Thursday, August 16, 2012
I have had the good fortune of traveling to an amazing array of beaches all over the world... my global travel stories are almost all pre-children, and I'll save those for another day. Just know... I have dipped my toes in quite a few oceans. And yet, not one shore has captured my soul quite the way the northern beaches of Santa Cruz have. Is it because I lived a bike ride away for five years? Or is it that my experience was intertwined with the first years of living away from home when I claimed my identity as a woman. After growing up in the heart of San Francisco, my college years introduced me to living with the natural world at my doorstep and opened my eyes to a life long connection with the earth. This beach, Natural Bridges, remains a sacred place to me. Bringing my mother and children there last week was a true pleasure and filled me up with the strength of the Pacific that I surely needed for my return home. We went at low tide so that we could explore the tide pools and the worlds upon worlds that can be discovered within one tiny crevice. If it had been winter we would have visited the sanctuary for monarchs who vacation there each year by the tens of thousands. Pure indescribable magic! If you're ever in the Santa Cruz area, it's worth putting on your list.
Posted by mayaluna at 2:46 PM