Ah, the Smith River. Those darned big trees. Seal-speckled beaches. Trails up the ying-yang. It’s all so, you know, magnifique. It’s hard not to pinch ourselves when we add up the fun stuff we get to do around here. There’s a sometimes feeling that we have it all, couldn’t be living a richer life, are experiencing something unique. And yet…
Olivia and David struck us, in many ways, as the prototypic guests of the bnb. Young, curious, analytic, involved, digitally fluent, conversational, employed. They came over the airbnb.com transom which has so often resulted in positive and similar experiences.
The big take-away from hosting Olivia and David was their wealth of experience in the realm of travel and how that informed us of the real size of the world and the vast opportunities to experience it. We sat down after dinner one night and enjoyed a slide show of photos taken on a recent trip of theirs, an Asian trip across many borders. It was all fairly jaw-dropping.
I saw photos of Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos and suddenly wondered if my perspective of living and life, as expansive as it is being so close to nature, wasn’t without some gaping holes.
We had a good, good time with our temporary lodgers. We ate, drank conservatively, talked at length. And consumed many stories of the road. I started to appreciate the world beyond the forest.
Here is a shot Olivia sent me. Life beyond the forest. Who’d have thought.