The Trip Part 3: Anniversaries and Weddings

We like Palm Springs, which runs a bit against type, but that is life I guess, so goodbye Bakersfield.  This trip was organized around the wish of a friend to have Roger give a toast at her wedding, taking place in far southern Arizona…Sierra Vista… where her parents live.  Though the wedding itself occurred on our son’s birthday and we’d be on the road for our anniversary, we decided to go anyway.

A road trip is an interesting and contemplative time, worth doing for that reason almost.  And a lot of our contemplation on this trip involved the duel coming crisis of water and power as global warming increases our woes, and the seemingly more insupportable American life style of BIG cars and pick-ups, massive strip malls, and all the rest…the things we know about but shove to the back of our minds.  Out here in the west though, evidence is everywhere…

but I digress….time to celebrate the 48th anniversary of a serious, hilarious and fascinating partnership…ours.  Heading to Palm Springs we arrived at Ron’s airbnb

and the champagne was ready for us!  And the pool and hot-tub…bliss after a hot drive…

Cheers Dear!  Off we go into year 49…

and on to Sierra Vista…a longgggg drive.

IS there a Sierra Vista?  Yep…

and the next day we jump into wedding festivities…rehearsal dinner and our first meeting with the groom…he’s a delight.  Hugging kissing, good wishes all around…

and back at the motel nobody at all is in the pool so we swim and soak…I do some sewing…

and soon it’s time to head to the wedding…Gavin and Aleesa, who met at UC Santa Barbara, have been conducting a long distance relationship for over two years…he’s been in England doing post-doc work in physics and she finishing her PhD in Art history in Santa Barbara…they have traveled together and have absolutely mastered the selfie…

But the day was sunny, the bride was beautiful, the groom was handsome…

the friends and family were all there…

(I’ll admit to following this guy around…his coat is a Gucci…)

Aleesa’s Mom is Thai and part of the wedding ceremony included the Buddhist water ceremony where each guest poured water from a conch shell onto the the hands of the couple, giving a wish…(this was where I cried)…we had to line up according to age, ahem, I saw them early on…

it was definitely east meets west…

Everybody was pretty happy …

and then, after food and chat Roger gave the first toast…to the bride and groom…

and after fond goodbyes we got ready to head out the next day for Phoenix and Flagstaff…more art on the horizon…but getting out of Sierra Vista wasn’t just a straight shot…

 

 

 

 

 

10 Comments

  1. Wow, this was an adventure, and a wonderful script for a movie….the bride and groom are beautiful, and their wedding garments were lovely. And I like the fact that you like Palm Springs, the photos you share are stunning and it feels like we are there with you!

    1. Thanks Jane…In Palm Springs you can just be in the pool all day except when you go to the Art Museum or Lullu’s for dinner!! and the mountains, and the air…not a place I thought I would ever like and my first time there was last fall…so isn’t life full of odd surprises? Thanks for coming along on the trip. xo

    1. It was beautiful…Gavin’s sister was the officiant and did a great job. His family from New York state were lovely and fun, Aleesa’s Mom May did a ton of work. The day before this ceremony, they had a Buddhist ceremony in the temple in Tucson. Aleesa’s Mom May felt so relieved to have her promise to her own Mom fulfilled…that she would see her daughter married in a Buddhist ceremony. Gavin and Aleesa hope to get to Thailand late this fall so he can meet the other branch of her family!

  2. Thank you again for taking me along on one of your lovely art filled adventures. What a beautiful wedding and Happy Anniversary to you two love birds.

  3. Wow–I love getting to see things way out of my sphere. Everything looks so lovely. Thanks for taking us along. xo mem

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s