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Vol. MMVIII Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: November/December

Solstice and Perihelion:
This December 21st will be the winter solstice, meaning that the sun reaches its southern-most point in the sky. That will be at about 4am. 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 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:
October has been a very warm and dry month this year, which is typical here. Often there are only dozens of people on the beach, but there have been over a hundred people on hot days. Water temperatures have ranged from 61-66F.

Calendars:
We are currently designing Black's Beach Calendars. There will likely be another sunset calendar, and maybe another wildlife. Check the website periodically, if interested. Once ready, they will be visible on the main page.

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. 

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.

Giving Thanks:
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. They saved San Onofre earlier this year, and in so doing secured Black's Beach. Give thanks for that too.

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides this time of year typically occur at about 9am. If the waves are big, they will crest over our sand ridge and take away some sand, narrowing the beach for the rest of the season. 

 

 

moon

low

high

Nov

12

full

-1.2

7.3   7:30am

Nov

27

new

-0.6

6.5   7:59am

Dec

12

full

-1.9

7.7   7:53am

Dec

27

new

-0.8

6.3   8:20am

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, these two months give us even higher tides a few days after full. 

Gliderport History:
I've decided to include an occasional feature in newsletters, Black's Beach factoids. This month's feature is a brief history of flight here.

Sailplane flights started here about 1928 with the city leasing the beach to pilots for $1/year. They used a car to tow and launched them from the beach. In 1930 they started using a rope tow from up top, but they still landed on the beach. There were even launches by plane tows from the beach.

The gliderport was shut down during WWII. It became an army base, Camp Callan, with a coastal gunnery. Sailplane instructor pilots from Torrey Pines trained Army pilots for stealth glider flights, loaded with troops and equipment, into Germany.

They have branched out from sailplanes to other types of powerless flight. Remote controlled gliders have been here since 1957, hang gliders since 1969 and paragliders only since 1988.

Sailplanes were launched by aircraft as recently as 1982, but now they are only launched by winch. They only fly during spring months, and mostly only on weekends.

Dave Jebb acquired the lease from the City in 1996, but it has expired and he's currently operating month to month. The gliderport was once 180 acres, but now approximately half has been given to UCSD in 1960. The other half of the original gliderport is owned by the City of San Diego. The active gliderport as we know it today is situated on the City property occupying less than 5 acres. 

Currently the gliderport is under court order not to water their grass, which will make their landing area unsafe. A dormitory under construction on UCSD will change wind patterns, making sailplanes flights too risky. A stem cell research facility is to be built on the sailplane runway.
We the citizens must keep informed to ensure that the open space and natural environment remain free of high-rise buildings and over development. Development will ruin us with less parking, more complaints and visitors who always expect more than they deserve.

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. 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. 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 December 6th.

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.

Membership and Subscriptions:
Both are rather casual. There is no official list of members, only subscribers. Subscriptions 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. There are monthly expenses for operating the website. Donations can even 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. MMVIII Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: October

The Beach in General:
There were many great, warm and sunny days in September, but not so warm as is typical. The month even ended with some rain. The sand has mostly been too hot for bare feet. The water temperature has dropped to 66. Weekend crowds of a few thousand have dwindled to a few hundred.

Past Events:
We hosted several Sunday picnics in September. People shared chicken, sweet corn, bratwurst, hot dogs, shrimp and pineapple. We made a strong showing at the Western Gathering and we brought the gathering to Black's Beach one day. 

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides in the fall typically occur at about 9am. As we lose sand it will eventually mean very little dry sand during the day.

 

 

moon

low

high

Oct

14

full

-0.4

6.7   9:04am

Oct

28

new

-0.3

6.5   9:00am

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. 

World's Best Nude Beaches and Resorts:
We have warm weather here all year, but not every day of the year. When you don't have the free time to wait for a warm day, you might want to have other choices. The Naturist Society has the perfect guide book, with alternatives all over the world. There is a link on our web site.

Cliff Hazards:
A pickup was driven off the cliff the night of August 30. It was a suicide. Four eyewitnesses saw it, but each had a reason not to call. It was found the morning of August 31 and recovered late that afternoon. More details are available on my "trip reports" page.

There was another rockslide, September 22. This one was just south of Flatrock and claimed no lives.

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:
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. 

Tools for Preserving Black's Beach:
The threat to San Onofre was due to a new superintendent, but it was inflamed by lewd conduct around the nude beach. The back page this month includes a form letter and a map. We give out the from letter to stop misconduct that threatens our beach. Feel free to pass on a copy when necessary.

Conduct on Black's Beach

A clothing optional or nude beach is a public place, and the rules for good behavior are the same as for any other public place. SEXUAL AND/OR LEWD ACTIVITY IN PUBLIC IS ILLEGAL. It could cause the State to close the beach to nude use. If you wouldn't do it in front of a police officer, don't do it here!

California Penal Code section 314 (a misdemeanor): Section 314.1 prohibits conduct that is intended to direct public attention to his or her genitals for purposes of sexual arousal, gratification, or affront where there are other persons present to be offended or annoyed. Section 314.2 prohibits the solicitation of the same.

Every person who is convicted of violating Penal Code section 314.1 must register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. Second and subsequent offenses are charged as felonies. 

California Penal Code section 647 (a): It is a misdemeanor to touch, in public or in public view, the genitals, buttocks, or female breast for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification, annoyance or offense, if the person knows or should know of the presence of persons who may be offended. It also prohibits the solicitation of such public conduct.

Simple nudity, such as sunbathing or skinny-dipping, is not prohibited under Penal Code sections 314.1 or 647(a).

San Onofre:
August 27, 2008 Judge Sheila Fell ruled in our favor in the San Onofre case. Her decision states Cahill/Harrison is a regulation and cannot be revoked or changed without a public hearing. This proves what we have said all along, and rangers denied. Nudity is not just tolerated here. It is legal. It puts a little more confidence in our "Clothing Optional" labeled map.

The state has appealed the decision and Friends of San Onofre has sued to have the signs removed. Both matters await the outcome of the appeal.

Even when the decision is upheld, it won't be over. When the public hearing is scheduled, we must attend in large numbers and present a compelling argument. Otherwise, San Onofre will only be the first to fall, followed by Black's Beach and all other clothing optional sites.

Friends of San Onofre and the Naturist Society have fought for us and deserve our financial support. Please send them donations. Consider it the cost of visiting Black's Beach.

Vol. MMVIII Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: September

The Beach in General:
There were many great, warm days in August, though not as sunny as is typical. The sand has been too hot for bare feet and the water warm, about 73.

Perhaps a thousand 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 Sunday picnics and one Surf Fest. The only thing this Surf Fest had in common with past events was poor surf. There were no entry forms, no judges, no timer and no prizes. Geoff did provide surfboards for general use.

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.

The toys and the games are still available, including body boards. We still pass out tattoos. We still lead swims. There's still a lot of summer left!

August 31

Sunday Picnic

September 1

Labor Day Picnic

September 7

Sunday Picnic

September 11-14

Western Gathering
DeAnza Springs

September 14

Sunday Picnic

September 21

Sunday Picnic

September 28

Sunday Picnic

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. In the summer 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. Spring tides are closely bound to new and full moon, but comparably high a few days before and after.

 

 

moon

low

high

Aug

30

new

-0.8

6.7   9:38pm

Sep

15

full

 0.1

5.9   9:55pm

Sep

29

new

 0.2

6.2   9:36am

Rockslide:
There was a rockslide August 20th that claimed a man's life. It was north of Flatrock. He was hit on the head and buried for a short time. He died en route to a hospital. If you chose to sit near the cliff, be aware of the danger. 

Parking Lots:
The parking lot is often locked promptly at 8pm, but there is another way out. Left of that gate and a ways across the gravel lot is another exit, the Salk gate. You may have seen a guard sitting there earlier in the day. Look to the right. Sometimes that gate is closed, but not locked. The third exit is blocked by concrete. 

Stingrays:
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. The pain takes hours to pass and rarely requires medical attention. 

Victory for Friends of San Onofre!
August 27, 2008 Judge Sheila Fell ruled in our favor in the San Onofre case. Her decision states Cahill/Harrison is a regulation and cannot be revoked or changed without a public hearing. This means rangers at San Onofre cannot begin issuing citations until after that hearing takes place. This proves what we have said all along, and rangers denied. Nudity is not just tolerated here. It is legal.

This is what the Naturist Action Committee does for us. Freedom is not free. The NAC pays for it all the time. This is simply the example that hit closest to home. Without this favorable ruling, the path to ending our freedom at Black's Beach would have been clear. Be thankful that NAC stood in the way, and consider giving them more support.

It isn't over yet. When the public hearing is scheduled, we must attend in large numbers and present a compelling argument.

The Naturist Society (TNS):
TNS is a member organization formed to promote nude recreation and body acceptance. They work closely with the Naturist Action Committee (NAC). Both organizations defend 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?

Sometimes we need you to write letters. That didn't help with San Onofre. Sometimes we need to hire a lobbyist. That didn't turn the tide either. Sometimes we need to hire lawyers. That is where we won this time. Money is still needed. Sometimes we need attendance at a meeting. That's coming up.

A good place to start is with TNS membership. With TNS membership you get a subscription to their quarterly magazine, keeping you informed. You also get 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. 

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 DeAnza Springs, east of San Diego, September 11-14. Allen, Claudia, Dave, Geoff and Lloyd will be conducting workshops. If you can't manage to attend the gathering, you can still meet everyone when they come to our September 14 picnic.

Subscriptions:
This is a good time to remind people that 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.

Please consider making a donation anyway. There are monthly expenses for operating the website. Donations can also be directed to Friends of San Onofre or NAC. You decide if the legal defense, newsletter, website or trail have made your visit better, and donate accordingly. I have Friends of San Onofre envelopes, if you want to send it yourself.

Vol. MMVIII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: August

The Beach in General:
It has been rather cool, for July. Certainly the weather has been warm, but often overcast. Sometimes the sand is too hot for bare feet, but not so often. The water has been plenty warm, mostly 73 degrees.

Perhaps a thousand people have been visiting sunny weekends, only hundreds on weekdays. Surfing and swimming is the activity of choice in the middle of the day. Volleyball, the most visible game, is generally played later in the day and closer to the surf.

Past Events:
Black's Beach Bares hosted several picnics in July, starting with July 4th. Our grills have been used to cook the common favorites, hot dogs, bratwurst, hamburgers and chicken. But, some unusual treats have been cooked too, sweet corn, carne asada, pineapple, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, eggplant and ribs.

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.

The toys and the games, including body boards and sand castle molds, are still available. We still have tattoos to pass out. We still lead swims. There's still a lot of summer left!

The surf event is coming up. There is no entry fee. In years past, prizes were given for best rides, surfing, body boarding and body surfing. There were prizes for men women and kids. The prizes were T-shirts.

August 3

Sunday Picnic

August 10

Sunday Picnic
Surf Event

August 17

Sunday Picnic

August 24

Sunday Picnic

August 31

Sunday Picnic

September 1

Labor Day Picnic

September 7

Sunday Picnic

September 11-14

Western Gathering
DeAnza Springs

September 14

Sunday Picnic

September 21

Sunday Picnic

September 28

Sunday Picnic

The Naturist Society (TNS):
TNS is a member organization formed to promote nude recreation. 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.

Like all grass roots organizations, we constantly need help. TNS membership keeps us informed about what is going on and what is needed. It adds strength in numbers to protect our choice to not wear clothes. 

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 DeAnza Springs, east of San Diego, September 11-14. Claudia, Dave, Geoff and Lloyd will be conducting a few workshops. Please join us.

San Onofre:
The freedom of our northern brothers at San Onofre is still in jeopardy. Rangers are still intent on revoking Cahill/Harrison, as it applies to San Onofre State Beach. "Nudity Prohibited" signs have been erected at many locations in the park, but rangers have stated publicly that citations will not be given until September 1.

Friends of San Onofre have filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The basis of the suit is that this was a unilateral decision, and that public input is required for a policy shift of this magnitude. The suit calls for the reinstatement of the Cahill Policy, pending compliance with the California Administrative Procedure Act. The actual petitions are available through the Naturist Action Committee website, which you can find through our "alerts" page. If the suit is successful, there will be a public hearing, which we should all attend. Otherwise, the hearing could still go badly for us.

Currently there is no threat against Black's Beach, but it could happen here next. Please help us fight for our freedom. Friends of San Onofre need donations, and Ruth Coleman should continue to receive letters. 

Drum Circles:
Since about 1994 there have been full moon drum circles at Black's Beach, started by the Rainbow Family. In recent years these drum circles have taken a turn for the worse. Fires were not extinguished, trash was left behind and the trail has been taken apart for firewood.

The Rainbow Family has disowned the activity, because their solemn celebration has become a rowdy, drunken party, and it's gotten worse. It seems gangs have taken over the activity. Several months ago people were robbed at knifepoint. Last month a tourist was stabbed. He survived, but people should be wary that these drum circles are not what they used to be.

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 right after sunset. 

Parking 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. 

Torrey Pines Reef 2:
There is an artificial reef offshore, about 3/8 mile out and 35 feet down. This reef is host to a variety of life, fish, and invertebrates. With the warm water, swim expeditions to the reef take place in the early afternoon. Ambitious swimmers should look for buddies between our two flags, 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 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 50 minutes later each day.

 

 

moon

low

high

Aug

 1

new

-1.4

7.3   9:50pm

Aug

16

full

-0.5

6.5   9:34pm

Aug

30

new

-0.8

6.7   9:38pm

Sep

15

full

 0.1

5.9   9:55pm

 

Vol. MMVIII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: July

The Beach in General:
June gave us plenty of gloomy days, but also days of hot sunshine. Few people were here, but most of the US Open days were gloomy. While there were posted signs stating we could not get to the beach that week, people were able to park far and walk down the usual trail.

Perhaps two thousand 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. The water temperature has ranged from 66-73.

Future Events:
Sunday picnics begin this month. They will all be contingent on good weather. Ice cream will be made on exceptionally hot Sundays. 

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.

Toys and games are available, including body boards, horseshoes and volleyball. We still have tattoos to pass out. We still lead swims.

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 6

Sunday Picnic

July 6-13

Nude Recreation Week

July 11-14

Catalina Sunsets

July 13

Sunday Picnic

July 20

Sunday Picnic

July 27

Sunday Picnic

August 3

Sunday Picnic

August 10

Sunday Picnic
Surf Event

August 17

Sunday Picnic

National Nude Recreation Week:
National Nude Recreation Week is July 6-13 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. The problems at San Onofre remind us that we cannot take this freedom for granted.

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):
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. 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.

San Onofre:
The freedom of our northern brothers at San Onofre is still in jeopardy. Rangers are still intent on revoking Cahill/Harrison, as it applies to San Onofre State Beach. "Nudity Prohibited" signs have been erected at many locations in the park, but rangers have stated publicly that citations will not be given until September 1.

Many people have received a form letter from J. M. Milligan as replies to our letters to Ruth Coleman. In that letter he tries to portray nudity as illegal and Cahill/Harrison as nothing more than an enforcement guideline. We know it is more than that. When rangers or police failed to follow the policy, judges dismissed the charges. This proves it is more than a guideline. It's law.

Currently there is no threat against Black's Beach, but it could happen here next. Please help us fight for our freedom. Friends of San Onofre have hired a lobbyist to try and get an audience with Director Ruth Coleman. They need donations, and Ruth Coleman should continue to receive letters. Please visit our website and visit the Friends of San Onofre site through our "Alerts" page for more detailed information and letter writing suggestions. 

Parking Lots:
As summer use increases, the west lot will fill and people will be forced to use the east lot. Overflow parking has been allowed on the other side of those signs "No Parking" signs, the east lot.

Gay Pride celebrations in Balboa Park will run from July 19-20 this year. That always has an impact on parking here.

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.

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-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

Jul

 3

new

-1.9

7.5   9:59pm

Jul

18

full

-0.7

6.5   9:51pm

Aug

 1

new

-1.4

7.3   9:50pm

Aug

16

full

-0.5

6.5   9:34pm

Torrey Pines Reef 2:
There is an artificial reef offshore, about 3/8 mile out and 35 feet down. This reef is host to a variety of life, fish, lobster, starfish 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. 

Vol. MMVIII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: June

The Beach in General:
There were some very warm days in May, but also the typical cool weather. It even rained a day or two.

Perhaps a thousand people visited on hot weekends, but only hundreds on weekdays.

The water temperature has been 68-70 all month. The beach has been wide with much of the sand returned. Often the sand has been too hot for bare feet.

Past Events:
We held our first picnics, Memorial Day weekend, Sunday and Monday. The picnic was lightly attended, two dozen or so. While it was sunny and warm, there was a steady cool breeze. More importantly, exaggerated forecasts of bad weather scared people away.

Only a few people brought food for the grill. There was chicken, hot dogs, sweet corn and pineapple.

Future Events:
We host no picnics in June, because June gloom has ruined them in the past. The time of year when Black's Beach Bares sponsors picnics every Sunday is approaching. They are all contingent on good weather. Ice cream may be made on exceptionally hot Sundays. 

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.

Toys and the games will be available. We still have tattoos to pass out. We still lead swims.

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 6

Sunday Picnic

July 6-13

Nude Recreation Week

July 11-14

Catalina Sunsets

July 13

Sunday Picnic

July 20

Sunday Picnic

July 27

Sunday Picnic

August 3

Sunday Picnic

August 10

Sunday Picnic
Surf Event

Parking Lots:
Anyone who has been to the beach recently has noticed all the tents and bleachers. Those are preparations for the US Open, June 9-15. It is clear that the parking lot will be closed most or all of that time, maybe even more. Access to the beach will be difficult or impossible. The glider port will be closed and the parking lot will be a bus stop for the shuttles. If you are determined to visit the beach those days, look for other routes. Some are covered on the website. 

National Nude Recreation Week:
National Nude Recreation Week is July 6-13 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. Don't take it for granted. They are losing that freedom at San Onofre. We could lose it here someday too.

The Naturist Society (TNS) has been instrumental in preserving nude recreation at Black's Beach and many other sites. Black's Beach Bares and Friends of San Onofre continue 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.

San Onofre:
Our northern neighbors at San Onofre State Beach are about to lose their freedom to bare it all. On May 21 Friends of San Onofre were abruptly informed that the Cahill Policy, as it applies to San Onofre, would be revoked June 1. There would then be an "education" month followed by citations beginning July 1.

Information on the Cahill Policy is available through the website and newsletter archives, particularly April 2006.

I attended a meeting with rangers and Friends of San Onofre on May 29. At that meeting we were informed that there is no plan to do the same at other locations, only San Onofre. The meeting did not go well for San Onofre.

Rangers cited lewd conduct on the beach and in the parking lot, as well as trespassing and lewd conduct on Camp Pendleton as the basis for the decision. Friends of San Onofre point out that this is the result of a determined adversary, Richard Haydon, finally being promoted to superintendent of San Onofre.

May 30, Tony Perez, the highest-ranking ranger at the meeting contacted Allen Baylis, our highest representative at the meeting. The park service backed off, but only a little. "Education" begins June 2 and enforcement may be delayed until after Labor Day.

This gives little comfort. It means rangers will spend the entire summer trying to scare people away, and begin citations when there is little resistance.

It would be wrong to simply breath a sigh of relief that it will not affect Black's Beach. The same could happen to us, especially if the strategy works at San Onofre. Help your neighbors and yourself. Visit our "alerts" page. Send a letter to the Parks director. The battle will be expensive, but worthwhile. Send a donation to Friends of San Onofre.

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.

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.

 

 

moon

low

high

Jun

 3

new

-1.8

7.5   9:18pm

Jun

18

full

-0.7

6.3   9:28pm

Jul

 3

new

-1.9

7.5   9:59pm

Jul

18

full

-0.7

6.5   9:51pm

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. 

Vol. MMVIII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: May

The Beach in General:
There were two different heat waves in April, giving us two summer weekends ahead of schedule. Perhaps a thousand people have visited each of those two weekends, only hundreds on weekdays. Few people get in the water, since water temperatures have been 63 most of the month. The sand has been too hot for bare feet several days so far.

Future Events:
The time of year when Black's Beach Bares sponsors events begins this month. We will host picnics Memorial Day weekend and Sunday picnics July through September. They will all be contingent on good weather. Ice cream will be made on exceptionally hot Sundays. 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.

May 3

World Naked Gardening

May 25

Sunday Picnic

May 26

Memorial Day Picnic

May 28-31

Catalina Sunsets

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 6

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. 

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

Shark Attack:
There was a fatal shark attack at a nearby beach, Solana Beach. The man was swimming about 1/4 mile from shore with several buddies. They were training for a triathlon. The shark attacked from below and bit both his legs in half. His buddies towed him to shore, but he lost too much blood.

Local news stated that 17 miles of beach were closed; meaning beach users were discouraged from getting in the water for three days. Although Black's Beach was included in that area, no lifeguard said anything when I got in the water. Sharks are always a risk, but there have been very few attacks, 3 in 50 years.

Planets:
After sunset people sometimes like to watch the sky, so I'm including some highlights.

Facing west Sirius will be the first star you see. Far to the right is the constellation of Gemini. They will look like three stars, but one is Mars. Castor is the star on the right, Pollux in the middle and Mars on the left. Mars will move noticeably from night to night.

Saturn will be about straight up when the sky gets dark, brighter than the nearest star, Regulus, in Leo. While Saturn also moves from night to night, Mars moves much faster and will be nearest Saturn July 10.

The Value of Etiquette:
Newcomers should come to understand that etiquette has made our survival possible, and continues to preserve our nude oasis. In answer to the common question, "Why can't we go nude everywhere?" I offer the following explanation.

I can offer no rational reason for this beyond the political reality. The fact is that we are the minority, and the majority only allows us to exist within set boundaries. It's all we can do to keep these small oases open. Nudity outside the boundaries provokes a backlash, sometimes a devastating backlash.

Twice in the last few years the beach has been clothed for the day. Both times the cause was that somebody went out of bounds and somebody else complained. It is everybody's business when somebody crosses the line. Please stop them, if you can.

We all know there are boundaries; otherwise we would be going nude everywhere. Please wear the clothing compulsive "norm" if you go north of Mussel Rocks, south onto the City Beach, or up any trail. Don't try to expand our boundaries on your own. The more likely result would be further loss. That was the reason cited when we lost 1/3 of the beach in 1999. We can only keep this beach open if nudity stays within bounds. 

Parking Lots:
The US Open is at Torrey Pines this year, June 9-15. Considering that the Buick Invitational always impacts our parking, we must expect parking and traffic problems those days too. 

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. 

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

 5

new

-1.5

7.2   9:34pm

May

20

full

-0.6

6.1   9:41pm

Jun

 3

new

-1.8

7.5   9:18pm

Jun

18

full

-0.7

6.3   9:28pm

Membership and Subscriptions:
Both are 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. 

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. 

Vol. MMVIII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: April

Spring is here!
Finally the days are longer than the night and sunsets are in the northwest. Unfortunately it hasn't given us much warm weather yet.

The Beach in General:
There were many, warm and sunny days in March, even a few hot and sunny days. Often there are only dozens of people on the beach, but there have been hundreds of people on hot days. Water temperatures have climbed to 62.

We hardly lost much sand over the winter, but we will now regain that and maybe more. The highest tides will soak much of the beach, but will also bring that sand.

Future Events:
The time of year when Black's Beach Bares sponsors events is approaching. We will host picnics Memorial Day weekend and Sunday picnics July through September. They will all be contingent on good weather. Ice cream will be made on exceptionally hot Sundays. 

May 3

World Naked Gardening

May 25

Sunday Picnic

May 26

Memorial Day Picnic

May 28-31

Catalina Sunsets

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 occur about 12 hours apart, but I only list the higher, of the two. This time of year it's a matter of leaving your stuff high enough before taking a walk late in the afternoon.

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

Apr

 6

new

-0.9

6.6  10:03pm

Apr

20

full

-0.4

6.0   9:44pm

May

 5

new

-1.5

7.2   9:34pm

May

20

full

-0.6

6.1   9:41pm

Alcohol Ban:
The city of San Diego has passed a one-year ban on alcohol on city beaches, beginning April 1st. This was a reaction to the Labor Day riot of last year.

We call it Black's Beach, but it is in fact Torrey Pines State Beach. Fearing that drunken parties might find a refuge here, state rangers decided to follow suit and ban alcohol here too.

It is the mission of Black's Beach Bares to keep Black's Beach open to nude recreation. It is not within our mission to oppose an alcohol ban. We are neutral on this matter. 

Trail Vandalism:
The trail has suffered vandalism, presumably raided for firewood. Losses were noted March 20 and 23. Despite this setback, Black's Beach Diggers have vowed to repair those spots and continue with their upgrades. 

Parking Lots:
The La Jolla Half Marathon will be Sunday, April 27th 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. 

The north lot will be closed occasionally, for the glider runway. This forces people who use the north lot to share the west and east 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. 

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. Sometimes they even hide in footprints and in the texture of the sand. 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.

Red Tide and Jellyfish:
March 11 I noted a red layer in the top foot of the water. I even video taped it and posted a frame to the trip report. I know red tide is toxic to fish, so it is probably related to the many dead moon jellies I saw on shore that day.

Moon jellies are different from the purple jellyfish we often see here. Moon jellies are clear except for a white, flower-like shape at the center of their dome shaped bodies.

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, or options to fighting La Jolla Half Marathon traffic. There are links to all these clubs through the Black's Beach Bares website, on the "clubs" page. 

San Diego Naturist Club is a new club in San Diego County. 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. 

Membership and Subscriptions:
Both are rather casual. There is no official list of members and I rarely check subscription expirations. Subscriptions by US mail are $10/year, and $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. After all, 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. MMVIII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: March

Equinox:
The equinox lies ahead, March 19th, about 9:45pm. It gives us a day and night of equal length, 12 hours. 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 18-20. Afterwards, we will have progressively longer days and sunsets in the northwest.

The Beach in General:
There were only a few warm and sunny days in January and February. There was a great deal of rain. Often there are only dozens of people on the beach, but there have been over a hundred people on hot days. Usually we lose much of our sand by this time, but it's still here. 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 been a steady 57. 

Parking Lots:
The north lot will be closed occasionally, for the glider runway. This forces people who use the north lot to share the west and east lots. There is still adequate parking. You just may not park where you prefer.

Calendars:
We are again offering two Black's Beach Calendars, each filled with photos taken at Black's Beach. National holidays are listed as well as our picnic dates and Catalina sunset dates. One features Sunsets and the other is a wildlife theme, all from free dives. It includes crustaceans, fish, jellyfish and other invertebrates. Low-resolution samples are available on our "merchandise" page. The price is $20, shipping already included.
Sunsets and the Green Flash:
A popular activity for locals and tourists at Black's Beach is watching sunset. 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 above the red image.

I set a video camera on a tripod, set it at maximum zoom and focused on infinity. I took this frame from my February 27th footage. In the upper left is a passing bird. The oval near center was pale green, the green flash. The lighted area under that was the red glow of the setting sun. 

Flies:
This is the time of year when the flies can become a bother. They don't bite, but they are annoying. 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 every single piece of seaweed far from yourself, and out of the path of by passers. It's also a good idea to use some kind of repellent.

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest occur about 12 hours apart, but I only list the higher, of the two. This time of year it's mostly a matter of knowing whether there is dry sand far from the cliffs.

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

 7

new

-0.7

6.1   8:35am

Mar

21

full

 0.0

5.6  10:03pm

Apr

 6

new

-0.9

6.6  10:03pm

Apr

20

full

-0.4

6.0   9:44pm

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. 

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. 

San Diego Naturist Club is a new club in San Diego County. 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.

Black's Beach Diggers:
When it was first built seven years ago, it was hailed as the Stairway to Heaven, because it bridged a treacherous part of the trail. Recently people started calling it London Bridge. Finally, Black's Beach Diggers have taken aim at the problem. Much of the staircase has already been removed and replaced with earthen steps, supported by lumber and steel spikes. Other bad spots in the trail have been identified and targeted for improvement.

The Diggers are not paid, and they buy their own supplies. They are simply nudists who want to keep the trail open. So far this year they have spent nearly $500 on supplies. They accept donations of cash and lumber. You can give them donations when you see them or send it to me and I will forward it. 

Your Submissions Please:
Long-time readers must notice that many things are repeated month after month. Much of this will continue, as there is information that first-time visitors may appreciate.

You can help add variety to these newsletters by submitting an article of your own. You can mail it, email it or give it to me personally. 

Membership and Subscriptions:
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. You decide if the newsletter, the website or the trail have made your visit better, and donate accordingly. 

Vol. MMVIII Editor: Lloyd Johnson Issue: January / February

The solstice is past. Days are getting longer and sunsets are moving north. It's the beginning of winter, which means sometimes rain and sometimes sun.

The Beach in General:
There were many warm and sunny days in November and December, but there has also been some heavy rain. Often there are only dozens of people on the beach, but there have been hundreds of people on warm weekends. Some sand has been removed by waves and storms. Mud has been deposited on the beach and is now mostly covered in sand. Spring tides leave us with little dry sand and later give us islands and pools in the surf. Water temperatures have recently dropped to 55. 

Parking Lots:
The Buick Invitational will be early this year, January 21-27. 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 though. If you leave late in the day, you will encounter lots of traffic. 

Trail and Cliffs:
Recent storms have done significant damage to the bottom portion of the trail, and there's sure to be more rain. Black's Beach Diggers have already begun to repair the damage.

Calendars:
We are again offering two Black's Beach Calendars, each filled with photos taken at Black's Beach. National holidays are listed as well as our picnic dates and Catalina sunset dates. One features Sunsets and the other is a wildlife theme, all from free dives. It includes crustaceans, fish, jellyfish and other invertebrates. Low-resolution samples are available on our "merchandise" page. The price is $20, shipping already included. 

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. As a result, we get mostly wet sand those days, with only a narrow ban of dry sand near the cliff. You may want to bring a chair, or tarp, just to keep dry and away from the cliff.

 

 

moon

low

high

Jan

 8

new

-1.1

6.2   8:20am

Jan

22

full

-1.4

6.6   8:20am

Feb

 6

new

-1.0

6.2   8:09am

Feb

20

full

-0.8

6.0   8:17am

Mar

 7

new

-0.3

5.7   8:38am

While the highest tides are closely bound to the new and full moon, these two months they are actually a little higher a few days before. 

Flies:
We are 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. One remedy is to move the seaweed far from yourself, and out of the path of by passers. There is also repellent.

Boundaries:
I'm including a map of the beach with nude use boundaries. Nudity is legal only on portions of the state beach. It is not legal on the trail or city beach. The state beach extends south of the Burro Trail, about 100 yards. Currently there is a mound of sand marking that location. Lifeguards use that mound as a lookout.

The nude area of the state beach extends from there, a little more than a mile, north to Mussel Rocks. That's about 100 yards north of a rusted, often painted, steel buoy. Mussel Rocks can be recognized as the place where rocks stick out of the sand, with mussels and crabs inhabiting them.

Lunar Eclipse:
There will be a total eclipse of the moon the night of February 20. The penumbral phase begins before moonrise, 4:39pm, but hardly anybody notices that anyway. The penumbra is the fuzzy edge that all shadows have. In this case it will be the penumbra of Earth's shadow. By the time the moon rises at 5:34pm, there will be only a sliver exposed to direct sunlight. The umbral phase begins at 5:45pm, when an obvious shadow, of the Earth, will begin to envelop the moon. Totality will begin at 7:02pm, with the moon taking on a copper-red color, and end at 7:50pm. Beginning 9:06pm the eclipse will be reduced to just penumbral again, and last until 10:14pm.

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, or options to fighting Buick Invitational traffic. 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. There's a new club called San Diego Naturist Club. 

Membership and Subscriptions:
There is no official list of members. Subscriptions by US mail are $10/year, $2/year for email subscriptions. Free copies from the bulletin board and the 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. You decide if the newsletter, the website or the trail have made your visit better, and donate accordingly.