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

San Onofre:
The California Supreme Court has refused to hear our appeal. This means that the appellate decision in favor of Department of Parks and Recreation stands. As a result, the Cahill Policy is dead.

Rangers may begin issuing citations anywhere in the state, without warning. None have been issued at this time. The state has problems that have kept them busy. It may be that they will not simply come down and start citing. They may wait for a complaint, then give citations without warning. Anyone cited in any park should contact Allen Baylis immediately, at 714-962-0915.

This does not mean we give up. We now enter a state of chaos. Friends of San Onofre, The Naturist Action Committee, Black's Beach Bares and all concerned parties in California will now push for a clear legal status. It has been done in other states. It will be done in California. Details on how you can help are forthcoming.

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 9:47am. It also means that will be our shortest day, starting at 6:47am and ending with sunset at 4:47pm. There will be only 10 hours of daylight, then getting longer from that day on.

Perihelion occurs a little after midnight January 2nd, about 4pm. This means Earth is closest to the sun, about 91.5 million miles instead of the typical 93 million miles. 

The Beach in General:
There were fewer warm and sunny days in October, as happens this time of year. Often there are only dozens of people on the beach, but there have been over a hundred people on hot days. Some sand has been removed by high surf, but there is still plenty of beach. Water temperatures have dropped to low sixties. 

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. The highest tides in the winter typically occur at about 9am. This time of year it's a matter of finding dry sand. With the seasonal loss of sand and high tides in the morning, there isn't much dry sand for day use. It may be necessary to bring a tarp or chair.

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

Nov

16

new

-0.9

6.9   7:56am

Dec

 2

full

-1.5

7.3   8:08am

Dec

16

new

-1.0

6.6   8:14am

Dec

31

full

-1.9

7.5   8:01am

Calendars:
We will again offer a Black's Beach Calendar, filled with photos taken at Black's Beach. It is not yet completed, but you may want to watch our website and order one soon. National holidays will be listed as well as our picnic dates and Catalina sunset dates. Low-resolution samples will be available on our "merchandise" page. 

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

Camping Bares is a travel club that meets for potlucks, day hikes and camping. Naturists in the Orange County (NitOC) work closely with Friends of San Onofre Beach, and they organize nude activities at the Huntington Beach City Pool and Gym. They have two coming up November 21st and December 5th. They also get together for pizza December 10th. 

There is only one nudist resort in the area, De Anza Springs. A little farther away are Glen Eden and Olive Dell. The San Diego Naturist Club will entertain members at a garden studio near downtown San Diego.

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

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

Trail:
The persistence of Black's Beach Diggers has been a benefit to us all. It would appear that no trail work is needed this winter. However, climatologists forecast an El Nino winter. Heavy rains will undo much of that work. The diggers stand ready to make repairs.

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. 

California courts have ruled against us. This is the time for us all to come together under one banner. If not TNS, who? If not now, when?

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 more important.

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. MMIX Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: October

Fall is here. The sun is now south of the equator. Sunsets are now in the southwest. The days are now shorter than the nights.

The Beach in General:
There were many hot and sunny days in September. Some days were cloudy and still warm. There have been only a hundred or so people on weekdays, but a thousand or more on weekends. The sand is still often too hot for bare feet. Water temperatures have ranged from 77 to 72, and will soon drop below 70.

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. 

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. That means that if you stay above the wet sand, you will probably stay dry.

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

Oct  4

full

 0.9

6.3   9:30am

Oct 18

new

-0.6

6.9   9:24am

Nov  2

full

-0.6

6.8   7:53am

San Onofre:
I attended the September 13th rally, with a few others from Black's Beach. There were perhaps a hundred naked people there, with picket signs. Four different news organizations came to cover our rally, but no rangers showed up, none of the threatened citations and no hassles whatsoever. There is another BBQ, fundraiser and rally planned for October 11.

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

Camping Bares is a travel club that meets for potlucks, day hikes and camping. Naturists in the Orange County (NitOC) works closely with Friends of San Onofre Beach, and they organize nude activities at the Huntington Beach City Pool and Gym. They have one coming up October 24th. Visit nitoc.org for details.

There is only one nudist resort in the area, De Anza Springs. A little farther away are Glen Eden and Olive Dell. The San Diego Naturist Club will entertain members at a garden studio near downtown San Diego.

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

A Contribution from Captain Lisa:
Welcome to the San Diego Naturist Club, a private unlanded social nudist club founded in 2007 by mariner, organic grower and life long naturist, Captain Lisa. She hosts San Diego Naturist Club members at her unique garden studio near downtown San Diego. A convenient and private location to get an all over tan, relax, practice one's hobby, get a massage, work online with the complimentary Wi Fi, commune in the garden hot tub and attend naturist gatherings. Captain Lisa is developing her large urban lot into market gardens for local eateries. Her creative warehouse studio is available to work on art and craft projects. 

The San Diego Naturist Club is a true nudists' club, non sexual and not clothing optional. All SDNC Members are nude, weather permitting. It is Captain Lisa's intention to provide the naturist community with a safe, private haven, devoid of negative elements often found at public nude beaches and some naturist resorts. It's about having a fun and relaxing place to be one with nature, naturally so. San Diego Naturist Club Members are invited to full moon and holiday garden parties that are hosted at her garden studio.

For those new to the naturist lifestyle or wanting to experience the garden studio prior to joining, Captain Lisa offers a private hourly rate to non-members to get acquainted with social nudism and enjoy the garden hot tub. She will personally answer all your questions and share her extensive knowledge of the naturist industry and naturist etiquette. The garden studio is also available to lease by the hour, day and evening for photo shoots, projects and parties. 

Couples, children, single men and women are welcome to join the San Diego Naturist Club. The annual membership fee is reduced for families, couples and full time students. 

Activity Passes for each visit are a nominal fee and like the annual membership, help pay for overhead and to purchase improvements. All membership information and rates are available on the website www.sandiegonaturistclub.com as well as the SDNC calendar of events. Captain Lisa may be contacted by Email: Captain@SanDiegoNaturistClub.com and by phone 858-722-1636 to answer questions and to make your reservation to join and enjoy her garden studio today. 


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

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

Subscriptions:
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 more important.

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. MMIX Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: September

Equinox:
The equinox lies ahead, 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 September 22nd.

The Beach in General:
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.

August gave us many hot and sunny days. The water temperature has been up and down between 73 and 79. The sand has been too hot for bare feet.

Past Events:
Black's Beach Bares have hosted Sunday picnics through August. We have led swims, sponsored volleyball games and even conducted a wedding on the beach.

Future Events:
There are still three picnics left! 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. We still have tattoos to pass out. We still lead swims. There's still a lot of summer left!

 

 

moon

low

high

Sep

 4

full

 0.1

5.9   9:44pm

Sep

18

new

-0.3

6.3   9:30am

Oct

 4

full

 0.1

6.3   9:30am

From Dave and Chrissy:
For those of you who attended our wedding on Aug. 9th, THANK YOU. We were overwhelmed by the turnout and support. For those who don't know, we had our reception at our home the night before and then did the legal marriage ceremony on the beach. We were thinking that 30 or 40 people would walk over to watch but were blown away by having over 100 of you there. We got some gifts from people who we don't have an address to send a thank you card so we wanted to say thank you to those people as well.

And a very big thank you to everybody who helped out, from setting up the altar and making the aisle, to the photography, silly string, glitter, sound and crowd control. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Black's Beach means the world to us and to share our special day with the best people in the world was just priceless. 

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. Spring tides are closely bound to new and full moon, but comparably high a few days before and after, and getting about 40 minutes later each day.

September 6

Sunday Picnic

September 7

Labor Day Picnic

September 13

Sunday Picnic

Surf Event 2009, by Geoff:
Blacks Beach Bares nude surf event's slogan this year was "Surfs Up! Nude". Which was inspired by the animated movie Surfs Up with the penguins and was thought up by Tony the Tiger. Sponsors for this year's event were The Naturist Society, Blacks Beach Bares, and Things To Do Nude. Thanks for all your support in making this happen

This event consisted of surfing, body surfing, and Boogie boarding. At this year's event we put the body boarders and body surfers in the same surf session, which was a blast. Of course both sessions consisted of men, women, boys and girls

This surf event is all about the surf community and fun. This year's prizes consisted of T-shirts designed by myself, with the slogan "Surfs Up! Nude". The winner of the past nude surf event "Taking Off" was Craig who was featured on this year's T-shirt, so get your autographs. Maybe someday these will be a collector's item. Thanks to Jimmy with 7-13 Productions for doing these t-shirts in 3-days.

Next year's event is already in the works. The reigning champion, Craig, defended his title against other contestants, but the winner of the surfing event goes to Patricia, surfing on her 5'6" board.

A new tradition, last year's champion has to donate to the blacks beach bares for the prize of the new winner. The prize for body boarding goes to Michael, our youngest contestant, with the judges at a tie breaker with Richard. The best nude body surfer without a doubt went to Claudia with the most waves and style. This year we added an Overall Winner who entered all the events, Patricia. Patricia was awarded the grand prize, which was donated by Dick, a surfboard. Thanks for all who came out and supported a nude community event. See you at next year's nude surf event. 

Torrey Pines City Park:
There are plans in the works for a park surrounding the gliderport. Three members of Black's Beach Bares attended the August meeting. The meeting was mostly a long wish list, many of which are unrealistic. It was mostly about improving the gliderport, irrigation of a lawn area for landings and things like that. However, there were a few things that interest beach users, bathrooms, showers, marked parking, beach access, hiking trails, fire rings and night security.

We don't yet know if marked parking will be more spaces or less. We don't even know if it will be paved. The beach access discussion was notably ambiguous. Some of the hiking trails could be at the expense of existing parking in the north lot. There was outspoken opposition to fire rings. Several people present were calling for security to close the park at night. 

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

Stingrays:
There has been a dramatic rise in the number of bat rays recently. 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. First try to get it bleeding to flush some of the toxins out of the wound. Then bury the affected area in hot sand. The pain takes hours to pass and rarely requires medical attention. 

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

San Onofre:
The situation at San Onofre is changing almost daily. The most recent development is that the Department of Parks and Recreation has asked the court of appeals to publish the ruling, and it has been published. This is so they don't have to re-litigate each time they want to reverse the Cahill Policy.

Earlier they said this was only about San Onofre. We never believed that claim. They have now shown plainly that they are planning ahead, for a complete reversal of the Cahill Policy, statewide. This was never about just San Onofre.

Friends of San Onofre have already filed a Petition for Review with the Supreme Court. Because of this, the Cahill policy must remain in effect statewide until the Supreme Court makes a decision. That will likely be at least mid October. This is all costing money. Please get involved now by donating to Friends of San Onofre or the Naturist Action Committee. Black's Beach Bares will take your donations and forward them to either party. If you will not join forces with us now, then when? This is a fight for our right to exist.

Soon we may also need letters written to Parks officials and elected officials. Please stay in touch throughout the year so that we can all act in a timely manner. They won't be resting through the winter, and neither should we.

We do not anticipate any threats at Black's Beach, but we don't want to be caught off guard either. If any citations, warning or threats are made at Black's Beach, please bring them to my attention.

The Beach in General:
The weather has been almost consistently hot and sunny, with only a few overcast and warm days. The water temperature has ranged from 68-77, and it has gotten very clearly recently. The sand is usually too hot for bare feet.

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 hosted five picnics in July. Some of the food grilled has included zucchini, hot dogs, chicken, hamburgers, shish kabobs, banana, peaches, bratwurst and sweet corn.

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. We still have tattoos to pass out. We still lead swims. There's still a lot of summer left!

August 1

Surf Event

August 2

Sunday Picnic

August 9

Sunday Picnic

August 16

Sunday Picnic

August 23

Sunday Picnic

August 30

Sunday Picnic

September 6

Sunday Picnic

September 7

Labor Day Picnic

September 13

Sunday Picnic

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. 

Western Gathering:
TNS conducts several gatherings a year. The nearest gathering is August 20-23, at Lupin Lodge near Los Gatos. 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. Our own Dave Cole will be hosting a few workshops. 

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

Aug

 6

full

-0.4

6.2  10:02pm

Aug

20

new

-1.2

7.1   9:52pm

Sep

 4

full

 0.1

5.9   9:44pm

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.

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. You may want to flag down lifeguards. They will be able to bandage your wound after the pain passes.

Torrey Pines Reef 2:
There is a small artificial reef offshore, about 500 yards out and 35 feet down. This reef is host to a variety of life, fish, lobster and other invertebrates. A giant sea bass has been seen there recently. The warm water has even brought yellowtail to our waters, and they can be seen from the surface. The entire swim takes about an hour. It's too small to find without help. Ambitious swimmers should look for buddies between our two flags, or contact Lloyd through the website.

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. MMIX Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: July

San Onofre:
The freedom of our northern brothers at San Onofre is in jeopardy again. A California court of appeal has ruled against Friends of San Onofre. Their victory of last year has been reversed. Friends of San Onofre caution that rangers might begin issuing citations immediately, but they are prepared to help fight each citation.

The court has ruled that The Department of Parks and Recreation followed proper procedures when it abruptly declared an end to Cahill/Harrison regulation at San Onofre's Trail 6. Friends of San Onofre are examining their options at this time. San Onofre is one of the few state parks that will remain open, because it turns a profit. It looks like they are going to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

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 will undoubtedly need money to fight this. Please visit our website and visit the Friends of San Onofre site through our "Alerts" page for more detailed information and letter writing suggestions.

The Beach in General:
June gave us the expected gloom, but we also had a lot of sun. There were even days when it was sunny at the beach and cloudy everywhere else. There were a few days when a thousand or more people showed up, and there were a few cloudy days with only a few dozen.

The water temperature has been up to 70 most of the month. The sand has often been too hot for bare feet. We have regained much of the sand lost in the winter. 

Future Events:
Regularly scheduled picnics begin this month. We will host Sunday picnics all month. We may even make ice cream a few times. 

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

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 5

Sunday Picnic

July 6-12

Nude Recreation Week

July 11-14

Catalina Sunsets

July 12

Sunday Picnic

July 19

Sunday Picnic

July 26

Sunday Picnic

August 1

Surf Event

August 2

Sunday Picnic

August 9

Sunday Picnic

August 16

Sunday Picnic

August 20-23

Western Gathering
Lupin Lodge

August 23

Sunday Picnic

August 30

Sunday Picnic

September 6

Sunday Picnic

September 7

Labor Day Picnic

September 13

Sunday Picnic

National Nude Recreation Week:
National Nude Recreation Week is July 6-12 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 Naturist Society (TNS) has been instrumental in preserving nude recreation at Black's Beach, and Black's Beach Bares continues to work with TNS. Please join with us to ensure that there is always room on public land for nude recreation. Look for our yellow flag for more information. 

Western Gathering:
I gave the wrong dates in the June issue. The gathering is actually August 20-23. 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. Dave Cole will be there, representing our interests. 

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

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

 7

full

-0.7

6.3   9:47pm

Jul

22

new

-1.7

7.5  10:03pm

Aug

 6

full

-0.4

6.2  10:02pm

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 mid-July, perhaps 11-14. 

Torrey Pines Reef 2:
There is an artificial reef offshore, about 500 yards out and 35 feet down. This reef is host to a variety of life, fish, lobster and other invertebrates. Now that the water is warm, swim expeditions to the reef will take place in the early afternoon. Ambitious swimmers should look for buddies between our two flags, or contact Lloyd through the website. 

Parking Lots:
Gay Pride celebrations in Balboa Park will run from July 18 & 19 this year. That always has an impact on parking here. 

Stingrays:
There are stingrays in our water all year, even knee deep. Sting rays don't attack people, but if you step on one, you will learn that their defense mechanism is very painful. It's treated with heat. Black's Beach Bares keeps hot water for just this purpose. If you are near, come use it. Otherwise, bury the affected area in hot sand. The pain takes hours to pass and rarely requires medical attention. 

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

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

Subscriptions:
Subscriptions are $10/year. Email and free copies are available. Donations are accepted. 

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

Summer comes this month. The solstice is June 20 at 10:45pm, giving us the longest day and northernmost sunset. Aphelion comes just a few days later, July 3, when we are farthest from the sun.

The Beach in General:
We were reminded that May grey and June gloom come before summer around here. While much of San Diego was hot and sunny, the beach was often overcast and cold. We still had some hot and sunny weather last month.

Often there are only a hundred or so people on the beach, but there have been over a thousand people on hot weekends. We have regained some sand, but expect much more still. That sand has been too hot for bare feet at times. Water temperatures have ranged from 66-70.

Past Events:
Our first two picnics are behind us. Many people were present, but few used the grills. Some of the food included hot dogs, sweet corn, chicken, shish kabobs, zucchini, banana, pineapple, lamb, hot links and sausages. We also shared Boogie boards and sand toys.

Future Events:
We don't offer picnics in June because June gloom has shut down past attempts. The picnics will resume in July. 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. We still have tattoos to pass out. We still lead swims. Summer hasn't even started yet!

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 5

Sunday Picnic

July 6-12

Nude Recreation Week

July 11-14

Catalina Sunsets

July 12

Sunday Picnic

July 19

Sunday Picnic

July 26

Sunday Picnic

August 1

Surf Event

August 2

Sunday Picnic

Torrey Pines Reef 2:
There is an artificial reef offshore, about500 yards out and 40 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 resume. Ambitious swimmers should look for buddies between our two flags, or contact Lloyd through the website.

National Nude Recreation Week:
National Nude Recreation Week is July 6-12 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. We know this freedom is not free. Friends of San Onofre fought and paid for this freedom just last summer. Their loss would have led to our loss. Their victory last summer is a victory for us all to celebrate.

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. TNS sees the big picture, how the San Onofre decision affects the whole state. 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.

Help Needed:
The Naturist Action Committee (NAC) needs your help to assure continued nude use of another park, near Auburn. State park managers have given an appropriate response to a local threat and we need to thank them. It is important that they not see us a group of constant complainers, but as grateful and considerate park users too.

The Auburn city council recently passed a resolution asking for increased enforcement and citations for nudity at the nearby Auburn State Recreational Area. The good news is that the park managers indicated that they do not feel obligated to change their existing enforcement policies concerning simple nudity.

We should all write to them to thank them, before they change their minds. The full text of the NAC Action Alert can be found at http://tinyurl.com/q5122c. The site includes, history, law, tips and addresses.

Naturist Action Committee (NAC):
The NAC is the political arm of TNS. They take on the threats nationwide. While the threats may not seem to threaten us here at Black's Beach, they have long reaching effects.

The problems at San Onofre last year were no direct threat, but our day would have followed closely. One bad decision can set an oppressive policy that affects us all. Please take the time to support our allies in California.

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 20-23. Our own Dave Cole will be hosting a few workshops. 

Parking Lots:
As summer use increases, the west lot will fill and people will be forced to use the east lot. Last year the parking lot was often locked promptly at 8pm. It has not been locked lately, but newcomers should know how to get out if they find it locked. Left of that gate and a ways across the gravel lot is another exit.

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.

This time of year it's a matter of leaving your stuff high enough before taking a walk late in the afternoon. When you're laying down watching the waves get 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.

 

 

moon

low

high

Jun

 7

full

-0.8

6.3   9:26pm

Jun

22

new

-1.7

7.6   9:22pm

Jul

 7

full

-0.7

6.3   9:47pm

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 for their work on the trail. You decide if the newsletter, the website or the trail have made your visit better, and donate accordingly.

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

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

The Beach in General:
April gave us quite a heat wave, with record breaking highs. Maybe a thousand people were on the beach that weekend. Other sunny weekends there have been hundreds of people present.

The beach has already regained some sand, and more is set to return with the right wave conditions. The sand has already been too hot for bare feet. The water temperature was up to 66, but 61 was the typical temperature.

Future Events:
The time of year when Black's Beach Bares sponsors events is upon us. We will host two picnics in May, then Sunday picnics beginning July 5, always contingent on good weather.

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, Boogie boards and games will be available. And we still lead swims.

May 2

World Naked Gardening

May 24

Sunday Picnic

May 25

Memorial Day Picnic

May 28-31

Catalina Sunsets

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 5

Sunday Picnic

July 6-12

Nude Recreation Week

July 11-14

Catalina Sunsets

July 12

Sunday Picnic

July 19

Sunday Picnic

July 26

Sunday Picnic

August 1

Surf Event

August 2

Sunday Picnic

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

Catalina Island is seen silhouetted by the setting sun May 28-31 and July 11-14. It's easier to see from the gliderport.

National Nude Recreation Week:
National Nude Recreation Week is July 6-12 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.

There is much to celebrate this year, since our northern brothers at San Onofre fought and won. Our freedom has been reaffirmed by that court decision last August.

This freedom cannot be taken 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? It's a freedom our forefathers enjoyed, but it's facing more challenges every year as population and intolerance grow.

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

Stingrays:
There are stingrays in our water all year, even knee deep. Sting rays don't attack people, but if you step on one, you will learn that their defense mechanism is very painful.

It's treated with heat. We will be keeping solar heated water for treatment. If you are injured near the yellow flag, come over for relief. If you are far from us, bury the affected area in hot sand. The pain takes hours to pass and rarely requires medical attention. You should still stop the lifeguards to monitor your recovery.

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. 

From Black's Beach Diggers:
Many have surely noticed the steps we added to the trail this year. We didn't do much because there was little need. If you are looking for a way to help, there is something you can do.

Every year we count on rain to finish the job for us. Once the steps are built, a little rain helps it settle and pack down. Without rain, the new steps turn to dust and drain out. Maybe you have noticed some examples.

We haven't had much rain this year. You can help us finish the job by bringing down a bottle of water to pour on a new step. With enough water and traffic, the new steps will pack down to hard clay and last us many years.
Thank you in advance.


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

This time of year it's a matter of leaving your stuff high enough before taking a walk late in the afternoon. 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

 9

full

-0.9

6.3   9:45pm

May

24

new

-1.5

7.2   9:31pm

Jun

 7

full

-0.8

6.3   9:26pm

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

The mid-day summer sun is higher and too intense for tanning. You may even get sunburned in the morning and not realize it. Then, if you 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. 

Subscriptions & Donations:
Subscriptions are $10/year, $2 for email subscriptions. There are plenty of free sources for this newsletter. 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 the trail.

Vol. MMIX Author/Publisher: Lloyd Johnson Issue: April

The Beach in General:
There were at least a few warm and sunny days in March. There has been very little rain, for March. Often there are only a hundred or so people on the beach, but there have been a thousand people on hot weekends.

Some sand has returned and the beach has gotten wider. 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 57-63.

Future Events:
The time of year when Black's Beach Bares sponsors events is approaching. We will host two picnics over Memorial Day weekend, then 13 more July through September 13. They will all be 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 to the reef. We still offer volleyball.

April 19

Earth Day Fair
Balboa Park

May 2

World Naked Gardening

May 24

Sunday Picnic

May 25

Memorial Day Picnic

May 28-31

Catalina Sunsets

July 4

Independence Day Picnic

July 5

Sunday Picnic

July 6-12

Nude Recreation Week

July 11-14

Catalina Sunsets

Earth Day Fair:
Camping Bares has operated a booth at the Balboa Park Earth Day Fair. In recent years Black's Beach Bares has helped staff that booth. We distribute information about Black's Beach and nude recreation in general.

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. By removing tumbleweeds in years past, there is one area of the beach without their thorns. 

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

Apr

 9

full

-0.6

6.2   9:49pm

Apr

25

new

-1.1

6.7   9:50pm

Parking Lots:
The La Jolla Half Marathon will be Sunday, April 26th 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 may be closed a few times, for the glider runway. This forces people who use the north lot to share the west and east lots. 

Construction has begun east of our east lot. The trees have been cut down and the area is fenced off. This will affect our parking, as work crews use the street and 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 third exit is blocked by construction this year.

Avoiding Sunburn:
With the sun north of the celestial equator, it's now 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 just 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.

Tar on the Beach:
The currents 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. Baby oil and suntan oil are perfect. Even lip balm will work. 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:
This is also 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. 

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

Camping Bares is a travel club that meets for potlucks, day hikes and camping. Naturists in the Orange County (NitOC) work closely with Friends of San Onofre Beach. This month there are only meet and greet activities.

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. 

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

Equinox:
Spring comes this month. The equinox lies ahead, 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 21st.

The Beach in General:
There were many great, warm and sunny days in January, not so many in February. 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 hot days. Some sand has been removed by waves and storms, but we have more dry sand than is typical for this time of year. 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 mostly been 57. 

Spring Tide:
Spring tide is a condition of very high and very low tides in the same 24 hours. This month our highest tide switches from morning to evening. Early in the month, it will be a matter of finding dry sand. Late in the month, it will be important to leave your things on higher ground before taking an afternoon walk.

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

 9

gib

-1.2

6.4   8:37am

Mar

11

full

-0.5

5.9  10:29pm

Mar

26

new

 0.0

5.8   9:54pm

Apr

 9

full

-0.6

6.2   9:49pm

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

Camping Bares is a travel club that meets for potlucks, pool parties, day hikes and camping. Southern California Naturist Association (SCNA) is a similar organization further north. They would be ideal for people living in or near Ventura County,

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 March 28th.

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. 

Parking Lots:
Construction has begun east of our east lot. The trees have been cut down and the area is fenced off. This will affect our parking, as work crews use the street and lots.

The north lot will likely be closed a few times, for the glider runway. This forces people who use the north lot to share the west and east lots.

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. 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. 

The Passing of Clara Bailey:
Clara Bailey was the queen and sweetheart of Black's Beach. This woman in her mid fifties was our champion and poster girl. She was very involved in the 1977 campaign to keep nudity legal here. She passed away January 27, 2009 at the age of 88.

She was not just our champion. She traveled the world, advocating nude recreation. She was even mentioned in the Wall Street Journal.

I had met her before, but I was amazed in 2000 when she hiked down to the beach, at the age of 80. That was not to be her last visit though. She visited again in 2002. She had an interesting way of knowing her age, but not acting her age. 

I was on my way to see Clara again. I was practicing in the car just how I would scold her, call her a hypochondriac and then help her plot her escape from the hospital. I knew she would love this. A few days earlier she had told me she wanted to take a salt water bath at Black's Beach. I encouraged her, but suspected that it would not happen. 

She was satisfied with her long life. But, were we satisfied with our time with her? Clara was our candle, lighting the way. She burned long and bright. Her flame has gone out, but not before lighting many others. We don't live in her shadow. We bask in her sunshine. 
A LEGEND IN HER OWN TIME
(BLACK'S BEACH'S CLARA BAILEY)

There is a legend in her own time
And she's so sweet, she feels divine,
But she's down to Earth & hangs so loose.
All that I have said about her, in the truth.
I met her many years ago,
On our favorite beach,
Where we had no woes.
We spent our life au natural,
Playing in the water and
Having many a story to tell.
Our beach was like paradise
On this present Earth,
Until those who came around had
No respect or didn't know its worth.
She functioned as Granny
Of all the Black's Beach clan
And I worked at her side
Playing Mother to our land.
We all felt like
An extended family,
Caring for each other and
Trying to keep our beach free.
She spent many an hour
Selling our beach wares,
On top of our cliffs above
Where we had no cares.
Our lives have evolved and
Many of us have moved on,
But all of us will remember Clara
Forever and our Earthly home in the sun.

Joann Newman-Aiassa (Joi) 5/98

Flies:
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. 

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

The Beach in General:
Beach weather has been cold and raining much of November and December. Late December we did get some warm and sunny weather. Some mud did accumulate, and you do have to take care where you step, but the beach retained much sand.

This is the time of year when you can only expect dozens of people on weekdays and a few hundred on sunny weekends. It's really only warm from about 10am to 3pm. The water temperature is already down to 57.

We always get a heat wave with temperatures in the 80s in January, so stand ready and keep your calendar clear. 

Calendars:
We are again offering a Black's Beach Calendar, filled with photos taken at Black's Beach. National holidays are listed as well as Catalina sunset dates. This year it features a mix of wildlife and people. Low-resolution samples are available on our "merchandise" page. The price is $20, shipping already included. 

Trail:
The trail suffered some erosion from heavy rain but is intact. This was as Black's Beach Diggers planned. They could not come up with a design that could survive so much water, unscathed. Instead their design is a matter of acceptable losses. They will be busy this winter with upgrades. They will be using 2x6s, in case you want to donate supplies. Cash donations are always accepted. Give it to them when you see them, or send it to me and I will pass it on.

The Passing of Lee Baxandall:
Black's Beach Bares mourns the loss of Lee Baxandall, founder of The Naturist Society (TNS). His passing on November 28 was not unexpected, as he was suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Although I never met him, his vision still inspired me. Those of us who never met the man still appreciate and honor him. It was his dedication to freedom that has preserved our right to use public land. He was the one that formed an organization to defend what many of us take for granted today, our right to use public land in our natural state. When some new law to ban our form of freedom reared its' ugly head, he and his organization stood against it. Saddened by this loss, TNS continues this struggle without him.

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. 

Parking Lots:
The Buick Invitational will be February 2-9 this year. The good news is that improvements will be made to the dirt lots, in preparation for the event. The bad news is that it always impacts our parking and slows traffic to a crawl. There will be no street parking. Attendants may try to bar access to the lot. When you reach the front, tell them you are going to the beach and they must let you in. Parking will still be hard to find.

Perihelion:
Perihelion is when Earth is closest to the sun, 91.5 million miles, instead of the average 93 million miles. It is not the cause of our seasons. It is when the sun looks the biggest, by about 3% and it's when Earth travels the fastest. The date varies from January 2-5, due to leap year issues. This year it will be January 4 about 7am our time.

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 finding dry sand. With the seasonal loss of sand and high tides in the morning, there isn't much dry sand for day use. It may be necessary to bring a tarp or chair.

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.