there is a lot to say about my 17 days in west marin, i couldn’t possibly summarize it all here. i experienced so much in the oceanside town that i called home for just over two weeks: from life’s simplest pleasure of dining together with extended family to riding the pacific’s waves.
bolinas is a tiny treasure just off the main highway running along the wonderful west coast. my husband’s cousins grew up there and are now working the land on the Mann Family Farm. the timing was prefect for the three of us to visit (papa and my oldest son stayed back to hold down the fort, remember, it is summer….). i was able to assist with two weeks of a farm camp, and madeline was lucky to participate in her first summer camp. (a theater camp that she attended with her cousins)
in those long california summer days, each moment was full: cool morning fog letting go to dry afternoons, a collection of wonderful new friends, succulent fruits, 57 degree salt water, summer camp songs, and errand running that felt pretty darn perfect as we skirted the coastline. this was not a traditional vacation, it was an immersion into the life of our dearest cousins who are working the land and developing new enterprises.
i can’t believe how thankful i am for this time. i came home with so much (including of course bright orange camp t-shirts for the whole family). as i dined and drove and chatted and laughed with so many fine folks i learned a lot. my strongest thought though is that people are people. life is beautiful and challenging no matter the venue. i entered a world so beautiful my Kentucky self labelled it paradise. in the stunning seaside towns that dot west marin, you still find marital struggles and employment woes. hidden in the nooks of the redwood hot tubs there are life’s struggles. my most treasured souvenir from the trip: life is what you make it. honestly, if you live on the coast there are days when you complain of the wind. i mean really.
bolinas: i love you. i thank you. each moment i spent with you was so perfectly real and life changing simultaneously. you work hard and ride the waves of life with such grace and glamour. and to my beloved cousins, there are no words.