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Where America Meets the Pacific
by Edward Phillips

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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The drive from San Francisco to Big Sur along California’s Highway 1 is the most scenic stretch of coastline to be found anywhere. America the Beautiful is simply incomplete until you have driven it. Take it and you will see and hear the Pacific’s mighty waves crashing on the shore, and you will experience the glory of Nature in a panorama of sensual magnificence that is unique in all the world.

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Where America Meets the Pacific

 I walked to the edge of the ocean

And I found the beginning of time

As each wave crashed on the rocks and the sand

They formed an Eden sublime.


There’s no place on Earth as majestic

As this coastline we love to call home

It’s jagged and rough but there’s never enough

Of those spectacular waves with their foam.


They rise up in bulging tumescence

And recede in a descending threat

Still they soothe us and bless us and even caress us

With a rhythm you never forget.


See a storm welling up in the distance

Feel its power as the waves rise up higher

Hear the roar of a million tomorrows

Sense the calm of a heavenly choir.


If all of the saints up in heaven

Pooled their talents for all that they’re worth

They could never replace it, they could never erase it

This coastline that’s heaven on Earth.

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Reviewed by Michael True 10/29/2013
A beautiful, masterful description of my favorite piece of real estate. I once climbed the switchback trails of Big Sur to those same mountaintops from which my idle memories took me to the scene of the ever raging battle. I am only reading this now and wondering if psychic connections can be made through a website. Eerie. I will bookmark this page. M.True
Reviewed by Mary Cecil 3/29/2013
Wonderful and so descriptive.This poem brings me there.
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 10/20/2012
THAT is beasutiful!!! Makes me wish I wzas in CA, though I never have been. I've had similar thougghts driving the short stretch of Rte. 1A between ogunquit and York ME. though the scenery isd nowhere near as intense.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/14/2012
In my three short years in Northern California, I had occasion to drive the coast from Oregon to Tijuana. As the great Pacific plate pushes up against the continental plate and creates the Sierras and Rockies, it also creates this magnificent coastline through countless earthquakes.

One time, near Big Sur, I stopped at an overlook to enjoy the majestic view, only to be besieged by miserable blackflies that wouldn't let me alone. I guess even heaven on earth has its price.

Reviewed by Sara Coslett 10/14/2012
I've always wanted to take that drive. Last year my husband and I drove to Sequoia, taking the coastal scenic route. It was beautiful, but we since learned the northern California coast is much more breath-taking. Looks like we'll need to make a special trip one time to see "Where America Meets the Pacific."

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 10/14/2012
Yep. I've made that drive, and lengthened it by driving down to Ensenada. I was with my girlfriend and we were detouring as we drove to visit the old missions, some just crumbling adobe, some masterpieces of man's ability to erect beautiful buildings..
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/14/2012
I would have to agree since I've driven it several times;
A coastline that is heaven on earth, so majestic and divine.
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