||[Aug. 7th, 2004|07:49 pm]
the travellers' caucus
The summer is so close to over. I've been to a giant number of places with a huge family of people that have made this journey everything it's turned out to be. I left home needing to breathe... so I took a deep breath and looked around with greater clarity. Home seems much closer and much farther than ever- closer in my heart and farther from my body. |
But this place is amazing. California is everything that it is supposed to be: beautiful and ugly, free and imprisoning, poetic and tragic, untamed and complacent. For every Los Angeles, there's a Likely, and the spectrum is full from end to end with such mirror opposites.
But all prose aside - from Santa Cruz on up, California is exclusively fucking rad. We met heads in Marin, and they made us feel at home while we showed them their home with new eyes. We journeyed together to Rainbow Gathering, Humboldt, all around the Bay area, and up to Portland, but by the time we got to Rainbow they'd already become official members of the Caucus (by unanimous vote of the three present representatives: Robin, Ari, and myself).
After Rainbow, I went with the new Caucus members to Humboldt county, California, to drive on crazy mountain roads and take care of some business. I met a large portion of the population of Honeydew, CA.. quite an interesting little town. Also got to see the much-vaunted Arcata; cute town, but the surrounding thousands of acres of beautiful redwoods is what made Northwest California for me. Driving through the Avenue of the Giants, sunroof open, passengers semi-defenestrated, wowed by the towering trees, mother nature's longest and thickest hairs. Humans can achieve such altitudes as the peak of a Sequoia but we can never own that perspective.
more thoughts next time i get to update. much love ---