I am leaving.
My belongings are in the car, the route is mapped and the tank is full.
As soon as the nursery closes Saturday I'll be gone, the pedal to the metal as we make our way north. We'll drive through the night and get to San Francisco by Sunday morning.
During the next seven days we will be a hop-scotching our way back to Orange County, stopping along the way for visits to some of our state's greatest public botanical gardens and some of nature's great natural gardens.
Some folks like lazy vacations. Check into a hotel, get up late, hang out by the pool or on the beach for a couple hours; maybe a little window shopping, then dinner at a nice restaurant and back to the room. Argh! That's fine for some, but I'd quickly go crazy.
I need nature. I need plants. I need to hear birds, see hills, touch soil and smell earth.