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re·lax·a·tion noun \ˌrē-ˌlak-ˈsā-shən, ri-ˌlak-\
-a way to rest and enjoy yourself: time that you spend resting and enjoying yourself -something that you do to stop feeling nervous, worried, etc. -the act of relaxing or state of being relaxed, a relaxing or recreative state, activity, or pastime -diversion
This weekend our family took an unplanned trip to Pismo Beach, something you can do when your vacation home is parked in your driveway, to celebrate my husband's birthday. Pismo Beach has been a favorite vacation spot for us since our early years of marriage. Back then we didn't have kids, a vacation home in the driveway, or much money. What we did have was the desire to get away and enough spare change for a room at Motel 6. The rooms were cheap and pretty bare bones, but we weren't going to Pismo Beach for the rooms, we were going for the beach... and the clam chowder. Seriously, if you like clam chowder, and haven't tasted the clam chowder from the Splash Cafe, you are missing a tiny bit of heaven on earth.
Clam chowder isn't the only part of Pismo Beach I think of as heavenly; for me the entire town resonates heaven on earth. It's quaint, quiet (in the off-season) and somewhat quizzical in its ability to remain relatively unchanged year after year. Pismo Beach is a place where I can get away from my busy life, take a deep breath, and R-E-L-A-X. It doesn't take long, just a day or two, and I feel ready to dive back into the daily battles of revisions, rewrites, and rejections. I'm not sure if it's the town, the beach, or the calm chowder. I just know that when my battery needs to be recharged, Pismo Beach does it every time.