we left just an hour later than we’d planned, which is a big feat, considering that we’re always missing movies and getting to stores after they close. we had to stop at two ATMs before we even got on the highway and a farmer’s market 30 miles away from the first stop because our stomachs demanded it.
when we got to rancho california road, we didn’t roll our Rs and scream “ay, ay, ay!” like josh suggested, but we were happy all the same. it was saturday afternoon, we were dozens of miles away from the city, and we were in wine country. temecula wine country.
we only went to one winery because of time and because of the heat. it was a big old victorian house with green picnic tables on the lawn and a gravelly parking lot. we tasted four whites and two reds, and i didn’t much like any of them so i left the shop empty-handed.
one windy road and half a CD later, we got to the corn maze. it was tougher than we’d expected and longer than we’d have liked, and after the halfway point, we wanted to slip through a clearing in the stalks and crawl back into the air-conditioned car. maybe i had idealized it a little in my mind. i’d imagined: playing hide & seek in rows of green and gold. but it was dusty and hot and we could hear cars roaring by.
still, it was what i’d needed — to leave the city for even a little while and clear my head of the things that had been making it difficult to get out of bed in the morning.