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Vol. MMVII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: November / December

Solstice and Perihelion:
This December 22nd will be the winter solstice, meaning that the sun reaches its southern-most point in the sky. Sunset will be far to the southwest. It also means that will be our shortest day, starting at 6:51am and ending with sunset at 4:44pm. There will be only 9 hours and 53 minutes of daylight. Although this marks the first day of winter, it also means the days begin to get longer.

Perihelion occurs a little after midnight January 3rd. This means Earth is closest to the sun, about 91.5 million miles instead of the typical 93 million miles. The fact that perihelion occurs during our winter makes our winters short and mild. 

The Beach in General:
There were several warm and sunny days in October. There has even been some rain. Early November has given us cloudy and cool days. Water temperatures have mostly been 66-64. Often there are only dozens of people on the beach, but there have been over a hundred people on hot days.

The removal of sand by waves has only begun. Very high tides will leave us with little dry sand and very low tides leave us with islands and pools in the surf. Volleyball posts will soon be moved closer to the cliff, to save them from the surf. 

Calendars:
Geoff has begun working on a sunset calendar for 2008. We are also considering a wildlife calendar. There won't be another newsletter before release. If you are interested, please monitor our "Merchandise" page.

Vintage Shirts:
Dave has revived a shirt design from the 70's. The design shows a couple walking, with the text, "san diego" and "black's beach". If you're interested, check our "Merchandise" page and contact Dave. 

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 and 9pm. In fall and winter the higher of the two occurs in the morning. This leaves us with very little dry sand those days. You may want to bring a chair, or tarp, just to keep dry and away from the cliff. The tides a few days before and after are comparably high, but forty minutes or so later each day. 

 

 

moon

low

high

Nov

24

full

-1.7

7.7   7:54am

Dec

 9

new

-0.7

6.4   8:00am

Dec

24

full

-1.9

7.5   8:29am

Jan

 8

new

-1.1

6.2   8:24am

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 our website, on the "Clubs" page. 

Camping Bares is a travel club that meets for potlucks, day hikes and camping. The nudist resorts in the area include De Anza Springs and Sun Island. A little farther away are Glen Eden and Olive Dell. I have free passes to De Anza Springs and Sun Island for a first visit. Contact me, if you think you're qualified.

The 9/1/2007 Incident:
I have finally received a copy of the September 1st "complaint". The complete note says, "Please do not permit nudes on the beach." This same person also filed a complaint August 17th, describing a pot-bellied Hispanic man exposing himself half way between Flatrock and Mussel Rocks. There was also a complaint filed June 28th, describing lewd conduct. It is unclear to me where this incident occurred, "walked from Black's Beach down to Torrey Pines Beach..." It sounds like it was beyond our northern boundary.

First the September 1st letter... It wasn't even a complaint. It was a request to change policy. Combined with the August 17th complaint, it could be seen as another complaint. But, the Cahill Policy requires a new complaint before action can be taken. It's unclear if the August complaint involved lewd conduct, and the incident wasn't even within the nude boundaries. The June incident did involve lewd conduct. 

State rangers have a mandate to manage user conflict. The Cahill Policy gives them guidance for how to manage nude use. It also authorizes them to designate nude use areas. So far they have declined to officially designate such areas. Officially designating the nude use area, and posting signs, would manage user conflict by preventing accidental offense.

Some blame lies with us as well. Sure, the boundaries aren't marked, but many of us know what line will get us in trouble. If you see someone cross that line nude, say something. It is your business. Your inaction, your silence puts the beach at risk. No doubt there are people who know they are crossing the line, ignoring and evading our advice. Those people are neither nudists nor naturists. They are exhibitionists. There is the fundamental difference that they want to surprise and offend. We can't coexist with the scandal they create.

Ranger Meet:
Allen Baylis and I met with the North Sector Superintendent for the San Diego region. We reviewed the three letters from last summer, which is far fewer than other beaches. We discussed the difference between "illegal but tolerated" and "conditional designation". We summarized our boundary history from 2000-present. I compared our user conflict to other user conflicts in state parks, conflicts that are better managed. Allen and I repeated our call for official designation and better signage. No promises were made. Nothing was decided beyond agreeing to review the facts and let cool heads prevail. 

The Naturist Society (TNS):
While you're sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner, don't forget to thank The Naturist Society for saving Black's Beach so many years ago. The struggle to preserve it continues. 

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 help. 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. 

BBB Membership and BBT Subscriptions:
Membership is casual, based on good behavior. Newsletters are free, from the website or bulletin board. Subscriptions by US mail are $10/year, and I ask $2/year for email subscriptions. Donations are appreciated, and often funneled to trail work.

Vol. MMVII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: October

September 1st Follow Up:
Regarding the order to get dressed on September 1st, I have not yet seen the complaint, but I have set up a meeting with rangers. That meeting is not until mid November. The good news is that there have been no additional orders. So far it seems to be an isolated incident.

More Problems:
There was a groundbreaking ceremony October 1st, east of the gliderport. UCSD is planning to build a dormitory complex, which will include a 14-story building.

UCSD claims to have given ample opportunity for public comment, but those opportunities were known to very few. It has been before the California Coastal Commission since June and the building is supposed to be completed by fall 2009. UCSD did not produce an environmental impact report, but rather a mitigated negative declaration.

The gliderport claims it will make sailplane landing too dangerous to continue flights. They periodically close the east and north lots March through June. This has some impact on our parking for those few, low demand months. If this dorm complex is built, it will impact our parking all year. They will likely build parking for residents, but guests will fill our lots just as UCSD students fill it now.

We should oppose this project and all development in the area. Our likely allies include the La Jolla Historical Society and Surfrider Foundation. It seems Bob Filner has weighed in with us, threatening to cut funding to UCSD if they continue with the project.

The Beach in General:
There were many hot and sunny days in September. Crowds have diminished from thousands on busy weekends to a hundred on quiet weekdays. The sand has only been too hot for bare feet a few hours each day, allowing for earlier volleyball games. Water temperatures have ranged from 72 to 63.

Past Events:
The picnic season is over. It's time to count our successes. We hosted 17 picnics this summer, some with an estimated 200 people. We sponsored a surf event. Our members led activities at the Naturist Society gathering. They did gardening on World Naked Gardening Day. They led swims to Torrey Pines Reef 2 and they have reached out and advocated naturism in college classes.

While Lloyd writes the newsletter and maintains the website, it's mostly Dave Cole who keeps the picnics going. He brings the charcoal. He takes things home and cleans them for the next week. He arrived early and set up most mornings. He stayed late putting things away, while many left early or played volleyball. Everybody should know who to thank for the picnics. 

Huntington Beach Nude Swim:
Our neighbors to the north may have lost their right to be nude in their own yards, but they have secured the use of a municipal pool for one evening of nude swimming. The Naturist Action Committee (NAC) has rented the Huntington Beach city pool for the evening of Saturday, October 27. Details can be found on the NAC website. Visit our website, then click on The Naturist Society, then NAC.

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 and 9pm. In fall and winter the higher of the two occurs in the morning. This leaves us with very little dry sand those days. You may want to bring a chair, or tarp, just to keep dry and away from the cliff. The tides a few days before and after are comparably high. 

 

 

moon

low

high

Oct

11

new

 0.3

6.1   9:33am

Oct

26

full

-1.2

7.4   9:18am

Nov

 9

new

-0.2

6.4   7:55am

Nov

24

full

-1.7

7.7   7:54am

From Black's Beach Diggers:
Last summer we received donations of lumber as we were about to end all trail improvement. We prefer to work on the trail when the weather is cooler and there are less people trying to get around us. We appreciate all donations of lumber and cash.

If you wish to donate lumber, now is a good time. Please note that we mostly use heavy lumber, like railroad ties. We have seen that lighter lumber is not as durable and doesn't hold up against winter storms. Scrap lumber is usually useless to us, since it's in small pieces and already rotting.

Cash donations are better because we can buy exactly what we need when we need it. The steel spikes alone cost $3.


Boundaries:
We don't yet know the cause of the September 1st complaint, but we do know the cause of the March 12, 2006 complaint. On that day a man walked way north of Mussel Rocks. He was picking up liter nude. We know there is a boundary somewhere. It is everybody's business when somebody crosses that boundary, since we could all be ordered to dress as a result. Learn where the boundaries are and stop anyone from crossing it.
(A map was included here.)

Subscriptions:
Subscriptions by US mail are $10/year, and I ask $2/year 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.

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

 

Vol. MMVII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: September

Bad News:
I put out a September issue already, but one incident requires that I put out a second edition. At approximately 7pm September 1st a ranger drove from north to south announcing that he had a complaint and we all had to get dressed for the remainder of the day. The Cahill Policy requires that they receive a complaint before they can order us to get dressed, and it's only in effect for the remainder of the day. It could have been worse; the day was practically over.

I stopped the ranger to ask him about the complaint and he replied that they received a WRITTEN complaint. I advised him that I will be filing a public records request to see that complaint.

We don't yet know if this was an isolated incident, or the first symptom of a bigger problem. Similar things have occurred in other states and other parks. Sometimes there was a complaint and sometimes it was an officer with a power trip. It will likely take weeks to uncover the facts. We all hope for the best, but it's my job to prepare for the worst.

There were suspicious circumstances. That same ranger drove north to south, passing the Bares volleyball court at 6:21. I know this because he ran over and broke some volleyball equipment, leading him to stop and get stuck in the sand. Volleyball players pushed him out and I took a picture with a digital camera, recording the time. Then just 40 minutes later he returns with a complaint. Who was in the office so late to receive the complaint?

Afterward, he drove north with emergency lights running, disappearing around Flatrock about sunset.

To my knowledge this last occurred March 12th 2006. The details and other relevant information are in the April 2006 issue. Copies are available upon request at our yellow flag, or can be downloaded from the archives.

If anyone was cited or has information about the complaint, please contact Lloyd. We may be able to help with your legal defense.

The Beach in General:
August gave us many warm days, though not as sunny as is typical. Lately, the days have been hot and sunny. The water temperature was up to 79 much of the month, but has recently dropped to 72. Thankfully, stingrays have been very few in numbers.

Perhaps thousands of people have been visiting sunny weekends, only hundreds on weekdays. People generally play in the water during the hot mid-day and move to volleyball when the sand cools off later in the day.

Past Events:
We have hosted four picnics in August. We've provided hot grills, shared food, shaded naked skin from the harsh sun, shared body boards and surfboards, led swims and offered games. We also cleared seaweed and provided rakes for further clearing.

Our third annual surf event is now behind us, and the results are in. Craig successfully defended his title while Jazmin won the women's division. In body boarding the winners were Wally and Linda, Javier in the teen division and Mike in the pre-teen division. Shirts were given as prizes. Surplus shirts are still available. Check our "Merchandise" page and contact Geoff for details.

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. Food left on the table just gets cold and goes to the squirrels late in the day.

Sept 2

Sunday Picnic

Sept 3

Labor Day Picnic

Sept 9

Sunday Picnic

Sept 16

Sunday Picnic

Sept 22

San Clemente Island

Silhouetted at Sunset

Sept 23

Sunday Picnic

Sept 30

Sunday Picnic

Vintage Shirts:
Dave has revived a shirt design from the 70's. The design shows a couple walking, with the text, "san diego" and "black's beach". If you're interested, check our "Merchandise" page and contact Dave. 

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

Sep

11

new

 0.0

5.9   9:52pm

Sep

26

full

-0.2

6.1   9:39pm

Oct

11

new

 0.3

6.1   9:33am

Spring tides are closely bound to new and full moon, but comparably high a few days before and after. This month the highest tides are the evenings of September 6-10 and 24-25, ranging from 6:30-9:18. 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.

The Naturist Society (TNS):
There's always somebody out there trying to clothe a nude beach. Sometimes the threat is legislation, sometimes it's harassment and sometimes it's a developer. The point is that it takes constant vigilance to keep this freedom.

Black's Beach Bares is allied with TNS for exactly this reason. We are focused on this particular beach and TNS has a broader goal of keeping beaches, hot springs and parks open, nationwide. Their efforts in years past have kept this beach open for your use today. Because the threat is constant, we constantly need help. You can visit Black's Beach day after day, year after year, hoping for the best. Please consider planning for the worst too.

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 to not wear clothes. 

Membership and Subscriptions:
Membership in Black's Beach Bares is rather casual. There is no official list of members and I rarely check subscription expirations. Subscriptions by US mail are $10/year, and I ask $2/year 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.

Please consider making a donation anyway. There are monthly expenses for operating the website. Donations can also be directed to Black's Beach Diggers trail workers. You decide if the newsletter, the website or the trail have made your visit better, and donate accordingly. 

Vol. MMVII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: August

The Beach in General:
June gloom was late this year. Much of July was gloomy, but it was warmer than June. The water temperature was 72 much of the month, but rose to 75 a few days. Tides and waves have given us more sand. The dry sand is often too hot for bare feet. Even gloomy days have brought a few hundred people to the beach, while a thousand visit on weekends 

Past Events:
Black's Beach Bares organized Sunday picnics through July. Some estimates claim attendance as high as 200 at one picnic. We have kept three grills hot at each picnic, one grill exclusively for vegetables. Some of the foods include eggplant, chicken, sweet corn, hot dogs, mushrooms, zucchini, ribs, shrimp and carne asada. People also share chips, salsa and fresh fruits.

Catalina Island was observed silhouetted by the setting sun July 12 & 13, as predicted. While it may have occurred other days too, it was either overcast or went unnoticed.

Future Events:
We will continue to host Sunday picnics through September. In addition, we have a Surf Event coming up August 12. There is no entry fee. The events include surfing, body boarding and body surfing. Prizes will be silk-screened shirts. 

We keep an assortment of toys and games to share, sand castle molds, shovels, paddle ball, blongo ball and body boards. People may also borrow our rake to clear seaweed and soften the sand. Horseshoe and volleyball games are open to new players too.

Aug 5

Sunday Picnic

Aug 12

Sunday Picnic

Surf Event

Aug 19

Sunday Picnic

Aug 26

Sunday Picnic

Sept 2

Sunday Picnic

Sept 3

Labor Day Picnic

Sept 9

Sunday Picnic

Sept 16

Sunday Picnic

Sept 23

Sunday Picnic

Sept 30

Sunday Picnic

Tattoo Promotion:
The stick-on tattoos were very popular, so I made more, 10,000. That should be a lifetime supply. They are approximately 2"x2", with Black's Beach written above our logo and San Diego below. They last about a week depending on how careful you are. We are passing them out for free. If you're interested, stop by our flag for your souvenir.

Parking Lots:
With summer use at its' peak, the west lot fills and late arrivals are forced to use the east lot. Keep in mind that those no parking signs mean that you should leave a clear path so people can get through to the north lot. Overflow parking has been allowed on the other side of those signs, the east lot.

The parking lot is often locked promptly at 8pm. Newcomers should know how to get out if they find it locked before they leave. Left of that gate and a ways across the gravel lot is another exit. Look to the right. It's the gate you saw to your right on your way in. There was a chair, an umbrella and a man sitting there earlier in the day. That gate is rarely locked. Even if that gate is locked, there's another.

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. 

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. Please use this table to avoid unpleasant surprises.

 

 

moon

low

high

Aug

12

new

-0.9

6.8   9:33pm

Aug

28

full

-0.8

6.8   9:51pm

Sep

11

new

 0.0

5.9   9:52pm

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 and after. Also the time of highest tide gets about 40 minutes later each day.

Stingrays and Jellyfish:
There have been few stingrays but a lot of jellyfish so far this summer.

Try to remember a few important things about the stingrays, when you do spot them in the surf. 1) They don't attack people. 2) If you step on one, you will learn that their defense mechanism is very painful. 3) Bleeding is good. It flushes the toxins out of the cut. 4) It's treated with heat. Bury the affected area in hot sand. 5) The pain takes hours to pass and rarely requires medical attention.

It's a good idea to know a few things about jellyfish too. 1) These animals are unable to see you and pursue you, especially near the shore. They are very much victims of water currents. 2) Even a dead piece of a jellyfish stings on contact. 3) If stung, don't spread it by scratching. 4) Treatment has changed in recent years. Vinegar is the latest choice, but seawater may be just as effective. 5) Even untreated, the itch passes quickly. 

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.

Membership and Subscriptions:
There is no list of members. Newsletters are free at the bulletin board and website. Subscriptions by US mail are $10/year, and I ask $2/year for email subscriptions. 

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

Vol. MMVII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: July

Our longest day is past, marking the beginning of summer. We have plenty of long, hot, summer days ahead. Aphelion days is July 7, when we are farthest from the sun, 94.5 million miles, giving us the longer summer.

The Beach in General:
June was not our usual gloom. There were a lot of hot and sunny days, a few overcast and a few windy. The water temperature has been up to 73, but it's mostly been 70 and 72. The beach has regained sand and gotten wider. That sand has been too hot for bare feet. Crowds may have reached a thousand the last weekend of June. Weekday crowds number in the hundreds. 

Past Events:
Our July 1 picnic went well. We had three grills set up, one exclusively for vegetables. People were grilling chicken, hot dogs, shrimp and carne asada. Some vegetables included, squash, sweet corn and mushrooms.

Lots of people used our body boards and other toys. Volleyball courts saw nearly continuous use. People were pitching horseshoes and blongoball. A few people swam to the sand dollars and fewer swam to the reef.

Future Events:
Black's Beach Bares now sponsors Sunday picnics through September, and a few holiday picnics too. The key to those events is to bring something to share. We provide the fire, but you cook it. Then you pass it around and mingle. Body boards and other toys are available. Two volleyball courts insure that there's room for everybody to play, highly competitive or very amateur. Horseshoes is another game offered.

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 8

Sunday Picnic

July 9-15

Nude Recreation Week

July 15

Sunday Picnic

July 22

Sunday Picnic

July 26-29

Western Naturist Gathering
Lupin Lodge

July 29

Sunday Picnic

Aug 5

Sunday Picnic

Aug 12

Sunday Picnic
Surf Event

Tattoo Promotion:
We have made stick-on tattoos, approximately 2"x2", with Black's Beach written above our logo and San Diego below. Our cost was about $112 for 1,000, but we are passing them out for free all summer. If you're interested, stop by our flag for your souvenir.

National Nude Recreation Week:
National Nude Recreation Week is July 9-15 this year. It doesn't change much here at Black's Beach. We recreate nude every day, thanks to The Naturist Society (TNS). In years past they were instrumental in preserving nude recreation at Black's Beach, and many other places.

Don't take this freedom for granted. There are some outspoken people who think we should be so thankful for this freedom that we keep our clothes on. What's the point in having a freedom we can't use?

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. 

Western Gathering:
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 fun, games and camaraderie.

The time of the nearest gathering is at hand. This year the gathering is at Lupin Lodge, near Los Gatos, July 26-29. Dave Cole will be there, leading several activities. 

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 continue 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. 

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 and 9pm. As a result, we get a wide beach during the busy day and it gets narrower late in the afternoon.

 

 

moon

low

high

Jul

14

new

-1.4

7.1   9:44pm

Jul

30

full

-1.0

6.9  10:04pm

Aug

12

new

-0.9

6.8   9:33pm

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, and earlier in the day.

Stingrays and Jellyfish:
Try to remember a few important things about the sting rays in the surf. 1) They don't attack people. 2) If you step on one, you will learn that their defense mechanism is very painful. 3) Bleeding is good. It flushes the toxins out of the cut. 4) It's treated with heat. Bury the affected area in hot sand. 5) The pain takes hours to pass and rarely requires medical attention.

It's a good idea to know a few things about jellyfish too. 1) These animals are unable to see you and pursue you, especially near the shore. They are very much victims of water currents. 2) Even a dead piece of a jellyfish stings on contact. 3) If stung, don't spread it by scratching. 4) Treatment has changed in recent years. Vinegar is the latest choice, but seawater may be just as effective. 5) Even untreated, the itch passes quickly. 

Parking Lots:
As summer use increases, the west lot will fill and people will be forced to use the east lot. Keep in mind that those no parking signs mean that you should leave a clear path so people can get through to the north lot. Overflow parking has been allowed on the other side of those signs, the east lot.

Gay Pride celebrations in Balboa Park always impact parking. This year you should expect a crowded lot July 15, 21 and 22.

The parking lot is often locked promptly at 8pm. Newcomers should know how to get out if they find it locked before they leave. Left of that gate and a ways across the gravel lot is another exit. Look to the right.

Catalina at Sunset:
Catalina Island is seen silhouetted by the setting sun late in May and 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. 

Vol. MMVII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: June

We reach solstice this month, June 21st, about 6pm. That gives us the longest day and the northern-most sunset. Aphelion is when Earth is farthest from the sun, July 6th.

The Beach in General:
There were many great, warm and sunny days in May, but also plenty of overcast days. Much sand has returned, but much remains underwater as sandbars. The water temperature has ranged from 64-70. Cloudy weekdays only drew dozens of people, while sunny weekends attracted up to a thousand visitors.

Past Events:
Memorial Day weekend brought perhaps a thousand people to the beach. There were up to 50 people at our picnics each day. We set up two grills, one of them reserved for vegetables only. We shared our body boards and sand castle toys. The volleyball court saw nearly continuous use. The weather wasn't perfect, but it was good.

Future Events:
We don't schedule picnics in June, because June gloom has often forced us to cancel. Sunday picnics begin next month. Those of you who have already joined us know the routine. We bring something to share, cook it on the grill, then pass it around. This is how we mingle and share recipes. Food simply left on the table remains untouched.

In response to requests, we have a vegetarian grill this year. No meat will touch that grill. Vegetarians have roasted corn, eggplant, squash, zucchini, banana, pineapple and Portobello mushrooms. Other experiments are forthcoming.

July 1

Sunday Picnic

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 8

Sunday Picnic

July 9-15

Nude Recreation Week

July 15

Sunday Picnic

July 22

Sunday Picnic

July 26-29

Western Naturist Gathering
Lupin Lodge

July 29

Sunday Picnic

Aug 5

Sunday Picnic

Aug 12

Sunday Picnic
Surf Event

Aug 19

Sunday Picnic

Aug 26

Sunday Picnic

Sept 2

Sunday Picnic

Sept 3

Labor Day Picnic

National Nude Recreation Week:
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. National Nude Recreation Week was established by TNS to gain positive media attention for nude recreation. The point is to gain acceptance for this natural way of life, making sure people know the option is available. For most of us it changes nothing.

Black's Beach Bares make themselves available for interviews. La Jolla Light and The San Diego Reader have both done stories on us. The good news is that it's not always controversial enough to merit another.

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.

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 and 9pm. As a result, we get a wide beach during the busy day and it gets narrower late in the afternoon. Don't be caught off guard when it reaches your spot. Keep in mind that the tides a few days before and after are comparably high.

 

 

moon

low

high

Jun

 1

full

-0.8

6.3   9:44pm

Jun

15

new

-1.7

7.2   9:51pm

Jun

30

full

-0.9

6.7   9:36pm

Jul

14

new

-1.4

7.1   9:44pm

Stingrays and Jellyfish:
I was planning to write something about the absence of stingrays this year, but one made itself known to me May 31st. I was stung. I suffered an hour of agony, followed by an hour of sharp pain and an hour of dull pain.

Try to remember a few important things. 1) Sting rays don't attack people. 2) If you step on one, you will learn that their defense mechanism is very painful. 3) Bleeding is good. It flushes the toxins out of the cut. 4) It's treated with heat. Bury the affected area in hot sand. 5) The pain takes hours to pass and rarely requires medical attention.

Very few jellyfish have been seen washed up on the beach this year, but it's a good idea to know a few things about them too. 1) These animals are unable to see you and pursue you, especially near the shore. They are very much victims of water currents. 2) Even a dead piece of a jellyfish stings on contact. 3) If stung, don't spread it by scratching. 4) Treatment has changed in recent years. Vinegar is the latest choice, but seawater may be just as effective. 5) Even untreated, the itch passes quickly. 

Parking Lots:
We can expect that parking will be impacted by the UCSD graduation June 16-18. Be prepared and be patient those three days.
As summer use increases, the west lot will fill and people will be forced to use the east lot. Those no parking signs mean that you should leave a clear path so people can get through to the north lot. Overflow parking has been allowed on the other side of those signs, the east lot.

The parking lot is often locked promptly at 8pm. Newcomers should know how to get out if they find it locked before they leave. Left of that gate and a ways across the gravel lot is another exit. Look to the right. .

Avoiding Sunburn:
Summer means it's easier to get sunburned. 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 continue 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.

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. 

Subscriptions:
Subscriptions are $10 a year. Please subscribe, renew or make a donation. I ask a $2 donation for email subscriptions. Free copies will still be available via the website and bulletin board. The point is to keep you informed.

Vol. MMVII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: May

The Beach in General:
There were a few hot and sunny days in April. One left the sand too hot for bare feet. There were also many warm days, some sunny others overcast. There was one day of heavy rain that took away much of our sand, now offshore as a sand bar. That left very little dry sand, all against the cliff. The water temperature has been holding steady at 63. All of this has added up to hundreds of people on the beach on sunny weekends.

We can now expect May gray to dominate our weather, followed by June gloom. Sunny days are not to be wasted. We can also expect weather patterns to return our sand soon.

Future Events:
Black's Beach Bares sponsored events begins this month. First, there's World Naked Gardening Day, when people are encouraged to do some gardening in the nude. If you will be at Black's that day, I suggest removing exotic (non-native) plants, like tumbleweeds.

Late in the month, we host two picnics. Bring something to share. Cook it on our grill and pass it around. Everybody gets a sample, and gets to know everybody else. All picnics are contingent on good weather. There are no June picnics because of June gloom.

May 5

World Naked Gardening

May 27

Sunday Picnic

May 28

Memorial Day Picnic

July 1

Sunday Picnic

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 8

Sunday Picnic

July 9-15

Nude Recreation Week

July 15

Sunday Picnic

National Nude Recreation Week:
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. National Nude Recreation Week was established by TNS to gain positive media attention for nude recreation. The point is to gain acceptance for this natural way of life, making sure people know the option is available. For most of us it changes nothing.

Black's Beach Bares make themselves available for interviews. La Jolla Light and The San Diego Reader have both done stories on us. The good news is that it's not always controversial enough to merit another.

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.

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 and 9pm. As a result, we get a wide beach during the busy day and it gets narrower late in the afternoon. Don't be caught off guard when it reaches your spot. Keys are very hard to find in the surf and towels are heavy when soaked by seawater.

 

 

moon

low

high

May

 2

full

-0.4

6.0   9:36pm

May

16

new

-1.6

7.3   9:21pm

Jun

 1

full

-0.8

6.3   9:44pm

Jun

15

new

-1.7

7.2   9:51pm

Keep in mind that the tides a few days before and after are comparably high. 

Parking Lots:
The north lot has been closed a few times, for the glider runway. There will likely be more closures in May. This forces people who use the north lot to share the west and east lots. 

As summer use increases, the west lot will fill and people will be forced to use the east lot. Keep in mind that those no parking signs mean that you should leave a clear path so people can get through to the north lot. Overflow parking has been allowed on the other side of those signs, the east lot.

The parking lot is often locked promptly at 8pm. Newcomers should know how to get out if they find it locked before they leave. Left of that gate and a ways across the gravel lot is another exit. Look to the right.

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. 

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.

Last year Catalina Island was seen silhouetted by the setting sun for several days in a row, including May 30. This spectacle might be visible for as many as seven days in a row. 

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. Waves, swimming and walks in the surf will give off light. If you can't be here at night, take some water home and shake it up in a dark room.

Avoiding Sunburn:
People often get their worst sunburns under May gray. Many visitors come here for an all over tan. Be careful that you don't get an all over sunburn instead. Use sun-block and shade, even under May gray. May gray has just as much UV as July.

The mid-day sun this month is higher than in most months, and too intense for tanning. You may get sunburned in the morning without realizing 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. 

From Black's Beach Diggers:
We appreciate all the donations of lumber and cash. However, we ask that there be no more lumber donations this year. We already have more lumber than we can use, since we don't plan to work the trail after mid-May. We need lumber donations just before we use them. We plan repairs based on what lumber we have at planning time, November - March.

Cash donations are still appreciated, as it will help us recoup our expenses. Much of the lumber was donated by Sun Island, but other hardware is bought out-of-pocket. The steel spikes alone cost $3 each, and we had to buy a $52 drill bit and replace some stolen tools.

Vol. MMVII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: April

The Beach in General:
The first half of March was mostly cloudy and cold, while the second half was mostly warm and sunny, sometimes with periods of fog. The water temperature has risen from 59 to 63. There's plenty of sand on the beach. People have been numbering in the hundreds, even on weekdays. 

Future Events:
The time of year when Black's Beach Bares sponsors events is approaching. We will host picnics Memorial Day weekend, Independence Day, Labor Day and Sunday picnics July through September. They will all be contingent on good weather. We avoid scheduling events in June, due to June gloom.

May 5

World Naked Gardening

May 27

Sunday Picnic

May 28

Memorial Day Picnic

July 1

Sunday Picnic

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 8

Sunday Picnic

July 9-15

Nude Recreation Week

July 15

Sunday Picnic

July 22

Sunday Picnic

July 26-29

Western Naturist Gathering
Lupin Lodge

July 29

Sunday Picnic

Aug 5

Sunday Picnic

Aug 12

Sunday Picnic

Aug 19

Sunday Picnic

Aug 26

Sunday Picnic

Sept 2

Sunday Picnic

Sept 3

Labor Day Picnic

Sept 9

Sunday Picnic

Sept 16

Sunday Picnic

Sept 23

Sunday Picnic

Sept 30

Sunday Picnic

World Naked Gardening Day:
This is a new idea from Seattle's Body Freedom Collaborative. The idea is simply to try gardening nude, indoor, outdoor, private or public, according to what your community will bear. You can plant, rake or pull weeds. If you will be at Black's that day, I suggest removing exotic (non-native) plants. One example I know of is the tumbleweeds. I know I would like to step on their thorns less often. 

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 and 9pm. This month the evening high tides are higher. As a result, we get a wide beach during the busy day and it gets narrower late in the afternoon. Keep in mind that the tides a few days before and after are comparably high, but a little earlier. Don't be caught off guard when it reaches your spot. Keys are very hard to find in the surf and towels are heavy when soaked by seawater.

 

 

moon

low

high

Apr

 2

full

 0.2

5.5   9:35pm

Apr

17

new

-1.2

6.9   9:48pm

May

 2

full

-0.4

6.0   9:36pm

May

16

new

-1.6

7.3   9:21pm

Trail and Cliffs:
The trail suffered some damage due to heavy traffic in early March. Black's Beach Diggers have made some improvements, but one rough area at the bottom remains.

Valentine Slide continues to be unstable. Big rocks continue to fall from high up, but never reach the beach. That may not be the case for the area north of Valentine Slide. Sitting too close to the cliff in that area might be risky.

Access and Parking:
The north lot will likely be closed a few times in April and May, for the glider runway. This forces people who use the north lot to share the south lots. 

The parking lot is often locked promptly at 8pm. Newcomers should know how to get out if they find it locked before they leave. Left of that gate and a ways across the gravel lot is another exit. Look to the right. 

The La Jolla Half Marathon is April 22nd this year. North Torrey Pines Road is part of the course, and access will be limited while runners are passing. Try to be patient, or try to time your arrival better.

The 13-mile race begins 7:30am at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and people finish at La Jolla Cove 1-4pm. They should be in the vicinity of Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, mile 9, starting about 10am until noon. 

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. 

Flies:
We are also in 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.

Salk Expansion:
Exactly what their plan is seems to change often. The point is that they plan to expand. Their expansion will displace wildlife, including the endangered gnatcatcher. It will put more weight on the unstable cliffs. The expansion plan includes a parking structure, but there will be less parking and more traffic during construction.

I believe we should join environmental groups and oppose the expansion. That can be done by contacting Friends of Salk Canyon through friendsofsalkcanyon.com

Avoiding Sunburn:
Now that the sun is on our side of the equator, days are longer and the sun is higher in the sky, making the rays more intense. Visitors to Black's Beach often want to get that all over tan in the first day they are here. Often what they get is an all over sunburn.

If you get fried the first day, then you won't be able to return for another day. It would even make it difficult to enjoy the rest of your vacation, including indoor recreation.

Using sun block is a good idea, even if it's overcast. Ultraviolet light still gets through to give you a sunburn, even if you don't feel warm.

Subscriptions:
Newsletters from the bulletin board and website are free. Please consider making a donation, since there are expenses for printing newsletters and operating the website.

The trail is built entirely by volunteers. Materials are bought with donations, or paid out-of-pocket. 

Subscriptions are $10/year. I ask a $2 donation for email subscriptions. You decide if the newsletter, the website or the trail have made your visit better, and donate accordingly. 

Vol. MMVII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: March

Spring is near!
Spring begins this month, with equinox March 21 at about 12:09am. As of that time the sun crosses to our side of the equator, giving us longer days than nights. Our days will only get longer and warmer. We should not expect continuous warm weather for quite a while. We are still in the middle of our rainy season.

The Beach in General:
There were few warm and sunny days in January and February, but they were great days. There has been some rain, even heavy rain. Often there are only dozens of people on the beach, but there have been a few hundred people on hot days. Much of the sand has been removed by waves and storms, but there is still plenty of beach. 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 hardly strayed from 57-59. 

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides sometimes occur at about 9am and sometimes 9pm. As a result, we get a wide, wet beach during the busy day.

 

 

moon

low

high

Mar

 3

full

-0.5

5.8   8:34am

Mar

19

new

-0.5

5.9  10:03am

Apr

 2

full

 0.2

5.5   9:35pm

Apr

17

new

-1.2

6.9   9:48pm

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. You may want to bring a chair, or tarp, just to keep dry and away from the cliff.

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. 

Equinox is when we have equal day and night with sunrise directly in the east and sunset directly in the west. This is also the time when we can see San Clemente Island silhouetted by the setting sun. Otherwise it's difficult to see the island.

Venus:
The goddess of love has been a spectacle in our evening sky. It's that bright thing resembling a star. Maybe you even manage to spot it before sunset. I hope you haven't been wasting wishes on a planet. It's visible, in the west, for a few hours after sunset. We will be able to appreciate her beauty through July. 

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 "clubs" page. 

Camping Bares is a travel club that meets for potlucks, day hikes and camping. The nudist resorts in the area include De Anza Springs and Sun Island. A little farther away are Glen Eden and Olive Dell.

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. 

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. 

Trail and Cliffs:
Black's Beach Diggers have been active upgrading the trail. New