San Rafael Arcangel

New Moon

Tonight’s new moon is called a “black moon” because it’s the second new moon in the same month. It’s remarkable because it doesn’t happen often. When things work out so there is a second full moon in the same month, that’s called a “blue moon.” Chances are you probably already knew that.

I took a little tour of San Rafael’s downtown district this morning before I left. It’s pretty interesting – lots of different, hip, Norcal shops and eateries. The place for breakfast is this place. Theresa & Johnny’s is significantly above average. “Just Real Good Food” and “Comfort Food” are modest assessments.

A few minutes away is the Mission San Rafael Arcangel. I am well aware of the dark nature of conquest and enslavement that resulted in the building of the California Missions. How can modern humans live in harmony with their history? Only by acknowledging the wrongdoings and suffering can we begin to bring balance back to the soul of our region. I find that a visit to a Mission with time for contemplation a worthwhile exercise in compassion. Without compassion, there can be no healing.

Further down the road in Fairfax I passed the Marin Museum of Bicycling, home of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. If you didn’t know there was such a thing, you are not alone. I was curious, but not curious enough to go inside. 

Lagunitas has two very cool places. One is a Deli/General Store and the other is a small church named for the patron saint of music. I bought two giant turkey sandwiches and said a prayer that I might make it all the way to Olema today.

I guess the prayer (and some hard walking) worked because here I am in my tiny tent at the Olema Campground doing my homework. This place is unbelievably pricey. The bright side is that it’s less than 10 miles to Limantour Beach from here, so tomorrow these aching feet can be soothed by the ice cold Pacific Ocean. Yes!

Peace and Love, So Close,

Palomino

One thought on “San Rafael Arcangel

  1. What an amazing journey, Jim! Loved your comments about the missions: “How can modern humans live in harmony with their history? Only by acknowledging the wrongdoings and suffering can we begin to bring balance back to the soul of our region. I find that a visit to a Mission with time for contemplation a worthwhile exercise in compassion. Without compassion, there can be no healing.” Brilliant. Also love how excited you are to dip your toes into the Pacific and be renewed by its waters. Siempre adelante!

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