Guest Since 2007
As I was growing up in the northeastern United States, I remember hearing stories of California. The flora and fauna of the Pacific coast seemed so beautiful and mystical to me. In particular, I remember stories my father told of a rare and beautiful plant that was half tree, half cactus. All my life I dreamed and wondered what this fantastic “tractus” looked like.
Finally in 2007, I made my first trip to California with my wife and daughter. I’d heard of a resort in San Diego on an island all to itself; a place where the city hadn’t overrun the trees and plants native to the area. This place was Paradise Point and this is where decided to stay and begin the search for the Tractus. When we arrived we were overwhelmed by the beauty and majesty of the grounds and gardens. Immediately, we parked our car, checked in and headed for the pedicabs to begin the search.
The first things to get our attention were the hibiscus and other brightly colored tropical flowers. Flowers we had only seen in pictures that we could now see and smell for the very first time. Next, we found cottony soft trees that reminded me of the truffula trees that I had read about in Dr Seuss’ “The Lorax”. We even found a very rare and once thought extinct ghost tree - the only tree native to the area that sheds its leaves and goes into a dormant state blooming only once a year.
We searched all over the island for hors upon hours and still no Tractus. Finally, after we returned the pedicab and headed back to our bungalow for the evening, we saw one! Tucked against the wall of our very own building was the elusive Tractus of my childhood dreams. It was as beautiful and wonderful as I’d always imagined. We were all overjoyed about the amazing sights we’d seen.
Hungry from our search we decided on outdoor dining at the Barefoot Grill. We sat and ate, passing the camera around recounting the sights we’d seen and enjoying our meal. We will never forget our time at Paradise Point and we wish you all the best as you celebrate your 50th year.