The day of return starts when we upload the car and head to the nearest juice shop.
Alas, the juice shop is closed for a week... a note is left on the door to deeply disappoint us, but luckily we find a small cafe around the corner. Coffee is the answer to almost everything on a road trip. Even when our dreams of juice cease to come to fruition.
A day of return includes a meticulous plan of stops that will make the 5.5 hours drive more enjoyable:
1st: A stunning reflection on the postcard-like Silver Lake by June Lake. Fishermen are sporting their melancholic stare into the water, and we buzz in like city folks eager to eat up the peaceful lake. We take a million photos, because that's what one does on a road trip, and dip in to feel the cold yet calm waters of the region.
2nd: We hop on the rocks of Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, and reminisce on the countless (400 plus!) films that were shot in there. The area is straight out of a fantasy novel, or a distant planet in a sci-fi films. We hike the area in awe, until the heat pushes us back into the car.
3rd: Another geological wonder catches us by surprise. This time - the Fossil Falls down by the I-395 highway. Remnants of water are noticeable in the cool round shapes of these rocks. Though the are never has water anymore, in a way - it's like water is always present.
4th: Home sweet apartment. The day of return ends as it began: We unload from the car and we are at last, HOME.
One thing was lost in the journey - a material thing of insignificance, but so many was gained in the journey. Gaines, earned, devoured.
We tasted the road and with it - its many turns and corners.
We chased waterfalls, sunsets and new adventures, we felt our feet tickle in pain and our bodies burn from the heat, we dipped in waters of all temperatures, and we drove safely, soundly, and with joy. We road tripped and we are now fuller, richer, and I dare say - happier.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman