Goodbye Summer 2014Thanks for the Memories

What is it about summer that makes us so happy and relaxed? Is it the sunshine? Is it the remembered sense of freedom from school? Is it the longer days that linger and make us feel lazy? It certainly is the season of summer concerts and BBQ’s with friends. Frolicking on the beach and enjoying the ocean are a must around here along with the tourist crowds and sandy flip flops.

Boards Crossing Camp

The river at Boards Crossing Camp
photo credit: Toni Bolthouse

Summer is the time when I make my annual trip to the mountains I love, surrounded by giant redwoods and the tinkling of a flowing river.  Where I go in the mountains there is no electricity, no cell phone or TV’s. In this modern high tech world it is very detoxing to float in the river looking up to the bright blue sky surrounded by a canopy of deep green trees. The stars at night are unbelievable. For some reason the food always tastes better in the mountains. It isn’t summer without my LA escape, and spending time in NorCal with my camp friends. We do our annual puzzle, play old fashioned games, share crazy stories around the camp fire and of course enjoy much laughter.

Sails Coll photo credit - Greg Rutter

Racing on “Sails Coll”
photo credit: Greg Rutter

Summer is also a time for sailing in SoCal. I did a lot of it this year on my little Martin 242 sailboat named “Sails Coll”. Some of my best memories come from being on a boat. I have forged fantastic friendships sailing and racing. Of course some of the most magical moments on the water are those you can’t even begin to plan. When a large school of dolphins decide to join the fun frolicking around the boat and drafting off the bow it is truly spiritual.

So as this barefoot season comes to an end, I am very thankful for my family and friends. The dog days of summer will fade as they always do, but the memories will warm our hearts as fall and winter descend upon us. Yes, we do have seasons in California, just not as dramatic as in other parts of the country.

As I say goodbye to summer, I say hello to my neglected glass studio and my artist friends. Although I did manage to get some work done this summer, it was very hard to stay focused with all the fun distractions. My summer inspirations are in my sketch book. I have many ideas and techniques to explore in the coming months. I can’t wait to get started…..but the week-end is not yet over so the studio will just have to wait one more day.