北加州駕車 2nd Time Driving

有時候還真的蠻佩服我自己的。
Sometimes I feel pretty impressed by myself.

生平第二次開車,就連開了四個小時,從舊金山機場,一路開到北邊山上的閉關中心。
The 2nd time driving in my life is a vert bold move: 4 hours drive from San Francisco Airport all the way to Black Mountain Reserve towards the north.

開上了之前一直不敢開的高速公路。
I finally went on the highway which I was resistant to attempt in Southern California.

開過了舊金山那著名的金門大橋,路過高高低低的市內道路。
The route was surprisingly scenic, leading me straight through The Golden Gate  Bridge and then up-an-down narrow roads with cute little houses alone the way. 

沿著101蜿蜒北加州的海岸。Then Highway 101 along the beautiful coast line.
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經過田野,有羊兒,有牛兒……還有Nikon P500的超大眩光。
Then in the fields with sheeps, cows……
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接著到了森林裏面,漫溢松柏的芳香。
The into the forest with great refreshing scent.
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然後就是蓮師和平學院(PPI)。在天黑之前抵達,終於鬆了一口氣。
Then the Padmasambhava Peace Institute. A real relief that I made if before it became dark.
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這是一路伴我的車車。Here’s my 2nd rental car. A real upgrade from the Red Toyota Camry last time.
110803 SFO-PPI 011出於難以解釋的好運,Avis的工作人員對我友善的不得了,聽說我要開山路,勸我升等到底盤較高的Ford Escape, 說是16天只多收我7元,但是最後賬單比Priceline的成交價還少。到了停車場取車時,我那台車又不見了,於是被換到這台四輪驅動的福特吉普車。

Thanks to mysterious fortune. Even though I bid for a compact car, the Avis guy was super nice to talk me into a Ford Explorer after hearing that I am heading to the mountains. Though he said the extra is a mere $7 for my 16 days rental, the total bill was actually lower than the agreed amount via Priceline. And then the car was missing in the designated parking place, so eventually I ended up with this big Ford Liberty 4WD as my “compact car” 🙂

雖然開那麼大的車很害怕,不過幸好一路平安。
Driving a big car was challenging in the beginning, but fortunately everything turned out fine.

感謝前幾天上師的越洋加持~
Thanks to Rinpoche’s blessing a few days ago for this safe journey!

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