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Vol. MMXI Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: August

State-Wide Issues:
Citations at San Onofre continue.  Most have been dismissed, but recently the Parks Department has pressed forward with one case.  This one will be hard fought, and strongly affect future cases.  There have also been citations issued at Garrapata State Beach.

Members of the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) met with the State Parks Commission, July 8 in Sacramento.  The meeting was not specifically for nude use designation, but the topic was brought up.  Nothing was resolved at the meeting, but the discussion continues.  The hope is that the chaos created by revoking The Cahill Decision can be reversed and our rights will be restored.

The Beach in General:
Much of the month of July was hot and sunny, but the month did end with overcast skies and a little sprinkle. There are rarely less than a hundred people on the beach and often more than a thousand on weekends.

The sand has returned, giving us a wide beach most of the day.  Only spring tides make the beach narrow.  The sand has been too hot for bare feet and sandals are needed.  The water temperature has been 70-73 most of the month.  However, these first few days of August the temperature has dropped to about 60.

Past Events:
We hosted picnics every Sunday in July, as well as July 4th.  There were often sweet corn and chicken shared.  I sometimes noticed shish kabobs, hamburgers, vegetables, and hot dogs.  There have been several swims to the reef.  The body boards have been used plenty.

Future Events:
Let the picnics continue!  You don't have to bring food, but the key to participation is to bring something to share.  We provide the fire, but you cook it.  Then you pass it around in bite-sized pieces and mingle.

Body boards are still available.  Swims to the reef will resume once the water warms up again.  Volleyball games run back to back all afternoon.  There's still a lot of summer left!

August 7 Sunday Picnic

August 11-14 Western Gathering  Lupin Lodge

August 14 Sunday Picnic

August 21 Sunday Picnic

August 28 Sunday Picnic

September 4 Sunday Picnic

September 5 Labor Day Picnic

September 11 Sunday Picnic

The Naturist Minority:
When we are surrounded by like-minded people, we forget that we are an oppressed minority.  We have only a few oases where clothing is optional.  Without the NAC, even these oases would not exist.  Many of us feel secure on our oasis.  Things have gone well here, but not so well in the rest of the state.  

NAC defends clothing optional use of public land through participating groups like ours.  NAC will not save our beach or any other, but they will help us organize and save it ourselves.  Without the hard work of NAC volunteers in years past, you would not be nude on this beach or any other.  What have you done?  What have you given back?  If not you, then who?  If not now, when?

Western Gathering:
The Naturist Society (TNS) conducts several gatherings a year.  The gatherings are political in nature, sharing good news and bad.  Philosophies and tactics are discussed, but there is also a great deal of games and camaraderie.

The time of the nearest gathering is at hand.  This year the gathering is at Lupin Lodge, near Los Gatos, August 11-14.  Dave Cole will be there, representing our interests. 

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours.  The highest tides in the summer typically occur at about 9pm.  We get a wide beach during the busy day, but there's a sharp rise late in the day. 

moon low high

Aug 13 full -0.5 6.4   9:41pm

Aug 28 new -0.7 6.8   9:21pm

Sep 8 waxgib -0.1 6.1   7:36pm    

Typically the highest tides occur near new or full moon, but early September will give us some high tides of concern.  A high tide will arrive while the beach is still full, forcing people back and closer together.

Avoiding Sunburn:
Summer means it’s easier to get a sunburn.  Visitors to Black’s Beach often want to get that all over tan in the few days they are here.  Usually what they get is an all over sunburn.  Using sun-block is a good idea, but you should also use some shade. 

The mid-day summer sun is higher and too intense for tanning.  You may even get sunburned in the morning and not realize it.  Then, if you resume sunbathing in the afternoon, your sunburn will get worse.  The better way to get your all over tan is to stay in the shade until about 2:30, then tan in the afternoon sun.  There is plenty of ultraviolet in the afternoon sun for a tan. 

Volleyball:
Our volleyball courts see heavy use afternoons, especially weekends.  More players are encouraged to join in, nude or not.

Stingrays and Jellyfish:
There are stingrays in our water all year, even knee deep.  Sting rays don’t attack people, but if you step on one, you will learn that their defense mechanism is very painful.  It’s treated with heat.  Bury the affected area in hot sand.  The pain takes an hour or so to pass and rarely requires medical attention.

There are purple jellyfish in our water that are sometimes driven to shore.  Dead or alive they still sting.  It only causes an itch that passes after about a half hour.  If you spread it by scratching, it will last longer.

Your Submissions Please:
Long-time readers may notice that many things are repeated month after month.  Much of this will continue, as there is information that first-time visitors need to avoid injuries and legal problems.

You can help add variety to these newsletters by submitting an article of your own.  I haven’t refused a submission yet.  You can mail it, email it or give it to me personally. 

Subscriptions:
Subscriptions are $10/year.  Please subscribe, renew or make a donation.  I ask a $2 donation for email subscriptions.

People take free copies from the bulletin board and those who read from the website are uncounted too.  These free sources of the newsletter will continue, because informing people is the point.

There are monthly expenses for operating the website.  Donations can also be directed to Black's Beach Diggers trail workers.  Decide if the newsletter, the website or the trail have made your visit better, and donate accordingly.

Vol. MMXI Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: July

The Beach in General:
June has been a mix of June gloom with a few sunny days.  However, early July has been a heat wave. Sand has begun to return, and there is much more ready for the right surf conditions to deposit it higher. It is nearly the wide beach we have come to love. 

The sand is already too hot for bare feet.  The water temperature has been as high as 72.  There have been only dozens of people on weekdays, but hundreds on weekends. It's beginning to look a lot like summer. 

Past Events:
We have already hosted a few Sunday picnics.  The grill has been used for sweet corn, chicken, hot dogs, carne asada,  and zucchini. We have shared body boards, Frisbees, and other beach toys.

Future Events:
Black’s Beach Bares will continue to host Sunday picnics.  They will all be contingent on good weather. Ice cream may be made on exceptionally hot Sundays. 

The toys and the games are still available. We still lead swims.

July 4-10

Nude Recreation Week

July 10

Sunday Picnic

July 11-14

Catalina Sunsets

July 17

Sunday Picnic

July 24

Sunday Picnic

July 31

Sunday Picnic

August 7

Sunday Picnic

August 11-14

Western Gathering

August 14

Sunday Picnic

August 21

Sunday Picnic

San Onofre:
Citations at San Onofre continue. Most have been dismissed, but recently the Parks Department has pressed forward with one case.  This one will be hard fought, and strongly affect future cases.

Nude Use Designation:
The Naturist Action Committee presses for official designation.  As this newsletter goes to press there is to be a meeting with the State Parks Commission, July 8 in Sacrameto.  Included in the agenda is official designation for nude use. 

 Please check the Friends of San Onofre website for more information. Blacksbeach.org is currently in transition to a new domain host, and it is not possible to make timely updates. 

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours.  The highest tides in the summer typically occur at about 9pm.  We get a wide beach during the busy day, but there's a sharp rise late in the day. 

Consider this before taking a long walk.  You wouldn't want to return to find your stuff has been washed out to sea. When you're laying down watching the waves get closer and closer, consider that the next big wave might reach you.  Spring tides are closely bound to new and full moon, but comparably high a few days before and after.  Also the time of highest tide gets about 40 minutes later each day. 

 

 

moon

low

high

Jul

14

full

-1.2

7.0  9:16pm

Jul

30

new

-1.0

7.0  9:34pm

Aug

13

full

-0.5

6.4  9:41pm

Western Gathering:
The Naturist Society (TNS) conducts several gatherings a year.  The gatherings are political in nature, sharing good news and bad. Philosophies and tactics are discussed, but there is also a great deal of games and camaraderie. 

The time of the nearest gathering is at hand.  This year the gathering is at Lupin Lodge in Los Gatos, CA, August 11-14. Our own Dave Cole will be hosting a few workshops. 

Stingrays and Jellyfish:
There are stingrays in our water all year, even knee deep.  Stingrays don’t attack people, but if you step on one, you will learn that their defense mechanism is very painful.  It’s treated with heat.  Bury the affected area in hot sand, or contact lifeguards and ask for hot water.  The pain takes an hour or so to pass and rarely requires medical attention. 

There are purple jellyfish in our water that are sometimes driven to shore.  Dead or alive they still sting.  It only causes an itch that passes after about a half hour.  If you spread it by scratching, it will last longer. 

Sunsets and the Green Flash:
With a sharp horizon and a clear sky, it should be possible to see the green flash following sunset.  Once the sun gets low enough in the sky and the refraction of our atmosphere separates colored images of the sun, we can see the green image after the brighter, red image goes over the horizon.  Watch for a moment of green light after sunset.

Catalina Island can rarely be seen from the beach, and more often, but still rarely, from the top of the trail.  Catalina is seen silhouetted by the setting sun July 11-14.

Parking Lots:
Gay Pride celebrations in Balboa Park will run from July 16 & 17 this year.  That always has an impact on parking here.

Avoiding Sunburn:
Summer also means it’s easier to get a sunburn.  Visitors to Black’s Beach often want to get that all over tan in the few days they are here. Usually what they get is an all over sunburn.  Using sun-block is a good idea, but you should also use some shade. 

The mid-day summer sun is higher and too intense for tanning.  You may even get sunburned in the morning and not realize it.  Then, if you resume sunbathing in the afternoon, your sunburn will get worse. The better way to get your all over tan is to stay in the shade until about 2:30, then tan in the afternoon sun.  There is plenty of ultraviolet in the afternoon sun for a tan. 

Torrey Pines Reef 2:
There is an artificial reef offshore, about 3/8 mile out and 40 feet down.  I attached a marker last month, but it's already gone.  This reef is host to a variety of life, fish, lobster and other invertebrates.  Now that the water is warm, swim expeditions to the reef will take place daily, sometimes twice a day.  It takes about an hour.  Strong swimmers should look for buddies between our two flags, or contact Lloyd through the website.  There is no prohibition of floats.  You just have to be bold enough to swim that far from shore. 

Subscriptions:This is a good time to remind people that subscriptions are $10/year. Many subscribers have not paid for renewal and I have not checked for expired subscriptions.  Please renew your subscription or make a donation, if you value these newsletters.  I ask a $2 donation for email subscriptions, but most email subscribers pay me nothing.  Many people take free copies from the bulletin board and the people who read newsletters from the website are uncounted too.  These free sources of the newsletter will continue, because keeping people informed is more important.  Please consider making a donation anyway. 

Vol. MMXI Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: June

Summer comes this month. The solstice is June 21 at 10:16am, giving us the longest day and northernmost sunset. Aphelion comes just a few days later, July 4, when we are farthest from the sun.

The Beach in General:
There were many great, warm and sunny days in May. Often there are only hundreds of people on the beach, but there have been over a thousand people on hot weekends. Sand has been returned, so it's a wide beach again. Water temperatures have ranged from lower to upper sixties.

Past Events:
Black's Beach Bares were ready to host picnics May 29, 30, and June 5. We only started the grill May 30. People grilled hot dogs, chicken and sweet corn.

Future Events:
The time of year when Black's Beach Bares sponsors events is here. We will host Sunday picnics, contingent on good weather. That means we provide a hot grill; you bring something to cook on it. We share our food and get to know each other. Ice cream will be made on exceptionally hot Sundays. 

June 12

Sunday Picnic

June 19

Sunday Picnic

June 26

Sunday Picnic

July 3

Sunday Picnic

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 4-10

Nude Recreation Week

July 10

Sunday Picnic

July 11-14

Catalina Sunsets

July 17

Sunday Picnic

July 24

Sunday Picnic

Torrey Pines Reef 2:
There is an artificial reef offshore, about 3/8 mile out and 35 feet down. It's now marked with a bright yellow float, one gallon, attached to an abandoned lobster trap. This reef is host to a variety of fish, lobster and invertebrates. Swim expeditions to the reef will take place in the early afternoon. Ambitious swimmers should look for buddies near our flag, or contact Lloyd through the website.

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides in the summer typically occur at about 9pm. We get a wide beach during the busy day, but there's a sharp rise late in the day. 

Consider moving your stuff to higher ground before taking a long walk. When you're laying down watching the waves get closer and closer, consider that the next big wave might reach you. The time of highest tide gets about 40 minutes later each day.

 

 

moon

low

high

June

15

full

-1.5

7.1  9:26pm

July

 1

new

-1.1

6.8  9:46pm

July

14

full

-1.2

7.0  9:16pm

Sunsets and the Green Flash:
With a sharp horizon and a clear sky, it's possible to see the green flash following sunset. Once the sun gets low in the sky, refraction of our atmosphere separates colored images of the sun, we see the green image after the brighter, red image goes over the horizon. Watch for a moment of green light after sunset. 

Catalina is seen silhouetted by the setting sun late in May and mid mid-July, perhaps 11-14.

Tar on the Beach:
The currents sometimes wash tar up onto our beach this time of year. Some of us try to pick it up, but more keeps washing up. Watch your step and watch where you spread your towel. It's very hard to get it off. To remove it, use any oil-based product. Some people carry baby oil, or suntan oil just for that purpose. Even lip balm will work in a pinch. Because some people pick it up, it's less likely other people will step in it or ruin a towel. If you're going to pick it up, consider using a kelp leaf. 

Stingrays and Jellyfish:
There are stingrays in our water all year, even knee deep. Sting rays don't attack people, but if you step on one, you will learn that their defense mechanism is very painful. It's treated with heat. Bury the affected area in hot sand. The pain takes an hour or so to pass and rarely requires medical attention.

Jellyfish are seen washed up on the beach, but how many people give thought to the fact that there must also be some in the water. These animals are unable to see you and pursue you, especially near the shore. They are very much victims of water currents. If you see one in the water, note the direction the water takes them and keep out of the way. Even a dead piece of a jellyfish stings on contact.

If stung, don't spread it by scratching. Untreated, the itch passes quickly. Lifeguards spray on rubbing alcohol, but it's unclear that it actually helps. Rinsing with sea water may be just as effective.

The Naturist Minority:
We have only a few oases where clothing is optional. Without the Naturist Society (TNS), even these oases would not exist. Many of us feel secure on our oasis. Things have gone well here, but we can't count on that forever. We all hope for the best, but joining an organization is the first step in preparing for the worst. The best way to avoid a fight is to show that we're ready for anything.
National Nude Recreation Week:
National Nude Recreation Week is July 4-10 this year. To us here at Black's Beach, it means doing what we always do, enjoying our freedom to choose not to wear clothes. It's a wholesome freedom everyone should enjoy. 

It's a freedom our forefathers enjoyed, but is facing more challenges every year as our population grows. Will this freedom be reduced to just private property, and from there be restricted to the shower and bedroom?

The Naturist Society (TNS) has been instrumental in preserving nude recreation at Black's Beach, and Black's Beach Bares continues to work with TNS. Please join with us to ensure that there is always room on public land for nude recreation. Look for our yellow flag for more information.

Red Tide:
About this time of year we sometimes have red tide, giving our water a red or amber color and poor visibility. Dinoflagellates are the culprits. These plankton reproduce explosively.

The dinoflagellates here in San Diego are bioluminescent, meaning that they glow when turbulence is introduced. Each wave will give off light. If you swim at night, you will see a glow with every stroke. If you walk in the surf at night, every footstep will sparkle. If you can't be here at night, take some water home and shake it up in a dark room. 

Donations:
Many people take free copies from the bulletin board and the people who read newsletters from the website are uncounted too. These free sources of the newsletter will continue, because keeping people informed is the point.

There are monthly expenses for operating the website. Donations can be directed to Black's Beach Diggers for trail work. You decide if the newsletter, the website or the trail have made your visit better, and donate accordingly.

Vol. MMXI Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: May

I didn't write an April newsletter.

San Onofre:
There have been several citations for nudity issued at San Onofre. The good news is that every one of them fought by Allen Baylis has been dismissed. So, you are taking some risks undressing there, but it can be fought and won.

The Beach in General:
There were many great, warm and sunny days in March and April. There has been some rain, but that may now be a thing of the past. Often there are only a hundred people on the beach, but there have been a thousand people on hot days. The summer sand hasn't returned yet, but it's still early. Very high tides do leave us with little dry sand and very low tides leave us with islands and pools in the surf. Water temperatures have ranged from upper fifties to 64. There have been some big waves recently.

While there has been a rockslide that damaged the trail, Black's Beach Diggers have been busy making repairs. 

Future Events:
The time of year when Black's Beach Bares sponsors events is approaching. We will host Sunday picnics beginning May 29. Ice cream may be made on exceptionally hot Sundays. Body boards, sand castle molds, and other toys will be available for general use.

As always, picnics will all be contingent on good weather. May gray and June gloom are always concerns. For those not familiar with San Diego weather, the hot weather inlands often produces cold and overcast weather at the coast.

May 14

World Naked Gardening

May 28-31

Catalina Sunsets

May 29

Sunday Picnic

May 30

Memorial Day Picnic

June 5

Sunday Picnic

June 12

Sunday Picnic

June 19

Sunday Picnic

June 26

Sunday Picnic

July 3

Sunday Picnic

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 4-10

Nude Recreation Week

July 11-14

Catalina Sunsets

July 10

Sunday Picnic

July 17

Sunday Picnic

July 24

Sunday Picnic

July 31

Sunday Picnic

August 7

Sunday Picnic

August 14

Sunday Picnic

August 21

Sunday Picnic

August 28

Sunday Picnic

September 4

Sunday Picnic

September 5

Labor Day Picnic

September 11

Sunday Picnic

Sunsets and the Green Flash:
With a sharp horizon and a clear sky, it should be possible to see the green flash following sunset. Once the sun gets low enough in the sky and the refraction of our atmosphere separates colored images of the sun, we can see the green image after the brighter, red image goes over the horizon. Watch for a moment of green light after sunset. 

Catalina is seen silhouetted by the setting sun late in May and mid mid-July, perhaps 11-14. We don't always have a clear horizon, but if we can confirm the dates, we should be able to predict this every year.

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides in the summer typically occur at about 9pm. We get a wide beach during the busy day, but there's a sharp rise late in the day. 

Consider this before taking a long walk. You wouldn't want to return to find your stuff has been washed out to sea. When you're laying down watching the waves get closer and closer, consider that the next big wave might reach you. Spring tides are closely bound to new and full moon, but comparably high a few days before and after. Also the time of highest tide gets about 40 minutes later each day.

 

 

moon

low

high

May

 2

new

-0.4

6.0  9:16pm

May

17

full

-1.7

7.1  9:39pm

June

 1

new

-0.8

6.4  9:22pm

June

15

full

-1.5

7.1  9:26pm

From Black's Beach Diggers:
We appreciate donations of lumber and cash. However, we ask that there be no further lumber donations. We already have more lumber than we con use, since we have no plans to improve the trail after mid-May. Lumber donations should be made much earlier in the year, like December - March.

Cash donations are still appreciated, as it will help us recoup our expenses. Lumber, tools, and hardware is bought out-of-pocket. The steel spikes alone cost $3-$4 each depending on length.


Torrey Pines Reef 2:
There is an artificial reef offshore, about 3/8 mile out and 45 feet down. This reef is host to a variety of life, fish, lobster and other invertebrates. Now that the water is warm, swim expeditions to the reef will take place in the early afternoon. Ambitious swimmers should look for buddies between our two flags, or contact Lloyd through the website.

Tar on the Beach:
The currents sometimes wash tar up onto our beach this time of year. Watch your step and watch where you spread your towel. It's very hard to get it off. To remove it, use any oil-based product, baby oil, suntan oil, or even lip balm. If you're going to pick it up, consider using a kelp leaf. 

The Naturist Society (TNS):
TNS is a member organization formed to promote nude recreation and body acceptance. They do this by defending clothing optional use of public land through participating groups like ours. Without their hard work in years past, you would not be nude on this beach or any other.

We constantly need your help. You say you've been coming to Black's Beach for how many years? Has it gotten better? Has it gotten worse? What have you done? What have you given back?

TNS membership is a good start. With TNS membership you get a subscription to their quarterly magazine, discounted admission to resorts, invitations to gatherings and festivals, discounts on Skinny Dipper merchandise and voting privileges. Most importantly your membership adds strength in numbers to protect our choice not to wear clothes. 

Subscriptions:
Subscriptions are $10/year. Please subscribe, renew or make a donation. I ask a $2 donation for email subscriptions.

Many people take free copies from the bulletin board and the people who read newsletters from the website are uncounted too. These free sources of the newsletter will continue.

Please consider making a donation anyway. There are monthly expenses for the website. Donations can also be directed to trail work. You decide if the newsletter, the website or the trail have made your visit better.

Vol. MMXI Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: March

Spring is near!
Equinox:

The equinox lies ahead, a day and night of equal length, 12 hours. Following the equinox, days will be longer than nights. It's also a day when the sun sets in the west, rather than northwest or southwest. This should give us a silhouette of San Clemente Island at sunset March 21st.

The Beach in General:
There were many great, warm and sunny days in January and February. There has even been some rain. Often there are only dozens of people on the beach, but there have been over a hundred people on hot days. Very high tides do leave us with little dry sand and very low tides leave us with islands and pools in the surf. Water temperatures have ranged from upper fifties to low sixties.

Website Down:
blacksbeach.org was down for about a week, starting February 1st. It was down because my domain host neglected to register my domain, despite the fact that I paid it May 10th 2010. I am in the market for a new domain host, not Internet Express or Skyriver Communications. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

Parking Lots:
The La Jolla Half Marathon will be Sunday, April 17th this year. The 13 mile race begins 7:30am at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and people finish at La Jolla Cove within 4 hours. North Torrey Pines Road is part of the coarse, mile 9, and access will be limited while runners are passing. Try to be patient, or try to time your arrival better.

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides before the equinox occur at about 9am. After the equinox they occur about 9pm. Use of this information could keep your stuff out of the rising tide.

Spring tides are closely bound to new and full moon, but comparably high a few days before and after. Also the time of highest tide gets about 40 minutes later each day.

 

 

moon

low

high

Mar

19

full

-0.5

5.5  8:48pm

Apr

 3

new

 0.0

5.1  8:48pm

Clothing Optional Oases:
I'm providing a list of some of the other clothing optional opportunities in and around San Diego, for the benefit of readers who don't yet know. Consider them a backup plan for cooler days. There are links to all these clubs through the Black's Beach Bares website, on the "other places to go" page. 

Camping Bares is a travel club that meets for potlucks, day hikes and camping. Naturists in the Orange County (NitOC) works closely with Friends of San Onofre Beach, and they organize nude activities at the Huntington Beach City Pool and Gym. They have one coming up April 2nd.

There is only one nudist resort in the area, De Anza Springs. A little farther away are Glen Eden and Olive Dell.

Up north near Hesperia is Deep Creek Hot Springs. Hot water spills out and is caught in natural pools. Access is not easy though. 

The Naturist Minority:
When we are surrounded by like-minded people, we forget that we are an oppressed minority. We have only a few oases where clothing is optional. Without the Naturist Society (TNS), even these oases would not exist. Many of us feel secure on our oasis. Things have gone well here, but we can't count on that forever. We all hope for the best, but joining an organization is the first step in preparing for the worst. The best way to avoid a fight is to show that we're ready for anything.

The Naturist Society (TNS):
TNS is a member organization formed to promote nude recreation and body acceptance. They do this by defending clothing optional use of public land through participating groups like ours. Without their hard work in years past, you would not be nude on this beach or any other.

We constantly need your help. You say you've been coming to Black's Beach for how many years? Has it gotten better? Has it gotten worse? What have you done? What have you given back?

TNS membership is a good start. With TNS membership you get a subscription to their quarterly magazine, discounted admission to resorts, invitations to gatherings and festivals, discounts on Skinny Dipper merchandise and voting privileges. Most importantly your membership adds strength in numbers to protect our choice not to wear clothes. 

Flies:
We are also entering the time of year when the flies can become a bother. When there is a lot of seaweed and no wind, they don't leave us alone. On those days you will find seaweed covered with flies that swarm every time anybody comes near. The remedy is to move the seaweed far from yourself, and out of the path of by passers. It's also a good idea to use some kind of repellent.

Sunsets and the Green Flash:
With a sharp horizon and a clear sky, it should be possible to see the green flash following sunset. Once the sun gets low enough in the sky and the refraction of our atmosphere separates colored images of the sun, we can see the green image after the brighter, red image goes over the horizon. Watch for a moment of green light after sunset. 

Tar on the Beach:
The currents sometimes wash tar up onto our beach this time of year. Some of us try to pick it up, but more keeps washing up. Watch your step and watch where you spread your towel. It's very hard to get it off. To remove it, use any oil-based product. Some people carry baby oil, or suntan oil just for that purpose. Even lip balm will work in a pinch. Because some people pick it up, it's less likely other people will step in it or ruin a towel. If you're going to pick it up, consider using a kelp leaf. 

Trail and Cliffs:
The trail suffered significant damage from recent storms, and there's sure to be more rain. Black's Beach Diggers is on the job keeping the trail open. Donations of tools, labor and new lumber are appreciated.

Subscriptions:
Subscriptions are $10/year. Please subscribe, renew or make a donation. I ask a $2 donation for email subscriptions.

Many people take free copies from the bulletin board and the people who read newsletters from the website are uncounted too. These free sources of the newsletter will continue, because keeping people informed is the point.

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Vol. MMXI Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: January/February

No doubt it seems that there hasn't been a new issue in quite a while and there are missing issues. I haven't put out so many issues this last year. I've simply been very busy and haven't had so much time for the beach.

San Onofre:
While there have been twenty citations for nudity at San Onofre, the first two contested cases have been dismissed. The citations have been misdemeanor violations of title 14, section 4322 of the California Code of Regulations. Two other individuals accepted plea deals, reducing charges to infractions.

Be aware that ticketing continues at San Onofre. Apparently, Ranger Mike Story watches from the cliff, then races along the beach to issue the citation.

Meeting:
There was a public meeting of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission December 10, 2010 in Old Town. The meeting was not about clothing optional use of state parks, but we brought it up during the public comment portion of the meeting. We sat quietly through the business they had on their agenda, patiently waiting our turn.

Dozens of individuals attended the meeting for that purpose, and we all stood up when one speaker, Chuck, asked us to be counted. 26 speakers approached the microphone and spoke out. Bob Morton came from Texas to speak for us. Allen Baylis came down from Orange County. People cited at San Onofre also spoke. Several members of Black's Beach Bares spoke out: Claudia, Dave, and Lloyd, to name a few.

The speakers were talking about San Onofre and Torrey Pines, aka Black's Beach. Some brought up our differences from other beaches where they have no community. We spoke about how our beaches are safer and we feel more secure. We made sure they understood how much tourism is brought to California and San Diego because of these beaches. We spoke of how we used to work with rangers as stewards of the beach, but now we fear harassment in spite of our good deeds.

We spoke with commissioners afterwards and they expressed a desire to bring up clothing optional use in future meetings and get it on the agenda. We ask readers to participate in the process by contacting commissioners and politely encouraging their support. Contact information is provided on our "alerts" page.

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides typically occur at about 9am in the winter. This leaves us with wet sand all day. You may want to bring a chair, or tarp, just to keep dry and away from the cliff.

 

 

moon

low

high

Jan

 4

new

-1.0

6.2  8:24am

Jan

19

full

-1.4

6.6  8:00am

Feb

 3

new

-0.6

5.6  8:48am

Feb

18

full

-1.1

6.2  8:42am

Mar

 4

new

-0.1

5.0  8:36am

Keep in mind that the tides a few days before and after are comparably high. While the highest tides are closely bound to the new and full moon, this month they are actually a little higher a few days before. 

Clothing Optional Oases:
I'm providing a list of some of the other clothing optional opportunities in and around San Diego, for the benefit of readers who don't yet know. Consider them a backup plan for cooler days. There are links to all these clubs through the Black's Beach Bares website, on the "other places to go" page. 

Camping Bares is a travel club that meets for potlucks, day hikes, and camping. Naturists in the Orange County (NitOC) works closely with Friends of San Onofre Beach, and they organize nude activities at the Huntington Beach City Pool and Gym. They will be using the facilities January, February, and March, but the dates are not yet set.

There is only one nudist resort in the area, De Anza Springs. A little farther away are Glen Eden and Olive Dell.

Up north near Hesperia is Deep Creek Hot Springs. Hot water spills out and is caught in an assortment of natural pools. Access is not easy though. There's a long washboard road and a two-mile hike. It is well worth it.

Sunsets and the Green Flash:
With a sharp horizon and a clear sky, it should be possible to see the green flash following sunset. Once the sun gets low enough in the sky and the refraction of our atmosphere separates colored images of the sun, we can see the green image after the brighter, red image goes over the horizon. Watch for a moment of green light after sunset. 

Flies:
This is the time of year when the flies can become a bother. When there is a lot of seaweed and no wind, they don't leave us alone. On those days you will find seaweed covered with flies that swarm every time anybody comes near. The remedy is to move the seaweed far away, and out of the path of by-passers. You may want to bring a repellent.

Parking:
The Buick Invitational will be January 27-30. This always impacts our parking and traffic. On these dates you may have trouble reaching the parking lot, finding a space and leaving in a timely manner.

In the past, street parking has been marked a no parking zone. Attendants have also been posted at the parking lot entrance. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't park there. Tell the attendant that you're going to the beach, and they must let you through. That doesn't mean you'll find a space. If you leave late in the day, you will encounter lots of traffic. 

Trail Damage:
The Burro Trail suffered damage following heavy rain. Debris fell into the narrow ravine. Black's Beach Diggers have already been working on the area, clearing the debris. The stairs under the debris are undamaged. More rain is expected and more damage is likely to occur, but the Diggers stand ready to fix it. 

The Diggers have significant expenses: lumber, steel spikes, sand bags, and tools. If you wish to donate, feel free to give when you see them working. If you send it to Black's Beach Bares, I will pass it on. Donations of supplies like lumber are appreciated when useful. Please consult with a Digger before leaving supplies.

Membership and Subscriptions:
Both are casual. There is no official list of members and I rarely check expirations. Subscriptions by US mail are $10/year, and I ask $2/year for email subscriptions. 

Free copies from the bulletin board and website will continue because keeping people informed is the point. Please consider making a donation anyway. There are monthly expenses for operating the website. Donations can also be directed to Black's Beach Diggers for trail work. You decide if the newsletter, the website, or the trail have made your visit better, and donate accordingly.