Ladies of St. James’, it’s time for our annual Flatlanders Getaway to Pajaro Dunes on the Monterey Bay! This year we will be at the beach Thursday through Sunday, September 26-29. We spend four days together talking, laughing, playing cards, getting to know each other better, and reconnecting as friends. We eat a lot of good food too! The townhouse we stay in is just steps from the beach.
Flatlanders has been a St. James’ tradition over forty years. It started with a group of women wanting to get away for a weekend. Previously it was a camping weekend at Portola State Park, Samuel P Taylor State Park, or a Thousand Trails campground outside Hollister. The name “Flatlanders” came about when the first trip began. At the same time, there was also a group of mostly men from church who backpacked in the Sierras each summer. One of the ladies said “we are staying down here on the flat land”, and the name lovingly endures. When we decided to give up camping for more comfortable lodging, we found a great place at Pajaro Dunes on Monterey Bay, just outside Watsonville. This is our ninth year at the beach, and we still love our stay!
During our weekend away, all of us spend time doing whatever we want. Some go for long walks up and down the beach. Some stay closer, perhaps wade in the water, then come sit in the sand with a good book or a game of dominoes. Some catch up on their reading, others on sleep. Often on Friday some women go exploring: to Pacific Grove, the Aquarium, Capitola, or someplace else nearby. Others prefer to stick close to home base and just relax. The past few years we have added nighttime s’mores and stories around a bonfire on the beach – yum!
Always there is good conversation. It truly is a time for bonding for us. We share, we care. We laugh, and cry. We enjoy the beauty of God’s creation all around us. Everyone pitches in to make the weekend a success. And on Sunday morning we share in a meaningful worship service celebrating God and the power of sisterhood.
If this appeals to you, please look for the signup sheet in the Parish Hall in mid-July. The weekend is open to any woman 21 years or older. The group generally consists of current parishioners, past church members, friends of St James’. We’ve had ladies up to 90 years old join us – all are welcome! With a full house the cost is approximately $160 each plus food. Please talk to any committee member (Mary Casas, Nancy Castaneda, Dorothy Balderston or Laura Winter) to find out more. We would love to have new participants as well as returning ladies. Join us for a wonderful weekend!