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December 31, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could barely see La Jolla Cove.
Burro Trail two new steps added, in good condition
Climate warm and sunny, wind from north
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was very far out the whole time I was there.
temperature: 55
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed ravens, grebes, heermann's gulls, black phoebes, pelicans
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  It was cold for my bare feet.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.

I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up and umbrella too, but only for hanging my food.  I set up reflectors and went for a swim.

I went swimming twice, just out to the big surf.  I caught some waves on my way back to shore.  I laid near the reflectors and warmed up afterwards.

Some of my friends set up a volleyball court about 12pm.  They were sill playing when I left.

About 3:30pm the haze got thicker and I couldn't see La Jolla Cove any more.  I packed and headed for the trail.

My bulletin board was gone.  I'd already been told it was vandalized and taken up to the parking lot.  I dressed and hiked up.

December 23, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Longbeach.
Burro Trail some damage from recent storm, but still in good condition, under construction in the evening
Climate warm and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, kite flying
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was very high before I arrived and went way out during the day.
temperature: 57
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed ravens, western gulls, grebes, ring billed gulls, heermann's gulls, black phoebes, pelicans, hermit crabs, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck and state lifeguards in a white Jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  It was cold for my bare feet.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.

I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up and umbrella too, but only for hanging my food.  I set up reflectors and went for a swim.

I went swimming twice, both times to the sand dollars.  I caught some waves on my way back to shore.  I laid near the reflectors and warmed up afterwards.

Some of my friends set up a volleyball court about 12pm.  They were playing almost until sunset.

About 3pm the wind picked up and I finally dressed about 4pm.  I watched a volleyball game while waiting for a few friends.

I packed, headed for the trail and collected my bulleting board.  Black's Beach Diggers were working on trail improvements as I hiked up.  I missed the sunset, while hiking.

December 22, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Catalina Island and San Clemente Island.
Burro Trail some damage from recent storm, but still in good condition, two new steps added, a few new sand bags
Climate warm and sunny
The wind changed a few times.  At first there was hardly any, then a light breeze from the south.  Finally there was a wind from the north.
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was very high before I arrived and went way out during the day.
temperature: 57
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed ravens, western gulls, black phoebes, pelicans, hermit crabs, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  It was cold for my bare feet.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.

I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up and umbrella too, but only for hanging my food.  I set up reflectors and went for a swim.

I went swimming twice, both times to the sand dollars.  I caught some waves on my way back to shore.  I laid near the reflectors and warmed up afterwards.

Some of my friends set up a volleyball court about 12pm.  They were still playing when I left.

About 1pm the wind picked up and hardly anybody could stand the wind while nude.  My reflectors were a sanctuary for a few friends.

I was getting cold about 3pm.  I packed and headed for the trail.  I dressed at the trail head, collected my bulletin board and hiked up.

December 15, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Longbeach.
Burro Trail some damage from recent storm, but still in good condition, one new step added
Climate warm and sunny, hardly any wind, until about 2pm, then from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It didn't change much.
temperature: 59
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 20'
Wildlife Observed ravens, western gulls, willets, sanderlings, black phoebes, pelicans, bat ray, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  There were police in an SUV late in the day.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.

I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up and umbrella too, but only for hanging my food.  I set up reflectors and went for a swim.

I went swimming twice, once to the sand dollars.  I caught some waves on my way back to shore.  Some waves just gave me a tumble.  Some gave me a good ride.  I laid near the reflectors and warmed up afterwards.

Some of my friends set up a volleyball court about 12pm.

I was getting cold about 4pm.  I dressed, packed and headed for the trail.  I watched a very red sun set before I reached the trail.  I collected my bulletin board and hiked up.

December 14, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Longbeach..
Burro Trail some damage from recent storm, but still in good condition, one new step added
Climate warm and sunny, hardly any wind
People a few dozen
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 3'
tide: It didn't change much.
temperature: 59
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 20'
Wildlife Observed ravens, western gulls, willets, sanderlings, black phoebes, pelicans, bat ray
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.

I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up and umbrella too, but only for hanging my food.  I set up reflectors and went for a swim.  I didn't make it to the sand dollars.  I turned back early and tried to catch some waves.  I laid near the reflectors and warmed up afterwards.

Some of my friends set up a volleyball court about 2pm.  They had just gotten a game going when I left.

It was still warm when I left about 3pm, hoping to beat traffic.  I still got stuck in traffic.

December 3, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 1pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Longbeach..
Burro Trail some damage from recent storm, but still in good condition
Climate cool and sunny, wind from north
People a few dozen
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 3'
tide: The tide went way out.
temperature: 61
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed ravens, western gulls, willets, pelicans, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  There was a lot of mud on the beach and it was difficult find a mud-free path to the surf.

I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up and umbrella too, but only for hanging my food.  I set up reflectors and went for a swim.  I swam out to the sand dollars and tried to catch some waves on my way back.  I laid near the reflectors and warmed up afterwards.

I was getting cold about 4pm, so up dressed, packed and left.  I watched sunset from the trail.  There were a lot of inversion layers visible and I saw the green flash.  I left the parking lot about 4pm.

December 2, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Longbeach.
Burro Trail some damage from recent storm, but still in good condition, some repairs had already been done
Climate cool and sunny, wind from north
People a few dozen
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 3'
tide: The tide went way out.
temperature: 61
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed ravens, western gulls, willets, pelicans
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  There was a lot of mud on the beach and it was difficult find a mud-free path to the surf.

I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up reflectors for later.  They warm me up after a swim and keep me warm late in the day.  I set up and umbrella too, but only for hanging my food.  I laid in the sun when not in the water.

I went swimming once.  I didn't see any sand dollars, but I think I swam about that far out.  I didn't manage to catch any good waves.

Our volleyball court was covered in mud, so all the players moved south to the trail, when they saw another court set up.  That was about 2:30pm.  They were still playing when I left.

I was getting cold about 3pm, so up dressed, packed and left.  I left the parking lot about 4pm.

November 24, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could barely see a little of Catalina Island.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate warm and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, Frisbee
Water surf: 3'
tide: The tide went way out.
temperature: 61
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed ravens, western gulls, willets, grebes, pelicans, sand dollars, hermit crabs, sea snails
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck and state lifeguards in a white jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up reflectors for later.  They warm me up after a swim and keep me warm late in the day.  I set up and umbrella too, but only for hanging my food.  I laid in the sun when not in the water.

I went swimming three times, each time to the sand dollars.  I didn't manage to catch any good waves.

My friends were setting up for volleyball about 12pm.  They played until about 4:30pm.

I was getting cold about 4pm, so up put on a sweater and eventually dressed.  I left the beach about 5pm.

November 3, 2007: Huntington Beach Indoor Swim

I arrived about 4:30 and helped set up.  At 5pm we were finally given the go-ahead.  I left my clothes in a bin and jumped in.  The pool was 2'6" in the shallow end and 8' at the deepest.  There was a diving platform in the deep end, but nobody used it.  There were two lifeguards on duty most of the time.  The temperature was about 90 degrees, but visibility was only about 5'.  I spent the first two hours in the pool.

Eventually I learned that we had access to the entire facility, which included a game room and gym.  Volleyball was set up in the gym.  The game room included two pool tables, a billiard table, foosball and a ping pong table.  I played a little pool, one game of eight ball and one game of cutthroat.

I was told there were forty something people there.

November 3, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: few spaces
Visibility I could barely see Flatrock and I couldn't see La Jolla Cove.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly hazy sunshine, some clouds, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, Frisbee
Water surf: 3'
tide: I didn't see much change in my short stay.
temperature: 64
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed ravens, western gulls, willets, whimbrels, terns, grebes, pelicans, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white Jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up reflectors to keep warm and an umbrella to shade my food and hang things to dry.  I laid in the sun when not in the water.

I went swimming twice, once to the sand dollars and once just for some body surfing.  I did manage to catch a few good waves.

My friends were setting up for volleyball about 2pm, but I was already packing for the Huntington Beach swim.  They still hadn't started a game when I left at 2:30.  I dressed and hiked to the trail.

October 28, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Flatrock and a hazy La Jolla Cove.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, Frisbee
Water surf: 3'
tide: The tide had been very high before I arrived and it was very low when I left.
temperature: 66
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, willets, whimbrels, cormorant, terns, grebes, pelicans, sand dollars, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  I also saw a state ranger in a white Jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flags.

I set up near the cliff, where it was dry, again.  I set up an umbrella, but only to shade my food and hang things to dry.  I laid in the sun all day.

I went swimming four times, twice to that sand dollars.  Once I cut the swim short because I heard dolphins near and I was hoping for an encounter.  They never got close.  I also went out just to do some body surfing.  That worked out pretty well.

My friends had set up the volleyball court about 3pm and soon got a game started.  The games ended a little before sunset.

I took my last swim about 4pm and couldn't warm up after that.  I wore a fleece shirt the rest of the day.  I watched a very colorful sunset from the beach, then finished packing, dressed and hiked to the trail.  It must have been almost 7pm when I left the parking lot.

October 27, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate cloudy and cool with occasional sprinkles, wind from north
People a dozen or so
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, knitting
Water surf: 3'
tide: The tide hd been very high before I arrived and it was very low as I left.
temperature: I didn't get in.
Wildlife Observed ravens, western gulls, pelicans
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

The tide had been very high, leaving most of the beach wet.  There was even a huge puddle at the trailhead.  I chose a spot near the cliff, where there was dry sand.

I set up a few umbrellas and two of us tried to stay out of the rain.  I wore a fleece shirt most of the day.  We finally gave up about 4:30pm and headed to the trail.

The sun came out just as we started up.  Then the sky clouded up again as we left the parking lot about 5pm.

October 21, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could barely see beyond Flatrock.  There was an obvious haze, probably from the Malibu fire.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, gusty wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, horseshoes
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide didn't seem to change much.
temperature: 64
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, willets, terns, pelicans
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flags.

I set up an umbrella, but only for hanging my cooler in the shade and hanging my swimming gear to dry.  I took two swims.  I didn't get past the surf either time.  My second swim was with the intent of body surfing, and I caught some good rides.

About 2pm the wind picked up and people started chasing umbrellas.  I folded up mine and started packing.  Once the wind gets like that, it's pointless.  People tried setting up wind breaks, but nothing would hold against those gusts.  Also sand managed to get around the wind blocks and bury the sheet in sand.  Soon after that a huge cloud of smoke from the north enveloped us.  The hazy sun took on an orange color and our shadows turned blue.

I hiked up in the smoke filled, dry heat.  I left the parking lot about 2:30pm.

October 20, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate cloudy and cool, wind from southwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, Frisbee, sailing
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide didn't seem to change much.
temperature: 64
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, willets, terns, pelicans, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

It was sunny and warm when I arrived, but that didn't last long.  I set up an umbrella, but only for hanging my cooler in the shade and hanging my swimming gear to dry.

There was a yacht sailing off shore, then I learned that there were friends on board.  I swam to the boat and boarded.  They had a blanket and hot tea waiting.  I took a tour of the yacht while they circled around the reef, then rolled off the side and swam back to shore.

My friends had set up the volleyball court about 3pm and soon got a game started.  They were still playing as I hiked to the trail.

I dressed then hiked to the trail about 5:30pm.  I was in the parking lot about 6pm when I saw the sun through a narrow window beneath the clouds.  I didn't stick around to watch it set.

October 19, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 1pm street parking: full
gliderport: I had trouble finding a space in the west lot.
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny until 5pm, no wind
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 8'
tide: The tide didn't seem to change much.
temperature: 64
current: I could see a rip current north of me, but I stayed out of it.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, willets, grebes, terns, pelicans, dolphins, sting ray, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, but only for hanging my cooler in the shade and hanging my swimming gear to dry.  Some of my friends set up their volleyball court about 5pm.

I took three swims, once to the sand dollars and the other times just to body surf.  I caught some big waves.  It threw me out in front and I had to roll with it.

It was getting cool by 6pm, so I dressed and headed to the trail.  There was a volleyball game in progress as I left.  I stopped at the trail head to watch sunset and collect my bulletin boards.  As the sun set I saw the light separate at the inversion layer.  One distorted image of the sun, above the inversion layer shrank to a short line and turned green, a green flash.  After that the distorted image of the sun below the inversion layer also shrank to a short line and turned green, a second green flash.

October 14, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate warm and sunny until 3pm, cloudy and cool after, wind from south
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, body boarding, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, surfing, Frisbee
Water surf: 8'
tide: The tide was highest when I arrived.
temperature: 66
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, willets, whimbrels, terns, pelicans, dolphins, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flags.

I set up an umbrella, but only for hanging my cooler in the shade and hanging my swimming gear to dry.  Some of my friends set up their volleyball court about 1pm.

I took two swims, once to the sand dollars and once just to catch some waves.  I caught some big waves and I had to roll with it when it threw me out.

I had to put on a shirt about 3pm.  It was cold when I left about 5pm.  There was a volleyball game just getting started.  I dressed, packed and left.  I headed south to the trail.  Once at the trail I collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.

October 8, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 1pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see the San Clemente and Catalina islands.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, gentle breeze from south
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, body boarding, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, surfing, Frisbee, juggling
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was rising as I left.
temperature: 66
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, willets, grebes, terns, pelicans, sting rays, dolphins, hermit crabs, lobster, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, but laid in the sun most of the time.  Some of my friends set up their volleyball court about 3pm.

I took three swims, twice to the sand dollars.  One swim was cut short by wildlife.  There were some dolphins ahead of me, so I slowed and took some video clips.  I also found a very small lobster.  I caught it and took it to shore for a few pictures.  Then I let it go.

It was still warm when I left about 6pm.  There was still a volleyball game in progress.  I dressed, packed and left.  I headed south to the trail.  Once at the trail I collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.  I stopped about half way up the trail to watch sunset.  I shot a video clip instead of watching carefully.  I left the parking lot about 6:30pm.

October 7, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see San Clemente Island.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly warm and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, body boarding, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, surfing, Frisbee
Water surf: 8'
tide: The tide was rising as I left.
temperature: 66
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, willets, pelicans, sting ray, dolphins, hermit crab, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, but laid in the sun most of the time.  The wind was very strong for a while, to the point that people were chasing umbrellas.  The wind died a bit later.  Some of my friends set up their volleyball court about 2pm.

I took three swims, each time to the sand dollars.  I caught a few waves on my way back to shore.  I got up close to some dolphins during my last swim.

I couldn't warm up after my last swim, so I put on a sweater about 4:30pm..  There were still people playing volleyball when I dressed, packed and left about 5pm.  I headed south to the trail.  Once at the trail I collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 5:30pm.

October 6, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly warm and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, surfing
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was rising as I left.
temperature: 66
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, willets, pelicans, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, but laid in the sun most of the time.  Some of my friends set up their volleyball court about 1pm.

I took two swims, both times to the sand dollars.  I caught a few waves on my way back to shore.

I couldn't warm up after my last swim, so I put on a sweater.  There were still people playing volleyball when I dressed, packed and left about 5:30pm.  I headed south to the trail.  Once at the trail I collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 6pm.

October 1, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 1pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly warm and sunny, wind from west
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, surfing, body boarding
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was nearly at the highest when I arrived and receding as I left.
temperature: 66
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, willets, pelicans, sand dollars, corbina
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  There was also a state lifeguard in a white jeep.

There were a few news vans in the parking lot.  It seems there was a groundbreaking ceremony for a  dormitory that will be built too close to the glider landing area.  I stopped at the gliderport to talk with management.

Then I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, but laid in the sun most of the time.  Some of my friends set up their volleyball court about 4pm.

I took two swims, both times to the sand dollars. When I took my first swim I noticed the water was much colder below five feet.  I don't know what that temperature was, but my thermometer dropped to 64 during my short dives.  I caught a few waves on my way back to shore.

It was still warm when I packed and left about 5:30pm.  I headed south to the trail.  Once at the trail I dressed, collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.  There were news helicopters circling the gliderport as I left at about 6pm.

September 30, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, surfing
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was nearly at the highest when I arrived and receding as I left.
temperature: 68
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, willets, grebe, pelicans, sand dollars, hermit crabs, dolphins, sea lion, spotfin croaker, guitar fish, sting ray
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella and sat in the shade most of the time.

I took five swims, each time to the sand dollars.  I caught a few waves on my way back to shore.

I saw sunset from the beach.  I was surprised to see a spectacular green flash.  The sun faded to a pale green, then became an emerald green  twinkle.  Finally, I even saw some lingering blue.  If you watched sunset and didn't see this green flash, you never will..  I finished packing, dressed and headed south to the trail.  It was dark enough that I could see Jupiter ahead.  Once at the trail I collected my bulletin board and hiked up.  I left the parking lot after 7pm.

September 29, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate warm and sunny, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, surfing
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was high when I arrived and receding as I left.
temperature: 68
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, willets, grebe, pelicans, sand dollars, hermit crab, guitar fish, sting ray
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide where I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella and sat in the shade most of the time.

I took three swims, each time to the sand dollars.  A grebe swam surprisingly close to me.  I tried to catch some waves, but just never managed to be in the right place at the right time.

A friend rescued a small grebe.  She had it wrapped in a towel.  Last I saw it, she was on her way to Wildlife Rescue.

I left the beach before sunset.  I dressed, collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.  Sunset happened while I was on the trail, but I was fumbling with a camera and missed it.

September 24, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 1pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate warm and sunny, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was low when I arrived and still rising as I left.
temperature: 70
current: I was carried north.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, willets, snowy egret, hawk, pelicans, sand dollars, guitar fish, sting ray
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.  I set up an umbrella, but only sat in the shade a short time.

I took two swims, both times to the sand dollars.  I caught some good waves on my way back to shore.

I spotted a hawk with a snake.  He roosted on a nearby rock while eating it.

I left the beach before sunset.  I dressed, collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 6pm.

September 23, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Longbeach.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate warm and sunny, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, horseshoes, Frisbee
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was low when I arrived and still rising as I left.
temperature: 70
current: I was carried north.
visibility: 25'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, willets, snowy egret, pelicans, sand dollars, guitar fish, crab
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in white trucks.

The view from above was very clear, so I stopped near the lifeguard perch to take a few pictures.  Then I hiked down barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flags.  I set up an umbrella, but only sat in the shade a short time.

I took three swims, each time to the sand dollars.  I found a tiny crab and tried to take a few pictures.  I caught some good waves on my way back to shore.

I left the beach before sunset.  I dressed, collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 6:30pm.

September 16, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from south
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed
volleyball, swimming, surfing, body boarding, paragliding, RC gliding, fishing, blongoball, horseshoes, Frisbee
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was highest when I arrived, then receded.
temperature: 68
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, willets, ring billed gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, surf perch, hermit crab
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in white trucks and a state lifeguard in a white Jeep.

From the top of the Burro Trail I could see La Jolla Cove engulfed in fog.  I stopped to take a picture.  Then I hiked down barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flags.  The sand was just barely too hot for my bare feet.  I set up an umbrella and sat in the shade much of the day.

I took three swims, each time to the sand dollars.  I found a hermit crab and brought it back to shore for some kids.

I saw sunset while hiking to the trail.  I dressed, collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 7:30pm.

September 15, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed
volleyball, swimming, surfing, body boarding, paragliding, RC gliding, fishing
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was highest when I arrived, then receded.
temperature: 68
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, hermit crabs
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in white trucks.  They also had their camper on the beach.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flags.  The sand was just barely too hot for my bare feet.  I set up an umbrella and sat in the shade much of the day.

I took three swims, each time to the sand dollars.  I found hermit crabs and brought them back to shore for some little girls.  I was stung by a ray at the end of my last swim.  It wasn't much, just a paper cut.  I spent a little time in the hot sand, just to be sure.

I watched the sunset from the beach.  Then I finished packing, dressed and headed to the trail.  Once at the trail I collected my boards and started up the trail, in the dark.  I could see the crescent moon, Jupiter and lots of stars.  I could hear the crickets.  I left the parking lot a little before 8pm.

September 14, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 1:30pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body boarding, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, fishing
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was rising.
temperature: 66
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, sea lion
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in white trucks.  They did a cliff rescue near Indian Canyon.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.  The sand was just barely too hot for my bare feet.  I set up an umbrella and sat in the shade much of the day.

I took two swims, both times to the sand dollars.

There was a cliff rescue.  A paraglider got snagged on the cliff near the top.  Some friends pointed him out to me.  When I looked he was already struggling to get on top of a peak.  I called lifeguards directly, while the paraglider started collecting his gear.  Lifeguards responded quickly on the beach and up in the parking lot.  A rescue helicopter circled for a while, but quickly learned he was ok, just unable to get down.  One lifeguard repelled down and helped him to the beach.  There was a channel 8 news helicopter circling for a while.

There was still a volleyball game in progress as I headed to the trail.  Once at the trail I dressed, collected my boards and started up the trail.  I left the parking lot about 6:30pm.

September 13, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 2:30pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body boarding, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was rising.
temperature: 63
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.  The sand was just barely too hot for my bare feet.  I set up an umbrella and sat in the shade much of the day.

I took two swims, both times to the sand dollars.

There was still a volleyball game in progress as I headed to the trail.  Once at the trail I dressed, collected my boards and started up the trail.  I stopped to watch sunset near the top of the trail.  I left the parking lot about 7pm.

September 9, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body boarding, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, Frisbee, spear fishing
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was going out when I arrived and rising when I left.
temperature: 70
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, willets, pelicans, sand dollars, guitar fish, sting ray, corbina, halibut
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flags.  The sand was just barely too hot for my bare feet.  I set up an umbrella and sat in the shade much of the day.  I also raked seaweed and moved it to a pile in the back.

I took three swims to the sand dollars, twice with buddies.  

There was still a volleyball game in progress as I headed to the trail.  Once at the trail I dressed, collected my boards and started up the trail.  I stopped to watch sunset.  There was a beautiful green flash.  I left the parking lot about 7:30pm.

September 8, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body boarding, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, Frisbee, kite flying
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was going out when I arrived and rising when I left.
temperature: 72
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sargo, sheephead, coral, senorita
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flags.  The sand was just barely too hot for my bare feet.  I set up an umbrella and sat in the shade much of the day.  I also raked seaweed and moved it to a pile in the back.

I took three swims, twice to the sand dollars and once to the reef.  There was a great deal of seaweed in the surf.  I had to trudge through it to go swimming.  Surfers didn't give up easily, but they were unable to enjoy the surf with the seaweed tangling the leash and scag.

There was still a volleyball game in progress as I headed to the trail.  Once at the trail I dressed, collected my boards and started up the trail.  I left the parking lot about 7pm.

September 7, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 1pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate sometimes sunny, sometimes cloudy, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body boarding, paragliding, hang gliding, Frisbee
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was rising.
temperature: 72
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, cormorant, pelicans, sand dollars, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sargo, sheephead, coral, yellowtail, halibut, senorita
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw several city lifeguards in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I noticed some lifeguards stopped at my usual spot and a few cones set up.  It turned out to be a dead black sea bass on the beach.  It looked to be about 4 foot long and over 100 pounds.  A reporter from channel 8 showed up, took pictures and interviewed lifeguards.  Eventually they tied it to a truck and dragged it north.
I quickly went for a swim to the reef, did a few dives and swam back.  The water temperature was stable again, nearly the same temperature at the bottom as at the surface.  I found a halibut among the sand dollars.  That appears to be the tail of a bat ray sticking out of the mouth.  I guess it just ate a bat ray.

There was still a volleyball game in progress as I dressed, headed to the trail, collected my boards and started up the trail.  I left the parking lot about 7pm.


September 6, 2007: Black's Beach
Parking at 2:30pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly sunny, wind from south
People a few hundred
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body boarding, paragliding
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was rising.
temperature: 73
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sargo, sheephead, coral, sea snails, greenling, sea pens, anemone, yellowtail, senorita
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide and set up another bulletin board.

I quickly went for a swim to the reef, did a few dives and swam back.  The water temperature was stable again, nearly the same temperature at the bottom as at the surface.

I made only a short stay of it and started toward the trail about 6pm.  There were still volleyball games at two courts as I dressed, collected my boards and started up the trail.  I left the parking lot about 6:30pm.

September 3, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot, sunny and humid, no wind
People over a thousand
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body boarding, Frisbee, blongoball
Water surf: 8'
tide: The tide rose until about 2:30, then went out.
temperature: 68-72
current: It carried me north.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sargo, dolphins, sheephead, coral, sea snails, sculpin, senorita
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  The lifeguards had a jetski on the beach, but I never saw it in the water.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I was so hot I had to cool off in the ocean before setting anything up.  Most of the preparations for the picnic were done.  The grills were set up.  The sand table had been raised.  Some of the games were already set up.  There were already two flags up, one American and one club flag.  I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board.  I set up an umbrella for myself and quickly went for a swim. 

I went swimming three times, once to the reef and twice to the sand dollars.  The water temperature kept changing.  There were warm spots and cold spots.  I could see only a few fish above the reef.  I could details in the sandy bottom only 15 feet below.

The sun had set and I still wasn't finished packing.  A volleyball game continued even after sunset.  I dressed, hiked to the trail, collected my boards and hiked up.  I left the parking lot just after 8pm.

September 2, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot, sunny and humid, no wind
People over a thousand
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body boarding, Frisbee, paragliding, blongoball
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide rose until about 1:30, then went out pretty far.
temperature: 68-72
current: It carried me north.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sargo, dolphins, sheephead, coral, sea snails, senorita
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  The lifeguards had a jetski on the beach, but I never saw it in the water.  A state lifeguard came from the north and quickly returned north.  San Diego Police were on the beach in a black and white SUV.  They got stuck in the sand, in just about the same spot as the ranger yesterday.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I was so hot I had to cool off in the ocean before setting anything up.  Most of the preparations for the picnic were done.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.  I set up an umbrella for myself and quickly went for a swim. 

I went swimming four times, once to the reef and three times to the sand dollars.  The water temperature kept changing.  There were warm spots and cold spots.  I could see plenty of fish above the reef, but I couldn't see the reef.  I could details in the sandy bottom only 15 feet below.

The sun had set and I still wasn't finished packing.  I hiked to the trail, collected my boards and hiked up.  I left the parking lot just after 8pm.

September 1, 2007: Black's Beach

Ranger clothed the beach at the end of the day!  Details are in the September 2007 newsletter.

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, no wind
People over a thousand
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body boarding, Frisbee
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide rose until about 12:30, then went out pretty far.
temperature: 68-72
current: It carried me north.
visibility: 20'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, osprey, hawk, pelicans, sand dollars, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sargo, dolphins, sheephead, coral, sea snails, hermit crab, tunicates
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  The lifeguards had a jetski on the beach, but I never saw it in the water.  One ranger drove past twice.  The second time he ordered everybody to get dressed.

I hiked down the Burro Trail barefoot.  Once at the bottom, I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set my stuff down, raised my flags and set up another bulletin board.  I set up an umbrella for myself and quickly went for a swim. 

I went swimming twice, once to the reef and once to the sand dollars.  The water temperature kept changing.  There were warm spots and cold spots.  I could see plenty of fish above the reef, but I couldn't see the reef.  I could see details in the sandy bottom only 15 feet below.

A ranger drove south up against the cliff.  He got stuck in the sand and 5 volleyball player pushed him out.  He returned 40 minutes later announcing that he had a complaint and we all had to get dressed for the rest of the day.  That was about 7pm.  Everybody complied and he drove north, with his emergency lights running.

The sun had set when I finally finished packing.  I hiked to the trail, collected my boards and hiked up.  I left the parking lot just after 8pm.

August 31, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 1pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, no wind
People a few hundred
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body boarding, Frisbee
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was pretty high when I arrived and way out when I left.
temperature: 70-72
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 20'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, cormorant, pelicans, sand dollars, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sargo, dolphins, sheephead, coral, sea snails, greenling, tunicates
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.

I was planning to hike down the Burro Trail, barefoot, but the ground was so hot and I had to put on sandals in the parking lot.  Once at the bottom I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set my stuff down, raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.  I set up an umbrella for myself and quickly went for a swim. 

I went swimming twice, once to the reef and once to the sand dollars.  The water was so clear I could see fish above the reef.  I could even see the reef, though no details.  I could details in the sandy bottom only 23 feet below.

A volleyball game got started late in the day.  It was still going strong when I left about 6:30pm.  I hiked to the trail, collected my bulletin boards, put on my pants and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 7pm.

August 30, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 2:30pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from south
People a few hundred
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, body boarding
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide hardly changed during my short visit.
temperature: 73
current: It carried me north.
visibility: 20'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, cormorant, tern, osprey, pelicans, sand dollars, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, anchovies, sheephead, coral, sea snails, greenling, tunicates
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  I also saw a state lifeguard in a white jeep and ranger.

I started down the Burro Trail, barefoot, but the ground was too hot and I had to put on sandals.  Once at the bottom I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set my stuff down, raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.  I set up an umbrella for myself and quickly went for a swim. 

I only went swimming once, to the reef.  I could again see a color difference from the surface, telling me I was at the reef.  I did a few dives and managed to get a picture of a greenling.  Usually this fish hides before I can get a picture.  This time I managed to get a picture of the tail.

I packed up my stuff and headed to the trail.  The sun set while I was on my way.  I collected my bulletin boards, put on my pants and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 7:30pm

August 27, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 1pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, cool wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, body boarding, Frisbee
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was receding when I arrived and rising as I left.
temperature: 75
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 20'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, cormorant, tern, pelicans, sand dollars, bat ray, guitar fish, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, anchovies, sheephead, yellowtail, sargo, coral, sea snails, cowrie, tunicates
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  It was getting too hot for my feet and I almost stopped to put on sandals.  Once at the bottom I put on sandals, undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I then hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set my stuff down, raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I only went swimming once, to the reef.  I could again see a color difference from the surface, telling me I was at the reef.  I did a video clip of an entire dive from surface to reef and back up to the surface.  I managed to get a few yellowtail in a few frames, obviously poor quality.  They were down deep this time, at the reef.

It was getting cool about 6:30pm, so I dressed and headed to the trail.  Several of my friends stayed behind, playing volleyball.  I collected my bulletin boards and hiked up, leaving the parking lot about 7pm.

August 26, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty of spaces
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate clouds dissipated to a sunny sky, wind shifted, started out from north and shift from southwest
People several hundred
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, body boarding, Frisbee
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was rising the whole time I was there.
temperature: 75-73
current: It carried me south.
visibility: 20'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, bat rays, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, anchovies, sheephead, yellowtail, sargo, coral, sea snails, tunicates
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They also patrolled on a jetski.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I undressed and hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set my stuff down, raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.  The sand was hotter than I expected and I was wishing I'd brought sandals.

I went swimming twice, once to the sand dollars and once to the reef, both times with buddies.  I could again see a color difference from the surface, telling me I was at the reef.  There were several yellowtails circling, just outside my camera's contrast range.  I tried to take a picture anyway, but all I got was solid blue.  They seem to swim about ten feet under.

I saw sunset while still on the beach.  Then I hiked to the trail and up in twilight.  I could see Jupiter to the south and the waxing gibbous moon once I reached the parking lot.  It reminded me of the lunar eclipse due to begin Tuesday morning about 2am.  I left the parking lot about 8pm.  The main gate was locked and I had to go to the other exit.

August 23, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 2:30pm street parking: few spaces
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate overcast and cool until about 4pm, sunny and cool later, wind from southwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was rising the whole time I was there.
temperature: 75
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 20'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, stingrays, bat rays, guitar fish, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sculpin, anchovies, sheephead, yellowtail, corbina, sargo, coral, sea snails, tunicates
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I undressed and hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set my stuff down, raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I quickly took my first and only swim, to the reef.  I couldn't see the reef from the surface, but I knew it was below when the water color changed from turquoise to a darker blue.  I followed the kelp bass down and watched the anchovies scatter when I got too close.  They were the only obstacle that kept me from seeing the reef from the surface.  I saw two sculpin in a single dive.

I saw an RC glider crash on the beach.  I was surprised how fast the owner came down to claim it.

The sun came out, but it didn't get any warmer.  I started hiking to the trail about 6:30pm and left the parking lot about 7pm.

August 19, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: few in west lot, plenty in east lot
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from southwest
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body surfing, body boarding, Frisbee, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, fishing, sailing
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was rising when I arrived and receding most of the day.
temperature: 79
current: It carried me south.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, stingray, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sculpin, guitarfish, sheephead, yellowtail, corbina, sargo, coral, comb jelly, sea snails, tunicates
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski and the harbor patrol boat was there too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I undressed there and had to hurry across the hot sand.  Safe in the wet sand, I hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set my stuff down, raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.  I sprinkled water on some of the sand around me, to cool it off.  When I wasn't in the water, I was mostly in the shade of an umbrella.

 I went swimming four times, twice to the reef and twice to the sand dollars, each time with buddies.  I found a comb jelly about half way to the reef.  You can see the rainbow-like colors in what appears to be the teeth of a comb.  Those colors move as it swims.

I watched sunset from the beach.  The sun disappeared into some clouds very low on the horizon.  Afterward, I dressed and headed to the trail.  I could see the waxing crescent moon and Jupiter as I hiked to the trail.  I collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.

It was after 8pm when I left the parking lot.  The main gate was locked and I had to use the secondary exit.

August 18, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from southwest
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body surfing, body boarding, Frisbee, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was rising when I arrived and receding most of the day.
temperature: 79
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, stingray, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sculpin, guitarfish, sheephead, yellowtail, corbina, sargo, hermit crabs, coral, sea snails, tunicates
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski and the harbor patrol boat was there too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I undressed there and hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set my stuff down, raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.  The sand was too hot for my bare feet, so I used sandals.  I also spent much of the day in the shade of an umbrella.

I went swimming three times, once to the reef and twice to the sand dollars, once with a buddy.  There was a lot of seaweed in the surf, but it was cleaner further out.

There was a cliff rescue.  There was a man trapped just 20 feet from the top.  He couldn't go up and he couldn't come down.  Lifeguards repelled down and took him up.

I watched sunset from the beach.  The sun disappeared into some clouds very low on the horizon.  I could see the waxing crescent moon as I hiked to the trail.  I dressed, collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.

As I arrived in the parking lot, there were fireworks ahead, apparently coming from UCSD.  It was a minute before after 8pm and the gate was already locked.  I drove out by way of the other exit.

August 17, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from southwest
People hundreds
Activities Observed volleyball, swimming, surfing, body surfing, body boarding, kayaking, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was rising when I arrived and receding most of the day.
temperature: 79
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed
squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, snowy egret, cormorant, willets, pelicans, sand dollars, stingray, guitarfish, sheephead, senorita fish, garibaldi, lobster, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sculpin, corbina, sargo, hermit crabs, coral, sea snails, anemone, tunicates
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I undressed there and hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set my stuff down, raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.  The sand was too hot for my bare feet, so I used sandals.  I also spent much of the day in the shade of an umbrella.

I went swimming four times, twice to the reef and twice to the sand dollars, twice with buddies.  The water was choppy early, but calmed later in the day.

It was getting cool, even before sunset.  I watched sunset from the beach.  The sun descended through a thin layer of clouds and gave us visible gradients from yellow to red.  I dressed and hiked to the trail, watching a waxing crescent moon.  I collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.

It was just a minute after 8pm when I left the parking lot.  The main gate was locked and I had to drive to the other exit.

August 16, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, hardly any wind
People hundreds
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball, kayaking
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was almost at its' highest when I arrived and receding most of the day.
temperature: 79
current: It carried me south a little.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, stingray, bat rays, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, corbina, sargo, hermit crabs, coral, sea snails, tunicates
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I undressed there and hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set my stuff down, raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.  The sand was too hot for my bare feet, so I used sandals.  I also spent much of the day in the shade of an umbrella.

 I went swimming four times, twice to the reef and twice to the sand dollars, once with a buddy.  At the reef I found the usual collection of rock fish and invertebrates.  I was trying to get pictures of soft coral.  Under about eight feet of water I scattered a group of perhaps six small bat rays.  To me this is an indicator that the bat ray population is rising.  It's still a small population, but rising.

I watched sunset from the beach.  There was a pale green tint in the last bit of the sun before it also went down.  I could see the waxing crescent moon as I hiked to the trail.  I dressed, collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.

It was just a few minutes after 8pm when I left the parking lot.  The main gate was locked and I had to drive to the other exit.

August 13, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People hundreds
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball, fishing
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was receding when I arrived and still rising when I left.
temperature: 79
current: It carried me south a little.
visibility: 20'
Wildlife Observed
squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, anchovies, stingray, bat ray, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, yellowtail, sculpin, whimbrel, corbina, hermit crabs, coral, tunicates
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.  One ranger was on the beach briefly in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot and set up my bulletin board at the trailhead.  I undressed there and hiked north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set my stuff down, raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.  The sand was too hot for my bare feet, so I used sandals.  I also spent much of the day in the shade of an umbrella.

I went swimming three times, twice to the reef and once to the sand dollars, twice with buddies.  At the reef I found the usual collection of rock fish and invertebrates.  I also found a sculpin, apparently with a hook stuck in its' mouth.  Also, under about 8 feet of water I found two patches of shells, each about a foot in diameter, tiny spiral shells only a few millimeters long and perhaps two millimeters across.  Each shell appeared to be occupied by a tiny hermit crab..

The sun was getting low in the sky as I headed to the trail.  I thought the horizon might be sharp enough for a green flash.  I was at the top of the trail just in time to see the sun set, but it was setting into a sharp line of clouds just above the horizon.  There was a green flash as it dove into the clouds and I could still see the pale outline  I left the parking lot about 7:30.

August 12, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly sunny, cloudy late in the day, always warm, wind from southwest
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball, horseshoes, paddleball, blongoball
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was receding when I arrived and still rising when I left.
temperature: 77
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, anchovies, stingray, bat ray, garibaldi, starfish, keyhole limpet, kelp bass
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  There was already a bulletin board there, but I undressed and added my bulletin board there, placing them back-to-back.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

The banner for the Surf Event was already up.  I set my stuff down and assisted in the final steps of the setup.  The sand was too hot for my bare feet, so I used sandals.

I was a judge in the Surfing Event.  While the event was supposed to begin at 12:00, it actually began at 1:30.  Craig and Jazmin won the surfing.  Body boarding winners were Wally and Linda.  Javier won the teen division and Mike the pre-teens.  It was late and the body surfing event never took place.

I went swimming three times, twice to the sand dollars and once to the reef, each times with buddies.  There were ten of us swimming to the sand dollars.

Clouds covered the sky about 5pm.  I didn't see sunset, but it was twilight as I headed to the trail.  Then I dressed and hiked up the trail.  It was dark as I left the parking lot about 8:30pm.  The gate was locked, so I drove to the other exit.

August 8, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly sunny, cloudy late in the day, always warm, wind from southwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was receding when I arrived and at its' highest when I left.
temperature: 77
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, anchovies, stingray, bat ray
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.  Then I set up my stuff, including an umbrella.  The sand was too hot for my bare feet, so I used sandals. 

I went swimming twice, both times to the sand dollars, once with a buddy.  The water was a bit choppy.

Clouds covered the sky about 4pm.  I packed and headed to the trail about 6pm.  Then I dressed and hiked up the trail.  I left the parking lot about 7pm.

August 5, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly sunny, cloudy late in the day, always warm, wind from southwest
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball, blongoball, rocket launching, horseshoes
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was rising when I arrived and receding when I left.
temperature: 79
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed
squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, whimbrels, willets, marbled godwits, snowy egret, garibaldi, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sargo, anchovies, stingray, bat ray, corbina, lobster
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski and a boat too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There was still a lot of kelp and seaweed on the beach, but not so much in my usual spot.  That's because we clean it up daily.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.  Then I set up my stuff, including an umbrella.  The sand was too hot for my bare feet, so I used sandals.  There were still jellyfish pieces in the surf and one time I emerged with an itch, indicating jellyfish contact.

I went swimming three times, once to the reef and twice to the sand dollars, with buddies.  One of our swims attracted the attention of the lifeguards and one approached on the jetski.  We signaled that we were ok and he passed us by.  I found the reef without any trouble and did several dives.

I didn't notice what time the sun went behind some clouds, but it must have been after 5pm.  It was still warm when I headed to the trail.  About the time the sun showed itself near the horizon, I was at the trailhead.  I stopped and took a picture.  I left the parking lot just before 8pm, and the gate was still open.

August 4, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly sunny, cloudy late in the day, always warm, wind from southwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball, blongoball
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was rising when I arrived and receding when I left.
temperature: 77
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, whimbrels, willets, marbled godwits, garibaldi, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sargo, anchovies, stingray, bat ray, jellyfish, dolphins, sculpin
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski and a boat too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There was still a lot of kelp and seaweed on the beach, but not so much in my usual spot.  That's because we clean it up daily.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.  Then I set up my stuff, including an umbrella.  The sand was too hot for my bare feet, so I used sandals.

There was a boat spreading a net, probably for anchovies.  There was also an ultra-light airplane, probably spotting for the boat.

I went swimming three times, once with buddies, once to the sand dollars, once to the reef and one in between.  I found the reef without any trouble and did several dives.  The water was clear near the surface and a bit murky further down.  I couldn't see the reef until I was very close.  I found a sculpin and took a few pictures.  I found two jellyfish in the water and lots of pieces on shore in in the surf.  One of my friends got stung during a swim.

There was a pod of dolphins heading south as I was taking my final rinse at the end of the day.  It was still warm, but about 6pm I decided to leave early.  I packed up, hiked to the trail, dressed and hiked up about 7pm.

August 3, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate sometimes sunny, sometimes cloudy, always warm, wind from southwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was rising when I arrived and receding when I left.
temperature: 77
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, whimbrels, garibaldi, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sargo, smelts, stingray, hermit crabs, jellyfish, dolphins, terns
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski and a boat too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There was still a lot of kelp and seaweed on the beach, but not so much in my usual spot.  That's because we clean it up daily.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.  Then I set up my stuff, including an umbrella.  I raked and moved some seaweed late in the day.

I went swimming four times, three times to the sand dollars and once to the reef.  I found the reef without any trouble and did several dives.  The water was clear near the surface and a bit murky further down.  I couldn't see the reef until I was very close.

It was still warm, but about 6pm I decided to leave early.  I packed up, dressed, hiked to the trail and hiked up about 7pm.

August 2, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate sometimes sunny, sometimes cloudy, always warm, wind from northwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball, paddleball, sand castle building
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was rising when I arrived and receding when I left.
temperature: 75
current: Sometimes I was carried north and other times I was carried south.
visibility: less than 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, whimbrels, garibaldi, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sargo, smelts, bat ray, hermit crabs, jellyfish
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski and a boat too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There was a lot of kelp and seaweed on the beach, left there from the recent spring tide.

I set up another bulletin board and raised my flag.  Then I set up my stuff, including an umbrella.  I raked and buried some seaweed.  I found a lot of jellyfish pieces in the surf, and removed them.

I went swimming four times, twice to the sand dollars and once to the reef.  I found the reef without any trouble and did several dives.  The water wasn't as clear as I'd hoped.  I couldn't see the reef until I was very close.  There was a layer of small fish blocking my view until I got deep enough to scatter them.

The day wasn't turning out very good.  It was still warm, but about 6pm I decided to leave early.  I packed up, dressed, hiked to the trail and hiked up about 7pm.

July 31, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate cloudy and warm, wind from south
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding
Water surf: 3'
tide: The tide was high when I arrived.
temperature: 73
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, willets, whimbrels, garibaldi, keyhole limpet, kelp bass, sargo, smelts, sheephead, star fish, sea pansy
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There was a lot of kelp and seaweed on the beach, left there from the recent spring tide.

I set up my stuff, including an umbrella.  I raked and buried some seaweed.  I saw a boat at the reef, and they were flying a dive flag.  It didn't appear that anyone got in the water.  They took down their flag and left.

I went swimming twice, once to the sand dollars and once to the reef.  I found the reef without any trouble and did several dives.

The day wasn't turning out very good.  It was still warm, but about 5pm I decided to leave early.  I packed up, hiked to the trail, dressed and hiked up about 6pm.

July 29, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 9am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny with few clouds, wind from south
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball, fishing, kayaking, blongoball, horseshoes
Water surf: 4'
tide: The tide was going out when I arrived, but rising when I left.
temperature: 75
current: I was carried north.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, willets, whimbrels, guitar fish, jellyfish
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski and a boat too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

With the help of a few others, we set up for the picnic.  I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board.  I set up three grills.  We made a mound of sand, leveled it off and made it a table.

I set up my stuff and stayed under an umbrella most of the day.  The sand was too hot for my bare feet and I had to wear sandals most of the day.  The tide rose late enough in the day that I didn't have to move back, but others did.

I swam to the sand dollars three times, and farther one time.  I had buddies for most swims.  During one swim I saw a jellyfish tangled with some kelp.  I broke it loose, hoping that it would be able to stay away from shore.  It wasn't one of the purple jellyfish, but it's not in my book of marine invertebrates.  I came back itching from each swim, probably from jellyfish contact.  The itch passes after about a half hour, if you don't spread it by scratching.  I wasn't the only one.  Others came back with itches too, probably from the pieces we kept finding in the surf.

There was a great deal of food being shared.  I roasted some sweet corn, but I was also able to sample hot dogs, chicken, beef, fresh melons, and a couscous/eggplant mix.

I dressed and headed to the trail.  The sun set while I was on my way.  There were clouds on the horizon, making sunset picturesque, again.  I left the parking lot just before 8pm.  The guard was ready to lock the gate.

July 28, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny with few clouds, wind from south
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball, fishing
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was going out when I arrived, but rising when I left.
temperature: 75
current: I was carried north.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed
squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, willets, whimbrels, bat ray, garibaldi, kelp bass, star fish, keyhole limpet, sea cucumber, lizard, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board.

I set up my stuff and stayed under an umbrella most of the day.  The sand was too hot for my bare feet and I had to wear sandals most of the day.  I had to move back to get out of range of the rising tide late in the day.

I swam to the sand dollars three times, each time with a different buddy.  I also swam to the reef once, did a few dives and took a few pictures.  During one swim some dolphins came close and I got a video clip.

I stayed on the beach and saw sunset.  There were clouds on the horizon, making sunset picturesque.  Afterwards I hiked to the trail, dressed and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 8:30pm.  The gate was already locked and I had to drive to the other exit.

July 27, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny with few clouds, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball, fishing
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was going out when I arrived, but rising when I left.
temperature: 74
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, willets, whimbrels, bat ray, garibaldi, kelp bass, star fish, keyhole limpet
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a boat offshore and a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board.

I set up my stuff and stayed under an umbrella most of the day.  The sand was too hot for my bare feet and I had to wear sandals most of the day.  I had to move back to get out of range of the rising tide late in the day.

I swam to the sand dollars five times, and once to the reef.  I did a few dives to the reef and took a few pictures.  There was a fishing boat at the reef before my swim, but they left, then returned while I was diving the reef.  I talked with the fishermen between dives.  They were hoping for halibut, but that would have been on the sandy bottom, that I had not explored.

I stayed on the beach and saw sunset.  There were visible inversion layers leading me to believe there would be a green flash.  The sun did fade to a pale green, but it wasn't what I was hoping for.  Afterwards I hiked to the trail, dressed and hiked up.  I left the parking lot just a little after 8pm.  The gate was already locked and I had to drive to the other exit.

July 26, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny with few clouds, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was going out when I arrived, but rising when I left.
temperature: 73
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, willets, whimbrels, sting ray, bat ray, guitar fish, corbina, garibaldi, kelp bass, star fish, keyhole limpet, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a boat offshore and a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board.

I set up my stuff and stayed under an umbrella most of the day.  I had to move back to get out of range of the rising tide late in the day.

I swam to the sand dollars four times, and once to the reef, with two buddies.  I did a few dives to the reef and took a few pictures.

I saw the sun disappear behind a layer of haze just before reaching the horizon.  I then hiked to the trail, dressed and hiked up.  I left the parking lot just a little after 8pm.  The gate was already locked and I had to drive to the other exit.

July 24, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11:30am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly warm and overcast, wind from south
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, Frisbee, fishing, sand castle building
Water surf: 8'
tide: The tide was rising.
temperature: 72
current: I was carried north.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, whimbrels, sting ray, sea snail
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck and a white jeep.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a boat offshore too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board.

I set up my stuff and stayed under an umbrella most of the day.  The sun did come out for short periods of time, then about 5pm.

I swam to the sand dollars three times, once with a buddy.  The sting ray was in deep water, hiding on the bottom.  There was good surf and I rode waves to shore.

It was still warm and sunny when I hiked up the trail about 6:30pm.

July 22, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly warm and overcast, wind from southwest
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, Frisbee, fishing, volleyball, kayaking
Water surf: 3'
tide: The tide didn't seem to change much.
temperature: 70
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, whimbrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a boat offshore in the morning too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board.

I set up my stuff and stayed under an umbrella most of the day.  The sun did come out for short periods of time, then about 5pm.

I swam to the sand dollars twice, once with buddies.  The water was colder deep down.  I sometimes read a temperature of 70 after a dive, but it quickly rose to 72 at the surface.

About 4 it was getting too cloudy and cool.  Then the sun came out about 5:30pm, just in time to give me a hot hike up the trail.

July 21, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly warm and overcast, wind from southwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, Frisbee, fishing, volleyball, kayaking
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide didn't seem to change much.
temperature: 70
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, osprey, terns, snowy egret, whimbrels, corbina
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board.

I set up my stuff and stayed under an umbrella most of the day.  The sun did come out for short periods of time, but it never lasted.  The clouds were sometimes dark.

I swam to the sand dollars twice, once with a buddy.  The water was colder deep down.  I sometimes read a temperature of 68 after a dive, but it quickly rose to 70 at the surface.

By about 5:30pm it was getting too cool.  It took me a while to give up, but I packed, dressed and hiked to the trail and up.  I left the parking lot about 7pm.

July 18, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly warm and overcast, sunny late in the day, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, Frisbee, fishing
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide didn't seem to change much.
temperature: 72
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, guitar fish, osprey, seal
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board.

I set up my stuff and stayed under an umbrella most of the day.  I had to use sandals when walking in the dry sand.

I swam to the sand dollars twice, once with buddies.  The water was colder deep down.  I sometimes read a temperature of 70 after a dive, but it quickly rose to 72 at the surface.

I packed, hiked to the trail and dressed.  It was still warm as I hiked up the trail about 7:30pm.  I was out of the parking lot before the main gate was locked, but security was waiting there to lock it at 8pm.

July 15, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny early, dark clouds but warm later, sunny again before sunset, wind from south
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball, Frisbee, kayaking, fishing, horseshoes, blongo ball, yoga
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was just past high when I arrived, rising as I left.
temperature: 72
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, bat ray, osprey
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

Most of the work setting up for the picnic was already done.  I replaced the small club flag with my bigger flag.

I set up my stuff and stayed in the shade most of the day.  I had to use sandals when walking in the dry sand.

I swam to the sand dollars three times, twice with buddies.  I also also swam to the reef, but couldn't find it.

The sun was covered by clouds about 2pm, but it stayed warm and the sun came out again about 5pm.  It was still warm as I hiked up the trail about 7:30pm.  The main gate was locked and I had to drive to the other exit.

July 14, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate mostly hot and overcast, warm with dark clouds in the afternoon, wind from northwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, volleyball, Frisbee, horseshoes
Water surf: 5'
tide: The tide was just past high when I arrived, rising as I left.
temperature: 72-70
current: It carried me south.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, guitar fish, garibaldi, keyhole limpets, star fish, jellyfish, sargo, kelp bass, lizard
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up my stuff and stayed in the shade most of the day.  I had to use sandals when walking in the dry sand.

I swam to the sand dollars three times, once with four buddies.  I also also swam to the reef and did a few dives.

There were clouds most of the day, but it was hot.  Even when some dork clouds covered the sky about 4pm, it was still warm.  The sun came out again later in the day.  It was still warm as I hiked up the trail about 7:30pm.

July 13, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from northwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding
Water surf: 4'
tide: The tide was just past high when I arrived, rising as I left.
temperature: 73
current: It carried me south.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski and a boat too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up my stuff and stayed in the shade most of the day.  I had to use sandals when walking in the dry sand.

 

I swam to the sand dollars three times.  I also took my float out and drifted for a while.  I was hoping dolphins would approach, but no such luck.

It was still warm when I hiked up the trail at about 7:30pm.  I reminded a few people about Catalina Island in sunset and convinced a few people to stay and watch.  As predicted, we could see the island silhouetted by the setting sun, and I expect the same for a few more days.  The gate was locked, so I had to drive to the other gate.

July 12, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 9:30am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, surfing, body boarding, horseshoes, volleyball, sand castle building
Water surf: 3'
tide: The tide was just past high when I arrived, rising as I left.
temperature: 73
current: It carried me south.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, guitar fish, lizard, osprey, cormorant, jellyfish, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

Once there I helped set up for the picnic.  We were supporting a beach trip for an AANR youth camp.  The kids played in the surf.  They took out body boards and surf boards.  A few kids played in the sand, making castles and digging holes.  I took a few kids out to the sand dollars.  Some managed to get close to dolphins.

We grilled several things for the kids including, chicken, hot dogs, sausages, zucchini, sweet corn, peaches and bananas with chocolate.

The kids left in the early afternoon and I was able to do my thing.  I swam out to the sand dollars three times, including the swim with the kids.  I went out on my lounge twice and just drifted.

There was a very sharp horizon, ideal for the green flash, but I had to leave.  It was still warm when I left about 7pm.  I hiked to the trail, dressed and hiked up.

July 8, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate overcast, windy and warm early, sunny and warm after about 3pm, wind from south
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, swimming, body surfing, , surfing, body boarding, horseshoes, volleyball, paddleball
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was rising the whole time I was there, or so it seemed.
temperature: 72
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, guitar fish, lizard
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

Once there I helped set up for the picnic and set up my own stuff.  It was hard to pick a spot, since I knew the tide would be high later in the day.  I tried to keep busy with the picnic.  I cooked my sweet corn and passed it around.

I didn't get in the water until about 3pm.  I swam to the sand dollars twice, once with a buddy.  I also supervised some kids body boarding.  I saw pieces of jellyfish, and I felt some itchy spots.  I must have come into contact with some jellyfish.  I wasn't the only one.  The itch passed after half an hour.

It was still warm, but cooling when I left about 6:30pm.  I dressed, hiked to the trail and up.

July 7, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: It was a little difficult to find a space in the west lot.
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate overcast, humid, warm, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, body surfing, , surfing, body boarding, horseshoes, volleyball
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was rising the whole time I was there, or so it seemed.
temperature: 72
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, brittle stars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski and their boat was out too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I raised my flags, set up another bulletin board and set up my own stuff.  I set up an umbrella, but couldn't find my shadow most of the day.

I swam to the sand dollars once.  I went in the water a few more times, for body surfing and body boarding.  I caught a lot of good waves.

One little girl was finding a lot of tiny life in a kelp root.  She dipped it in seawater and out came tiny brittle stars.

It cooled off early, about 4pm.  I packed and headed for the trail about 6:30pm.

July 6, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate overcast, humid, warm, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, body surfing, , surfing, body boarding, horseshoes, fishing, scuba diving
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was rising when I arrived.  It reached high tide about 3pm and went out.
temperature: 72
current: It carried me south.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I raised my flag, set up another bulletin board and set up my own stuff.  I set up an umbrella, but couldn't find my shadow most of the day.  I noticed a boat with a dive flag out at the reef again.

I took two swims both times to the sand dollars.  I managed to do a little body surfing on my way back to shore.

It cooled off early, about 4pm.  I packed and headed for the trail about 5:30pm.

July 4, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: plenty
gliderport: still quite a few
Visibility I could see Oceanside.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, some clouds, wind from west
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, body surfing, , surfing, body boarding, horseshoes, volleyball, blongoball, fishing, scuba diving, kite flying, shell collecting, sand castle building
Water surf: 6'
tide: The tide was rising when I arrived.  It reached high tide about 1:30 and went out.  Then it was rising as I left.
temperature: 72
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, dolphins, osprey, brittle stars, jellyfish, tunicates
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.  A ranger drove past in a white truck.  There was a Coast Guard helicopter and a fire rescue copter too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach.  There was already one bulletin board there, but I added mine and arranged them back to back.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

Much of the set up was already done, but I got busy and helped out.  I put out the toys and body boards.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

There were two boats at the reef.  One was flying a dive flag.  The other may have been fishing.

Eventually, I set up my own stuff and went for a swim.  I went for three swims.  Twice I swam to the sand dollars, once with six buddies.  During that dive I spotted a jellyfish.  I took a few pictures and a little video.  I also swam to the reef with a buddy.  I did a few dives before I found the reef.  Visibility was poor, so I didn't bother doing more dives.  While swimming back to shore, a Coast Guard copter circled us.  We both gave it the ok sign, but they kept getting closer.  Finally they came at us broadside.  The door was open.  There was a man ready to jump in and the copter was getting lower.  Finally they recognized our ok sign and left.

Some people were speculating that there were 200 people present at the picnic.  I think that may have been.  The first thing on the grill was hot dogs, but there were other foods like sweet corn, ribs, chicken, pork, squash, shish kabobs, peaches and beans.

I was still on the beach when the sun went behind some clouds and down.  I dressed and hiked to the trail in twilight and up.  The clouds were getting thicker.  As I reached the top of the trail, there were fireworks in the distance, Pacific Beach I think.

I loaded my stuff into my car and took out my essentials for watching fireworks, a chair, fleece shirt and a cold drink.  I met up with my friends and we watched the La Jolla fireworks.  Afterwards I found the gate locked and followed the long line to the other exit.

July 1, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: plenty
gliderport: still quite a few
Visibility I could see Oceanside.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, body surfing, , surfing, body boarding, horseshoes, volleyball, blongoball, fishing, kayaking
Water surf: 8'
tide: The tide was nearly at its' highest when I arrived.  It didn't go out very far.  Then it was rising as I left.
temperature: 73
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, dolphins, garibaldi, starfish, ospreys, terns, keyhole limpet
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up two bulletin boards there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

Most of the setup for the picnic was done.  The American flag was already flying.  I raised two club flags and set up a bulletin board under each.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels.  I sat under my umbrella much of the time and I had to get in the water several times to cool down.  I had to keep sandals handy for the hot sand.  I also sprinkled some water in the sand where I walked often.

There were three osprey hunting for fish.  We know there were three because we saw three in the air at once.  Does this mean that our pair has produced a chick?

There were a lot of people wearing the tattoos and I passed out a lot more.

I took four swims, three times to the sand dollars and once to the reef.  I had four buddies for one sand dollar swim and one buddy for the reef swim.  I dove at the reef and took a few pictures.  I also went in the water a few times for body boarding, and I even tried going out on my floating lounge.  That turned out to be a big mistake with the surf.  The short version is that I lost my hat.

We had three grills going, one exclusively for vegetables.  Some of the foods included, hot dogs, chicken, sweet corn, Portobello mushrooms, shrimp, squash, carne asada.  People were also sharing cookies, chips and fresh fruits.

I watched the sun set from the beach.  Shortly after that I packed and left.  I stopped at the trail and put my pants on.  I could see Venus and Saturn while hiking up.  Once in the parking lot, I could see Jupiter too.  The gate was locked, so I had to drive to the other exit.

June 30, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: still quite a few
Visibility I could see Flatrock, but not beyond.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, body surfing, , surfing, body boarding, horseshoes, volleyball, blongoball, scuba diving
Water surf: 6'
tide: It was just after high tide when I arrived, went way out and was rising again when I left.
temperature: 73
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, cormorant, dolphins, guitarfish, garibaldi, starfish, sea lion
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels.  I sat under my umbrella much of the time.

I passed out tattoos to many people.  Some were able to put it on right away.  I advised people not to put it on sunblocked skin, since it wouldn't stick.

I took three swims, twice to the sand dollars and one to the reef.  I took a few dives to find the reef and two successful dives to the reef.  I also went out for some body boarding and body surfing.  I did some of my best body surfing today.

I took two different floating lounges out past the surf.  Then I just waited until the waves brought me back to shore.  The one with the back rest was better.  The water wasn't quite warm enough to be fully submerged.  The one with a back rest kept only about half my body in the water.  It did bring some curious dolphins close.    

About 7:30pm I packed and headed to the trail, even though it was still very warm.  I dressed at the trail and hiked up.  I saw sunset from about half way up the trail.  I was in the parking lot a little after 8pm and the gate was already locked.  I simply drove to the other gate and out.

June 29, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Flatrock, but not beyond.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, body surfing, , surfing, body boarding, scuba diving
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was just after high tide when I arrived, went way out and was rising again when I left.
temperature: 73
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, lizards, terns, cormorant, dolphins, corbina
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski too.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board there.  I then headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels.  I sat under my umbrella much of the time.

I took three swims, twice to the sand dollars and one half way to the reef.  I also went out for some body boarding and body surfing.

About 6:30pm I packed and headed to the trail, even though it was still very warm.  I dressed at the trail and hiked up.

June 27, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 2:30pm street parking: full
gliderport: very few
Visibility I could see Flatrock, but not beyond.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, body surfing, , surfing, Frisbee
Water surf: 5'
tide: It hardly changed during my short stay.
temperature: 72
current: It carried me south.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, lizards, terns, cormorant, bat ray
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski beached.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, but the ground was hot and I had to put on sandals.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach.  There was already a bulletin board there, so I added some newsletters and headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels.  I sat under my umbrella much of the time.

I took two swims, both times to the sand dollars.  I could barely catch a ride on any wave.

About 6:30pm I packed, dressed and headed to the trail.  It was still very warm, but I wanted to get home early.

June 24, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty of spaces
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Flatrock, but not beyond.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate overcast and warm, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, body surfing, , surfing, body boarding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was low early and rising all day.
temperature: 70
current: none that I noticed
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, lizards, sea lion
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski beached.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach, and set up my bulletin board.  I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels.  I sat under my umbrella much of the time, but there was no sun until late in the day.  The sun finally came out about 5pm.

I took three swims, each time to the sand dollars.  I caught some good waves on my way back to shore.  I thought the waves were ideal for body surfing.

About 6:30pm I packed and headed to the trail, even though it was still warm.  I put my pants on at the trailhead and hiked up.

June 23, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty of spaces
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Flatrock, but not beyond.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, strong wind from south
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, body surfing, , surfing, body boarding
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was highest about 5:30pm.
temperature: 70
current: carried me north a little
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, bat ray, terns, lizards
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski beached.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach, and set up my bulletin board.  I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels.  The wind picked up about 12pm and I quickly joined a wind break co-op.  Umbrellas were anchored deeply, but we still had to chase a few.  The wind finally died down about 4pm.

I took two swims, both times to the sand dollars.  I caught some waves on my way back to shore, but nothing great.  The wind produced white caps and blew out the surf.

About 6pm I packed and headed to the trail, even though it was still warm.  I put my pants on at the trailhead and hiked up.

June 22, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Flatrock, but not beyond.
Burro Trail very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from southwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, volleyball, body surfing, , surfing, body boarding
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was highest about 5pm.
temperature: 70
current: carried me south a little
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, bat ray, star fish, rock fish, garibaldi, hermit crab
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski beached, but I never saw it in the water.  They also patrolled the water in a red boat.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach, and set up my bulletin board.  I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels.  I stayed in the shade most of the time I was there.  I also had to use sandals when walking on the dry, hot sand.

I took four swims, once to the reef and three times to the sand dollars both times.  Twice I managed to find a buddy.  I did four dives to the reef.  The first two, I didn't find it, but the third and fourth dives were successful.  I caught some good waves on my way back to shore.  I also went out to catch some waves on a Boogie board.

At times the wind was rather strong, and even took one umbrella down.  The water was choppy and there were even white caps for a time, but eventually the wind died down.

About 6:30pm I packed and headed to the trail, even though it was still warm.  I dressed at the trailhead a hiked up.

June 21, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 2:30pm street parking: full
gliderport: few spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail one step at the bottom broken, still very good condition
Climate cloudy and warm, wind from northwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, volleyball, body surfing, Frisbee, paddleball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was highest about 4pm.
temperature: 68
current: carried me south a little
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, cormorant, falcons, bat ray
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski beached, but I never saw it in the water.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach. There was already a bulletin board set up at the trail head.  I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels.  I stayed in the shade most of the time I was there.  I also had to use sandals when walking on the dry, hot sand.

I took two swims, just a little past the sand dollars both times, once with a buddy.  I saw one bat ray.  It was big, pale and had a short tail.  I caught some good waves on my way back to shore.

It was cloudy most of the time.  Sometimes it even seemed overcast.  It was cold for short periods and the sun came out for short periods.

About 6:30pm I packed, dressed and headed to the trail, even though it was still warm.

June 18, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 2:30pm street parking: full
gliderport: few spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail one step at the bottom broken, still very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, volleyball, body surfing, Frisbee
Water surf: 5'
tide: I didn't notice a change during the short time I was there.
temperature: 72
current: none that I noticed
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, terns, star fish, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.  They had a jetski beached, but I never saw it in the water.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach. There was already a bulletin board set up at the trail head.  I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels.  I stayed in the shade most of the time I was there.  I also had to use sandals when walking on the dry, hot sand.

I took two swims, just a little past the sand dollars both times.  I couldn't quite catch any waves on my way back to shore.

About 6pm I packed, dressed and headed to the trail, even though it was still warm.

June 15, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail one step at the bottom falling apart, still very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, volleyball, RC gliding, body surfing, body boarding, fishing
Water surf: 4'
tide: It was just past high when I arrived and it was rising when I left.
temperature: 72
current: none that I noticed
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, terns, cormorants, star fish, tunicates, sea pens
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  They also had their camper on the beach and one man stationed on the perch above the beach.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels.  I stayed in the shade most of the time I was there, since it was so hot.  I also had to use sandals when walking on the dry, hot sand.

I took four swims, once to the reef and the other times just past the sand dollars.  I swam the distance to the reef, but didn't find it.  I know I was close, since I could hear the fish, but I just couldn't pinpoint it.  I caught a few waves on my way back to shore.

Some clouds developed about 4pm, but it was still warm until about 6pm.  I packed and left while my friends stayed warm playing volleyball.  I dressed at the trailhead and hiked up.

June 14, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 2:30pm street parking: full
gliderport: only a few spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail one step at the bottom falling apart, still very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, very little wind, from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed paragliding, swimming, volleyball, RC gliding, body surfing, body boarding, fishing
Water surf: 6'
tide: It rose all day.
temperature: 70
current: none that I noticed
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, dolphins, terns
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I should have worn sandals, because I burned my feet.  I undressed as soon as I reached the beach and set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels.  I stayed in the shade most of the time I was there, since it was so hot.

I took two swims, more than half way to the reef, one time with a buddy.  The water was a bit murky again.  I caught a few waves on my way back to shore.

There were some clouds low in the west, but it was still warm.  I dressed at the trailhead and hiked up about 7pm.

June 12, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 2:30pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail one step at the bottom falling apart, still very good condition
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, swimming, volleyball, RC gliding, body surfing
Water surf: 6'
tide: It rose all day.
temperature: 70
current: carried me south
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and set up my bulletin board at the bottom.  Once on the beach I undressed and headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels.

I took two swims to the sand dollars.  The water was a bit murky again.  I caught a few waves on my way back to shore.

The tide was rising continually.  I warned several people about it, but a few people didn't move in time.  I wasn't so smart either.  I thought my flagpole was secure against the waves, but one knocked it over.  The bulletin board got wet, as well as my club flag.

I was still warm when I left about 7pm.  The tide was just about at its' highest.  Half our volleyball court was wet from the rising tide.  I dressed at the trailhead and hiked up.

June 10, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail one step at the bottom falling apart, still very good condition
Climate clouds and sun, wind from south
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, swimming, volleyball, RC gliding, blongoball, horseshoes, body surfing, body boarding
Water surf: 6'
tide: It rose all day.
temperature: 68
current: hardly any
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  There was already a bulletin board at the bottom of the trail.  Once on the beach I undressed and headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag over another bulletin board already set up.

I set up my own stuff, including an umbrella.  I hung my cooler from the umbrella to keep my food from the squirrels..

I took two swims to the sand dollars.  The water was a bit murky again.  I caught a few waves on my way back to shore.

I couldn't warm up after about 5pm, so I put on a fleece shirt.  I packed up and left about 6pm.  I dressed at the trailhead and hiked up.

June 8, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail one step at the bottom falling apart, still very good condition
Climate clouds and sun, cold wind from south
People a few dozen
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, swimming, volleyball, hang gliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 6'
tide: It hardly changed during my short stay.
temperature: 68
current: hardly any
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, lizards
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  There was already a bulletin board at the bottom of the trail.  Once on the beach I undressed and headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

I took one swim, to the sand dollars, with a buddy.  The water was a bit murky again and choppy, but I did manage to catch some waves.

I couldn't warm up after the swim, so I put on a fleece shirt and laid down in the sun.  Eventually I fell asleep.  When I woke up, it was still windy and cool.

I packed up and left about 3pm.  I dressed at the trailhead and hiked up.

June 6, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 3:30pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail one step at the bottom falling apart, still very good condition
Climate There were clouds, but there was plenty of warm sunshine, with a breeze from the west.
People a few dozen
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, swimming, volleyball, hang gliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 6'
tide: It hardly changed during my short stay..
temperature: 68
current: hardly any
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, lizards
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  There was already a bulletin board at the bottom of the trail.  Once on the beach I undressed and headed north.

I found a lot of tracks from some heavy equipment.  City vehicles had been here recently, collected sand from a spot north of the Burro Trail and used it to build a mound right at the city beach boundary.

I hiked to my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

 

I took one swim, to the sand dollars.  The water was a bit murky.  It was so choppy that I couldn't catch any waves.

It was getting cloudy and cold around 7pm, so I headed to the trail.  I dressed at the trailhead and hiked up.

June 1, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail one step at the bottom falling apart, still very good condition
Climate cloudy, breeze from west
People a few dozen
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, swimming
Water surf: 6'
tide: It hardly changed during my short stay..
temperature: 68
current: hardly any
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, snowy egret, blue heron
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and set up a bulletin board at the bottom of the trail.  Once on the beach I undressed and headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

I took one swim, with a buddy.  We swam out just past the sand dollars.

It didn't look like it would clear, so I bailed early.  I wanted to get on the road ahead of traffic.  I dressed, hiked to the trail, then up.  I left the parking lot about 3pm.

May 31, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could barely see the smokestack in Oceanside.
Burro Trail better condition than I've ever seen it
Climate hot and sunny, breeze from west, clouds late in the day
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, swimming, volleyball, body surfing
Water surf: 6'
tide: I didn't notice any change..
temperature: 68
current: hardly any
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, snowy egrets, cormorants, lizards
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and set up a bulletin board at the bottom of the trail.  Once on the beach I undressed and headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

The sand was very hot.  This time I brought sandals.

There was a feeding frenzy of pelicans and grebes that moved north along the beach.  They were probably feeding on the anchovies or whatever small fish I saw last week.

I took three swims, each time beyond the sand dollars.  I did a little body surfing on my way to shore.

Returning from my last swim I was about to spring off the bottom and catch a wave, when I was stung by a ray.  At first I wasn't sure.  There wasn't much pain and I didn't see a cut on my toe.  Eventually I found it and headed for the shore and hot sand.  I had plenty of assistance from friends, offering towels, chairs, drinks and most of all hot sand.  There wasn't much hot sand this time of day, 4pm.  One friend kept throwing hot sand on my foot and I often challenged him with, "You call that hot?!"

I suffered an hour of agony and an hour of sharp pain, then hiked up the trail.  By the time I reached the top, it was reduced to dull pain.

It was getting cloudy before I left.  I was leaving the parking lot about 6:30pm.

May 29, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 1:30pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could barely see the smokestack in Oceanside.
Burro Trail better condition than I've ever seen it
Climate hot and sunny, breeze from west, clouds late in the day
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, swimming
Water surf: 6'
tide: It was way out when I arrived, and rose gradually through the day.
temperature: 68
current: hardly any
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, dolphins, snowy egret, thousands of small fish
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and set up a bulletin board at the bottom of the trail.  Once on the beach I undressed and headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my club flag and set up another bulletin board under it.

The sand was very hot.  I was wishing I'd brought sandals.

I took two swims, both beyond the sand dollars.  I did a little body surfing on my way to shore.  I tried to get a picture of a friend surfing, but it never worked out.

It was getting cold about 7pm, so I packed and hiked out.

May 28, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see the smokestack in Oceanside.
Burro Trail better condition than I've ever seen it
Climate sunny and warm, cool breeze from west, clouds late in the day
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, Frisbee, volleyball, swimming, body boarding, horseshoes, paddleball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was way out when I arrived, and rose gradually through the day.
temperature: 68
current: hardly any
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, dolphins, cormorants, snowy egret, thousands of small fish
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a truck, one on a jetski and one on the perch above.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  There was already a bulletin board at the bottom of the trail.  Once on the beach I undressed and headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

An American flags and one of our club flags were already flying.  I added my club flag and left one central American flag flying between the two.

I took one swim to the sand dollars.  I spent some time supervising kids in the surf.  I picked up a lot of tar in the beach and some in the water.

I roasted some sweet corn on the grill and I sampled other food from the grill like hot dogs, Portabello mushrooms, chicken, egg plant and roasted banana.

Late in the day I had to put on my fleece shirt.  I helped in the cleanup and hiked out about 7pm.

May 27, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail better condition than I've ever seen it
Climate a mix of clouds and sun, warm, breeze from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, Frisbee, volleyball, swimming, body boarding, horseshoes, paddleball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was way out when I arrived, and rose gradually through the day.
temperature: 66
current: hardly any
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, hermit crabs, crab, dolphins, sea lions, dead jelleyfish
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a truck, and one on the perch above.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  There was already a bulletin board at the bottom of the trail.  Once on the beach I undressed and headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

Two American flags and one of our club flags were already flying.  I added my club flag and left one central American flag flying between the two.

I took two swims, one early in the day and one late in the day.  First I swam out to the sand dollars and later I turned back early with hermit crabs for the kids.  Both were released later.  I supervised some kids in the surf.  There was one purple jellyfish in the surf, which I buried.

I roasted some sweet corn on the grill and I sampled other food from the grill like hot dogs, Portabello mushrooms, carne asada, chicken, egg plant, fish and roasted banana.

Late in the day I had to put on my fleece shirt.  I helped in the cleanup and hiked out about 7pm.

May 26, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail better condition than I've ever seen it
Climate cloudy and cool, breeze from south
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, Frisbee, volleyball, swimming
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was way out when I arrived, and rose gradually through the day.
temperature: 64
current: hardly any
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, hawk, cormorant, guitar fish, dolphins, sea lion
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

Once at my spot I raised my club flag, and set up another bulletin board.  I took one swim to the sand dollars.  I was unable to warm up after that and had to put on a fleece shirt.  I slept half the day.

I saw a hawk catch a squirrel.  Two ravens were trying to steal it.  Eventually the hawk was unable to take off with the weight of the squirrel and the pursuit of the ravens.  He let it go with what must have been a fatal wound.

The sun never came out.  About 5:30pm I dressed and headed for the trail.

May 20, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 1pm street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail one new steps added, better condition than I've ever seen it
Climate cloudy and cool, breeze from south
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, Frisbee, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising when I arrived.
temperature: I didn't get in.
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, lizards, osprey
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a truck, and one on an ATV.
I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

On the way there I spotted an osprey perched on a volleyball pole.  He looked wet.  Maybe he was too wet to fly and had to dry off before he could return to his nest.

Once at my spot I raised my club flag, and set up another bulletin board.  I kept warm doing a few chores in preparation for the holiday weekend.  I hardly sat down during my short stay.

The sun never came out during my short stay.  I dressed and packed about 3pm, then headed for the trail.

May 13, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good condition
Climate warm and sunny, cool breeze from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, body boarding, paragliding, hang gliding, Frisbee, volleyball, horseshoes
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was receding when I arrived and rising when I left.
temperature: 64
current: hardly any
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, lizards
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised an American flag, and my club flag, and set up another bulletin board.

I went swimming three times, each time to the sand dollars.  There wasn't much surf, but I managed to get little rides.

About 5pm I backed away from the water, anticipating the rising tide.  By 6pm I was getting too cold.  I packed, dressed and headed to the trail.

May 12, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail three new steps added, mostly good condition
Climate warm and sunny, cool breeze from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, body boarding, paragliding, hang gliding, Frisbee, horseshoes
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was receding when I arrived and rising when I left.
temperature: 64
current: hardly any
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, lizards
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised an American flag, and my club flag, and set up another bulletin board.

I set up an umbrella for shade, but I was too cold after my first swim.  I dozed off in the sun for a while.  I stayed in the sun most of the day for warmth.

I went swimming four times, each time to the sand dollars.  There wasn't much surf, but I managed to get little rides.

People were playing horseshoes in front of me and volleyball behind me.

Seaworld rescue was on the beach with a truck.  It didn't seem like they were there long enough to pick anything up, so I'm guessing they left empty handed.

About 6pm I decided it was getting too cold.  I packed, dressed and headed to the trail.

May 11, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail one new step added, still a few big steps near the bottom
Climate warm and sunny, cool breeze from west
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, Frisbee, football, spear fishing
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was a mid-tide, rising toward the end of the day.
temperature: 64
current: hardly any
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, dolphins, snowy egret
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I went swimming twice, both times to the sand dollars.

About 5pm I decided it was getting too cold.  I was invited to a barbecue, so I stopped for some samples and conversation.  I dressed at the trailhead and passed the diggers working on the trail.

May 8, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail one new step added, still a few big steps near the bottom
Climate hot and sunny, hardly any wind
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding
Water surf: 3'
tide: It was pretty far out during my short stay.
temperature: started at 64, rose to 66
current: hardly any
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, western gulls, pelicans, sand dollars, lizards, cormorants, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in two different white jeeps.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

The dry part of the beach was wide and the sand was hot.  I brought sandals again, and they were necessary.

I went swimming three times, each time to the sand dollars.  I had close encounters with dolphins and got a few short video clips.  The waves were pitiful, but I managed to get little rides.

I packed up about 3pm, even though it was still hot.  I dressed at the trailhead and wore sandals for the hike up.

May 6, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail one new step added, still a few big steps near the bottom, construction in progress in the evening
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west, later from north
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, volleyball, Frisbee, volleyball, horseshoes
Water surf: 6'
tide: It was at a steady mid-high most of the day.
temperature: started at 61, rose to 64
current: carried me south a little
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, marbled godwits, western gulls, spotfin croaker, pelicans
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag, and an American flag, and set up another bulletin board.

The only dry sand was very near the cliff.  People where sitting close together on the dry sand, or scattered on the wet sand.  The sand was hot, but this time I brought sandals.

There was a swarm of bees that took over an umbrella.  Eventually we could see the ball of bees surrounding the queen.  Finally there was too much wind and weight, and the umbrella fell over.  The bees moved on.

I went swimming five times.  I didn't find the sand dollars, but I'm sure I swam out far enough.  The waves were big and breaking at two different distances from shore, again.  I caught some really good rides.

The wind shifted late in the afternoon.  It was a cool wind from the north.  About 6pm everybody was packing.  I packed, dressed and headed to the trail about 7pm .  Black's Beach Diggers were working on the trail again.

May 5, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good condition, only a few bad steps near the bottom, improvements underway in the evening
Climate warm and sunny, wind from west, later from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, volleyball, Frisbee, volleyball
Water surf: 8'
tide: It was at a steady mid-high most of the day.
temperature: 64
current: carried me south a lot
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, marbled godwits, western gulls, spotfin croaker
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

The only dry sand was very near the cliff.  People where sitting close together on the dry sand, or scattered on the wet sand.  The sand was so hot I was wishing I'd brought sandals.

In celebration of World Naked Gardening Day, I spent some time hoeing weeds.  Specifically, I uprooted every tumbleweed sprout I could find.  There are far too many tumbleweeds on the beach this year.  I'm hoping that removing them this spring will reduce their numbers for next year.  I didn't notice anybody else doing gardening.

I went swimming three times.  On my first swim I realized I couldn't get past the surf, so my other two swims were just for body surfing.  The waves were big and breaking at two different distances from shore.  I couldn't reach the far breaker.  The interval between waves was too short and kept beating my back toward shore.  I caught some really good rides on the second break.

The wind shifted late in the afternoon.  It was a cool wind from the north.  About 5pm everybody was packing.  I left about 6pm .  I dressed at the trail and headed up.  Black's Beach Diggers were hard at work building a new step.

April 28, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: few spaces in west lot
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good condition, only a few bad steps near the bottom, evening work in progress on those few bad steps
Climate overcast and warm, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, volleyball, Frisbee, horseshoes, volleyball
Water surf: 8'
tide: It was far until late in the day.
temperature: 63
current: carried me south a little
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, dolphins, marbled godwits, sand dollars, western gulls, whimbrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

The only dry sand was very near the cliff.  People where sitting close together on the dry sand, or scattered on the wet sand.

I picked up a lot of tar, but I didn't get it all.  My little bottle of baby oil was passed around for removing tar.  Several people, including myself had some on their feet.

I went swimming three times.  I only saw the sand dollars once, but I think I swam out far enough each time.  There was a sand bar offshore, causing waves to break there, and closer to shore.  I got several good rides.

I came out of the water about 4pm and several people were wearing shirts.  Soon after, several of us started packing and we were hiking to the trail by 5pm.  I dressed at the trail and headed up.

April 27, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: full
gliderport: few spaces in west lot
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail some erosion for recent storm, only a few bad steps near the bottom, one new step near the bottom
Climate mix of sun and clouds, but always warm, wind from southwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, volleyball, Frisbee, horseshoes, volleyball
Water surf: 6'
tide: It was far out when I arrived and rising all day.
temperature: 63
current: carried me south a lot
visibility: I never got past the surf.
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ravens, dolphins, marbled godwits, snowy egret, guitar fish, lizard
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

On my way to the Burro Trail a swarm of bees passed me.  I just stood still for a few seconds and they passed without stinging.  I hiked down barefoot, noting some places where the trail weathered the storm well, and a few where it did more damage than I expected.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

The only dry sand was very near the cliff.  That sand was hot.  I wish I had brought sandals.  I picked up some tar.  A friend had to clean some off his foot with baby oil.

I went swimming twice.  I never made it past the waves.  They were breaking so far off shore with such a brief interval between, that I just couldn't get far enough between waves.  I caught one good ride and a few lesser rides.

Sea World rescue was on the beach, but I saw them leave empty handed.  A dead sea lion washed up a little later.  Maybe they were there to pick it up, but didn't find it.

There were times when it was cloudy, but never cold.  I dozed off a few times since the temperature was just right.

I packed and headed for the trail about 6pm.  I dressed at the trail and headed up.

April 14, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 9:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, only a few bad steps near the bottom, two new steps near the bottom
Climate mix of sun and clouds, wind changed direction from southwest, later from northwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, volleyball, Frisbee
Water surf: 6'
tide: It was far out much of the day.
temperature: 64
current: carried me south a lot
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ravens, willets, dolphins, whimbrels, marbled godwits, grebes, lizard
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I picked up some tar.  A friend had to clean some off his foot with baby oil.

I went swimming twice.  I swam with a few dolphins.  I caught one good ride and a few lesser rides.

There were times when it was cloudy and cold.  I put on my fleece shirt.  The sun would come out for a while, then clouds again.

It was cold, so I dressed, packed and headed for the trail about 6pm.

April 13, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, only a few bad steps near the bottom
Climate hot and sunny, wind from northwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, volleyball, fishing
Water surf: 6'
tide: It was almost at the lowest when I arrived and rising most of the day.
temperature: 64
current: carried me south a lot
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ravens, willets, dolphins, whimbrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I was surprise how hot the sand was.  There were times I wished I had sandals.  I picked up a lot of tar.  I found some on my feet when I got home and removed it with baby oil.

I went swimming three times.  The surf was breaking pretty far out.  I only swam past it once and I heard dolphins that time.  I looked around, but didn't see them above the water.  I did see them while underwater, but I couldn't react fast enough to get a picture.  They came within ten feet of me and surfaced.  I surfaced just in time to see them swimming away.  I caught one good ride and a few lesser rides.

I packed up and headed for the trail about 7pm.  I dressed at the trailhead and hiked up just in time to see sunset from the parking lot.  Black's Beach Diggers were carrying down some lumber for steps.

April 3, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, only a few bad steps near the bottom
Climate warm and sunny until about 1:30pm, overcast until about 3:30pm, wind from west
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, volleyball, Frisbee
Water surf: 3'
tide: I didn't notice much change.
temperature: 63
current: carried me south just a little
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ravens, willets, dolphins, snowy egret
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I went swimming once.  I caught a ride on a wave on my return.

The weather turned overcast soon after my swim.  About 3pm I called it quits.  I dressed and hiked up the trail.

March 31, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility foggy much of the day
Burro Trail mostly good, only a few bad steps near the bottom
Climate warm and sunny until about 1pm, fog until about 3:30pm, mix of sun and clouds, sunny after 4:30pm, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, Frisbee
Water surf: 3'
tide: I didn't notice much change.
temperature: 63
current: none that I noticed
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ravens, pelicans, sand dollars, willets, dolphins, sanderlings
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag, and an American flag, and set up another bulletin board.

I went swimming twice, both times to the sand dollars.  I decided not to ride any waves, since the surf still had a lot of chopped up seaweed mixed in.

The weather was still nice, but I packed my things and headed to the trail.  I dressed at the trail head and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 6pm.

March 30, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, only a few bad steps near the bottom
Climate warm and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, volleyball, Frisbee, football
Water surf: 3'
tide: high at first, going out
temperature: 63
current: none that I noticed
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ravens, pelicans, sand dollars, willets, dolphins, sanderlings, blue heron
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I went swimming three times, once to the sand dollars.  I heard dolphins, but didn't them while in the water.  I rode a few waves, surprisingly good rides for such small waves.  I paid a price for the ride though.  The surf had a lot of chopped up seaweed mixed in.  It was all over me when I got out.

I picked up a little tar, and stepped on some.  I didn't bother removing it until I got home, since it didn't bother me.

The weather was still nice, but I packed my things and headed to the trail.  I dressed at the trail head and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 6pm.

March 25, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Oceanside.
Burro Trail mostly good, only a few bad steps near the bottom
Climate mostly overcast and cool, sunny from 3:30-4:30, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, hang gliding, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, fishing, Frisbee
Water surf: 5'
tide: low at first, but rising
temperature: 63
current: There were a few rips.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ravens, pelicans, sand dollars, marbled godwits, willets, whale, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag, and an American flag, and set up another bulletin board.

I went swimming twice, both times to the sand dollars.  I heard dolphins, but didn't see any.  I rode a few waves, but no great rides.

There were still flocks of seagulls, but not as big as yesterday.  I picked up a lot of tar, and I'm sure there was a lot more that I didn't pick up.

At about 3pm I was packing to leave.  The sky was looking better, so I packed slowly.  Then the sun came out.  I unpacked,  took my second swim and it clouded up soon afterward.

I packed my things and headed to the trail about 5pm.  I dressed at the trailhead and hiked up.  I spotted a few dolphins and even a whale while hiking up.

March 24, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Oceanside.
Burro Trail I'm running out of steps to complain about, but there are just a few big steps near the bottom.
Climate warm and sunny, a few clouds moving in before sunset, wind from southwest
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, hang gliding, paragliding, RC gliding, gliding, volleyball, fishing, Frisbee
Water surf: 8'
tide: low at first, but rising
temperature: 64
current: There were a few rips.
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ravens, pelicans, lizard, black phoebes, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I went swimming three times, once to the sand dollars.  The water was kind of choppy and I found myself in a rip current more than once.  I rode a few waves, but they were washing machine rides.

At one point in the day I heard a loud noise, like a collision.  I was looking around, at the cliff, and saw nothing.  Then a friend shouted that something was falling.  I looked around and still saw nothing.  Then I looked straight up.  I saw the sail plane headed for a landing and an RC glider spiraling down.  The two must have collided directly overhead.  The sail plane must have landed safely, and the RC glider landed on the hillside just north of us, thanks to the wind.  There must have been a lengthy report, because it was much later in the day when somebody came to claim the RC glider.  We didn't see the sail plane fly again.  I asked the next day and learned that the RC glider put a hole in a wing of the sail plane.

There were big flocks of seagulls, western gulls I think.  There were hundreds in one spot on the beach.  Then somebody would scare them.  They would circle for a while and land again.

A few clouds started to block the sun late in the day, so I packed my things and headed to the trail about 6pm.  I dressed at the trailhead and hiked up.

March 23, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Oceanside.
Burro Trail a few big steps near the bottom, otherwise mostly good, trail work in progress as I left
Climate a mix of sun and clouds at first, then mostly cloudy, wind from southwest
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, hang gliding, paragliding
Water surf: 8'
tide: I wasn't there long enough to see any change.
temperature: 63
current: carried me north
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ravens, pelicans, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in white trucks.  I also saw rangers in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I went swimming once.  I rode a few waves on my way in.  There wasn't enough sun to warm me up, so I put on my fleece shirt.

Clouds began to roll in, and the sky was mostly cloudy by 3pm.  I dressed and headed to the trail.  Black's Beach Diggers were busy building a few steps.

March 16, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility foggy
Burro Trail a few big steps near the bottom, otherwise mostly good, trail work in progress as I left
Climate foggy and cool, wind from west
People maybe a dozen
Activities Observed surfing, body surfing, paragliding
Water I didn't pay enough attention.
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ravens, pelicans
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Not only did not undress, but I put on a fleece shirt.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I didn't unpack my stuff.  I didn't go swimming.  It was cold.  I raked seaweed with a friend and we cleaned up a portion of the beach.

About 2pm I gave up on the weather and started up the trail.  Black's Beach Diggers were doing some sand bagging and planning.

March 14, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could only see beyond Flatrock, perhaps to Oceanside.
Burro Trail a few big steps near the bottom, otherwise mostly good, trail work in progress as I left
Climate sunny at first, cloudy after 3pm, wind from southwest
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, hang gliding, paragliding, volleyball
Water surf: 8'
tide: It was way out at first and still rising when I left.
temperature: 63
current: carried me north
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ring billed gulls, ravens, pelicans, dolphins, sand dollars, bat ray
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

There was a Scripps truck on the beach.  They were continuing their erosion study.  They had an ATV going up and down the beach recording GPS coordinates at low tide and the cliff edge.  They also had a probe in the surf.

I went swimming twice, both times to the sand dollars.  I rode a few waves on my way in.

Clouds began to roll in, and the sky was mostly cloudy by 3pm.  I stuck around until about 5pm.  I dressed at the trailhead and hiked up.  Black's Beach Diggers were busy building a few steps.

March 13, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could only see as far as Flatrock to the north and a hazy La Jolla Cove to the south, between waves of fog.
Burro Trail a few big steps near the bottom, otherwise mostly good
Climate mix of sunshine and fog, warm, wind from the southwest
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, scuba diving
Water surf: 8'
tide: It hardly changed while I was there.
temperature: 61
current: carried me north
visibility: 15'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ring billed gulls, ravens, pelicans, dolphins, sand dollars, osprey, marbled godwits, hermit crab
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I could see a boat flying a dive flag anchored near the reef.  The water was calm enough that I could see them suit up and enter the water.  They left some time when I wasn't paying attention.

I took three swims, once to the sand dollars.  I rode a few waves on my way in.  I was surrounded by dolphins during one swim.  I didn't get any better pictures though.

I could see fog enveloping Children's Pool and it eventually overtook Black's Beach.  There were periods of sunshine, interrupted by waves of fog.  I couldn't stay to see how it worked out.  I packed up and left about 3pm.

March 11, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am
Daylight Savings Time
street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could only see as far as Flatrock to the north and a hazy La Jolla Cove to the south.
Burro Trail one new step added
A few more steps are needed.
Climate hot and sunny, no wind until late in the day, then from the north
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, volleyball, horseshoes, sand castle building, bocce ball, Frisbee
Water surf: 5'
tide: It hardly changed the whole day.
temperature: 59
current: none that I noticed.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ring billed gulls, ravens, pelicans, dolphins, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

Shortly after setting up my camp, I saw a cloud of smoke near the trail.  I couldn't tell everything that was going on, but I could see that lifeguards were putting out a fire.

I saw dolphins going up and down the beach all day.  I saw four of them breach at one time, but I didn't get a picture.

I took four swims, usually to the sand dollars.  One time I had a close encounter with a pod of dolphins.  There must have been a dozen swimming around me for a few minutes.  I took lots of video clips, some better than others.  I'm posting one short clip.

I rode a few waves back to shore..

I saw a rock slide, high above Valentine Slide.  It was way up high and none of it reached the beach.

The sun was getting low, but it was still warm.  I packed up and left about 6pm.

March 10, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: plenty
gliderport: north lot closed for glider runway, west lot filled, overflowed to east lot
Visibility I could only see as far as Flatrock to the north and a hazy La Jolla Cove to the south.
Burro Trail a few big steps, heavy lumber being carried down in the evening
Climate mix of hazy sunshine and clouds, usually warm, wind from the north most of the day
People maybe three hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding, gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It hardly changed the whole day.
temperature: 59
current: none that I noticed.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ring billed gulls, ravens, pelicans, dolphins, sand dollars, black phoebes
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I took three swims, once to the sand dollars.  I rode a few waves on my way in.  There was a lot of sand in the waves.  I could hear it scraping me when I dove under.

I saw dolphins going up and down the beach all day.  I saw them breach a few times, but never once I had my camera ready.

The sky was clouding up about 2pm.  I was in and out of my fleece shirt a few times.  I was thinking about leaving early.  I fell asleep and it was warm when I woke up.  I took my last swim, but never warmed up after.

About 4:30 I decided to call it a day.  I packed up and left, stopping to dress at the trailhead.  There were four people carrying down a railroad tie for some trail work.

March 7, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach and mountains beyond.  La Jolla Cove looked especially clear.
Burro Trail one step added, a few other places need work, still mostly good condition
Climate cloudy but humid and warm, wind from north, from west later
People only a few dozen
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, paragliding
Water surf: 3'
tide: It was pretty far out the whole time I was there.
temperature: 59
current: none that I noticed.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ring billed gulls, ravens, pelicans, dolphins, hermit crab, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Once on the beach I undressed and set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.  Finally I set up my camp and went for a swim.

I took three swims.  I got near the sand dollars twice and reached them the third swim.  The waves weren't very big, but I did manage to catch one ride.

I saw dolphins going up and down the beach all day.  I even heard them while swimming, but I never saw them while in the water.

About 4:30 I just couldn't get warm.  I was still cold from a swim.  I noticed the wind had shifted and was now coming from the west.  I packed up and left, stopping to dress at the trailhead.  Unfortunately, I got stuck in a little traffic getting on I-5.

March 4, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach and mountains beyond.  La Jolla Cove looked especially clear.
Burro Trail some damage from overnight crowd, a little more caution required, but still in pretty good shape
Climate warm with high clouds, almost overcast, no wind until later, then from north
People maybe two hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, volleyball, Frisbee
Water surf: 3'
tide: It was pretty far out the whole time I was there.
temperature: 59
current: none that I noticed.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ring billed gulls, ravens, pelicans, dolphins, crab, sea snail, sea lion, sand dollars, hawk
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck and a state lifeguard in a white jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Dave had already set up a bulletin board ahead of me.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  Once there I undressed, set up my camp and went for a swim.

I went swimming three times, each time out to the sand dollars.  I found a crab about eight feet under and took a few pictures.  I didn't notice his broken claw until I downloaded the picture.  I caught a few waves, but none of them were much of a ride.

I stepped in some tar, as well as two other people I knew of.  We all used baby oil to clean it off.

It was cooling off and the wind was picking up about 3pm.  I was about to leave, but it warmed up and I went for my last swim.

I was finally too cold and had to dress about 4pm.  I packed up my stuff and headed for the trail.

March 3, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility At times I could see a hazy Longbeach and mountains beyond.
Burro Trail some damage from recent storms, a little more caution required, but still in pretty good shape
Climate warm with high clouds, almost overcast, gusty wind, usually from north
People maybe two hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, volleyball
Water surf: 3'
tide: It was pretty far out the whole time I was there.
temperature: 57
current: none that I noticed.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ring billed gulls, ravens, pelicans, dolphins, grebe, sea snail, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards and a ranger, each in a white truck.  I also saw a black and white police truck, at the southern boundary.  I was too far away to see what was going on and nobody I talked to knew.  There was also a state lifeguard in a white jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed at the trailhead and set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I went for a swim, just past the surf.  I brought back a sea snail and let a little boy play with it before releasing it in the surf.  I tried to catch some waves, but they were just too small.  Later I swam out to the sand dollars and caught a good wave on my way back.

As I got out of the water, I found that my umbrella had been knocked over by the wind.  My sheet had been knotted up by the wind too.  Just as I was straightening all that out, a gust of wind scattered newsletters from my bulletin board.

A few friends gathered up the newsletters and I eventually got my camp in order.  I set up reflectors as windbreaks, but quickly learned it was not effective enough.  Gusts of wind would come around the side, bringing sand.  I spent a few hours trying to get comfortable.  I had my reflectors anchored better than anyone else, but it still wasn't good enough for this wind.  I had to anchor my flag again and again.

The only way to eat my lunch without a mouthful of sand was to go out on the wet sand.  That's exactly what I did, but I still had to look out for the sand storms that hit me every few minutes.  Dave thought it was a good day for can races, but his can was going too fast and he had to crush it.  I got up and had to chase my chair.  I expected to to be blown over, but tumbling down the beach was a surprise.

I gave up on the day, before 3pm and headed for the trail.  Then the wind stopped, so I sat down at the southern volleyball court and took my second swim.  There were a few gusts of wind and some darker clouds moving across the sun, so I picked up, dressed and hiked up the trail about 4pm.

It was not a nice day, but the swims made it worth it for me.  Some of my friends were able to enjoy a few games of volleyball.  I don't think anybody was able to sit and relax today.

February 24, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: plenty
gliderport: I had a little trouble finding a space.
Visibility At times I could see Longbeach and mountains beyond.
Burro Trail some damage from recent storms, a little more caution required, but still in pretty good shape
Climate warm and sunny, wind from north
People maybe two hundred
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, swimming, Frisbee, body surfing, volleyball
Water surf: 8'
tide: It was pretty far out the whole time I was there.
temperature: 59
current: It carried me south.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ring billed gulls, ravens, pelicans, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed at the trailhead and set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I went for a swim and swam again later.  Both times I went out just beyond the surf.  I caught a few good rides on my way back.  I spotted a few dolphins during my second swim.  I got kind of close and took some video, but I didn't get real close, nor take any pictures better than what I've already posted.

I raked and removed seaweed to warm up.  It was also necessary to get rid of flies.  I set up an umbrella for hanging my food, to keep it safe from squirrels.  I set up reflectors, and later I added a wind break.  I don't think I would have been warm without them.

I found a lot of tar on the beach.  I collected all I found and put in my litter bag.  I still picked up a little with my feet.  I cleaned it off with baby oil.

By about 4pm the wind had picked up enough that I couldn't keep warm, so I dressed and started toward the trail.  I dressed at the trailhead and hiked up.

February 17, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility At times I could see Longbeach and mountains beyond.
Burro Trail mostly good, new steps improved
Climate hot and sunny, wind from south
People maybe two hundred
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, swimming, Frisbee, body surfing, fishing, volleyball, sand art
Water surf: 4'
tide: It kept getting lower.
temperature: 60
current: I think I was in a rip current once.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, heermann's gulls, ring billed gulls, ravens, pelicans, willets, dolphins, sand dollars, grebes, sanderlings, terns
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed at the trailhead and set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I raked and removed seaweed, and it was effective at getting rid of flies.  I set up an umbrella for hanging my food, to keep it safe from squirrels.  I set up a reflector late in the day to keep warm and stay a little later.

I went swimming three times, once out to the sand dollars.  I saw dolphins riding some waves ahead of me, but they didn't get close.  I managed to ride the waves a little, but nothing great.

I dressed and started toward the trail about 5pm.

February 16, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility There was a low haze over Longbeach, but I could see mountain peaks, probably San Gabriel.
Burro Trail
mostly good, new steps, improvements in progress
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People maybe two hundred
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, swimming, Frisbee, body surfing, fishing
Water surf: 4'
tide: It kept getting lower.
temperature: 60
current: It carried me south.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, heermann's gulls, ring billed gulls, ravens, pelicans, willets, dolphins, sand dollars, crab, cormorant
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white jeep and in a yellow truck with a white camper.  There was also a state lifeguard in a white jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed at the trailhead and set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I raked and removed seaweed, and it was effective at getting rid of flies.  I set up an umbrella for hanging my food, to keep it safe from squirrels.  I used a chair I brought, since I expected wet hard sand from the high tide earlier.  I set up a reflector late in the day to keep warm and stay a little later.

I went swimming three times, once out to the sand dollars.  I spotted a crab at the end of one dive, but I didn't have enough air to catch or photograph.  I couldn't find it when I went back down.  I saw dolphins from shore, but didn't see any while swimming.

There was some sort of lifeguard emergency.  A truck and a camper raced north beyond Flatrock with light and sirens.  I never learned what it was about.

I started toward the trail about 5pm.  I dressed at the trail then hiked up.  I stopped to talk to some trail workers on the way up.  I didn't leave the parking lot until about 6:30.  I managed to take a picture of Venus before I left.

 

February 4, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility There was a low haze over Longbeach, but I could see mountain peaks, probably San Gabriel.
Burro Trail mostly good, new steps still settling
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People maybe two hundred
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, swimming, Frisbee, volleyball, body surfing
Water surf: 4'
tide: It was high when I arrived and way out when I left.
temperature: 59
current: I found myself in a rip current once.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, heermann's gulls, ring billed gulls, ravens, pelicans, willets, sanderlings, dolphins, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed at the trailhead and set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I set up reflectors to warm me after my swims.  I raked and removed seaweed, and it was effective at getting rid of flies.  I set up an umbrella for hanging my stuff.  Hanging food is the only way to keep it safe from squirrels.

I went swimming three times, only once to the sand dollars.  The other two times I just swam past the surf.  One time I had a close encounter with dolphins.  Several swam past me.  My best picture came from a video clip of two silhouetted in a wave.

I did a little body surfing too.  I got some little rides.

I stayed on the beach until about 5pm.  Then I packed and hiked to the trail.  I watched the sun getting low, with some unusual optical effects.  I took a few pictures, dressed and hiked up.  The sun set while I was hiking, but I missed it.  I found Venus in the twilight and took a picture.  

February 3, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy La Jolla.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few new steps added
Climate hazy sunshine, cool breeze, wind from north
People maybe two hundred
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, swimming, Frisbee, volleyball, body surfing
Water surf: 6'
tide: It was high when I arrived and lower when I left.
temperature: 61
current: It carried me south a little.
visibility: I didn't swim out far enough to judge the visibility.
Wildlife Observed squirrels, western gulls, ravens, pelicans, terns, willets, sanderlings, hawk, osprey, whales
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed at the trailhead and set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

There was a hawk perched nearby.  I took a few pictures.  I also saw whale spouts and their backs.  I didn't get any pictures though.

I set up a reflector to try and keep warm and block the wind.  I tried to relax and do some reading, but the flies wouldn't leave me alone.  I took a walk and picked up litter, to get away from the flies.  Later I was able to relax in the sun.

I went swimming once.  I just swam in the surf and did some body surfing.  I got some good rides, and some good wipeouts.

About 4pm I decided that it just wasn't warm enough to enjoy the day.  I dressed, packed and headed for the trail.

February 2, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, repairs in progress in the afternoon
Climate high clouds, cool and windy, wind from north
People maybe a dozen
Activities Observed surfing, paragliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was high when I arrived and lower when I left.
temperature: I didn't get in.
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ring-billed gulls, western gulls, ravens, pelicans, heermann's gulls, hawk, terns, willets
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck and another in a white jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed at the trailhead and set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  There I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I set up a reflector to try and keep warm.  I also set up a wind break.  I tried to relax and do some reading, but the flies wouldn't leave me alone.  I took a walk and picked up litter, to get away from the flies.

About 2:30pm I decided that it just wasn't warm enough to enjoy the day.  I dressed, packed and headed for the trail.  On my way up the trail, I found people working on the trail.  They were adding steps to a spot that's difficult to negotiate.  It will be nice when they're done.

January 23, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: marked as no parking zone, for Buick Invitational
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps, unfinished steps
Climate warm and sunny, hardly any wind
People a few dozen
Activities Observed surfing, hang gliding, paragliding, swimming, volleyball
Water surf: 3'
tide: It hardly changed while I was there.
temperature: less than 59
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: about 10'
Wildlife Observed
squirrels, ring-billed gulls, western gulls, ravens, pelicans, heermann's gulls, seals, whales, sting rays, lobster, sanderlings
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed at the trailhead and set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.  Once there I raised my flag and set up another bulletin board.

I set up a reflector, for use after a swim.  I tried to relax, but the flies bothered me too much.

I went for one swim.  I found and caught a lobster, but he escaped while I was trying to get a better grip.  After a few more dives, I caught him again.  I brought him to shore and posed for a few pictures, then let him go.  He was way below the legal limit.

Some of my friends were warming up for volleyball as I left about 3pm.  I dressed at the trail head and hiked up.

January 21, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail
mostly good, a few big steps
trail upgrades in progress
Climate warm and sunny, cold wind from north
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed surfing, hang gliding, paragliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: I wasn't there long enough to see a change.
temperature: I didn't get in.
Wildlife Observed
squirrels, ring-billed gulls, western gulls, ravens, pelicans, heermann's gulls, osprey, seal
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, passing some trail workers.  I undressed at the trailhead and set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide.

There were a few friends there, all trying to keep warm despite the wind.  I hung out for just a few minutes and headed for the trail.  I dressed and headed up the trail.

January 8, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, hardly any wind
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing
Water surf: 10'
tide: It was high when I arrived and low when I left.
temperature: 59
current: It carried me south quite a bit.
visibility: about 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ring-billed gulls, western gulls, ravens, pelicans, heermann's gulls
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail and undressed at the trailhead.  I set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide and raised my flag, as well as another bulletin board.

I arrived right around high tide, but there was still some dry sand beyond the reach of the biggest waves.  I set up reflectors for later, but hardly found them necessary.

I went for two swims, just to body surf.  I caught a few good rides, some shooting me out the face, some giving me a tumble and some threw me onto the bottom.

It was warm right up to about 4pm.  I dressed and headed toward the trail.  Black's Beach Diggers were at work as I hiked up about 5pm.

January 7, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11:30am street parking: plenty of spaces
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Oceanside.
Burro Trail mostly good, some steps had been scraped, new sand bags
Climate warm and sunny, gusty wind mostly from north
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, Frisbee
Water surf: 10'
tide: It was high when I arrived and low when I left.
temperature: 57
current: It carried me south quite a bit.
visibility: about 5'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ring-billed gulls, ravens, dolphins, heermann's gulls
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail and undressed at the trailhead.  I set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot at Valentine Slide and raised my flag, as well as another bulletin board.

There was less sand than last week.  I arrived right around high tide and there was just a little sand beyond the reach of the biggest waves.  I set up reflectors, but it was too windy.  I had to set up a wind break too.  My friends all did the same.  We had a little village of umbrellas, wind breaks and reflectors.  Gusts of wind still got around our blocks and sprinkled us with sand.  It was difficult to read with the wind turning the pages and shaking my magazine.  It was also hard to keep the sand out of my food.

I went for two swims, just to body surf.  I caught a few good rides, some shooting me out the face, some giving me a tumble and some threw me onto the bottom.

It was never really warm, but I gave up on any improvement about 3pm and put on a fleece shirt.  I dressed at the trail and hiked up about 4pm.

January 2, 2007: Black's Beach

Parking at 11:30am street parking: plenty of spaces
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good
Climate warm and sunny, hardly any wind
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, volleyball, paragliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was low the whole day.
temperature: 59
current: It carried me north just a bit.
visibility: about 3'
Wildlife Observed squirrels, ring-billed gulls, ravens, sand dollars, seal, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail and undressed at the trailhead.  I set up my bulletin board.  Then I headed north toward my usual spot past Valentine Slide and raised my flag.

The entire beach was wet from the morning high tide, but the tide was now way out.  I raked some sand to dry it for later.  I also set up reflectors to warm myself after swims.  I sat in a chair in front of Valentine Slide.

I went for two swims, once to the sand dollars and once for some body surfing.  I caught a few good rides.

It started cooling about 2:30pm, but my reflector kept me warm until the sun went behind some clouds.  I put on some clothes and stayed until about 4pm.  I hiked up the trail, passing Black's Beach Diggers working on the trail.