I hadn’t realized quite how rural the setting she grew up in was. I knew her family had pigs and chickens growing up, but lots of people in Kona keep chickens, and a few keep larger animals, while still living on a city street near other houses. There are a couple houses on her parents’ lot, and some trailers and sheds, and other than that it’s mostly desert and fields out to the horizon, with mountains just beyond it. Really gorgeous. (Yes, I know I overuse that word.)
Anyway, while cathijosephine thinks I was doing her a favour by letting her fly me to California, I had a fine time and I was really, really glad I was able to go with her.
On the plane, we got to read a lot (Terry Pratchett for her and Patrick O’Brian for me) and watch some Eddie Izzard, and cathijosephine gave me a refresher crocheting lesson (of which I’ll probably need a few more before I get it down).
And it was really nice to see harlequinaide; he picked us up at the airport and we had lunch with him before he handed us off to cathijosephine’s mom, and it was good to hear his stories. Many thanks to him! It was a good way to start the trip.