Peace and Love Garden Mountain Road
Beach Laguna Beach
Beach, California -- Mountain Road Beach includes a beautiful Peace and Love
Garden filled with cherubs, hearts and good vibes.
Mountain Road Beach, Laguna Beach,
CA--All that glitters is not gold, but may contain other earth
elements such as water, sand and soil. An unexpected retreat
awaits those who happen upon or know about Mountain Road Beach
in Laguna Beach. A beautiful garden with cherub statues,
beautifully shaped rocks, flowers, an artificial white dove on a
post, and a wooden plaque sign, "GARDEN OF PEACE LOVE", all are
tucked past the street level view as you descend a set
of steps to
Mountain Road Beach.
If you are open to good
vibes, the experience may offer you a moment of respite, quiet
and even inner peace. Delighted and surprised by this little
beach garden oasis, I discovered (by asking a local guy) how
long the garden has been around. About five years, as he
reckoned. "Really cool," I said back. "Peace, I love you,"
he replied, then held two fingers up in a peace sign.
Kind of shocked that this
little garden and peaceniks exist when all you normally get is a
one-finger salute of rudeness from people on the road, I knew
I'd walked into a time warp. Remembering the days when I thought
about world peace, I felt a bit of joy for this brief moment in
time, yet sadness for where we'd traveled during several decades
of growth as a planet.
Artificial statues and
ceramics can wash away and decay, but the tender loving care of
those who nurture this little Laguna Beach garden lives in the
strategic placement of items, and symbols painted on rocks and
plaques. It is but one of several California beach locations
where the locals have taken on a challenge of maintaining a
message. Other spots where we've seen similar efforts include
Encintas - Moonlight Beach peace tree, Halcyon, former home of
the Dunites, and Esalen in Big Sur (esalen.org).