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Mud, Massage and Bonfire

The next couple of days were dedicated to relaxation and catching up with my friends; while they were at work after the weekend was over, I went on short day trips regrouping with them in the evening. For the past few days I had an upper back pain that wasn’t going away. Hearing me whining about my back pain, Wess offered to give me a “walk-over” back massage. That’s what I called it!

Wess Abruzzo performing a Tantric Bone Setting Massage on me at the Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, CA
Wess Abruzzo performing a Tantric Bone Setting Massage on me at the Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, CA

The actual massage technique is called tantric bone setting massage which he learned in India during his time studying at the Shri Kali Ashram, a school focused on sharing and preserving the spiritual science of Tantra Yoga. The night before  Melissa brought up that they would like to take me to a hot springs spa as their treat if I would like that. I was in! On Sunday morning we headed to Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, California. Not only we would be covering ourselves with mud, Wess decided that that’s where he would give me the tantric massage. Laying on a spot to the side of the mud pool under the curious watching eyes of other visitors, I was pampered by his feet. They common expression tells us “don’t let anyone walk all over you!”, but this was different and absent of words to describe the sensations. Not quite a true believer, I thought that if it didn’t fix my back at least I had an amazing tantric experience.

On our way back to Vista, we stopped at a Mexican restaurant that served great food and amazing margaritas. By then my back pain had gone from excruciating to bearable. I don’t know if it was the massage, the hot pool immersions, or the time I spent in the steam room. The fact is that I felt a lot better and I would let him walk over my body anytime! On our way back home they told me that his sister would be joining us and we would take the camper to a beach in Oceanside and have a bonfire if we were lucky to find a fire pit available. The place is very popular and the only minus is that the beach patrol police makes sure everyone is out of there by eleven. We got distracted by having such a great time that we lost track of time and overstayed long enough to be approached by the police who politely reminded us that beach was closed. How could we not forget the time being surrounded by the sounds of  waves, skies filled with stars and a shinning silver moon above us? As corny as it may sound, it was a poetic night!

Sunset at San Elijo State Beach, California
Sunset at San Elijo State Beach, California

On Monday morning, after getting my laundry done, I went to San Elijo State Beach where I had a campsite reserved for the next three days. After pitching the tent I spent the rest of the day at the beach. After going out for some food and coffee, I returned to the beach to catch the sunset. Surfers kept coming in as the sun shed its last rays of daylight. The water and the sea breeze were colder than I had expected, but again I had got used to hear that in the past few days it had been days it had been colder than usual for that time of the year.

The campground at San Elijo Beach was primarily populated by large families and the tranquility that I had experienced in other campgrounds until now was not present here. It was past midnight when the children around quieted down and I could finally enjoy the sound of the waves rolling on the beach and crashing against the cliff walls. I would suggest that this campground is perfect for families with children but I didn’t find it to be a good choice for me being own my own. My experiences were teaching me that campgrounds that are primarily families destinations are not friendly toward lone travelers. My opinion is that if you are traveling by yourself chances are you appreciate peace and quiet. Although every campgrounds state the rules and quiet hours, I found that such rules are largely ignored by the majority of families and park staff never seem to enforce the rules. So, be prepared to hear unsupervised children and teens running around screaming at the top of their lungs at late hours into the night. I must admit that I did not have a reservation and when I called to reserve a campsite, this was the only campground in the vicinity of San Diego that had availability. All the other ones which had great reviews were completely booked for the days I wanted.

Sunset at San Elijo State Beach, California
Sunset at San Elijo State Beach, California
Sunset at San Elijo State Beach, California
Sunset at San Elijo State Beach, California
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