If you know me you know I just adore being at the coast... I love the sunsets, the sandy beaches and the sounds of the ocean. This picture I caught and have yet to catch another one like it sense...although I have tried,
My other delightful spot is the Oceanside Harbor...or maybe any harbor. I love the peace and quiet there, the gentle sound of the rigging moving to the ocean breezes... It is my peace.
And yet, I find myself living in Little Gopher Canyon on 4 acres, in a small place with lots of privacy, solitude and peace. While in the Harbor or at the Beach, I always select the area that is least populated. I use to say when I lived for 2 years on the Mississippi in Wisconsin, "It is a good thing I like me because I spend a a lot of time with me!"
That holds true here too. It is so peaceful, quiet, private and calming. Today explored the trail that runs along side my place, it was a fun loop, up...down..up...down...and up again. It landed at the neighbors which looks like they hold events there equipped with a tree house. I didn't explore too much being I was on someone else property even though I am sure the neighbors are friendly
So I will get back to the question, Why did I move away from the ocean?
The answer is, I am only 15 minutes from the Oceanside Harbor, I get cool ocean breezes coming up the canyon, my rent is 1/2 to 1/3 of what I was paying at the beach, and I needed some PEACE.
This last few years have been challenging and exhausting much less the last few months. I needed a time of rest, reflection and quiet. Yes, I could walk to the beach from my apartment in Carlsbad, but I did that because I had to place to be outside where I lived. Here, I can sit out side, no onlooking neighbors, no noise except for nature and an occasional car, and I can breath! I get up, make my tea and sit on my patio without interruption. If you did not know this about me...I love peace and quiet. Here I have that!
Is this the most glamorous dwelling, NO! But, I will be working at making it my own little retreat. Visitors are welcomed.
Will I be here for a long time, I just don't know. What I do know is that I am not a 1-3 day drive from the ocean... it is just down the street and I have friends I can hang with and spend time with if need be, after all, I am in outside sales...which takes me around San Diego.
Watch out, you just might catch me at the beach capturing the beautiful sunsets.. I will be there! A good meal is always an option