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The Lost Highway

I’ve finally seen San Francisco. Why finally? Well, I think I was the only one left in this part of the world who didn’t have a story about that “different” city.

Of course, it rained, soft and petty, just enough to get on my nerves and spite me. I still had my share of little breaks, though. Long enough to allow me to cast an eye to the red bridge, with its emergency phone number for the suicidal, to Al Capone’s prison and to the gay neighborhood, where you can buy chocolate covered marshmallows shaped like a penis. It aroused my curiosity and I felt I should point to it out, but I only discretely smiled. I didn’t take any pictures as I was interrupted by two guys holding hands, eagerly waiting for me to step away so they could purchase their erotic treat. They were not smiling at all …

Beside these, we fell into the tourist traps ourselves and tired out our steps in commonly frequented locations, mingling our curiosities with those of Germans, Polish and French tourists, all hectically wandering around, feverishly skimming “San Francisco – A Guide Book”, in search of new memories. We also gathered some, but I’m not going to narrate our peregrination story here because I’m afraid I might experience the same situation I went through with my lady dentist today. I hadn’t volunteered, she asked me. Where were we, what did we do… When I was more excited sharing my story she politely smiled and interrupted me to ask about…clam chowder, if I had eaten any.
Yes, I had!
Just let me recite my story about the Golden Gate, and Lombard Street, and downtown…
But the clam-chowder gained better reviews, and it was that moment when I understood that I was the only one there getting high on what I had seen.

There is something, though, I need to tell about, no matter what. I know that any mortal, living on the west coast, has already seen San Francisco, but how many of them had the chance to admire the breathtaking scenery from PCH, the lost highway, somewhere between the mountains and the ocean, in February? When it drizzles here and there and then the Sun comes out revealing nature in its richness and grandeur. When the ocean gets so close that you feel you need to drive closer to the left. When you are the only car driving on the meandering road which is presenting new paintings and sensations with every loop. When you are literarily lost, at nature’s expense and keeping your eye on the gas gauge, praying not to run out of fuel right there in the middle of nowhere but coquetting with the idea of such an adventure.

Beautiful! There’s nothing else to say…

pe coasta Pacificului 

 

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8 Comments

  1. MAMM ELF says:

    Se zice ca pentru a crea o floricica, e nevoie de secole de truda , ma intreb cate secole i-a trebuit naturii sa creeze asemenea peizaje de vis? si ce incantare trebuie sa te stapaneasca atunci cand le privesti .

    1. Bobiţa says:

      Tocmai asta e, ca incantarea m-a stapanit de multe ori pana acum, in diverse locuri vizitate, dar acum a fost mai mult de atat… Merita vazut!

  2. to-morrow says:

    Nu stiam ca exista asa ceva…. M-am uitat ca la un tablou. Norocoasa esti ca ai vazut “pe viu” asemenea frumuseti si sper ca nu faci ca mine (in cel mai recent concediu, eu am facut poze in stanga si in dreapta, de nu am apucat sa savurez prea bine peisajul si cladirile, ca eram ocupata sa imi fac provizie de “memories” :) )

    1. Bobiţa says:

      Pai cam asa am si facut, sperand sa absoarba camera tot ce nu poate retine ochiul memoriei. Noroc ca s-a lasat, la un moment dat, intunericul…

  3. Angela says:

    The photos are pretty. Where is this? The text is only in the other language …

    1. Bobiţa says:

      It’s the west coast, on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), on our way back to Orange County from San Francisco. It took us about 12 hours of driving but it was quite a memorable experience. I’m sorry there was no English version of my Romanian article but now there is one, in case you’re interested. Thank you for entering my web site.

  4. ina bixade says:

    frumos! abia astept sa ajung acolo…ma mai gindesc daca sa infulec bezeaua aia in forma de falus, dar sigur vreau sa adulmec peisajul frumos descris de tine de pe Pacific High Coast…

  5. ina bixade says:

    hey, draga mea, tocmai mi-am incheiat vacanta californiana….si am facut poze acolo unde ai facut tu mai sus:) mi-a placut muuult san francisco….coasta pacificului pe care am parcurs multe ore cu masina din san francisco spre LA….tu ai vazut focile alea grasune care zaceau pe nisip?:) bine, noapte buna

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