No place quite like this in the world

Saturday I took a trolley north from south Laguna to Divers Cove, in Heisler Park. The trolley was filled with local young people going from beach to beach. I walked north to Monument Point and the flagpole and there sat a friend. We looked north to see Picnic Beach, the “giggle crack” at Divers, Fisherman’s Cove, Shaw’s Cove, Seal Rocks, paddleboarders and pelicans dating back to pre-historic times. 

Later I walked north by Rock Pile beach. I could feel the ghost of Tom Rizzo, musician and surfer who loved Rock Pile and taught young Latinos how to surf thru the rocks.

Ending up on a bench at the pickup basketball courts at Main Beach, I was amazed - as I have been many times at a group of men playing basketball with what looked like a ten year old and teenage boys. It was a pickup game I will never forget because the two boys, who were guarding each other kept making great moves and scoring baskets - to the astonishment of the adult players and onlookers. 

After a while, I walked south remembering when south of the old guard tower was an LGBT friendly, destination beach, much like West St. is now, and on that beach the occasional silver service brunch was served on the sand by gays. Memories of DANTES big, public gay bar right there came back to me too. Hundreds of locals and visitors from around the world inside DANTES and on the porch and on the beach enjoying another whimsical day in beautiful Laguna. 

Today is important, but so are memories. There’s no place quite like this in the world. 

Roger Carter

Laguna Beach

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