Black's Beach Bares

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This page last updated January 1, 2004 by Lloyd Johnson

This is a text archive of Black's Beach Bares newsletters for the year 2000.

Vol. MMI Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: December/January

Events:

If you were present December 3rd, you were probably wondering what happened to the abalone cookout and birthday party.  I hiked down to the beach at about 9:30, despite the cold and the fog.  By 12:00 I admitted that it not clear or warm up, and there wouldnít be many people anyway. 

I abandoned my party plans and hiked up.  Iím told it did clear and warm up that day, but there werenít many people on the beach.  I hope you were not one of the few who were disappointed. 

I will have other opportunities to hunt abalone.  And we will sponsor other activities at times when better weather is likely.  We will be doing picnics Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. 

Weather, Tide and Cliff Concerns:

For the half of December that I was in San Diego we enjoyed moderate temperatures.  Typically it was warm on the beach from 10am to 2pm. 

Now itís January and Iíve been to the beach a few times already.  Iím finding warm weather until about 4pm lately. 

Iím also finding the tide so high and so much sand has been moved to under the surf that it often forces us against the cliffs.  We should all be mindful of the cliffs and consider carefully where to sit.  I have witnessed a few rock slides myself and it would be tragic to lose somebody to one of these rock slides. 

Even if the tide is not very high, the last high tide has left us with wet sand.  You might consider a waterproof barrier to sit on.  I know my towel is always damp at the end of the day. 

We lost the bulletin board in the north to the January 12th storm.  I found the post and broken board laying on the beach.  I intend to have that back up soon enough for you to read this newsletter there. 

Access:

Our clothing optional beach survives because itís a state beach, but the trail belongs to the city. 

San Diego has been hit with our first big storm.  Our trail suffered serious damage.  Apparently the city closed it during the storm, which makes sense. 

I found the trail to be very slippery near the bottom January 13th.  The sand bags at the bottom held up for the most part, but the soil between them was lost. 

Apparently Blackís Beach Diggers did some trail restoration and it was already much improved that same day.  I understand one of the Diggers, Steve, was cited for trail construction while I was out of town.  I saw Robert cited January 14th

Robert is seeking legal representation.  If you can be of assistance, please contact him at rms@cts.com 

Bad News in California:

We have fared well here in San Diego, but our northern neighbors have suffered some serious loses. 

Last summer Santa Barbara lost all three clothing optional beaches.   It now seems that they might regain one, More Mesa. 

Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks both passed anti-nudity ordinances.  These ordinances might have been voted down if more local residents would have spoken against them. 

It is my hope that when this challenge comes to our beach, we will be well represented in that council meeting.  Even if you are an outsider, remember another word for what you are, tourist. 

Other Clubs Nearby:

For those of you seeking clothing optional activity, and the beach scene just isnít enough for you, Iím listing here a few other places you might consider. 

There are two landed clubs in the area, Swallows and De Anza Springs. 

There are travel clubs like Camping Bares and Naturally California. 

There is our neighbor beach in the north, San Onofre, with their group, Friends of San Onofre Beach. 

Etiquette:

I have not had nude beach etiquette posted in a while.  Itís always worth it to keep newcomers informed. 

Nude beach etiquette is a set of standards, often left unspoken.  It leaves offenders without the excuse of ignorance.  Etiquette informs newcomers what to expect and that they are not alone.  Nobody should feel that they are facing rude people alone. 

Nude Beach Etiquette 

Donít go out of established nude areas.  To wander nude into clothing compulsive territory may offend many, and undermine our objectives.  The beach you save may be your own. 

No overt sexual activity.  Nude is not lewd, but combined with sex, it undermines our image and could cost us our freedom and enjoyment of the beach. 

Do not photograph people without their permission.  It is common courtesy to ask first.  Not everyone wants to end up in a stranger's photo album.  Never photograph any children but your own. 

Respect otherís privacy.  Many are at the beach for quiet time.  Don't monopolize a person's time unless the welcome mat is out.  Recognize when you are unwelcome. 

Speak up for our standards.  If a person seems unaware of beach etiquette, explain it kindly and plainly.  Give them a copy of "Appropriate Behavior".  Don't let uncouth individuals ruin our fragile and beautiful place under the sun.  The beach you save could be your own. 

Pack it in, pack it out.  There is no trash collection at Blackís Beach.  If you carried it down, you must carry it back up.  It is recommended that you pack out a little more than you packed in.  Not everyone packs theirs out and much trash washes up from other beaches.  Nude beaches are known to be the cleanest beaches around.  Letís keep it that way.

 

Vol. MM Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: October/November

I didnít publish an October newsletter because there just wasnít much to tell.  I only plan to publish 8 or 10 newsletters a year.  We donít sponsor trips to other beaches or resorts.  We just go to Blackís Beach as often as possible and enjoy the sun on our skin.  In the summer we enjoy the water and wind on our skin too, but in the winter we tough out the wind and most stay out of the water. 

If you still come to the beach this time of year, you already know what the weather is like.  The rest of you should know that there are still sunny and warm days here all year round.  Lately Iíve been staying from 9:00-3:00.  By 3:00 itís getting windy and cool.  If you want to stay later, some sort of windbreak is advised. 

Few people get in the water without a wetsuit this time of year.  Iím one of the few.  I recently saw a leopard shark in waist deep water.  Leopard sharks are small, mostly harmless sharks.  I took a few pictures.  Maybe one came out. 

A few of you already know I will be out of town Thanksgiving weekend.  I will be abalone hunting in Northern California. 

Abalone is a delicacy, but it cannot be sold legally.  I understand it is sold, illegally, for $100/pound.  I can give it away to my closest friends. 

Abalone is a large shellfish.  The abalone population was decimated and has recently recovered in Northern California.  The taking of abalone is tightly regulated and requires a license. 

Assuming I catch some, and learn to prepare it, I will be cooking and serving abalone for my birthday, December 3rd.  I plan to cook it on a small camp stove, under the glider port.  How much I serve each person will depend on how many people show up and how much I bring down. 

Please join us and bring something for the feast.  Abalone is very tough and must be tenderized, so please take your turn pounding the abalone too. 

That infamous group, Blackís Beach Diggers, has struck again.  They built a stairway near the bottom and painted the handrails red and white. 

Erosion is a problem this time of year.  The trail can change significantly overnight, if thereís rain.  Mud is deposited on the beach and sand is taken offshore to a sandbar.  Sandy beach becomes a little scarce.

 

Vol. MM Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: September

Our Labor Day picnic went well, as many of you know.  Paul, Dave and Bob served burgers, dogs and chicken, feeding about 70 people.  I supervised the ice cream, cranking out three gallons, two vanilla and one strawberry, thanks to xxxxxx.. 

While events like this are fun, it seems unnecessary to do it often.  We always have fun at Blackís and many friends are here everyday.  An event like this is just a good opportunity to meet the friends you didnít know you had.  This picnic was successful in that area too.  I know it brought at least a few new friends together.  I made many new friends and met a few old friends from Swallows too. 

We all work and sleep in different places, but Blackís is where we live and play.  We are a community, much like a church assembly.  We are not just people who come to the same beach every weekend.  We know each other, or at least recognize each other.  We donít drive out the newcomers.  We welcome them with open arms and encourage them to come back soon.  We do have our differences though. 

Some of us swim and some of us surf.  Some of us wear jewelry in more than the traditional places and some of us donít wear any.  Some of us play volleyball and others pitch horseshoes.  Some of us are straight and others curved.  None of these differences matter when it comes to preserving our free beach. 

It has been suggested that I advertise a Bed and Breakfast that caters to Blackís Beach visitors.  This seems like a great idea to me.  If you have, or know of such a place, please contact me.  I might dedicate some newsletter space to it, and some webspace. 

I have been asked to look into some parking problems.  I will do it, but I think we should also look at what we can do to improve parking.  I often notice wide spaces between cars at the glider port.  Spaces are not marked, but if we exercise some reasonable guidelines, there will be room for more.  I realize that parking close puts your car at risk of dings and scratches, but if youíve left more than three feet between your car and another, you are crowding out other visitors.  Please park closer and make room for more. 

Many have noticed that Salk Institute has put out notices of their application to expand their parking lot.  I believe we should oppose that expansion.  Any expansion encroaches on gnatcatcher habitat, an endangered species.  I myself have seen three gnatcatchers at once.  The survival of a species is more important than more parking.  An entire habitat should be preserved in their name.  Besides, this parking will not benefit us.  It is true that building the additional parking will move Salk parking off the street, but that is only on weekdays, when glider port parking is adequate.  Please call Jeanette Temple at Planning and Development Review, (619) 557-7908 and comment on the parking expansion at 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, SDP/CDP/40-0595.

Some have suggested that I make a web page.  I already maintain a website dedicated to advocating the nudist lifestyle.  Start at http://lloyd-j.webprovider.com/blacks.html.  You will find there, detailed directions, including maps and trail photos.  You will also find recent trip reports with a few photos.  I also have a list of weather sites that might help you decide if you want to make the trip.  Also, I purchased a domain, blacksbeach.net, but it is still undeveloped. 

A few readers asked about Al and a few did not notice that last monthís newsletter had a new editor.  The sad truth is that Al Spencer has Alzheimerís and will not be able to return to Blackís.  He recently moved to Arizona with his sister. 

There have been considerable donations and membership fees collected.  The costs of the bulletin boards and the first newsletter have been covered.  I now have enough to put out this newsletter.  If youíve already made a donation, thank you.  If you want me to continue sending you this newsletter, I will need some sign of your interest, a membership payment would be best. 

A few people have said to me that they didnít know there were ďrules.Ē  This is in reference to the etiquette I was planning to post.  Nude beach etiquette is not rules.  Itís more like the difference between rude and civilized society.  It leaves offenders without the excuse of ignorance.  Etiquette informs newcomers what to expect and that they are not alone.  Nobody should feel that they are facing rude people alone. 

Nude Beach Etiquette 

Donít go out of established nude areas.  To wander nude into clothing compulsive territory may offend many, and undermine our objectives.  The beach you save may be your own. 

No overt sexual activity.  Nude is not lewd, but combined with sex, it undermines our image and could cost us our freedom and enjoyment of the beach. 

Do not photograph people without their permission.  It is common courtesy to ask first.  Not everyone wants to end up in a stranger's photo album.  Never photograph any children but your own. 

Respect otherís privacy.  Many are at the beach for quiet time.  Don't monopolize a person's time unless the welcome mat is out.  Recognize when you are unwelcome. 

Speak up for our standards.  If a person seems unaware of beach etiquette, explain it kindly and plainly.  Give them a copy of "Appropriate Behavior".  Don't let uncouth individuals ruin our fragile and beautiful place under the sun.  The beach you save could be your own. 

Pack it in, pack it out.  There is no trash collection at Blackís Beach.  If you carried it down, you must carry it back up.  It is recommended that you pack out a little more than you packed in.  Not everyone packs theirs out and much trash washes up from other beaches.  Nude beaches are known to be the cleanest beaches around.  Letís keep it that way.

 

Vol. MM Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: August

Ever since our "mayor" Al Spencer has not been able to come to our beloved Black's Beach any longer, we have been without an effective tool to spread important information, and communicate on issues concerning us.  The recent closure of Santa Barbara beaches and the lack of a local organization has prompted me to restore the Black's Beach Bares.  If you were on Alís last mailing list, you are on mine.  If you are not on the mailing list and want to receive newsletters, send in an application.  It would be easier and cheaper to send email to lloydj@peoplepc.com. 

We here at Black's Beach have been very fortunate that our paradise has not been endangered.  However, last year's decision by the City of San Diego to enforce the nudity ban should be a wake-up call for all of us.  Most of the nude activity was on the Torrey Pines State Beach, and according to the supervising ranger, it is "business as usual" and the Cahill decision gives us a certain amount of security.  It is not a law, but simply an informal agreement.  

Recently the supervising ranger at Torrey Pines State Park left his post for a promotion.  Thursday, August 10, Marianna Handler from San Onofre and I had a meeting with the new supervisor to establish a relationship.  We found the new supervisor to be naturist friendly and understanding, and having been familiar with Black's for many years.  We were assured that no changes were being considered. 

In the interest of forging a better relationship, we asked if there were any problems we might be able to address.  One concern of the ranger was boundaries. 

Many nudists are misinformed about the northern limits where nudity will be accepted.  Many nudists think that Flat Rock is the boundary.  According to rangers, the northern boundary is Mussel Rocks, an area of the beach where rocks protrude from the sand, and mussels cling to the rocks.  Their story is very credible and very sensible.  Flat Rock is a very natural barrier and Mussel Rocks is very recognizable.  There is even a sign, prohibiting nudity, with raised iron letters, against the cliff between Mussel Rocks and Flat Rock. 

Nobody said so, but it was clear that the area between Flat Rock and Mussel Rocks serves as a buffer zone.  Some uninformed person walking south from Torrey Pines State Beach would see nothing until they pass Flat Rock.  Attempting to establish a boundary at Flat Rock would only increase the incidence of surprise and endanger our existence.   In the buffer zone you can see nude people in the distance and make a decision to continue or not. 

The ranger also mentioned that occasionally they do get complaints about overt sexual activity and have to step in.  Marianna pointed out the double standard that if someone masturbates at Pacific Beach, he is arrested.  If the same thing happens at a nudist beach, they talk about closing the beach. 

We were told that a users group at the beach would be a great asset to deal with these problems.  A group could educate visitors about proper beach etiquette, and very importantly, spread the word about the boundaries.  We do not have to be police.  A friendly, but firm reminder goes a long way. 

I proposed bulletin boards near the two boundaries, and it was accepted.  A ranger gave us a tour of the beach, so that there was no confusion of the locations of the boundaries and the best locations for the bulletin boards. 

These boards within the nude area will carry maps, showing the boundaries, with a star indicating the location of the bulletin board.  There will also be a recent newsletter posted, as well as free copies in a dispenser.  Standards of etiquette will be posted too. 

The purpose of this is to minimize confrontations, by educating nudists.  Nudists who stray from these boundaries, geographical or behavioral, will be without excuse and without support. 

People will ask, "Why didn't you get signs posted advising people that there are nude people ahead?"  There are two reasons why this was not done.  1) The park has no intention of doing something that might look like an official sanction of nudity.  2) It seems unnecessary.  Every access route to Black's offers a distant view of naked people well before reaching the boundary.  Everybody should be able to figure it out before they get there.  If they know they will be offended, they can turn back.

Please come to our first function, a Labor Day picnic.  There will be hamburgers and hot dogs, and I will make ice cream.  We will supply burgers, dogs, buns, condiments and ice cream cups.  Bring your own drinks and something to share.  Look for us under the hang glider takeoff, a little south of the lifeguard station about 2:00.  Please come a little early and take your turn at cranking the ice cream maker.

 All the expenses for this newsletter are coming out of my pocket so far.  Please enclose a donation so that I can afford to send you another.  We have not yet determined the membership fee.  It seems probable that it will be $10 or $15 a year.  Any donation you make will be applied to your membership.

     

 
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