Sunday, May 31, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
One of our favorite places for years was Hobson Park in Ventura County, California. Located about eight miles north of the city of Ventura, Hobson is a very small campground with about thirty campsites. There is no room for it to grow, but there are now homes located to the north. Most everything I remember as a child is hard to recognize now, but Hobson does not fall into this category. Sure, the road is now paved and I understand they have RV hook-ups, but the size and charm is still present. This is Hobson as it looks today:
And this is an aerial shot:
We knew everyone who camped there and became one big family. Those friendships carried on for many years and the memories are among my favorites. You can see from the pictures above that Hobson had a very rocky coastline. We scrambled over those rocks with no fear and when the tide was low we were rewarded with amazing tide pools! We'd find baby octopuses and let them slither on our arms, we'd stick our toes in anemones and scream when their tentacles wrapped around us. We found starfish and crabs, and tried in vain to catch the little fish that would dart in and out of the rocks. We cut our feet on barnacles and slipped on algae, but this didn't slow us down and we never grew bored with exploring our hidden treasures.
Here are the ladies in color. My mom is wearing her favorite outfit here — a bathing suit, but then mom had the figure for it along with great legs!
The parties at Hobson always included a pot luck dinner. While the women cooked, the men put all the tables together end-to-end, started the campfire for the fish, clams and mussels, and the feast ensued. We ate, we danced, we laughed, we sang and we enjoyed the camaraderie of good friends.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
One of my favorites that is getting harder to find along the shore. So, let's see who identifies it correctly this week! Remember, whoever gets the most right answers first in the first 12 weeks wins a mousepad of their choice from my Zazzle store! This is only Week #3, so there's still time.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Inviting, don't you think? Later that evening the rain started and didn't stop! Now remember, I took that photo on Sunday. Here's the one I took at Neptune Beach on Thursday, when it finally slowed down to a heavy drizzle for a short time:
Thursday, May 21, 2009
We are water-logged and have grown weary of the downpour. I love the beach at any time, but this continual rain has definitely but a damper on my trip. The rain is across the state, so I'm stuck here until it clears up a bit, which looks like tomorrow or Saturday. I'm not in that much of a hurry to get home; it's raining there also!
I did take some pictures on the beach yesterday and will post them when I get home. The waves were powerful and beautiful.
I hope you're enjoying the sunshine, wherever you are! Soak up some rays for me.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This weekend I'm heading to the east coast of Florida for a little R&R and if you're looking for something fun to do, join me at the 23rd Annual Dancin' In The Streets Festival in Neptune Beach, Florida this Saturday, May 16, 2009. The one-day festival takes place at Beaches Town Center, "Where Atlantic Blvd. meets the ocean" in Jacksonville.
Promises to be a fun-filled day of live music, food, art, crafts and a Kid's Zone. I'll definitely be checking out the band Danka at 1:00pm on the Orange Street Stage. The listing promotes them as a mix of reggae, surf and blues. Sounds like a good time to me!
Check out Dancin' In The Streets for more info. I'm going to stay on for a few days, but you can bet I'll be blogging about it and posting pictures on my return. Hope to see you there!
The Chambered Nautilus
This is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign,
Sails the unshadowed main,—
The venturous bark that flings
On the sweet summer wind its purpled wings
In gulfs enchanted, where the Siren sings,
And coral reefs lie bare,
Where the cold sea-maids rise to sun their streaming hair.
Its webs of living gauze no more unfurl;
Wrecked is the ship of pearl!
And every chambered cell,
Where its dim dreaming life was wont to dwell,
As the frail tenant shaped his growing shell,
Before thee lies revealed,—
Its irised ceiling rent, its sunless crypt unsealed!
Year after year beheld the silent toil
That spread his lustrous coil;
Still, as the spiral grew,
He left the past year's dwelling for the new,
Stole with soft step its shining archway through,
Built up its idle door,
Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old no more.
Thanks for the heavenly message brought by thee,
Child of the wandering sea,
Cast from her lap, forlorn!
From thy dead lips a clearer note is born
Than ever Triton blew from wreathed horn;
While on mine ear it rings,
Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings:—
Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!
by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
If you read the first post of my new blog from a few days ago you'll know that I blogged about my connection to the Beach Boys.
So, the question of the week is — drum roll, please — what is your favorite Beach Boy's song? We already know mine!
Friday, May 8, 2009
I was born in Georgia, but I grew up in sunny Southern California in the 50s and 60s. Yes, I was an original beach girl. Don't you remember the Beach Boy's song, "Help Me, Rhonda?" It was a huge hit for them in 1965. I used to tell people they wrote if for me! What can I say, I was a huge fan and believe me Rhonda was not a popular name in California. In fact, I never met another Rhonda until well into my thirties.
Starting a blog about the beach at this time seems appropriate, since the Beach Boys are releasing a new album in eleven days. "Summer Love Songs" will be available in stores on May 21st. Cool, huh? PLUS, "Help Me, Rhonda" and "California Girls" are included on the new album! What goes around, comes around as they say.
Listen to the Beach Boys sing my song in 1965 on YouTube here.