If you were to Google Moss Landing, you would find in Wikipedia some useful information regarding its location: Monterey County, California, United States. You would also learn that Moss Landing is located on the Pajaro Valley Consolidated Railroad 15 miles (24 km) north-northeast of Monterey. I am certain that you would also find lots of other stuff that I will not bother to repeat here. What I can tell you, however, that Wikipedia doesn't yet, is that Moss Landing is filled with true magic; the kind that you can only experience in your best day-dreaming scenes.
Moss Landing is a town that while it might be small in size, it certainly is huge in art, history and soul. It is filled with a million atmospheric whispers of peace and joy, hidden in almost every corner. Art galleries, great food in some of the best restaurants in the area, antique shops, spa destinations and even fabulous coffee (move over Starbucks). When driving into that direction, whether you are going there from the south or from the north, you will find the scenery a gift from God. I often think that somehow the clouds manage to look prettier there, on clear days. And on foggy mornings, there is even more magic in the air. If you like to take pictures, this is a tiny paradise of sorts. And if you like to paint, this is heaven on earth.
This year, my daughter returned to her first love in art (oil painting) and Moss Landing was, in part, to blame (the inspiration and dreamy atmosphere, of course). But perhaps the most important reason for her renewed love for the art, was thanks to Moss Landing artist, and instructor, Marv Anderson. Mr. Anderson has a gift for turning local landscapes into dream-like pathways to heaven. His realistic clouds, and majestic backroads on canvas, invite you to imagine yourself walking into those same remote fields that were once explored by John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. Those same backroads where Steinbeck found inspiration for his own writings so many decades ago.
Moss Landing, and all of its magic, always offer an open invitation to stop by for a visit. If you are anything like me, you will not be disappointed. In fact, you might just become a regular visitor and a new fan!