That Is One Big Tree

February 24, 2014

I woke up this morning in Big Sur after barfing my way up the last 40 miles of the 101 last night. What can I say? No one warns you about the post-stroke anxiety attacks. I think it was that last shot of the coast off Cambria as the sun went down that sent me into orbit. I mean, I literally catapulted my body clear over the console from the front to the back seat to roll down the window and take it all in. It hardly seemed real.

Do you know how insane it is to be so happy but at the same time so overcome with nausea that you can’t even move your eyeballs? Big Sur has been on my bucket list for over 10 years and I’m not going to let anything ruin it. I hope to see it all.

One more cup of lemongrass tea and I’m taking it to the Redwoods and the coastline and everything in between. Wish me luck.

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  • Reply lena March 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Sounds absolutely amazing. I need to get in on a little of that wonder and dream-actualization myself.

    • Reply This Free Bird March 5, 2014 at 12:08 am

      Quite the place if you’re a contemplative person.

  • Reply Closet Fashionista March 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    So beautiful ! I really hope I can get there one day!
    I hope you felt better for the rest of your trip. I assume you’re home now since I’m commenting so late (this just showed up on bloglovin)

  • Reply She Wore It Well March 1, 2014 at 10:10 am

    How scary and crazy. I hope the break does the heart and soul and body some good. Enjoy the fresh air and the tick on the BL.

    M xx

  • Reply Judy Carpenter February 28, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I’d love to be there. Most beautiful. I hope you have fun.

    • Reply This Free Bird March 4, 2014 at 2:21 am

      Judy! Emailing you about your surgery! Also, thanks 🙂

  • Reply Jessica February 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Seriously, that trip I took to California years ago (with your Seal Beach recommendations!) was the most awe-inspiring and relaxing vacation I’ve ever had. We went from L.A. to San Jose and stopped at all sorts of little places along the coast. The coast is absolutely majestic.

  • Reply Elena February 25, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Good luck lady! Enjoy every moment. Xo

    • Reply This Free Bird March 4, 2014 at 2:20 am

      Thanks, kiddo. It was the best.

  • Reply Nancy Kempner-Decman February 25, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Hope you are feeling better. Enjoy! xo

    • Reply This Free Bird February 25, 2014 at 5:43 am

      Queasy, but focusing on the good stuff! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Ruthy T. (@DiscoveryStreet) February 25, 2014 at 12:47 am

    unfortunately, I do know this kind of nausea 🙁 I hope you’re feeling better.

    • Reply This Free Bird February 25, 2014 at 5:42 am

      I know you do. Still dizzy, but pushed through it the best I could. Anesthetizing by the campfire. xo

  • Reply Kelly February 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I love this pic! Soak it all in and ENJOY. Monkey Boy, Lil and Ben Frankie send their love. XO

    • Reply This Free Bird February 25, 2014 at 5:41 am

      Thank you so much, Kelly! Frankie sent me a heart msg while I was on a hike today, but Chris said it was just bc I saw a hummingbird. Whatever.

  • Reply Jen February 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I remember when this trip was supposed to happen last summer! SO GLAD you were able to make it this time!!! Enjoy, such a great spot.

    • Reply This Free Bird February 25, 2014 at 5:39 am

      Me too. Best ever in all the land!!

  • Reply Dancing Branflake February 24, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I can’t believe I lived in Ca for so long and never ventured up there. So glad you made it.

    • Reply This Free Bird February 25, 2014 at 5:39 am

      For reals, T: you would love this.

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