Some friends you have for a short while and then you both move on. Other friends fall into the category “Friends for Life”. I moved to San Diego in 1984. Right after I got here I joined the Moreton Bay Fig All Women's Morris Dance Team. I met Thelma. She and I have danced, hiked and been friends for many years together. She is a forever friend.
About 10 years ago Thelma was diagnosed with lupus. Although she is still involved with the world, unfortunately there are things that she can no longer do, including hiking and dancing. Thelma and I were desert hiking companions. We loved to go off trail and explore canyons and washes in the Anza Borrego Desert. We often backpacked and camped out in the back country. She can no longer do long hikes or dance.
Two weeks ago Thelma told me how much she missed the desert and I began to think. I proposed to her that we go out into the desert with my Roadtrek for a day or overnight. If at any time she got tired we could make up the bed and she could nap. Early one Friday morning I packed up the Roadtrek, picked up Thelma and ventured off to the Anzo Borrego desert.
Upon arriving in the desert I drove about two miles up the dirt road to Plum Canyon and the California Hiking and Riding Trail. We set up for a day in the desert. Out came the shade and the zero gravity chairs. And we were ready to go for the day.
Much to my surprise Thelma and I hiked over two miles up the wash. I kept telling her that she had to tell me when to turn around and she just kept going. It was so much fun to be out there with her and be able offer her another way to do the things she loves. It made her feel good and it made me feel good and I know it made that cute little Roadtrek feel good, too.
I topped off the day with a gourmet lunch prepared by “moi” on my two-burner stove with the agility that the Agile name suggests. I love my refrigerator, I love my stove and it is fun to eat healthy and enjoy fresh fruits and veggies. I no longer have to make up all my boxed foods. For any of you back packers out there did you ever eat the boxed mac and cheese while camping in the mountains or desert? It tasted so good after a day of hiking and then when I got home, I could not imagine why I ever ate that. Heh Heh.
Thelma and I are already talking about the “next time.” I am so glad that I can include her. That is what I do with my forever friends. I am truly enjoying the versatility and convenience of this new lifestyle I have found. I love the idea that I can take my friends along and still find adventure in the wide open spaces we all love.
And for those desert hounds, it's greening up early. I found some Penstemon in bloom up Plum Canyon. Keep an eye out for the flower reports. Just saying.