The Beach

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Author: Flores

Port Hueneme Beach Park

I decided to go to another local beach near my home.

The beach is visited daily by locals whether it’s for a quick dip in the ocean or a quick catch. The Hueneme Beach Park is home to most seagulls in Oxnard.  However, other birds and animals inhabit the beach and call it home. From squirrels to cats and even people like to call this beach a home. I do agree that proper procedures should be taken to help fix the problems of having homeless people living at the beach. Also, I find it difficult to believe that people still have a hard time picking up after themselves. I was walking down the beach and noticed a bunch of microplastics everywhere. There were big pieces of plastic, like a plastic cup, and even glass. I did not like seeing the trash close to the trash can. People are really getting out of hand with not keeping their local beaches clean.

The beach holds a positive aesthetic value towards the Oxnard community, and is home to one of the most used ports in Southern California. The Hueneme pier was built in 1956 and used for laying a sewer outfall pipeline. After completion of the project, the pier was made available for the public. I myself have visited the Port Hueneme Beach Park throughout my life. I remember thinking how amazing and huge the Port Hueneme pier looked like back when I was kid. Its sad to see the beach go to waste as time progresses. Every year the Port Hueneme Beach Park seems to be dirtier than the last year. The pier seems to be holding its shape but only time will tell.

Who can forget that sign near the Port Hueneme Base, the Hueneme Beach Shoreline Protection Project. The sign explains how the Hueneme Beach Park is located downcoast of the Port Hueneme jetties, which interrupt the normal downcast littoral drift of sand. Because of this, the beaches losses their sand to an offshore submarine canyon and causes erosion. Maintenance dredging and sand bypassing was recommended by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Corps. The funds would be available for the city of Oxnard every two years, for the city would place sand on downcoast beaches where it is needed. If the funds are not available every two years, then the city of Oxnard will have to watch their sand disappear from the beaches.

Mandalay Beach

It’s nice to visit a local beach once on a while. For this adventure, I decided to pay a visit to one of my favorite hometown beaches in Oxnard. Mandalay beach is a 20-minute drive from CSUCI. The history I have at Mandalay beach is important to me. I grew up there with my family and friends. I used to think of it as an amusement park. The park and the beach were so close to each other. I remember playing soccer at the park, running up and down the dunes, crashing up against the waves, looking at all the plant life, and making sure the birds didn’t take the food. One thing I can never forget is the ride to the beach. Every main street taking you the beach passes by some sand dunes. One good indicator is looking for the European beach grass and beach sand verbena. These are the plants that help with the formation of the dunes. With-out these plants, there are no dunes and no beach. I kept these memories, because it brings out the joy and positive feeling into my life.

 

It’s nice to visit a local beach once on a while. For this adventure, I decided to pay a visit to one of my favorite hometown beaches in Oxnard. Mandalay beach is a 20-minute drive from CSUCI. The history I have at Mandalay beach is important to me. I grew up there with my family and friends. I used to think of it as an amusement park. The park and the beach were so close to each other. I remember playing soccer at the park, running up and down the dunes, crashing up against the waves, looking at all the plant life, and making sure the birds didn’t take the food. One thing I can never forget is the ride to the beach. Every main street taking you the beach passes by some sand dunes. One good indicator is looking for the European beach grass and beach sand verbena. These are the plants that help with the formation of the dunes. With-out these plants, there are no dunes and no beach. I kept these memories, because it brings out the joy and positive feeling into my life.

 

Visiting the Mandalay Beach was an adventure well-needed. I feel more stress-free and have no worries. I also feel very positive after this trip. It is a good way to relieve one’s stress. The good old fashion natural healing!

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Cleanup Surfer’s Point Ventura Harbor

I had a wonderful experience on September 16, 2017 at the Ventura Harbor Surfer’s Point. It was my first beach cleanup that day. I always been mindful about picking up after myself when I visit beaches, hiking trails, or campgrounds. It was nice to see the community get together for beach cleanup day. There were students, organization groups, and families with their young children picking up trash piece by piece. Its good to see today’s generation inspire tomorrow’s generation. I realized that Ventura County is lucky to have dedicated community members looking after their beaches. These are the values we need to preserve for the future in order to stay in equilibrium with nature.

I never would have thought that beaches have so much trash. I was surprised to find all the trash my girlfriend and I found within the three hours of our cleanup. What was even more shocking to find was the little pieces of plastic trash buried in the sand. The pieces were shiny colorful plastics and could have easily been mistaken with sea shells or colorful rocks.  We also found fishing reel and trash that looked like it came from outside the beach’s boundaries. Most of the trash we found was buried or hidden deep inside the jetty. Inside the crevice, we found a pile of debris with a mixture of decomposable material and trash: fishing reel and supplies, plastics, foam, bottle caps, a bag of sunflower seeds . We had to move around the pieces of wood to get to the trash. As the second hour of cleaning passed by, we started to see patterns on the spots where we would locate the trash. 

While we were cleaning up the beach, people were at the beach enjoying themselves spending the day with their families or significant other. It made me wonder if they picked up after themselves after. It always nice to see the beach filled up with people. People make out the best when it comes to visiting a beach. It can very fun. I’m glad we were able to pass on that message and help out our local beach. I really learned a lot of important responsibilities we have as a community.

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