Day 7 of this Amtrak Residency. Greetings from Big Sur where I am now at mile 4005 of this voyage. You can read previous entries about the journey thus far on this same site, or at the Amtrak blog here.
I’m “at a siding” for a few days, here at the midpoint of the trip. Having crossed the Rockies and the Sierras, I arrived in San Francisco last night where my friend Zoe scooped me up, took me to the Rex Hotel, where we drank a couple of Moscow Mules and at 7:30, dear hearts, I was in bed.
Took the Coast Starlight to Salinas this morning, scooped up by car then and taken to my inn here in Big Sur. We are surrounded by redwoods, and perched upon the side of a mountain overlooking the sea. This weekend I will write and think and meditate and not say very much. So if it gets a little quiet, know that I am working and resting, and that I am right where I want to be. I hope to be up early in the morning and to finish the climactic chapter of my novel this weekend. I will also hike the high ridge. And finish reading Maxine Hong Kingston’s “The Woman Warrior,” which I am teaching this spring at Barnard.
A couple photos to hold you over. I stood at the foot of some of these California redwoods and pointed the camera up. The fathers of trees! I sat myself down by a lookout point– you can see the layer of Pacific fog that is actually below the level of where I am perched. And finally there’s a shot of the ocean and the coast and the not-phallic-at-all whale sculpture at the front of the inn.
Love to everyone. More soon.