We visited Muir Woods near San Francisco recently. It’s virgin timber, big old redwoods that envelop you in the past and silence.
Virgin timber has never been cut, and some of these trees have been growing for over one thousand years.
I wonder what stories they might tell, of fire, fear and foe, or of love. I wish they whispered to me, but in their silence I hear myself.
Gigantic comes to mind, majestic too.
The pattern of these roots reminded me of time, and how we are held together by an intricate web of friends and family and people we may someday meet.
Seeing the redwoods was on my mind for many, many years. We saw them in an afternoon of wonder.
May your life and world be full of wonderful things.
We stopped into John Foley’s Irish Pub and Restaurant for dinner. It was dimly lit loud and raucous, a trend in restaurants that I have never enjoyed but our meal was well worth the noise.
Of course Guinness and Newcastle while we waited for our table
then mussels ( I have always favored a white wine sauce ) but this whiskey based cream sauce with bacon in it was wonderful. We were dabbing the bread to be sure no mussel or sauce went untasted.
Then for our main courses, a lamb shank with glazed carrots, some onion and luscious mashed potatoes with broth dripping and wild mushroom ravioli’s served in a butter sauce with herbs. Lamb shank seems to be an ancient meal, with roots back even beyond the Greeks, and this was slow cooked tender, with just the right herbs to make it a timeless favorite.
I decided on this order. A sip of ale, a bit of lamb and carrot with mashed potatoes and then a bit of bead and butter. Repeat until blissfully satisfied.
It is said and I believe that hunger makes the best sauce and traipsing around San Francisco’s hills on foot certainly feeds the appetite. I think this wonderful meal stands on proudly on its own in any conditions.
If an American city rivals San Francisco, I have not seen it. At the biggest IT conference of the year, sixty thousand converge to learn and network. And of course, when one of the world’s wealthiest corporations throws a party…
even geeks can have fun.
May you find the fun in all you do.