My first day in Santa Cruz. Before noon I set out for Josh's and found him finishing lunch and heading out back to work on a bike. I laid in the sun just outside his shop door on the old chaise lounge pad. All the animals crowded around, excited for a human to be so accessible. The afternoon passed with easy, lobbing conversation between two old friends. The consistency and strength of my love for him surprises me. It is there, waiting quietly, patiently, for the moment I see his features and feel the calming of his presence. His front teeth, they touch just slightly when he talks.

It is fascinating to stand at the head of a path you once traveled and to pause only long enough to remember its contours, its dips and rises, its challenges and peaks of joy, before walking on to find new ground to explore. Come along now, there is much to see.

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