Monday, March 7, 2011

My Town Monday: Dana Point, CA

Welcome to this week's My Town Monday post!

Dana Point has a population of about 37,000 and is located on the coast in the OC, roughly halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles. It was named after Richard Henry Dana (1815-1882), a lawyer, a seaman and an author. Mr. Dana wrote the first book about California in English. The book was published in 1840 and was titled TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST. Mr. Dana described Dana Point (then called Capistrano Bay) as "the most romantic spot on the California coast."

Here are a few more interesting tidbits about Dana Point:
-It's a great whale-watching place. Depending on the time of year, you can see gray whales or blue whales.
-It's a great spot for surfing.
-The historic area, called Lantern Village, has many streets named after different colored lanterns (Blue Lantern, Amber Lantern, you get the idea). A couple of hundred years ago, ships used colored lanterns to guide traders safely into Dana Point's harbor.

You might be wondering what I was doing in Dana Point. It was my writing critique group's (Denny's Chicks--so named because we often meet at Denny's) getaway weekend!!

Here we are hard at work!

Stacey Goldblatt! Not only is Stacey an amazing writer, but she's also a very talented baker...of desserts. We encourage her in both pursuits. P.S. Stacey is the author if two Young Adult novels: STRAY and GIRL TO THE CORE (both published by Delacorte Press/Random House).

Kathy Krevat! Kathy wins for Most Words Produced This Weekend! Congrats to Kathy and her twinkle fingers.

Kelly Hayes! Kelly brought very delicious homemade soup. Very delicious. She also prepares mouth-watering appetizers. And she has a good sense of direction.

Me in my pink, fuzzy writing socks. (Kathy also has a cute pair.)

Here's what awaited me when I arrived home. That Child thoughtful!

Here we (me, Kelly, Stacey, Kathy) are in our natural habitat (at Denny's)! Just for fun, can you name the ONLY Denny's Chick who eats red meat?

Oh, oh, oh! If you haven't had a chance to check out the book trailer for I SO DON'T DO FAMOUS, here's a link. I'm really proud of it.

Please click here for links to more My Town Monday posts. Have a great day!



Teresa said...

Great post, Barrie. Dana Point is a fun place.

Love your fuzzy pink writing socks. Hope you got a lot written.

Charles Gramlich said...

Attack of the laptops. You all look serious! :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

How cool that you do this! And we work the same way--in fuzzy pink socks, kicked back in an armchair!

Anonymous said...

Pink fuzzy writing socks - love it!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Wow! That sounds like so much fun. A beautiful location, yummy food, time away with friends, and hours and hours dedicated to writing...sounds fabulous!

Sarakastic said...

I have fuzzy socks too, but they are just normal ones, not writing ones.

Stacy said...

Hope you had a great weekend away.

Clare2e said...

What a cool getaway!

Nice of you to mention the Dana Point history, but as soon as you said Denny's, I was thinking hashbrowns. Dare I even mention the classic Moon Over My Hammy? *now, I'm drooling on my keys

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

How great to have a writing get-away. I love Dana Point, especially the Ocean Institute with its tall ships and the tide pools by it. Beautiful place.

Nicole said...

my daughter cannot get enough of your book "I SO Don't Do Spookey" she loves it and does not want it to end!!! Thank you so much for getting her to love reading!!! A happy Narberth Pa mom

Solvang Sherrie said...

I'm jealous of your writing retreat :) Sounds like fun! And La Jolla is the perfect place for it.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Dana Point is on my list for next time. And I have purple fuzzy socks to write in.