L: Laguna Beach, CA

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L: Laguna Beach, CA

laguna1When I think of Shangri-La, Laguna Beach is the first spot that pops into my mind.

Granted, there are other beautiful beach locations. But from years of heading to Laguna Beach every chance I got, this is the one that has my heart. Way back in high school – longer than I’ll ever tell here, but I will tell admit that I’m a grandmother of four – this was the weekend designation. That was back when I was driving an old Ford Galaxy and I had to add a quart of oil before I headed out for the day.

laguna2Now, many people like the Main Beach Park, where Broadway Street (Hwy 133) dead ends into Pacific Coast Highway. I think there is a perpetual volleyball game there that’s been going on long before I started visiting in the mid-70’s. There’s always a lot of activity there, with lots of people and socializing.

And if you’re not in the beach mood – Laguna Beach is full of art galleries and every sort of fun, quirky little shop you could ever imagine. Now and then I’d find myself strolling through the various creative venues. When I could tear myself away from the beach.

I always headed north to one of the coves. Access was a lot different then, scrambling our way down the sandy side of the cliff. The times, they are a’changing and now access to the beach is easy in several locations.

Parking however – still about the same, not so easy. Finding a spot now isn’t any easier than it was then. And now you need handfuls of quarters to keep your spot secure without any parking tickets.

laguna3Heisler Park – that’s where you’ll find me. Sitting on one of the many picnic tables overlooking the Pacific vista, listening to the surf, letting every ounce of tension ooze from my body to be replaced by a calming wave of zenful peace. Fun, creative public art sculptures are sprinkled throughout the extensive park setting.

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A is for APTOS

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0It’s April! Time for the A to Z Blog Challenge. Each day through April (except Sundays) we’re writing a blog post to the Letter of the Day. The 1st is ‘A’, the 2nd is ‘B’ … and so on until we get to ‘Z’.

Some of the participating blogs have themes – and some don’t. Shangri-La Days shares peaceful and relaxing places to visit, rejuvenate and restore your soul. Stop back by tomorrow to see what we added. Or, better yet, follow us and the post will go directly to your inbox. And don’t worry, after April is we go back to the once a week schedule (if that), so your inbox won’t explode.

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aptosA: APTOS, CA

Aptos, California is a tiny coastal town. I’ve only been there once, yet I long to return.

We were driving down the coast, about ten years ago, coming home from San Francisco. Looking for a place to stay for the night, the name Aptos intrigued us. We had to drive off the main road a bit to get there. It was the perfect spot for an overnight stay. This quiet little cove offered peace and relaxation. The next morning we walked down by the concrete ship – yes, you read that right – a concrete ship right on the shore.

At the time I was weaving a lot. I was in an active guild in southern California. They were few and far between. Yet here we were in this teeny tiny town and they had FOUR weaving guilds!

I never made it back to Aptos. And now I sit in Texas, thousands of miles away. But I will get back there at least once more, and hopefully for more than one night, so I can explore to my heart’s content.

Aptos, with a population of 6,220 is located south of Santa Cruz and north of Carmel. Check it out here: http://aptoschamber.com/tourism/

aptos2Make sure to see the concrete boat: http://www.beachcalifornia.com/cement-ship-seacliff-beach.html

Do you have a favorite place where you like to go retreat and find peace? Where is it at? Leave us a comment about your favorite sanctuary location. We’d love to know!

Laguna Beach

laguna1When I think of Shangri-La, my very most favorite place in the world, Laguna Beach is the first spot that pops into my mind.

Granted, there are other beautiful beach locations. But from years of heading to Laguna Beach every chance I got, this is the one that has my heart. Way back in high school – longer than I’ll ever tell here, but I will tell admit that I’m a grandmother of four – this was the weekend designation. That was back when I was driving an old Ford Galaxy and I had to add a quart of oil before I headed out for the day.

laguna2Now, many people like the Main Beach Park, where Broadway Street (Hwy 133) dead ends into Pacific Coast Highway. I think there is a perpetual volleyball game there that’s been going on long before I started visiting in the mid-70’s. There’s always a lot of activity there, with lots of people and socializing.

And if you’re not in the beach mood – Laguna Beach is full of art galleries and every sort of fun, quirky little shop you could ever imagine. Now and then I’d find myself strolling through the various creative venues. When I could tear myself away from the beach.

I always headed north to one of the coves. Access was a lot different then, scrambling our way down the sandy side of the cliff. The times, they are a’changing and now access to the beach is easy in several locations.

Parking however – still about the same, not so easy. Finding a spot now isn’t any easier than it was then. And now you need handfuls of quarters to keep your spot secure without any parking tickets.

laguna3Heisler Park – that’s where you’ll find me. Sitting on one of the many picnic tables overlooking the Pacific vista, listening to the surf, letting every ounce of tension ooze from my body to be replaced by a calming wave of zenful peace. Fun, creative public art sculptures are sprinkled throughout the extensive park setting.

That’s where my heart goes, especially on days like today when the north Texas scene I see off my front porch looks like this …

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