Looking for Goonies at Indian Beach

I was the same age as the kids in the movie “The Goonies” when it was released in 1985. I had a similar group of friends, and our outdoor adventures mirrored what I saw on the silver screen. Some 30 odd years later, I make it to Indian Beach, the location where many of the scenes were filmed. What was I searching for though?

The beauty of the landscape was unparalleled. I meander around giant rocks that lay scattered on the beach, hoping not to trap myself with the incoming tide. I pull out what I affectionately call my crystal ball, and look at the world from a unique perspective.

I study the creatures of the sea that are clinging to the rocks, waiting for the incoming tide to free them, feed them, set them out once again on a journey into the great Pacific ocean.

I hike through the dense forest to the top of an overlook. Along the way I find a lean-to shelter with a small family making breakfast while warming over a new fire.

I sit on the edge of the world listening to the waves break, and wonder what would happen if I slipped, or jumped….

A small deer startles me along the trail. We stare at each other for a moment as we both size up the situation, then the deer disappears into the woods.

What I find here is the innocence of childhood, life before girls, high school and college, and work interfere. The joy of adventure with your best friends.

Do you remember being fourteen?

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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