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  • Day13

    Back at camp

    July 20, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We drove home and had a nice dinner. The kids and assumed we were breaking several state and local codes by cooking turkey bacon in real bacon grease - but it was yummy! We finished watching Clint et. al. after dinner.Read more

  • Day17

    Covelo's magic P1

    July 24, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    It's hard to put the Covelo stop into words. We came through the canyon road not quite knowing what to expect. The land was beautiful but dry in the same way as the hills coming out of Lassen on the other side of the mountains.

    Google maps had the address right but we also happened to run into a guy headed the same way and when I mentioned Max and Emily he just said "follow me". I felt like I could have asked anyone and I would have had the same answer.

    And then we were there and it just felt like coming home. Emily and Debbie and Ray were waiting at the farm house and we all had hugs and kisses and the playing with Ray began in earnest.

    Franklin turned out to be an excellent egg retriever (22 in two days). After a bit we walked the short distance over to Max and Emily's awesome not-so-tiny home.
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  • Day18

    Covelo's Magic P3

    July 25, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We had a super lazy, wonderful morning. We finally got around to breakfast around 11:30 and the eggs were delicious - as was the local Covelo bacon. Ray was delightful as ever and it was fun to (literally) bump heads with him over and over.

    Debbie started the siren call of "stay another day...". How we wanted to! The kids did for sure and I was sorely tempted. Covelo is so beautiful and charming. I could feel time and space warp under me from the pull of both Covelo's gravity and family love.

    But mean old dad said we had a plan and should stick to and should push on.

    So we drove to town in Emily's car. There was a wonderful moment I didn't catch on camera when one of the horses escaped through a gate we had opened to pass through. Emily jumped out of the car but left the car in drive so after a funny moment of head flipping hesitation she jumped in the car (which was slowly rolling off the road), put it in park and ran back to cut off the horse. She got past it and hooted and hollered at it until it started back towards us. In the meantime, the kids and I had The wherewithal to close the gate just in time to cut off the dappled grey trying to make the same escape. The two horses pushing past and around us as we opened the gate for Emily's offender impressed the kids and me with their size and power. "Horses are scary" Samantha commented after - but agreed they were sweet too.

    After that we saw the very fine town library and then the awesome radio station! Franklin recorded a station ID and his voice will now echo across Round Valley in rotation with the other versions. So in that way, as well as others, we left a bit of ourselves in Covelo.
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  • Day18

    Saying goodbye to Covelo

    July 25, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    It was sad to say goodbye of course. We felt so welcome and our visit had been so brief. But it was also the halfway point of our journey - a high valley transition from our adventures in the mountains to our trip out to the coast.

    We love the show "Avatar: The Last Airbender" with its Aristotelian four elements - air, fire, earth and water. We had seen these in many forms so far, in the intense heat of Dinuba, the belching sulphur of Lassen and the crackling of our campfires. From the waterfalls and roiling rapids of snowmelt in the Sierras to the lakes of Donner and Tahoe. From the dry trail dust that sticks to everything to the towering cliffs of Mt Whitney. And the clear air of T-shirt skiing at Mammoth to the hot winds blowing smoke over Yosemite.

    And yet now we were off to a new adventure. Back on the road, just the three of us packed in the van - all of us missing Kha in our own ways. To the coast and up up up with more earth, fire, air and (much more) water to come.
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    Deb Brown

    All of us here on the Ranch MISS YOU guys!! Sending you big hugs, kisses, head butts, drools, new waves and thanks for letting us share in you fabulous adventures.

    Deb Brown

    adventure! I open your trip journal everyday even before coffee - you guys are amazing.


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