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Gualala? What's that?
Well, it's a name that's hard to pronounce and even harder to spell. Sometimes
it's hard to remember. Some people call it gwa-LA-la, but the natives call it
wa-LA-la. This comes from the Kashaya Pomo Indian phrase, "ah kha wa la lee"
which means, "Where the water flows down", which makes sense--for the river
goes out to the ocean right across from the center of town, right by that big
sand bar where the whales stop for lunch every year.
It's up on the coast of California, north of San Francisco a ways. Not a big
place, like some of those expensive resort areas. But, you know, once you've
been to Gualala you'll never forget the wonderful times you had there. You'd
Say! Let's go right now and I'll show you what you've missed. Even just
talking about it I can smell that clean salt air and see the whales and
seals. I don't know what it is about that area that always seems so calm
and natural. I come home feeling like I've found a special private retreat
where I can always go when I need to just relax, kick back and have fun.
Me and the beach, the redwood trees, and a few whales playing offshore.
No boss. No noisy neighbors. No smog.
And we love the people. They're so calm and happy. I swear it's infectious.
I come home smiling like I just won the lottery. And you know, in a way I
guess I did. I don't know why I never notice sunsets at home, for instance.
But up there. Wow! They have this thing called a green flash during a sunset.
At first I thought they were pulling my leg. But it's really true. We saw one
and even got a picture of it!
So, are you packed yet and ready to start exploring? I just can't wait to go
back! Come on! Let's go!