it makes me happy that I have chosen to prioritize exploration and friendship in my life.  

And I know I will be back.  I can’t let it be just a dream.  It’s now a part of me, this journey, and I will keep that with me forever, and tight, until my next trip out west.


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  1. Great Trip

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