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Don't read too much into my reports.  Gaps in coverage sometimes indicate bad weather, but also reflect my schedule.  I'm a strong swimmer and generally don't notice currents unless they are very strong.  I'm not a surfer and don't really know how to measure a wave.  Nobody believes my temperature readings.  They all come from a Suunto Mosquito dive computer.

This page last updated November 6, 2010 by Lloyd Johnson.
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November 5, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, no wind
People hundreds
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing
Water surf: 4'
tide: It peaked before I arrived and went way down later.
temperature:  64º
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, willets, marbled godwits, cormorants, grebe, pelicans, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw a white suburban with a discrete label indicating fire department.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

There was still the long puddle that had to be crossed, though it was lower than yesterday.

I went swimming three times, each time about 200 yards from shore.  I swam with dolphins twice, and even got some video.

It was still hot when I dressed and left about 5:30pm.

November 4, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, no wind
People hundreds
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing
Water surf: 6'
tide: It peaked before I arrived and went way down later.
temperature:  64º
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, willets, marbled godwits, cormorants, grebe, pelicans, snail,dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

There was a puddle stretching from somewhere south of the trail as far as I could see.  I suppose it went to Indian Canyon.  It was a few inches deep.  There was dry sand against the cliff.  Then walking west you would have to cross the puddle.  Following was dry sand that formed a ridge, then dropped into the waves.

I went swimming four times, once about 200 yards from shore and the other three times I body surfed.  I saw dolphins from shore, but not while I was in the water.  We saw them surfing and breaching.

It was still hot when I dressed and left about 5:30pm.

October 28, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, no wind
People dozens
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing
Water surf: 3'
tide: It was peaking as I arrived and went way down later.
temperature:  66º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, willets, marbled godwits, cormorants, grebe, pelicans, snail,dolphins, seal
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw an unmarked white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I went swimming three times, once about 200 yards from shore and the other two times only 100 yards or so.  I heard dolphins, but didn't see them while in the water.  We saw them surfing and breaching.

It was still hot when I dressed and left about 5pm.

October 10, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Del Mar.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from the north
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 3'
tide: It was peaking as I arrived and went way down later.
temperature:  68º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, willets, marbled godwits, cormorants, pelicans, squirrels, garibaldi, star fish, blacksmiths, sponges, anchovies
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw life guards and rangers, each in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella near the cliff, because that was the only place where the sand was dry and safe from high tide.  I later moved, because I was in the middle of a volleyball court.

I went swimming twice, once to the reef and once half way there with a buddy.  There were a lot of lobster trap markers around the reef.  There were boats, checking on their traps.

It was still warm when I dressed and left about 5pm.

October 9, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Del Mar.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from the north
People hundreds
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 3'
tide: It had been high, but was going down.
temperature:  68º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, willets, marbled godwits, cormorants, pelicans, squirrels, garibaldi, star fish, blacksmiths, sponges, sun fish, sting ray, bat rays, jellyfish, anchovies
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw life guards and rangers, each in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Valentine Slide.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.  I set up an umbrella, and used if for shade.

I went swimming twice, both times to the reef.  There were a lot of lobster trap markers around the reef.  There were boats, checking on their traps.  I saw, and photographed a sunfish.

It was still warm when I dressed and left about 5pm.

October 8, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 12:30pm street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Del Mar.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from the north
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, RC gliding
Water surf: 3'
tide: It had been high, but was going down.
temperature:  68º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, willets, marbled godwits, cormorants, pelicans, squirrels, garibaldi, star fish, blacksmiths, sponges, anchovies
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I didn't see any lifeguards service.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.  I set up an umbrella, and used if for shade.

I went swimming twice, once to the sand dollars and once to the reef.  There were a lot of lobster trap markers around the reef.

It was still warm when I dressed and left about 5pm.

September 26, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 10:30am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could almost see Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from the west
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 3'
tide: It started high, went out, then had just started rising again.
temperature:  66º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, willets, marbled godwits, cormorants, pelicans, squirrels, dolphins, seal
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  There was also a state lifeguard in a white Jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, and used if for shade.  There was a lot of seaweed in the surf, but I was able to find places where there was none.

I went swimming three times, twice with a buddy, each time to sand dollar distance.  I didn't see any sand dollars though.

It was still hot when I dressed and left about 6pm.

September 24, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11:30am street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could almost see Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from the west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 3'
tide: I didn't notice any change.
temperature:  66º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, willets, marbled godwits, cormorants, pelicans, squirrels, dolphinsl
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in a white truck.  There was also a state lifeguard in a white Jeep.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, and used if for shade.

I went swimming three times, twice with a buddy, each time to sand dollar distance.  I didn't see any sand dollars though.

It was still hot when I dressed and left about 5pm.

September 19, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility foggy
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate cool and overcast, wind from the south
People maybe a hundred
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I didn't stay long.  I fell asleep for a while, woke up to a hopelessly overcast and cool day, then left about 12pm.

September 5, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11:30am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Del Mar.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate warm and mostly sunny, wind from the south
People thousands
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising.
temperature:  66º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, terns, willets, marbled godwits, whimbrels, pelicans, squirrels, sand dollars, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw city lifeguards in white trucks.  There was a red fire and rescue truck, paramedics, and a state state lifeguard in a white Jeep.  There was a rescue copter.  I also saw police in a black and white SUV, weaving around looking for glass and alcohol.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, and used if for shade.  I went swimming twice, with a buddy, once to the sand dollars and once just past the surf.

There was quite a lot of rescue activity.  Several rescue vehicles raced north.  I learned later that a man had a seizure and was taken out by helicopter.

There was minimal use of the grill.  Dave roasted some bananas.  Geoff was cooking some chicken.  Some kids were roasting marshmallows...

It was cooling when I dressed and left about 6pm.

August 30, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11:30am street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Del Mar.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate warm and sunny, wind from the west
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 3'
tide: It hardly changed.
temperature:  69º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, terns, willets, marbled godwits, whimbrels, pelicans, squirrels, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in white trucks.  I also saw police in a black and white SUV

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, and used if for shade.  I went swimming twice, with a buddy, once to the sand dollars and once just past the surf.

It was still warm when I dressed and left about 7pm.

August 26, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Flatrock, most of the time.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, no wind
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was going out.
temperature:  61º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, snowy egret, terns, willets, marbled godwits, whimbrels, pelicans, squirrels, seal, dolphins, sand dollars, bat ray
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in white trucks.  I also saw a ranger in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, and used if for shade.  I went swimming twice, once to the sand dollars and once just past the surf.

It was still hot when I dressed and left about 4pm.

August 23, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility Foggy at first.  Later I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, no wind
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was going out then rising late in the day.
temperature: I didn't measure it, but I think it was close to seventy.
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, snowy egret, terns, willets, marbled godwits, whimbrels, pelicans, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, and used if for shade.  I got in the water a few times for body boarding.

It was still hot when I dressed and left about 6:30pm.

August 22, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People thousands
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising..
temperature: 66º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, snowy egret, terns, willets, marbled godwits, whimbrels, pelicans, squirrels,  sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in white trucks.  I also saw their boat off-shore.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, and used if for shade.  I went swimming once, but got in the water a few times for body boarding.

It was still hot when I dressed and left about 6pm.

August 21, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps, one step missing
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising..
temperature: 64º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, snowy egret, terns, willets, marbled godwits, whimbrels, pelicans, squirrels, seal
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I set up my bulletin board at the trail head and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, and used if for shade.  I went body boarding a few times.

It was still hot when I dressed and left about 5pm.

August 19, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People hundreds
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising..
temperature: 66º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, Heermann's gulls, snowy egret, terns, willets, marbled godwits, whimbrels, pelicans, squirrels, dolphins, leopard shark, crabs, anemone
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I set up my bulletin board at the trail head and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up another bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, and used if for shade.  I went for a walk up to Mussel Rocks where we saw anemone and crabs.

I went swimming twice, once just beyond the surf, and once about 200 yards out, both times with buddies.  I saw the dorsal fin of a leopard shark.  Others saw the shadow and suggest it was four feet long.

A man near me was stung by a ray, so he was trying to kill the toxins in the hot sand.

It was cooling off when I dressed and left about 7pm.  We watched sunset from the gliderport.

August 13, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate cloudy and cool, wind from west
People hundreds
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, fishing
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising..
temperature: I didn't measure it.
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, snowy egret, terns, pelicans, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella, but used it as a wind block.  I eventually went body boarding.

The sun came out only a few times, and only for a few minutes at a time.  I left about 6pm.

August 8, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: plenty of spaces
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate sunny and hot, wind from west
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, volleyball, fishing
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising..
temperature: 72º
current: We were carried north.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, snowy egret, osprey, terns, pelicans, squirrels, gorgonians, garibaldi, star fish, barred sand bass, kelp bass, dolphins, seals
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in white trucks, one on an ATV.  I also saw a ranger in a white truck.  I also was a lifeguard boat off-shore and a life flight helicopter in the air.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there.  Geoff had already raised the flag.

I set up an umbrella for myself and went for a swim, just beyond the surf.  Later I swam to the reef, with a buddy.  I did three dives to the reef and towed a star fish back to shore to show to a few people.  We alter released it back to the ocean.  Later I did some body boarding and caught some good waves.

There was a cliff rescue.  Witnesses told me two paragliders collided.  One was able to continue while the other got tangled and fell to the cliff-side.  The rescue was still in progress as I left.

It was still hot when I left about 5pm.

August 7, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street: plenty of spaces
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Del Mar.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate mostly sunny and hot, wind from west
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, volleyball, fishing, scuba diving
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising..
temperature: 72º
current: We were carried north.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, snowy egret, osprey, terns, pelicans, squirrels, gorgonians, garibaldi, star fish, barred sand bass, kelp bass
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella for myself and went for a swim, just beyond the surf.  Later I swam to the reef because I saw a boat flying a dive flag.  There was one man on the boat and one diver in the water.  I made a few attempts to find the reef, and finally did.  It was murky and not worth doing more.  Later I did some body boarding and caught some good waves.

It was still hot when I left about 6pm.

August 6, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: few spaces
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Del Mar.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate mostly sunny and hot, wind from west
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, volleyball, fishing
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising..
temperature: 70º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, snowy egret, terns, pelicans, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards, rangers and firemen, all in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot, and headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I undressed, set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella for myself and went for a swim, to the sand dollars.  I did some body boarding and caught some good waves.

It was still hot when I left about 5pm.

August 1, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate mostly sunny and cool, wind from west
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, volleyball, fishing
Water surf: 5'
tide: I didn't notice any change.
temperature: 68º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, snowy egret, terns, pelicans, garibaldi, gorgonians, sargo, star fish, keyhole limpet,sand bass, guitar fish, bat rays, sand dollars, squirrels,dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed at the trail head, then headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella for myself and went for a swim, to the sand dollars.  Later I swam to the reef, and to the sand dollars again.  I did three dives and swam back.

It was still hot when I left about 6pm.

July 31, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate mostly sunny and cool, wind from west
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, volleyball, fishing
Water surf: 3'
tide: I didn't notice any change.
temperature: 66º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, snowy egret, terns, pelicans, garibaldi, gorgonians, sargo, star fish, keyhole limpet,sand bass, guitar fish, bat rays, sand dollars, squirrels,dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in white trucks.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed at the trail head, then headed north.  I stopped just beyond Hully Gully.  I set up my bulletin board there, and raised my flag.

I set up an umbrella for myself and went for a swim, to the sand dollars.  Later I swam to the reef, and to the sand dollars again.  There was a fishing boat at the reef.  I talked with the people aboard a little, did three dives and swam back.

It was still warm when I left about 6pm.

July 25, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 2pm street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate mostly cloudy and cool, some sun, wind from west
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: I didn't notice any change.
temperature: 68º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, pelicans, garibaldi, gorgonians, sargo, star fish, keyhole limpet,sand bass, sand dollars, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in white trucks.  There was also an unmarked white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  Geoff had already set up a bulletin board at the trailhead.  I hiked north beyond Hully Gully.  I set up another bulletin board there.

I set up an umbrella for myself and went for a swim, to the reef.  I did a few dives down and swam back.  I also played a little volleyball and did a little body boarding

The sun came out a few times, and it warmed up a lot.  There were times when I felt cold, but not for long.

There was a grill set up, but I didn't see anyone use it.  Geoff had a table set up for the surf event.  I saw six names signed up and I saw a few surfers in the water all at once.  I even saw some prizes given out.  I'll have to ask Geoff for details later.

It was still warm when I left about 5pm.

July 22, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 2pm street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate mostly cloudy and cool, some sun, wind from west
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: I didn't notice any change in my short stay.
temperature: 66º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, snowy egret, terns, pelicans, garibaldi, gorgonians, sargo, star fish, keyhole limpet,sand bass, sand dollars, squirrels,dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I didn't set anything up.  I undressed at the trailhead and hiked north to the volleyball court at Indian Canyon.

I was there just for a swim.  I swam to the reef, did a few dives and swam back to shore.

I hiked out about 4pm.

July 18, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People maybe a thousand
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising.
temperature: 64º
current: We drifted north.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, snowy egret, terns, pelicans, guitar fish, sand dollars, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I set up a bulletin board at the base of the trail.  I hiked north just beyond Hulley Gully and settled down there.  I set up an umbrella and tried to stay cool in the shade.

I went swimming once, to the sand dollars, with a buddy.  I also went body boarding a few times.  I caught a few good waves.

I cooked some sweet corn on the grill, and passed it around.  I didn't see anyone else cook anything.

It was still hot when I packed, dressed and headed to the trail.  I left the parking lot about 6pm.

July 16, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: full
gliderport: few spaces
Visibility I could see Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was going out.
temperature: 64º in the surf, 70º at the reef
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, pelicans, guitar fish, sand dollars, keyhole limpet, garibaldi, sand bass, star fish, kelp bass, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I set up a bulletin board at the base of the trail.  I hiked north just beyond Hulley Gully and settled down there.  I set up an umbrella and tried to stay cool in the shade.

I went swimming twice, once to the reef and half way to the reef.  My reef swim was solo, and I did three dives to the reef.  I caught one wave on my way back to shore.

It was still hot when I packed, dressed and headed to the trail.  I left the parking lot about 7pm.

July 14, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 1:30pm street: full
gliderport: few spaces
Visibility I could see Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was going out.
temperature: 64º in the surf, 70º at the reef
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, ring billed gulls, terns, pelicans,hermit crabs, sting ray, sand dollars, keyhole limpet, garibaldi, sand bass, star fish, jellyfish, kelp bass, squirrels, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck and a ranger in a white truck.  There was also a lifeguard on an ATV.
I saw a lifeguard confiscate a glass container.  A ranger issued a citation for lewd conduct.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  The trail was so hot it was burning my feet.  There was already a bulletin board at the base of the trail.  I undressed, hiked north just beyond Hulley Gully and settled down there.

Geoff was already flying the club flag.  I set up an umbrella and tried to stay cool in the shade.

I went swimming twice, once to the reef and once to the sand dollars.  My reef swim was solo, and I did three dives to the reef.  Before reaching the reef, I did a dive and found a jellyfish.  I caught one wave on my way back to shore.

It was still hot when I packed, dressed and headed to the trail.  I left the parking lot about 7pm.

July 11, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 1:30pm street: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate a little sun, mostly cloudy and warm, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 2'
tide: It was rising.
temperature: 66º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, ring billed gulls, terns, pelicans,hermit crabs sting ray, squirrels, seal
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck and a ranger in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I set up a bulletin board at the base of the trail.  Then I hiked north, just beyond Hulley Gully and settled down there.

Geoff was already flying the club flag.  I set up an umbrella but only used it to hang things to dry.

I went swimming twice, both times with buddies.  The first time we only swam past the surf, and the second time we swam past the sand dollars.

I played some volleyball.  We didn't keep score; good thing.

It was cooling when I decided it was time to go, about 6:30pm.  I packed, dressed and hiked up the trail.  I left the parking lot about 7pm.

July 4, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate cold and cloudy, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising.
temperature: I didn't get in.
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, ring billed gulls, terns, pelicans, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed at the base of the trail and set up a bulletin board.  Then I hiked north, just beyond Hulley Gully and settled down there.

Geoff was already flying the club flag.  I set up an umbrella for myself and sat in the shade much of the day.

It was cold, so I left early, about 4pm.  I packed, dressed and hiked up the trail.

July 2, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11:30am street: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps, some new steps
Climate a mix of sun and clouds, mostly hot, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising.
temperature: 70º
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, ring billed gulls, terns, pelicans, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed at the base of the trail and set up a bulletin board.  Then I hiked north, just beyond Hulley gully and settled down there.

I raised the club flag.  I set up an umbrella for myself and sat in the shade much of the day.

I went swimming twice, once with the reef in mind and once just to catch some waves.  The current was too strong, so I aborted the reef swim.  I didn't manage to catch any waves either.

It was still warm, but cooling when I decided it was time to go, about 5:15pm.  I packed, dressed and hiked up the trail.  I left the parking lot about 5:30pm.

June 22, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 1:30pm street: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate a mix of sun and clouds, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising.
temperature: 72º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, pelicans, squirrels, sand dollars
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  There was already a bulletin board set up at the trail.  I hiked north and stopped just past Spencer Canyon/Hully Gully.  There I undressed.  Geoff had already raised the club flag.

I set up an umbrella, but only used it to hang stuff for drying.

I swam to the sand dollars twice, once with a buddy.

It was cooling off  when I decided it was time to go, about 5pm.  I packed, dressed and hiked up the trail.  I left the parking lot about 6pm.

June 19, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps, one step missing
Climate mostly sunny, wind from west
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising.
temperature: 68º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, pelicans, squirrels, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.  There were also rangers in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  A rock near the bottom had been removed, making a portion of the trail wider, but also making it a big step.  I hiked north and stopped just past Spencer Canyon/Hully Gully.  There I undressed.  Geoff had already raised the club flag.

I set up an umbrella, but only used it to hang stuff for drying.

I spent much of my time body boarding.  I never got an accurate read of the temperature, but my thermometer got down to 70.  From shore I saw dolphins.

It was still sunny when I decided it was time to go, about 4pm.  I packed, dressed and hiked up the trail.  I left the parking lot about 4:30pm.

June 15, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate mostly cloudy, some sun, wind from north
People a hundred or so
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball, scuba diving
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising slightly.
temperature: 68º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed
crows, western gulls, terns, pelicans, squirrels, garibaldi, surf perch, sand bass, sheep head, octopus, cowerie, keyhole limpet, blacksmith, anemones, star fish, lobster, greenling, sponge, senorita fish, sea snails, sea cucumbers, gorgonians
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I arranged all my scuba gear in a backpack-like configuration and hiked down the Burro Trail.  I hiked north and stopped just past Spencer Canyon/Hully Gully.  There I undressed and Geoff raised the club flag.

I set up an umbrella, but only used it to hang stuff for drying.

About 1:30 I started my swim to the reef.  It was difficult getting through the surf.  I had to use some of my air supply to go under the waves, otherwise they kept pushing me back to shore.  I reached the reef and started my dive about 2:15.  I reached a maximum depth of 46', a bottom temperature of 59 and did a 41 minute dive.  I started with 3000psi and finished with 500psi.  I saw a variety of fish and invertebrates.  The highlight was an octopus.  I returned to shore about 3:30.  Geoff shot video of me suiting up, heading to the water and returning.

It was overcast while I was under water and while swimming.  The sun came out about the time I returned to shore.  From that time it was sometimes cloudy and sometimes sunny.

About 5pm I was packed and ready to go.  I dressed, stood up with my gear and headed to the trail.

June 13, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 1pm street: full
gliderport: scarce
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good, a few big steps
Climate mostly cloudy, some sun, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising slightly.
temperature: 68º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, pelicans, squirrels, sand dollars, crab
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I set up my bulletin board and headed north, but stopped just past Spencer Canyon/Hully Gully.  There I undressed and raised my club flag.

I set up an umbrella, but never used it.  Some of my friends set up a wind block, but I didn't think it was that bad.

I only dared to go swimming once, to the reef.  I swam the distance and heard the fish.  I did one dive and found it murky at about 20 feet down.  I didn't see the reef.  I think I was off a little bit.  I didn't try again.  I was cold and getting cramps, so I swam back to shore.

The sun would come out for 5 minutes or so, then there was about 30 minutes of clouds.  About the time I was putting on a shirt to warm up, the sun came out.

About 5pm I decided I'd had enough.  I packed, dressed and headed to the trail.  At the trail I collected my boards and hiked up.

May 30, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good , a few big steps
Climate sunny, but windy from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising the whole time I was there.
temperature: 68º
current: I was carried north.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, western gulls, terns, pelicans, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I set up my bulletin board and headed north, but stopped just past Spencer Canyon/Hully Gully.  There I undressed and raised my club flag.

I set up an umbrella, but never used it.  Eventually the wind picked it up and I had to run after it and fold it up.  Some of my friends set up a wind block.  I later joined a card game there, out of the wind.

I only dared to go swimming once, due to wind chill after getting out.  I went beyond the sand dollars, but didn't see any.

About 5pm I decided I'd had enough of the wind.  I packed, dressed and headed to the trail.  At the trail I collected my boards and hiked up.

May 29, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good , a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising the whole time I was there.
temperature: 68º
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, terns, western gulls. pelicans, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I undressed and set up my bulletin board at the trail head.  I headed north, but stopped just past Spencer Canyon/Hully Gully.  There I my club flag and set up another bulletin board.

I set up an umbrella, but never used it for shade.  I used it to hang swim gear to dry.

I went swimming three times, each time to the sand dollars.  I didn't see much because the water was murky, red tide.

About 5:30pm I felt a little chill from the wind.  I packed and headed to the trail.  At the trail I dressed, collected my boards and hiked up.

May 27, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 12:30pm street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good , a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was rising the whole time I was there.
temperature: 68º
current: I was carried north.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, pelicans, squirrels, lizard, dolphins
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I headed north, but stopped just past Spencer Canyon/Hully Gully.  There I undressed and raised my club flag.

I set up an umbrella, but never used it for shade.  I used it to hang swim gear to dry.

I went swimming twice, once beyond the sand dollars and once to the reef.  I saw two dolphins.  I only saw them after they passed, so I couldn't get my camera out fast enough to take a picture.  I swam to the reef with two buddies.  The water was murky, so we didn't swim down to the reef, nor see it, but I know we were there.

About 5pm some clouds covered the sun, I packed, dressed and headed to the trail.  At the trail I dressed and hiked up.

May 1, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good , a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was high and hardly changed during the day.
temperature: I didn't get in.
Wildlife Observed crows, ring-billed gulls, terns, pelicans, squirrels, gopher snake
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I set up my bulletin board at the trailhead, undressed, and I headed north to my usual spot near Valentine Slide.  I raised my club flag and put another bulletin board under it.

I set up an umbrella, but never used it for shade.

About 4:30pm I packed and headed to the trail.  At the trail I dressed, collected my boards and hiked up.

April 30, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 1pm street: full
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good , a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was  high when I arrived and going out during the day.
temperature: I didn't measure the temperature.
Wildlife Observed crows, ring-billed gulls, terns, pelicans, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I didn't see any.

This was my first visit since fracturing my wrist a month ago.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I forgot my bulletin board.  At the trailhead I undressed, and I headed north to my usual spot near Valentine Slide.  I raised my club flag.

I set up an umbrella, and actually used it for shade for a short time.  Before long I got cold and moved to the sun.

About 4pm I packed and headed to the trail.  At the trail I dressed and hiked up.

March 20, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 1pm street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good , a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, very little wind
People a few hundred
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, volleyball
Water surf: 4'
tide: It was  pretty far out and I didn't notice any change.
temperature: 64º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 10'
Wildlife Observed crows, ring-billed gulls, pelicans, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I didn't see any.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I set up my bulletin board at the trailhead, undressed, and I headed north to my usual spot near Valentine Slide.  I raised my club flag and put another bulletin board under it.

I set up an umbrella, and actually used it for shade.  I went swimming twice, once beyond the sand dollars and once just to do a little body surfing.  The flies were pretty bad.  Bug spray was a must.

About 5pm I packed and headed to the trail.  At the trail I dressed, collected my boards and hiked up.

March 17, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 12pm street: full
gliderport: scarce
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good , a few big steps
Climate hot and sunny, wind from northwest
People a hundred or so
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding
Water surf: 8'
tide: It was  going out during the day.
temperature: 57º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: murky
Wildlife Observed crows, ring-billed gulls, pelicans, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I didn't see any.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I set up my bulletin board at the trailhead, undressed, and I headed north to my usual spot near Valentine Slide.  I raised my club flag and put another bulletin board under it.

I set up an umbrella, but only used it to hang food and swim gear.

I went swimming once, and planned to go a second time.  My second time in the water I felt a ray sting me on my arch.  I immediately turned back and headed for what little dry sand there was.  Several friend came to my aid.  They brought me what comfort they could, but it was up to me to endure the pain.  This was my fourth sting, so I knew what to do and what to expect.  Bleeding flushes some of the toxins out, but I couldn't get it to bleed much.  Heat breaks down the toxins.  There was hot sand, but not very hot and not very much.

After about an hour and a half, I decided to get myself home, despite the pain.  I packed and headed to the trail about 5pm.  At the trail I dressed, collected my boards and hiked up.

March 14, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see beyond Flatrock.
Burro Trail mostly good , a few big steps
Climate warm and sunny, wind from northwest
People a hundred or so
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, surfing, paragliding, RC gliding, Frisbee
Water surf: 4'
tide: It was very high when I arrived and going out during the day.
temperature: 59º
current: I was carried south.
visibility: murky
Wildlife Observed crows, ring-billed gulls, pelicans, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw lifeguards in a white truck.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  I set up my bulletin board at the trailhead, undressed, and I headed north to my usual spot near Valentine Slide.  I raised my club flag and put another bulletin board under it.

I set up an umbrella, but only used it to hang food and swim gear.  I waited a while for the tide to go out, then laid out a sheet to soak up some UV photons.

I went swimming once.  I didn't quite get out to the surf, because I was drifting too fast.  I expected that, after watching Geoff's attempt to surf.

The flies were really bad.  I resisted using bug spray and made a sport of swatting flied, 40 confirmed kills, 4,000,000 to go  Eventually I did use a bug spray and finally got to read and doze off.

I woke up just a little cold, and packed up.  I hiked to the trail, dressed, collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 5:30pm.

February 28, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail The trail was muddy and slippery from rain the day before.  Some of the damage had been repaired, but there were still a few rough areas.
Climate warm and sunny, wind from southwest
People a few dozen
Activities Observed swimming, body surfing, Frisbee
Water surf: 8'
tide: It was very high when I arrived and going out during the day.
temperature: I wasn't in long enough to measure it.
current: I was carried south.
visibility: murky
Wildlife Observed crows, ring-billed gulls, pelicans, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I didn't notice any.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  There was still mud from rain the day before.  I had to go slowly to avoid slipping.

I set up my bulletin board at the trailhead, undressed, and I headed north to my usual spot near Valentine Slide.  I raised my club flag and put another bulletin board under it.

I set up an umbrella, but only used it to hang food and swim gear.  I set my things down and a wave came so high that it got them wet.  The flies never left me alone; I had to keep moving.

I went swimming once, just to body surf.  I didn't even get out to the waves.  They kept pushing me back to shore.

I received an urgent call and had to leave suddenly.  It was still warm, as I packed, hiked to the trail, then dressed, collected my boards, and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 3pm.

February 13, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see to Flatrock.
Burro Trail a few big steps near the bottom, otherwise good condition
Climate warm and sunny, hardly any wind
People maybe a hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, Frisbee, fishing
Water surf: 8'
tide: It was very high when I arrived and going out during the day.
temperature: 59º
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, ring-billed gulls, pelicans, dolphins, squirrels
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I didn't notice any.

I hiked down the Burro Trail, barefoot.  There had been some improvements since my last visit, but it was worse in another spot.

I set up my bulletin board at the trailhead, undressed, and I headed north to my usual spot near Valentine Slide.  I raised my club flag and put another bulletin board under it.

I set up an umbrella, but only used it to hang food and swim gear.

I went swimming once, just to body surf.  I caught one big wave and made a few other attempts.

It was still warm, but I had evening plans.  I left about 3pm.  I packed, hiked to the trail, then dressed, collected my boards, and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 4pm.

January 24, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11:30am street: plenty
gliderport: plenty
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail serious damage, but passable
Climate warm and sunny
People a few dozen

I visited just to survey the storm damage.  I hiked down the Burro Trail.  It suffered only minor damage along the top 2/3.  The bottom third suffered serious damage.  Steps had eroded away in some places.  Large boulders had rolled onto the trail in other places.

The beach itself had lost two or three feet of sand.  Sharp drops in the sand stretched along the whole coast.  Volleyball poles were missing.  I noted the loss of three courts in the Valentine Slide area.  The green and blue courts were gone, and only one red pole remained.

There was a dead cetacean on the beach.  It was small and black, perhaps a pilot whale.

I left right away and took pictures of the trail on my way up.

January 10, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street: plenty
gliderport: scarce
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good condition
Climate warm and sunny, cloudy and cool for a little while, hardly any wind
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, volleyball, Frisbee, fishing
Water surf: 15'
tide: It was way out when I arrived and rose during the day.
temperature: 57º
current: I was carried south.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, ring-billed gulls, heermann's gulls, pelicans, dolphins, whales
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I didn't notice any.

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

I headed north to my usual spot near Valentine Slide.  I raised my club flag and put another bulletin board under it.

I set up an umbrella, but only used it to hang food and swim gear.

I went swimming three times, each time to body surf.  I caught a few big waves and I got tossed around by others.  Very few of the surfers I saw dared to attempt the waves.

Clouds came and went starting about 2pm, but it was mostly warm.  I was cold because of my time skinny dipping, so I was in and out of a sweater.  I packed about 3pm, hiked to the trail, then dressed, collected my boards and hiked up.  I left the parking lot about 4pm.

January 9, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street: plenty
gliderport: scarce
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail mostly good condition
Climate warm and sunny, cloudy and cool for a little while, hardly any wind
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, volleyball, Frisbee
Water surf: 10'
tide: It was way out when I arrived and rose during the day.
temperature: 59º
current: I was carried north.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, ring-billed gulls, heermann's gulls, pelicans, glaucous winged gull, grebe, marbled godwits, willets
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I saw a ranger in a white truck.

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

I headed north to my usual spot near Valentine Slide.  I raised my club flag and put another bulletin board under it.

I set up an umbrella, but only used it to hang food and swim gear.

I went swimming twice, each time to body surf.  I caught a few big waves and I got tossed around by others.

It clouded over about 2pm and it looked like the day was over.  I started packing, but the sun came out again.  I stuck around a little longer, but it cooled off again.  I packed up and hiked to the trail.  At the trailhead I dressed,  collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.  I left t he parking lot about 3:30pm.

January 8, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 10am street parking: full
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see a hazy Longbeach.
Burro Trail another step missing, but mostly good condition
Climate warm and sunny, wind from northwest
People a hundred or so
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, volleyball
Water surf: 10'
tide: It was way out when I arrived and rose during the day.
temperature: 58º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, ring-billed gulls, heermann's gulls, pelicans, glaucous winged gull, grebe, marbled godwits, willets
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I didn't notice any lifeguards.

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

I headed north to my usual spot near Valentine Slide.  I raised my club flag and put another bulletin board under it.

I set up an umbrella, but only used it to hang food and swim gear.

I went swimming twice, once beyond the waves and once just to body surf.  I caught some good rides.

About 3pm I packed up, dressed and hiked to the trail.  Then I collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.  I left t he parking lot about 4pm.

January 2, 2010: Black's Beach

Parking at 11am street parking: plenty
gliderport: plenty of spaces
Visibility I could see islands, San Clemente and Catalina.
Burro Trail mostly good condition
Climate mostly warm and sunny, wind from north
People a few hundred
Activities Observed surfing, swimming, body surfing, volleyball, Frisbee
Water surf: 5'
tide: It was highest when I arrived and went out during the day.
temperature: 59º
current: I didn't notice any.
visibility: 5'
Wildlife Observed crows, ring-billed gulls, heermann's gulls, pelicans, glaucous winged gull, grebe, marbled godwits, willets
Lifeguards and Law Enforcement I didn't notice any lifeguards.

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

I headed north to my usual spot near Valentine Slide.  I raised my club flag and put another bulletin board under it.

I set up an umbrella, but only used it to hang food and swim gear.

I went swimming once.  I tried some body surfing on the way back to shore.  I didn't manage to catch any good rides.

About 4pm I packed up and hiked to the trail.  There I dressed, collected my bulletin boards and hiked up.