I've had a rough week--nothing major--just hard. Tuesday morning I woke with a sore throat and very tired. By Wednesday I had to acknowledge I was sick. To top it off, Wednesday evening I jammed my toe into the edge of a door--the swelling and bruising is shocking and walking is almost impossible. I hope it is only a bad bone bruise and nothing worse.
And then - the cancellations had to begin:
- I canceled my Thursday morning volunteer stint serving breakfast at Glide in San Francisco
- My assistant had to keep several business appointments for me
- Next I dropped out of a lunch with about 15-20 women I hiked with 25 or so years ago, many of whom I see only every few years
- Then I had to skip a concert my husband and I planned to attend on Friday evening
- We canceled plans for friends to join us yesterday for a City hike and lunch.
Yesterday, knowing how badly I was feeling and how important getting some sunshine and fresh air is, my husband suggested a car ride.
So, armed with a box of tissues, a scarf, and extra jacket off we went, with a visit planned to the little seaside community of Bolinas in West Marin county.
We opted for the scenic drive along Route One, with its stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
Our first stop in Bolinas was to drive down the driveway to the Commonweal Center where I've enjoyed a number of silent retreat over the years. With my bad foot I couldn't walk to the bluff to enjoy sitting in the sun, but I could remember the sites and the feeling of peace and well-being that retreat center gives.
We then continued north along Mesa Road to the Palomarin Trailhead, the southern most part of Point Reyes. While I dozed in the comfort of the car with the sunshine beaming in, Gene took a quick 30-minute walk. I envisioned the trail from past outings, and the views of the gorgeous, rugged coastline.
We lunched in the funky little town of Bolinas, then explored, by car, some back roads before heading back to the City via the twisty Bolinas-Fairfax road through the redwoods.
Today, my cold seems to be lessening; I can walk around the house with only a slight limp, and my spirits are infinitely better. We are going to be able to keep an afternoon meeting with friends, modified with no walking for me.
Grateful for the love of my husband who got me out in the sunshine and on my way to better health.