Saturday, June 11, 2016

California Summer Dreamin'

by Mel Langston, from Sparkle Abbey's Pampered Pets Mystery series

Hey, ya’ll, Mel here. Although summer may not officially begin for a week, the tourists started descending on Laguna Beach last month. I’ve been as busy as a hound in flea season! But I don’t mind. I love summer. It brings back fond childhood memories of the Montgomery ranch and my cousin Caro, you know, back when we were still talking. We’d climb trees as kids. Spend hours horseback riding, and Grandma Tillie was always waiting for us with an ice cold pitcher of lemonade.

After the excitement of Betty’s and my recent “glamping” trip (you can read all about it in Raiders of the Lost Bark), I’ve decided to stick close to home this year. “Staycations” or “backyard vacations” continue to grow in popularity, and to be honest, having SoCal in my back-pocket just can’t be beat. So it got me thinking about all the amazing things to do within a short drive from Laguna.   

Here are some of the activities I love in my neck of the woods. What about you? What do you like to do close to where you live?

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter). They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets--Sparkle (Mary Lee's cat) and Abbey (Anita's dog). If you want to make sure you're up on all the Sparkle Abbey news, stop by their website and sign up for updates at


  1. I have been to some of them. I am leaving for San Diego this evening.

  2. San Diego is a great place to visit. Have a wonderful time!