My second beach blog is will be about my visit to Point Mugu Beach. Here in Southern California, we get easy access to most of the beaches. A resource that not many have the privilege of having. As such I chose to use it as a way to relax. With my focus being on the health benefits and well being the beach provides to us. As for the most obvious, the beach is a way to get away from our troubles and stresses of our daily lives. That is why I had visited the beach. Watching the ocean and listening to the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore is just so calming. Well at least to me. Another stress-relieving activity that I love to do is just playing and digging in the sand. Although these are my preferred ways of destressing and enjoying the beach I know that there are many other ways that people like to use the beach. Like on the day I visited Point Mugu I also saw people who were fishing. Many people need an escape from their stressful lives. And when you ask someone what is your ideal vacation many people wish to relax on a beautiful beach. Of course, the beach also provides health benefits. One obvious health benefit is the exercise. Just running on the beach tires you must faster. As well as surfing as most surfers need a lot of stamina to keep surfing. Another surprising element of the beach curative ability the beach also has. In the Napa Hall LASER event, we learned that the Chumash used some the resources on the beach to treat some of their ailments.
Overall the beach has so many different kinds of physical resources that are very useful to our everyday society. From real estate to food the beach and the ocean gives us so much. But as Southern Californians, we get access to the mental and health benefits that the beach provides us at any point. Something special that not everyone gets access to and travel long distances to gain access to these resources.
My first beach blog will be on about my visit to the Ventura Harbor Beach. I personally had never been to this particular beach before the Beach Clean Up. On the day I believe I was looking through an environmental lens because I was out there to clean up the beach. I actually arrived very late to the Beach Clean Up because I had just gotten a cold so I missed out some of the larger pieces of trash But because of this I really had to look closer into the environment. I Mostly stayed on the beach looking for anything hoping I would come back with something that the trip wasn’t just about me walking on the beach aimlessly for an hour. On my search for trash, I noticed how the beach plants and the sand dunes. How the waves crashing onto the rocky shores. To the left of it a small cliff with a sandy beach with many waves crashing onto the shore. To the Right a calm sandy beach with families enjoying the view. It wasn’t until looking did I notice the trash. Many pieces of black foam, paper, styrofoam, and plastic. All the trash that I gathered was mostly small bits and pieces no bigger into the pinky fingernail. All the pieces that I gathered were all trapped around ground squirrel holes, tangled in the roots of the beach plants, and tangled in squirrel fur around the beach plants. It was also apparent that some inconsiderate people were taking advantage of the Beach Cleanup as I saw some people litter all over the place.
It was these moments that really opened my eyes to the environmental lens because of how litterbugs were throwing their trash wherever. This would later end up being eaten by seabirds or taken into the ocean where sea creatures will either eat the pieces or continue to stay afloat in the ocean. Eventually, it’ll end up back on the beach where more beach animals will get at the pieces. Seeing where all these pieces of garbage really make you aware where the trash goes when thrown away improperly. Overall Even though it doesn’t look like it in the picture I had fun