Cliff and I are back from our Swiss adventure, having spent the bulk of our days with a fantastic Backroads group exploring the Alps. Spectacularly beautiful, these towering peaks are no joke, sharply rising thousands of feet above sea level at angles sometimes best explored by mountain goats . . . .
"Bonjour. This morning we're going to hike ABOVE the tree line!" Thiebault enthusiastically exclaimed in his lyrical French accent, pointing to a destination miles above the valley floor, as if it were no more than a casual walk in the park.
I'm off to hike the Alps. Yes, you heard me correctly. The combination of a waylaid milestone birthday, last year's cancelled travel plans due to Covid-19, a record-breaking year and a half of nonstop work, and the tragic and completely unexpected loss of a very dear friend who was waaay too young to go . . . have set the stage for a "wake up and smell the coffee moment." (Or in this case, try the frikin' fondue!)
Sometimes, there are no words. Sometimes we have to be jolted into understanding that life is finite, and sometimes it takes a loving partner to step in and take the lead . . . .
It's good news that many of us are vaccinated and as a result, life is slowly beginning to open up and return to what's clearly, the "new normal." (My brother-in-law seems destined to stick with masks and social distancing for the foreseeable future, and that's okay too; whatever floats your boat and reassures.)
But no sooner were restrictions lifted, than many Agents began to once again host Open Houses almost immediately.
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 15 years and has published more than 600 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.