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In the Place Where There is No Cell Phone Coverage

One of my favorite spots in the whole world sits on the Northern Coast of California. I set out yesterday to meet up with my parents for a weekend of relaxation, too much food, soaking in some sun and staring at the ocean.

On the way up north, the road takes you past the small town of Valley Ford. Have you ever seen Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds? Well then maybe you’ll recognize this schoolhouse, which was in the movie:

Next door to the school house was this barn, which was just begging to have its picture taken too:


If you keep going over the hills and west, you get to this delicious spot where you get a first glimpse of the enormous and majestic Pacific Ocean. The white in the distance is the clouds over the water. It stretches beyond where the eye can see:


Just a little further, and you round the corner to Bodega Bay (which is where most of The Birds was filmed) and you can see where the ocean and the bay meet. I head north at this point and keep going at the coast, without going in to “town.”

What you see above is the “golden” hills of California in the summer. I laughed when someone first called them that, back when I was a kid. I remember thinking “that’s just dead grass, it’s not really golden.” Twenty seven years later, I have learned to love the look of those hills in the summer. The smell of dry grass at dusk somehow harkens memories of playing with childhood friends in the summer that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came out.

And after this photo is where my cell coverage ends. It’s amazing to me that such a place exists. I kept taking photos and sending them to Flickr, but the one of Bodega Bay is the last one that made it up.

I’ll post the other photos, along with some of the rugged coast when I’m back in civilization. For this weekend, I’m thinking. I’m thinking about my work and what my real life’s work is meant to be. Last night I tried to explain to my mom what I thought that work was. It’s somewhere between ministry, crafts, retreats, technology and camp. I’m starting to locate that place on a map. And in doing so I’m finding it’s probably out there in the area where there’s not much cell coverage yet. Scary, unchartered, unmapped territory. And yet, I’m still totally convinced it’s something I will tackle, I will figure out, and God and my beloved family and friends will help me find my way.

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  • Tabitha@ichoosebliss
    August 17, 2009 at 4:22 am

    Breathtaking photos!

  • Kathie @ my net finds
    August 17, 2009 at 10:55 am

    beautiful pictures!

  • Liz
    August 18, 2009 at 1:55 am

    I loved the movie The Birds! I recognize the school house. That is too cool! Everything looks beautiful! I enjoy places where modern technology doesn’t quite reach.

  • Michaela
    August 22, 2009 at 5:20 am

    Those pictures are stunning!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. My door is always open, so feel free to stop back in at any time! =)

  • Nathan and Paloma
    August 26, 2009 at 11:07 am

    i just stumbled upon your blog through a comment you left on That Wife’s site and I fell in love with you photos and crafts. LOVE IT. I look forwarding to reading and learning more about you. 🙂
    -Paloma D. (Pasco, Washington)

  • passagethroughgrace
    January 7, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I can relate to this post on so many levels. I feel I have been pulling the toggle switch my whole life because depending on the group I would want to come across a certain way. Thank you for the challenge to be the real us in all situations. Visiting you from TellHis Story today. Blessings!