I'm in San Diego for a work conference. It was probably no mere coincidence that I arrived on L. Frank Baum's birthday. I played hookey from the conference one morning to visit Coronado Island which was Baum's retreat after the smash success of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - the book that would posthumously be the world-wide hit movie.
The Hotel del Coronado was The Royal Historian of Oz's winter home and the place where he would pen several of the subsequent Oz novels. Later, he would even rent a home on the island to continue to visit what he considered paradise on earth. With year-round perfect weather, San Diego and Coronado Island would prove time and time again the ideal back drop to draft his world-famous books.
I visited as Aurah. I continue to verify the energetic connection between Baum and the Default World through this artistic alter-ego of myself. I stood on the beach and looked out at the Pacific Ocean. I couldn't help but see Rinkitink and Bilbil washing onto the Island of Pingaree in the book Rinkitink in Oz. And as I roamed the Hotel del Coronado and explored its over-the-topness, I of course thought of Princess Ozma and her royal accoutrements. I even bought some crown place holders in the gift shop.
I watch in wonder as I continue to explore as Aurah, well after I turned in the paper for school. Picture below from the hotel's website. It's Baum reading his stories to the children on the island.
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