Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Final Dance of Summer . . .

. . . should take place on a sandy shore where balmy breezes blow. And so, upon the crest of Lydia's thirteenth birthday, she and I boarded an uneventful flight to San Diego CA, procured a convertible car without incident (push a button -- TOP GONE!), and set out for the Hotel Del on Coronado Island to bathe in the fading days of summer's glory and Lydia's waning childhood.

Our wind-blown hair and sun-kissed shoulders rendered us well-dressed for dining along the seaside, strolling the lavish gardens . . .

. . . overlooking the splendidly groomed beach . . .

. . . and finally traversing the paths to the sand. We drank in the sights, sounds, and delicious aromas of life in view of the Pacific.

All too soon we headed back across the bridge and over to the peninsula of Point Loma.
We checked into our delightful accommodations -- a typical 50s apartment complex lately converted to an inn with all the necessary accoutrements for our all-too-brief stay. The lovely garden setting . . .
. . . sparkling clear pool . . .
. . . and cliff-side setting brought breathtaking views right to our fingertips.
After a brief unpacking and freshening up for dinner, we drove UP the cliffs to meet with Elizabeth and her dorm-roomie Whitney. We walked the gorgeous grounds of campus and ended up at this vista point. Elizabeth says she comes here often to think and read and be alone. God has surely blessed her with a picture-perfect view of His handiwork -- He knew how much she missed the Pacific Ocean when we moved inland to the mountains. What a marvelous daily reminder that God can do GREAT things. We sat contemplatively and listened to the wind rustle the palms until the growling of our stomachs bid us move on.
Onward to O'Bistro for a delicious dinner and a long languid chat about art, history, literature, music, and all the other lovely things that spill out so effortlessly when we take the time to relax and enjoy the moment.
Early classes and weary eyelids drew us back to our respective rooms, but the goodbyes were well-laced with excitement regarding tomorrow's foray to Balboa Park and the splendors awaiting us there. Despite our earlier thoughts of sleep, the pool beckoned and begged to be joined for just a dip.
Likewise we headed out to the rocky cliffs for one final good-night to the Pacific before it rocked us gently to sleep with it's crashing lullaby amongst the bulwark of boulders at shore's end. (Sadly those pics failed to make the grade for this post -- just too dark.)

Eventually we settled into bed for some very light reading followed by heavy slumber . . .
. . . punctuated with sweet dreams of special wonders to be found tomorrow as we enter the Jewel Box of San Diego: Balboa Park.
*[I shall return with more pictures and prose soon . . . do join me as the adventure continues.]*

14 comments:

Laura ~Peach~ said...

beautiful place there!!!
thank you for the comment and prayers and tear... Love n hugs

Kathy said...

What a great Mother and Daughter trip. Your girls are lovely. Looking forward to more photos.

noble pig said...

When I lived in Southern California we drove to Point Loma often, I'm sure she loves it there, the beauty is astounding! What an enjoyable time you had.

FancyHorse said...

I loved looking at that beach! I could almost hear the surf! We live very near the Gulf Coast, and I've seen the Atlantic from Daytona, FL and Folly Beach near Charleston, SC, but I haven't yet seen the Pacific, and I want to!

Becky said...

Wow, what a trip. Lovely. :-)

Janette said...

Love that area. I have a good friend that lives nearby there- just relaxing and loving where she is.
What a beautiful trip for the girls.

Kathryn said...

Wow. What a gorgeous trip! How nice you got to have such wonderful bonding time with your daughter. :)

Britt-Arnhild said...

A mother/daughter week-end, or actually daughters. How divine. I am sure you will al remember it for years to come.

I am so happy for your daughter that she has this beautiful view for peace and reflections.

MacCárthaigh Family said...

Aaahh, just sitting here looking at your hazy lazy summer pictures, reading your post and listening to your music is a tonic!

Looking forwards to seeing more!

Ruth

imbeingheldhostage said...

what a great opportunity! I love the beach, I wish I was there (you know, crashing your Mom/daughter time)-- I can't help it if you make it look so good...

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LadiesoftheHouse said...

What a beautiful place! One day I would like to visit there, for now I will visit vicariously through you. I am looking forward to more pictures!

Sharon said...

What a lovely place!Neat post.And I LOVE your musical choices on your play list!We are definitely kindred spirits musically speaking!!Blessings~Sharon

sukipoet said...

A lovely way to celebrate your daughter's birthday. The area is gorgeous. You are so kind and loving to her. She and you will remember this always.