Friday, December 14, 2007

Lazy Day in California

Had a very lazy day today, and it was a treat.

I arrived here two days ago. Here is Mission Peak Ranch--Jason Hart's piece of the American Dream. Jason is an Aussie. He's got 125 acres in the San Francisco Bay area. It's on the edge of the metro area, but very close to the metropolis too.

We're surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of open space to our west. To the east a few miles is urban sprawl and the SF Bay itself. Right here though there is a lot of land--the kind of set up I love the most.

I cleaned up the Airstream this morning and had a few visitors today--fellow guests here at Jason's ranch. A few more people are coming tomorrow. I also moved the trailer to a flatter spot. That, and a few other minor things amounted to my productive efforts today. I was invited to dinner, and turned down the invitation because I didn't want to drive anywhere.

Jake and I hiked to the summit of Mission Peak, just over 2,500 feet above sea level and about 500 feet above the ranch. He had a great day--he was free to roam most of the day and loved it. We're literally at the end of the road up here, so no road worries with the pup.

Tonight I watched Road Warrior starring Mel Gibson. The film is a late 20th century classic and a cult film. It's set in a post-apocalyptic period with hardened characters who've been through hell on earth. In the movie they are battling it out for gasoline--a dwindling but still important resource. It was a low budget independent film that propelled Gibson to stardom. It was good, though I didn't love it. It was a movie I am glad I saw--it influenced a lot of other films.

Last night the caretaker at the ranch was jamming with his Bluegrass band. That's more up my alley.

Nice to have such an easy day. Not many this year!