My best friend of 19 years finally came to the West Coast. The purpose: her brother’s wedding in Sonoma County. She lives near Atlanta, GA now and has her hands full with continuing her education, raising two kids with her husband, and dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. It took some serious planning to get her out there, and her brother and I made sure I wasn’t going to miss it.
I left my motorcycle, gear, etc behind in Salt Lake City so I could fly to Santa Rosa, CA. She assumed the role of helper, but as soon as I noticed a lull in productivity and an available vehicle, I dragged her off to play in the Pacific Ocean for her first time. Nothing could have made my day better.
We returned to the event location for the cocktail party that night, and the next day, she walked her brother down the aisle. The wedding was lovely. She and I danced and laughed all night. The next day, we rode together back to San Francisco to drop off her rental car and get her to the airport.
From there, I spent a day wandering around SF with a friend in search of food and places to pee, we joined other friends to celebrate the birthday of one of my Vacation Club cohorts, and then cackled while driving an electric scooter around the city to a viewpoint, finally passing out on another friend’s couch.
Yesterday, I headed back to SLC, but had a 2 hour plane change in Portland. My Taco Squad homie/Vacation Club creator/dog addiction enabler joined me for smoothies and a catch-up sesh at PDX.
When I finally got back to Salt Lake City, my bike was exactly as I had left it. Bruce Willis (the dog) and his person, Brandon, were at the house, so we stayed up, chatted, stretched and sacked out. Brandon had recommended I check out Bear Lake and showed me where some camp sites could be found. A few days ago, the fellas at the BMW shop highlighted some fun roads on a map. Today, I packed up and made my way up the Mirror Lake Scenic By-way, into Evanston, WY and back into Utah to camp at Rendezvous Beach.
I may stay another day or make my way to the Grand Tetons tomorrow. There’s nowhere I have to be. I’m open to suggestions.