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California Chillin’ (Sorta) in San Diego

California Chillin’ (Sorta) in San Diego


“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.”

– Frank Herbert


The Bohemian Writer Road Trip Continues…

After leaving Oceanside, Sadie and I headed a little further south down the California coast and spent 5 nights at a cute cottage VRBO in the super-relaxed surfing community of Ocean Beach in San Diego. Loved it!

I am writing to deadline at the moment, so I worked most of the time but the walks around my neighbourhood and on the beach were lovely. The area had a really laid-back vibe…California to the core.

The pier at Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

Now, truth be told, this is Sadie sulking because she was banned from the dog beach for a few days (by me). She totally overdid it the first day at not one but two dog beaches and absolutely refused to leave the second beach. Her Retriever-brain got stuck in “must-chase-everyone-else’s-ball” mode. The next day she could scarcely walk, so was put on bed-rest, which didn’t go over well. But on a happier note, I love the new pink blanket Heather and Ella brought all the way from Canada for my birthday present!

Sadie did bounce back after a few days and we were able to return to the dog beach. We worked out a much better system of retrieving HER ball without overdoing it, including swimming more and running less.

Here are a few more photos from Ocean Beach:



After bidding adieu to the ocean, we headed inland towards Yuma, Arizona. Just west of Yuma are the massive Imperial Sand Dunes. This is a neat shot of the dunes at the end of a road:

The Return of the Jedi movie was filmed at the Imperial Dunes…sand as far as the eye can see:

That’s it for now…we hit the road for Sedona today 🙂

Take care and have an wonderful week!

“The road to success is always under construction.”

– Unknown

If you are just joining us on our Bohemian Writing Road Trip Adventure & would like to do a little catch-up reading ? here are my previous blogs:

She Packed Up Her Potential…

Write On – Writing What We Know May Help Teach Us What We Need to Learn

On the Road…But Nearly Not

Surprise! Greetings from Newport

Is That a Dipstick in Your Pocket – Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Dipstick Theme Continues – Don’t Get Excited

Hunkered Down in Hollywood

Celebrating 50 in Style

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life



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