"We are golden"
“We are golden”, taken from the song Woodstock
|The song is by Joni Mitchell and here are the lyrics|
I came upon a child of god
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, where are you going
And this he told me
I’m going on down to yasgurs farm
I’m going to join in a rock n roll band
I’m going to camp out on the land
I’m going to try an’ get my soul free
We are stardust
We are golden
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
Mid-September we had the good fortune to visit Napa, Sonoma and the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) which was a pleasant diversion from the repressive heat and humidity in Tampa, FL. What a scenic smorgasbord! The vistas afforded us along the PCH, were seemingly in relief of every hairpin curve, and unequalled by the last, were spectacular (more on the wine country and the PCH later).
This post is all about the journey. Our travels took us south from Sonoma on Hwy 101 over the Golden Gate Bridge. Good advice from the omniscient Charles allowed us to travel mostly rush hour free. The journey began in Sonoma and took us through a very eclectic part of San Francisco.
San Francisco didn’t disappoint its climatic reputation for chilling shades of grey. Shades of grey were evident even in people’s faces. People’s faces were nothing short of grim. Granted it was early, in particular for students. And their faces could be interpreted to be determined. Somehow their expressions seemed to fall short. Determined would include optimism. There was plenty of time sitting at stop lights to people watch, up close and personal. Their faces seemed short on both optimism and pessimism. Instead, people seemed disenchanted if not just plain tired. Maybe it was the houses, stacked upon each other; or the people getting in each other’s way, skilled at avoidance, but not in familiarity, which bred an absence of smiles.
Fortunately there was a change of face during our journey. It was very similar to travelling over the Golden Gate Bridge. People’s faces brightened measurably as we moved south from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. As we left San Francisco behind, traversed the Golden Gate Bridge we felt a mixture of emotion. As we reached its apex, we enjoyed views of the city and the Pacific. This brought us a sense of relief and optimism, looking forward to visiting the coastal cities of Monterey, Carmel and San Simeon; and the state parks showcasing majestic redwoods and the coastline along the Pacific Ocean. “Back to the Garden.”