does this guy need a visa?

I spent a gorgeous Sunday afternoon driving through the pastoral countryside of Sonoma and Marin Counties.  Every once in awhile it’s nice to open the view and remind oneself that there are other beings we share this planet with and that food doesn’t just come out of a grocery store bag.  I was driving through farm land (except for the startling sudden appearance of a dimly lit Redwood forest along Nicasio Valley Road) and there were the usual suspects loafing around in the grass or up on aerial lines:  cows, sheep, crows, the occasional hawk, a few horses and donkeys.

(A thought about cows: why do I always think they look so uncomfortable in their bodies?  Whereas a tiger looks to me as though she knows she won the lottery of corporeal apparatus, a body that performs at the Olympic gold level whether lounging or on the chase.)

It’s not shocking to me to see llamas or alpacas in California anymore. I’ve seen small herds out in the countryside, and in the residential neighborhoods of Montara and Berkeley.  I spotted one in Freestone today where I had stopped at Osmosis for an enzyme bath.

But the guy in this photo?  This guy had me laughing so hard I had to stop the car and take his picture.   A biker rode by and did a U-turn and laughed along with me.  And then this guy yawned five times to show us just how much lack of concern he had over the immigration of Bactrian camels into the midst of dairy cows in coastal California. We are all brothers and sisters, my friend.  Get used to it.

About gretchen

Gretchen lives in San Francisco. She writes about Zen practice and mundane moments on a planet that is increasingly ... hot.
This entry was posted in Daily Life. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to does this guy need a visa?

  1. Eric Walters says:

    Hi Gretchen
    What an interesting blog you have! I love the Camel pics and your commentary! I was in the same area just before our Birthday (twins! 🙂 I drive through there Nicasio on my frequent peregrinations at Point Reyes- and will likely do so this weekend. I’ll keep an eye out for your Bactrian Camel friend!

    You are living an interesting life- I am enjoying reading about your adventures…I have never studied Zen but I do enter a meditative state on my long rambles through Point Reyes and Mount Tam

    Me? Having fun working in Santa Clara- no really- I work with some nice folk who value my contributions.
    PS my condolences on your Mom.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s