Yep, that's it in a nutshell. We travel for a multitude of reasons but we remember the people we meet along the way. Spending a week in the Coachella Valley of California brings you in contact with folks, many folks, whose lives are worth hearing about.
At dinner at John Henry's Cafe last night we sat next to an Operatic Tenor and a retired Psychiatrist, and it was hard to top the stories of either of them shared. And hard to finish dinner since we'd spent the time not eating but listening.
Previously at the Cliff House we'd been seated with a music producer (about to open a pre-broadway run in Chicago) and member of a famous songwriting family. Again, we barely finished dinner, listening to these stories.
A nightcap at Vicky's allowed to to sit back and relax listening to Doug Montgomery play piano and sing. Among the audience were some Vegas performers who took to the mic to belt out a few tunes. Without much urging he launched into the full piano rendition of Gershwin's classic,
Rhapsody in Blue.
Like I said it's the people meeting and even watching that makes travel fun.
I agree, Anadyr. On the flight back from the UAE, my seatmate was a Nederland gentleman on his way to a work assignment in Redwood City. We had a terrific and insightful chat that helped pass the time on a long flight. He and his wife enjoy doing cycling vacations in Europe, to the tune of over 100km/day, total trip kms sometimes in excess of 1400kms. Fantastic. And he 70, so quite impressive. Of course 70 is young. We exchanged contact info, and he promised to email me helpful Europe cycling info when he returns home to Nederland.
On a much shorter trip today...
This afternoon while "traveling" on the Sugar Pine Trail in North Fresno, I came across a young couple. She had a White Marmaduke (magnificent Great Dane) on a leash, who came up to about my chin. Her boyfriend had their cat on a leash! Marmaduke was like, "Let's go!" and kitty was like, "Ya, not gonna happen." The girlfriend and I were cracking up hysterically. I'm like, "Where's a camera when you need one!" The boyfriend finally picked up the reluctant cat. We were all laughing, and Marmaduke was looking at me like, "What? Seriously, WHAT!?" It was so funny, it added a lilt to my step the rest of the journey.
You have a great week. I'm sure gonna try!!
Anadyr - You are so right! Some years back at the Wentworth in NH, Brenda and I met a charming couple at the Sunday buffet and she and I have become very good friends, with Brenda visiting them at their home, and they visiting Brenda in Florida when she heads down for the winter. It's experiences like that that make travel so much fun as you indicated.