Monday, July 22, 2013

Sea Ranch Chapel ...

Marlene Terry


Pretty unique skate board course, wouldn't you say? At least that's what I thought when the photos of that very strange building came in.

You might remember that weeks ago we asked for your ideas on simple, fun vacation destinations. A reader in California complied, and now we know that travelers finding themselves smack dab in the middle of Sonoma County on Highway 1 in the Golden State, may if they wish, stop and take the time to tour the Sea Ranch Chapel.
That's right. That curvy roof stained glass conglomeration is a chapel, non-denominational in intent and a gift from two Sea Ranch residents who dedicated the structure to the memory of a young man, Navy aviator, artist and zoologist, Kirk Ditzler, who believed that art was a visible link between the physical (nature) and the spiritual.

... Easy to see the physical link to the natural elements of the area with the chapel's cedar roof and the local stone used in the walls and surrounding areas. I'm also told that there are beautiful redwood touches everywhere inside. It all helps to ensure that all those who happen upon Sea Ranch Chapel will find it to be completely in harmony with nature, and a sanctuary for prayer, meditation, and inspiration.

Here are the facts: The chapel is open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day. That is every day except for the times when couples have chosen it as the place they want to be married, renew their vows or celebrate a special anniversary. ... You know sacred events.
... And if that's the case during your visit there, it might not be a bad idea to take along with your camera, a wrapped gift!
... Happy traveling all!

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