For many months my wife, children and I had been planning to make the 830-mile drive south to Cayucos,
on the California Central Coast,
for a mini family reunion to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of my aunt and uncle. My cousins and their kids and grandkids, as well as ourselves, would be coming from four western states.
Unfortunately, on my second day in Cayucos I slammed my right foot really hard into the leg of a bench, with most of the impact hitting the second-to-smallest toe. The next morning my foot was so painful and swollen that I went to the Urgent Care in Morro Bay.
Up until my accident I was doing pretty well, being more social than usual, and generally having a good time. But for me, being social takes a lot
of emotional energy. Injuring my foot was like pulling the plug, and all of my emotional energy quickly drained away. In addition, all of my plans to go on photos outings in the area, and give some cooking lessons to my family, were ruined.
Suddenly, I just didn’t want to be there any more. My one overriding thought was to go back home in Oregon. It absolutely was not going to work for me to sit all day long with my foot propped up, bored to tears, in a hot hotel room (there was a heat wave that week, and no air conditioning). And I’m definitely not the type of person who simply wants to sit on the beach all day, nor to sit around and socialize all day. I need to keep active and busy.
So my hopes for good photos outings in California came to nothing. I took pictures of the sunset each of my three evenings on the coast, and that’s about it. My wife ended up taking way more photos than I did! From the small number of pictures I took on this trip, you can see the best 21 in this album.