The California Journey Continues

October 20, 2022

7 min readNov 15, 2022


Santa Rosa, CA (at my sister’s pad)

NOTE: Most photos taken by me on my iPhone 11.

After Land’s End, I drove all the way across San Francisco to the Bay Bridge and across to Emeryville where my daughter Melissa lives. Of course, it took longer than I expected, and crossing a major bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area is rarely quick. It was so good to see Melissa and to give her a great big hug. She had to say goodbye to her beloved 19-year-old kitty Archie less than a month ago, and I know how hard that was for her. She has an altar set up for him and she also has a beautiful tattoo with a portrait of Archie on her upper left arm because she said she always wants him close to her heart. We’ve had more than our share of family losses just within the past two months… Melissa reminded me that she’s had Archie through all her adult years so far.

Melissa (older daughter) with tattoo of her beloved kitty Archie, “so he’ll always remain close to my heart.”

Melissa is doing clinical in nursing school now, and she loves it. She used me as a “guinea pig” and took my blood pressure and my pulse as if I was a patient. I have a feeling she now does this with all her friends, hehe! Our visit was too short because Melissa had to wake up at 6:00 am the next morning for “Clinicals.” But it was so wonderful to spend some time with her. I spent the night, and I do remember her saying goodbye to me, but then she was gone when I finally woke up. I got myself together and prepared to drive to my sister’s house in Santa Rosa, CA.

Memories of Archie
Archie (Widda Warchie) 2003 to 2022

When I got to my cute little car which was parked in the street in front of the building where Melissa lives, I noticed that someone bashed into my driver-side mirror and left it hanging. Great. I count on that mirror. I decided I’d drive to my sister’s place about an hour away and then figure out what to do. The mirror was still hooked to the thick wire that was the power source. I attempted not to…




Writer of Creative Nonfiction and Fiction; Ukulele Player; Lover of the Beatles, rock n’ roll, and the 1960s. Mom & Grandma; lives in Eugene, OR with BF & cat.