We’d all agreed to continue with the luxury of mornin’ yoga on the warmed granite. Even Izzy took holiday and padded it down to the turquoise blue water’s edge with all of us. We lazily wander back to the cabin for breakfast and playfully take on curling Izzy’s long, usually straight hair. These steam rollers create amazing curls and Izzy loved the effect.
After that bit of “girl-play” we all trickle off to do exactly what we each want to do. Jean gets off first and with the extra time accomplishes two lovely sketches. Bet even the ducks loved being subject matter! It’s interesting, over the years doing this retreat, I’ve noticed Jean favors the west end of the lake, and I, the east end. Here’s my sketch from where I spent enjoying the kayaks floating thru the narrow passage way and talked with a young local girl who was into photography. I believe my draw to this collection of rocks is the imagination stirring “Miwok Holes” (round pockets carved into the solid granite by the Miwok Indians grinding their grains etc.). Lake Alpine is such a family spot and friendly for all ages.
When I return from my envigorating time in the sun, kissed from the breeze and glowing from the time in nature, I find everyone deep in their endeavors. Jean and Cookie are on the porch poking thru the “word soup” box (an “inside” definition) and Izzy is giving last-minute tips to Kitty for a high protein breakfast that has really helped balance her energy on this retreat. Izzy soon takes off for home and we’ve the afternoon to leisure or leap. I’m off to get some photos and a brisk walk.
Everywhere are “paintings” just waiting to happen.The joyful umbrellas on the Lodge deck in the sunlight … or (later, towards sunset we all amble down to the boat ramp) the bobbing blue boat shapes … or … old containers … and on and on …
For dinner, we feast on all the fabulous leftovers Izzy has left for us and fondle thru everyone’s journals and books. Aiming to savor all we’ve accomplished and the variety of inspiration we want to hold onto.