Tuesday we left Monterey at 7:30 in the morning and drove down the coast. We drove through Big Sur, visited the sea lions and Hearst Castle, stopped in Malibu to meet up with a friend, passed through Santa Monica, and finally reached Los Angeles 12 hours later. It was a beautiful drive through sunny, 80° weather.
Our evening, however was tense and heartbreaking. We watched the election results unfold with our host and her housemates with disbelief and heavy hearts. Driving through this country, I truly believe it is one of the most diverse and beautiful places on this planet. Geographically, I truly believe this is the greatest country on earth and I feel privileged to live here. Politically, I think this country is in serious trouble. I am scared for myself, scared for my friends, and I’m scared for many I’ve never met. We’ve made a lot of progress in this country, with a lot of help from The Obamas and a lot of hardworking Americans. I’m afraid we are going to lose a lot of that progress and a lot of people will suffer. I will keep fighting, my friends and our allies will keep fighting and I hope we can keep progressing and becoming better, kinder people and stewards of our beautiful planet.