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Sunday, August 30, 2009


I hope this Summer has been your best Summer yet...with many more to come.

Several years ago, I stayed at the venerable Del Coronado...San Diego (Coronado Island). It was about this time of year. While walking along the beach, I noticed the one shoe left behind while the owner was surely enjoying her last Summer's fling before seasons' end.

That evening in the courtyard, all was quiet and it gave me a chance to muse about all the travelers over the years that have stayed here. The old Hotel is one of the few remaining all wood structures of this type in the world. The Del was the summer home of a very famous resident...L. Frank Baum. Does that ring a bell? He is the author of "Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz"...which was one of three books he wrote while staying here. Walking the courtyards and hallways of the Del at night, I swear I could hear the clanging footsteps of the tin man or see small clumps of straw left behind as the scarecrow walked on before me.

Many on both coasts have summer memories of days at the boardwalk playing in the sand or visiting the arcades...it is my hope that you have made some memories this Summer.

Have a great Sunday.

Dan

18 comments:

Sunny said...

What a wonderful Hotel, with such an interesting history.
The sand looks inviting and warm. I think I'd kick my shoes off too!
Sunny :)

Anna said...

Hey Dan by any chance have you found a roll of film, lol, I lost on the beach in San Diago in 2000, lol. Just kidding. The image of the shoe is amazing, I really love what you did with it. The first photo, the effect is stunning, so mystical. Excellent work. Thanks for sharing, and bringing some memories back. Anna :)

DawnTreader said...

That does look like a place where an author might find the peace to write. I read the book just recently for the first time - The Wizard of Oz - (in English), only saw the classic musical movie before.

Dan Felstead said...

Sunny...I love places with a rich history and the Del certainly fits the bill!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Anna...look under the shoe! LOL! That is too bad about the film. Thanks for the comment and I am sure you will agree that the Del is magical.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...Oz is a magical novel...I would imagine that it would be of interest to you...totally different than Potter, the rings and Narnia but it sort of has that same feel to it.

Dan

Simply Heather said...

When I saw the two photos, I wondered what you'd have for a write-up. I really enjoyed reading this, Dan!

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...I know what you mean...actually the shoe on the beach and the courtyard of the Dell are only about a 5 minute walk apart...a beautiful walk at that!

Dan

septembermom said...

I would like that hotel to be "somewhere over the rainbow" for me! Looks like such a gorgeous place to stay.

_we_the_pieces_ said...

OOOH I saw the picture on the Dashboard, and clicked the link before reading the little part of the post, and totally called that that was the Del Coronado!!!
I've never stayed there, but I have been there. I went ice skating there on Christmas Day 2 years ago. Great place. You're quite lucky to have stayed there!!
(:

Kateri Joe and Jonathan said...

Haha, if I took a picture of every stray shoe I've seen lately, I think I'd have 30 or so random shoe pictures. But, that's what Arkansas life is about...lose the shoes, it's the carefree country! *sigh* Nice pictures, though! They seem to radiate with a daydream haze...I love it! :-D

-Kateri Joe

Highton-Ridley said...

I do like that shot of the shoe. Very nice! Comp, colours and subject are very evocative.

btw, have you tried the blogger setting for having the comment box in a separate window? I often find myself halfway through writing a comment only to find I want to see the original post before I can finish my comment. With a sep. window this is really easy. Or did I miss something?

Heather said...

What a beautiful place to stay!

I haven mixed emotions about the summer's end. Part of me feels a little jipped this year - I only took one small beach trip, and it wasn't all I wanted it to be. I didn't make it out to the lake as much as I would've liked either - although this coming weekend will feature both the beach AND the lake (and college football!!), so I suppose it's a good way to close out the season.

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...thanks for the comment. I would also like to see some of the beach communities out East. Cape Cod, Marthas Vineyard just to name a couple.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Molly...good to hear from you again! Hope your Summer went well. I bet that it would be magical to visit the Del on Christmas. Sounds like a neat experience.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks for the comment Kateri...I'm laughing at your post! It sounds like you actually are worse about your shoes than my wife and that is going some!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Mark,

I didn't know about the separate window...I will check it out today...sounds like a great way to go.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...WOW! Lake, beach and college football in one weekend...sounds like the PERFECT way to end the Summer. I feel a bit jipped as well...the Summer went os fast!

Dan