Monthly Archives: May 2014

A Touching Aliso Beach Drum Circle Story


I am not sure exactly how she found the Aliso Beach Website as opposed to La Vida Laguna but we were happy to pass along a schedule of the drum circle events to Sharon who requested help finding it through our website. When we put up the Aliso Beach website we envisioned helping people enjoy Aliso Beach and the greater community of Laguna Beach.  Aliso Beach and all of Laguna Beach are truly a gift and places worth visiting no matter how far you come to make the stop.

Sharon was the name of the gal who stopped by the website and requested help with the schedule.  She was cordial and I was compelled to help her.  I only knew that the Aliso Beach Drum Circle was scheduled for the full moon night of every month.  Embarrassingly enough, I have yet to make one of the events even though I love drumming events.  I was able to find a schedule on the La Vida Laguna website and was happy to pass that along to Sharon.  She was thankful and had an interesting reason for wanting to locate the schedule.  As she briefly told her story, she was hoping to honor her late husband by attending all of the monthly drum circle events in Laguna Beach, California.  I thought to myself what an amazing tribute that would be to a lost loved one and was happy to be a part of making that happen.

I have to imagine Sharon is a genuine and loving soul.  I do appreciate her reaching out to us because I am always happy to help when I can and as I indicated previously, I felt like she was someone that I was meant to help. There is a story in greater detail to tell I am sure.  Sharon does not know it yet but I am going to reach back out to her to see if I can interview her.  Losing a loved one and then setting a course of action to make every drum circle event in the honor of her fallen lover is a real and compelling human interest story.

I know it is easy to walk out the door every morning and become so disconnected to other people and things that matter to us all.  Sharon’ s story, although I have no detail, is valuable to us.  It emanates love and devotion, and the desire to honor a person that was dear to her.  Her reason for searching for the drum circle schedule tugged at my heart. I am busy like everyone else, but I would not have let an opportunity to help Sharon pass me by. While I really didn’t do anything that I think was too much to ask of someone, I do feel really good about helping Sharon pay tribute to her husband.  At the end of the day, people matter, and I was humbled by the opportunity to help Sharon honor her late husband.  I hope one day she and I have an opportunity to chat!  She sounds like a wonderful lady and her desire to honor her husband is touching and beautiful.

I would like to thank La Vida Laguna for being an advocate of Laguna Beach.  The team at and La Vida Laguna agree that this area of the Southern California Coastline is a special, special place.  Aliso Beach is a soulful place and a great place to hold a drum circle and bonfire.  If you are interested in the drum circle at Aliso Beach the remaining dates for the calendar year 2014 are below:


  • Wednesday, May 14
  • Friday, June 13
  • Saturday, July 12
  • Sunday, August 10
  • Tuesday, September 9
  • Wednesday, October 8
  • Thursday, November 6
  • Saturday, December 6



These dates are courtesy of La Vida Laguna. You can find out more about the amazing folks at La Vida Laguna here. You might be interested to know they have kayaking tours, stand up paddle board tours, catered events, team building exercises and so much more.  I have yet to shake hands with these people but know that we share a kindred spirit because we love the ocean, love Laguna Beach and enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle. My goal in the next 30 days is to make sure that I meet them.  The woman I spoke of above, Sharon, reached out to us and we were able to help her because of events organized by La Vida Laguna.  There is so much we can do together and I am excited about meeting them.  Thank you Sharon for inspiring me to get out and talk with the folks at La Vida Laguna and I am so pleased to assist you with honoring your late husband.  That is so wonderful and you won’t find a more amazing place than Aliso Beach in Laguna to participate in a drum circle that allows you to honor a lost love!









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Aliso Beach Art Story


I have never held back on my affection for Aliso Beach. It is a beach and place for the ages in Laguna Beach.  I was driving through Laguna the other day and stopped to see if I could surf before tending to things I needed to get done.  The wind wasn’t playing nice but I did run into a friend Chris Mitchell from the body boarding community.  Chris is a standout body body boarder that has a penchant for taking on the biggest and nastiest waves Southern California has to offer and he does it with a boyish smile and enthusiasm that makes you appreciate him as a rider and a person.

That day he had his twin boys with him as he often does and was just trying to will the winds and waves at Aliso Beach into something special.  The effort fell short but I as I have come accustomed to doing, enjoyed shooting the breeze with Chris and talking to his boys.  These kids have sheepish grins and a clever and fun way of talking about anything and all things.  I can’t think of one time that those two kids with how they interact with adults where they didn’t make me laugh and smile.

Aliso Beach Art

A wave in a single moment in time shared by friends that became art.

I got to talking with Chris and he was asking me if I knew what his new art purchase from Scotty Carter was.  I told him that I did and I acknowledged that a piece that big would be the largest piece we had ever done.  Chris had an IPhone 5c with no phone case on it so I tested one of our IPhone 5 Cases on it with another shot from Aliso Beach.  We learned that day that the IPhone 5 cases fit the 5c, 5s and 5’s all at the same time.  I had no idea and had been told there were no cases for the 5C.  Among the other things we talked about, he told me a little bit about the Scotty Carter Aliso Beach shot that purchased on a 75 inch canvas a few years back.  It turns out that he was on the beach with Scotty the day that photo was taken.  By any standards, that shot was and is an incredible capture.  Chris finds himself emotionally tied to that piece because Scotty and he shared the awe when that thing stood up and pitched the way it did while they were on the sand at Aliso Beach.  For me, it kind of humanizes the art in a way.  That day and sharing the time entranced by one wave of many at Aliso is something he will never forget.  He has a piece at home that will forever remind him of that day and I think that is an Aliso Beach Art Story worth sharing!

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Did You Know You Can Buy Aliso Beach Phone Cases?


So, you live in the area and have an affection for Aliso Beach or maybe you surf, body board, tray surf , skim or body surf there.  If this is the case, and you are entranced by the blue-green water color, the palm trees swaying in the wind, the warm soft sand and the incredible waves, then we have cases that you might like.

Scotty Carter has been shooting Aliso Beach for nearly 3 decades.  His love affair with this beach started well before the Aliso Beach Pier came down for the last time.  Sand carried by Aliso Creek water sculpts waves into dangerously beautiful heaving waves that photograph in the most incredible ways.  Scotty has mastered the interaction of water, light and energy combined with the hydrodynamics of fresh water meeting the ocean and grooming fresh sand bars that bend waves perfectly on the north end of the beach.

Phone cases are currently being printed featuring Aliso Beach water sculptures, landscapes and sunsets for IPhone 4, IPhone 4S, IPhone 5, IPhone 5S, IPhone 5C, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5 phone models.  Scotty has close to 30 years worth of Aliso Beach photography to choose from and there is something for everyone.

If you are a rider and have a shot that you would like to have printed on your phone, we would love to hear from you.  We are happy to help you put that memorable shot on your phone so that you can show all your friends.  If you are interested in purchasing a phone case or having one of your own images printed on a case, fill out the form and we will give you a call.  You will be stoked with your new phone case!

I Want An Aliso Beach Phone Case Now!

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