Potpourri (11)

Before I start tonight, I first have to apologize…

As I mentioned when I posted the final update from my most recent walking cycle, I had everything ready to go – then *poof*! I lost it all and had to start over, late at night and with much frustration.

Unfortunately, when I did it over I forgot to re-do my thank-you’s – shame on me! A big THANK YOU to my host families: Yvette and Wink in Soquel, and John & Grace (Harvestlands Foursquare Church) in Salinas; to Yvette & Wink, Shelley and Shena for transportation; to Katrina for use of her shower; to Mark for his generous donation; and lastly to my dear friend Shani for flying all the way from Alabama to walk with me, and for the hotel rooms/lunches!

Spotlights This Week:
Always: Hope Chapel Missions
Charity Spotlight: Desire Street Ministries
Church Spotlight: Lompoc Foursquare Church – Lompoc, CA

Now for some of the other fun stuff over the past few weeks…

I loved the sherbet-colored units at the Venetian Court Motel in Capitola:

 

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Who, me?

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There were hundreds of these, each painted differently!

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A motorcycle made of golden horseshoes. For some perspective on the size, those are tractor tires!

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I think this little orange wanted to be an octopus.

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Another one for the file, ‘The Train Don’t Run By Here No More’…

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Statue in honor of fishermen at Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Ironically, placed right in front of a “NO FISHING” sign…

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…you can kayak, though – but only on the bike path.

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Welcome to my world:

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I wooden’t have a clue what the story is behind this one – wood you?

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This small stretch of about a quarter-mile was the only glaring evidence along my route of this fall’s devastating Big Sur forest fires. Most of the damage occurred farther east:

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As Shani and I walked in a fairly remote area, we started hearing wind chimes. We found several sets hanging in the trees. There was a short fence nearby, but we never saw any further evidence of a home or zen den.

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This is what a fully-loaded touring bike looks like. I can’t imagine the leg strength, lung capacity and sheer courage these people must have to navigate the Big Sur coast on these behemoths. Walking is slower, but SO much easier!

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When the crew’s away, the moms will play.

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Lastly, one of my favorite ‘still life’ shots – Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo.

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I’m back on the road and I’ll end the week in Morro Bay, which is where I’m based with my current host family.  Larry’s here and will be walking with me for the first 3 days, then he’ll take Amtrak home on Thursday morning. He’ll be leap-frogging me with the car – the bonus is that with the car so close, we won’t need to carry our rain gear for the expected showers tomorrow!

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But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. ~ Psalms 3:3

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