Today, we get to experience Summer that is truly us. For a moment nothing else matters except him, her, me and the beach we love.
In my native tongue, Garappata means tick or parasite. First verbal reaction, “Eeew,” followed by fleeing. So, when a friend told me few Summers ago, “Check Garappata when heading to Big Sur,” my response was, “What? Is it nice?”
It is unfortunate if we judge a place based on its name or review because we are only depriving ourselves of the opportunity to experience something marvelous.
Even during this era of popular reviews and likes, must-travel destinations needs to be personal because travel experiences are subjective. They are unique and perceive differently by every individual. It’s like the movie critics versus the general patronage with their subjective criticisms. What critics don’t like, we average movie goers may actually find enjoyable and entertaining.
People standards are different when it comes to appreciation, Nature included. Some people are simple to please and their happiness easy. Others amazing has to be loaded to be impressed.
Back to our diamond in the rough, Garrapata Beach at Garappata State Park in Northern California is the Chameleon of beaches. The beach is never the same with each visit. It constantly changes with the weather, seasons and tides. It synchs with the mood and temperament of the sky. Weather Apps are advisable though sometimes this beach teases and surprises weather predictions.
Anyone searching for a quiet escape, Garappata Beach is perfectly secluded. Driving towards it, a Veteran Traveler can spot right away the difference between Garrapata and the other more famous tourist spots. That alone is a gem when we value space and safety in this constantly changing COVID-19 Pandemic World vaccinated or not.
Some search for the undisturbed and the blissfully silent. Others search for the fun noise in action packed places.
Pristine Garappata can get boring for the thrill seekers. The beach is ideal for resting and can be challenging for the restless to stay put. Me included. So, keeping it interestingly fresh with every visit keeps my feet on the sand.
What awes me at this place? A lot, but let me start with the local frosted bluish green succulents hanging bravely on its cliff walls.
The succulents grow snowflakes-like white flowers reminiscent of Winter’s magic.
It has its cousin succulents in Montara only they are vibrant green with bright yellow flowers most beautiful in Spring and Summer.
Then there’s the mountain crystal clear stream surrounded by robust Calla Lilies that passionately meets the Ocean like secret lovers. Romance and adventure are an addicting euphoric mix.
The sound of water cascading from layers of sandy soil and pebbles creates a very soothing music like that of bamboo chimes singing with the wind. Hypnotically calming.
Best but rare. When the tides are low, a hidden lagoon reveals itself behind two mountain rocks in front of a bridge. It doesn’t happen often so we were fortunate to see it twice. Don’t attempt to cross when the tides are high. The waves are tall and powerful. One can easily be swept and swallowed by the Ocean.
Option B if you really want to see it, climb up and down the rocks that surrounds it. Be careful, the rocks are jagged, sharp and steep.
Our roadtrip must haves: Picnic basket full of food and beverage, Griller, Beach Tent and Mat, Football and Card Games.
Oh, and my iPhone 8 Camera. Can’t just take pictures for sharing with my eyes.
So when having a Roadtrip to Big Sur, Carmel or Monterey. Check this paradise and tell me what it unveils for you. It’s a romantic beach that will win your heart with creativity and unique moments that are just made for you. Don’t you feel special already? You should cause you are.”
Write stories that makes us realize how blessed and happy our lives had been, is and will be. Our lives, our adventures however we want it.
The moment we stop following, comparing and competing for what’s “amazing” in the Social Media Travel and Lifestyle frenzy, the closer we are to our own happiness and inner calmness.
So, delete the Apps we don’t need and just keep the one that inspires and connects with us the most.
Believe me, having less will make our lives happier and less stressful. It’s one free prescription to gain back our Mental and Emotional Wellness.
Follow our heart because it will lead us to everything genuinely amazing.
So, go and enjoy every moment and adventure your Summer has to offer. Make lots of happy family memories because that is guaranteed to last forever.
Every minute waisted not doing anything is a lost opportunity to discover something truly marvelous.