Solo Road Trip: Being Alone Isn’t So Scary
Road trips are the best! A quick stop in Santa Barbara for lunch before I headed north to San Luis Obispo. When I said I was looking forward to taking this road trip solo, I meant it whole heartedly. I was super excited to be camping on my own and hanging with the dogs. But I didn’t expect to be the only one camping! I decided to stay at Lopez Lake which is about 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo. Really a lovely lovely place. I rolled in at sunset only to find out I was the only one camping at the particular campsite I wanted to camp at (squirrel campground). I guess I could of camped where the people with the RV’s were but I wasn’t really feeling it.
So I thought to myself… f@#k it, why not. So I set up camp with just enough sun left to see what I was doing. The dogs were pumped because with no one around they got to run off leash. After I set up camp I headed to SLO for the farmers market (just fyi, San Diego still has the best farmers markets I’ve been too). By the time I got back to the camp site it was pitch dark.
Jeez… what did I get myself into. I started a fire (which I’m quite proud of myself), ate some food and sat there in the dark . I went through the emotions one after another… feeling lonely, being scared, sad. When you are faced with your thoughts without any other distractions you have to get really real with yourself.
After a little conversation with the stars, yes, I talked to the stars… I was surrounded by them, how could I not. I felt much more relaxed. I was a little sad still but felt at ease. I was sitting there by no mistake. It was exactly where I needed to be. And with that understanding I felt at ease.
Until I went to bed… and the night creatures came out to play. Not really sure how much sleep I got but all of it was well worth it in the morning. There is just something special about campers coffee. Sitting there with my warm cup staring at my surroundings I felt like I was getting a big hug from mother nature. Followed by a morning hike… I’m so blessed.
I would definitely do it again, maybe when it’s warmer or in a couple days when I head to Big Sur. 🙂
I like my own company. I like not having the distractions of daily life. It’s hard at times to listen to that little voice in my head, but when I listen with my heart, all the answers are there, comfort is present and I am at peace.
Next stop… San Francisco! Which reminds me… I should probably get going… Love you guys!