Coastline, Waves, and Beaches

The coastline inspired Dune, the greatest, most popular science fiction novel of all time. Dune was written by the Editor of our local newspaper in Santa Rosa named Frank Herbert. The Coastline, I took it for granted when I left Northern California. I could drive to see the waves of the ocean in 20 minutes. Students would casually drive to the beaches to surf after school got out in the afternoon only to return home by dinner at 6:00 pm. I wanted more. I was restless, bored, and distracted by an unknown world that I wanted to explore. Exploring was in my nature. I would arrive in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and they would ask, “What are you doing here? Why did you leave California?” I settled in San Diego, Las Vegas, and Santa Barbara, which many people considered paradise, but the locals would ask the same wandering question, “What are you doing here? I went to Sonoma for a wedding two years ago. The Wine Country is gorgeous. The beaches are perfect. Why did you leave? What are you doing here?” People thought I was running away from a crime, trauma, or bad experience. They couldn’t imagine that I left to learn more. I see now. I am older. As an older gentleman, I see the world through other people’s eyes as I observe them and realize that few in the world see the wonder of the ocean in Northern California along the Pacific Coastline.
I have so many stories about camp fires, surfing, high school get togethers, gatherings in the green van, Salmon Creek, Goat Rock, how we got ambitious enough to try other beaches in Marin County called Stinson and Santa Cruz surfing spots along the coast down to Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey.

Thomas Chee

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