Off the Grid
It had been a while since we had gone camping. This last week, we did it. Two days and two nights in our VW van, Baci, at Kirk Creek, a pristine campground overlooking the Pacific Ocean south of Big Sur. It was a peaceful, quieting nature retreat that satisfied the three of us–hubby, doggie, and me.
Camping is a perfect opportunity to live “less is more.” One focuses on the basics –shelter, food and a place to store it, basic clothes to keep one warm, sturdy shoes, and a flashlight to find the bathroom at night!
Our camping escapade was filled with many simple moments of enjoyment:
…setting up our two chairs and our small folding table facing the ocean
…savoring that first hot cup of morning coffee perked on our van stove
…preparing simple healthy meals with all of the fresh produce, cheese, and bread we bought at a farmers’ market
…wearing my camping “uniform” which included my special t-shirt, pictured above, given to me by someone who may be reading this right now!
…walking up Nacimiento Road and listening to the creek below as we climbed
…watching Cosi longingly watching the little bunnies dart out of the bushes
…being “unplugged” with all of the quiet, calm, and extra time that created
…attempting some “plein air” painting of the sunlight sparkling on the ocean–with not much success, but that’s not the point, right?
…reading my book–Outspoken– as I sipped Prosecco, enjoying the fading autumn light
…talking with our campsite neighbors
…marveling at the night sky with the Milky Way being the “star”
…going to bed earlier than normal because, well, it was dark!
…listening to the ocean waves as we fell asleep
…enjoying each other’s company
…leaving the campsite as nice as we found it for the next lucky occupants
And to think this little oasis is within two hours of our home. Sometimes one doesn’t need to go far to experience a world apart, and a pretty spectacular one at that.
And then there are all the little gifts of being “out there” that we can take home with us…like choosing times to be “unplugged” and following one of my favorite Thoreau adages, “Simplify, simplify.”