29 October 2005

So I took Friday off and came up to Santa Cruz with Darlene to visit some of our best friends...

Capitola, CA
Capitola, CA

The region around Santa Cruz and Capitola is practically our favorite place in the whole world. If a one-room bungalow didn't cost $750,000, we'd think of retiring here someday.

Nearby is the famous Mt. Hermon Christian conference center and campground—one of the premier Christian campgrounds anywhere (if not the absolute finest in the world). Down the road from the entrance to Mt. Hermon, we saw this sign:

Retreat?

I think it's a convention of homeschool moms.

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18 comments:

mrclm said...

Are those the directions for the women to retreat, or how to get to a retreat? :-)

Is there a cheap place to live in the Southern half of California that is worth living in?

Big Chris
Because I said so blog

Mataikhan said...

I just found a 750 sq. ft. cubby-hole for my fiancee and I just down the road from Grace and The Master's Seminary for a sweet $800/mo. It's across the street from an abandoned Montgomery Wards, an abandoned Carrow's and an abandoned Outback Steakhouse. Except for the police choppers that circle overhead at night, the neighborhood is pretty quiet. And if you climb up on the roof in the evening, you get a really good view of the sunset over the plumes coming from the stacks of the Budweiser brewery. I think the apartment manager has a couple more openings if anyone is looking.

Carla said...

Yep, it's true. We gather once a year to comiserate about the myths of homeschooling. We all wear denim jumpers and bring home-baked breads.

What Phil didn't mention was his real reason for taking Friday off...

Guess who our keynote speaker was for this year's convention?

Mmmhmm, you guessed it, none other than the Pyro himself.

We all had a lovely time, and he agreed to return next year.

(the above story is just as real as this story
http://carla_rolfe.blogspot.com/2005/06/serious-celebrity-coverage.html from earlier this year - and no matter what I do I cannot make links into hyperlinks in blogspot commenting, so you'll have to cut and paste to see where else the Pyro has been spotted in the last several months)

marc said...

Phil,

I was just up at Mt. Hermon this August for a "Song Writing/ Wordhip Leader" Seminar put on by inegrity music. I would have enjoyed it more, but I was asked to leave early after they discovered me carving the lyrics to every song i'd ever written into the bark of the majestic Redwood trees that surround the camp.

Dan Paden said...

I'm never more comfortable than in the presence of a whole bunch of homeschool parents and children. And homeschool moms and dads really are the best cooks.

Terry Lange said...

Nice place, we didn't make it quite that far on our vacation. We stayed in Ventura at the Pierpont Inn and we stayed in Morro Bay while visiting the Hearst Castle... Looks very similar to Cayucos...

Kim said...

Choose your weapons, girls.

wisdomofthepages.com said...

Maybe that is a women of SPRITUAL warfare retreat and they are marking off their geographical territory with those signs in order to keep the bad spirits out.

candyinsierras said...

Well, if there IS such a thing as territorial demons, they certainly would be in Santa Cruz.:) My husband kept spotting Jerry Garcia on every corner too. One should stop in at Henry Cowell Park also to see the large redwoods. Beautiful park. There is also a wonderful beach up Highway 1 near Ano Nuevo Beach that is nearly deserted every time I visit. Beautiful cliffs and wonderful place to look for rocks embedded with all kinds of shells.

Greg Linscott said...

You know, this post is just begging for a homeschool moms specialty Biblezine...

TheBlueRaja said...

Looks like a beautiful place! Women of warfare . . . isn't that a division of Jan Crouch's ministry?

Micah said...

Welcome to my neck of the woods Phil! I lived in Santa Cruz for many years. Enjoy the silliness while you can! :) You can see some of my photos of the locale at http://www.conceptdesign.com/photos

vOx ReFoRmAtA said...

phil you rock man. LOL

Impacted Wisdom Truth said...

Greg Linscott is right, Phil. How's about Homeschooler Biblezine cover for us?

Wayne Hatcher said...

My three children, a registered nurse, a Wheaton grad, and a U. S. Marine, bless their homeschool mother every time they see her. If they could only spell, type, and put three words together to form a sentence, they would tell you themselves.

Ben said...

Mataikhan wrote:
"And if you climb up on the roof in the evening, you get a really good view of the sunset over the plumes coming from the stacks of the Budweiser brewery."

Are you close enough that you can hear the rooster behind the Motel 6 crowing at 4:00 in the morning?

Mataikhan said...

Paleoevangelical,
No, there are 10 lanes of interstate freeway between me and the rooster. You must be really lucky!

jane said...

We love that area too. The 17-mile drive is as close to heaven as we'll get this side of it. Mt. Hermon is the best--I went there every year for camp, but the best thing is their writer's conference. I hope to go again when the kids are bigger. You'd be a great speaker/teacher for that (nice way to get a free stay for you and your wife for five days).