Journey to Big Sur

Chris Nielsen Photography - Highway 1Dark rainy central valley
In a ponder 
thinking daydreaming
Big Sur

Haven’t been there for a while
where primeval redwoods 
reach for the ever stirring Pacific

No ties to bind
freedom is the word
all else left behind

Put gas in the old Bonneville
a few snacks
blanket and a jacket
turned on the radio
pointed the car with big bones
to the West and North
Big Sur bound

58 to 1
headlights cut through black night
raindrops land on the winding road
wipers swish
Byrds singing Tambourine Man
arrival imminent
alone

Solitude is not lonely
Bonding with the best of nature
sacred evergreen salt sea air
sleeping in the giant back seat
water gently misting
through the night
sky to trees 
in rhyming rhythm 
landing on the roof
windows cracked
essential healing atmosphere 
easy breathing
sweet peaceful dreams

Glorious grey morning
wet and breezy
hiking among giants
soaked shoes and hat
nose filled with wondrous mingling scents of nature
Madrone, Incense Cedar, Deerweed, Wild Hyacinth
birds singing notes carried through soft rain
restorative spirits move freely
through my warm open soul

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn
welcome coffee aroma 
fills the fire warmed room
sipping Vienna Roast
a little cream
happy cold fingers scribble notes
looking through the large picture window
the stormy Pacific 
wave after wave
arriving with relentless purpose
coming ashore
to Big Sur

– ©Chris Nielsen 2018
– image – Along Highway 1
©Chris Nielsen 1979