This week, I visited Point Dume Beach in Malibu. To access this beach, there is a parking area at the top of the hill with a few spaces. From the top of this hill there is a wonderful view of Point Dume beach and Pirate’s Cove. If these spaces are filled, which they usually are, there is a larger parking lot down the hill but you have to pay to park there. During the week it is cheaper to park there than on the weekends. In the past when I have visited Point Dume, I have seen a lot of TV shows being filmed there on the sand. I have also seen people rock climbing up the large mountain. During the summer, this beach gets very busy and it is almost impossible to find a spot to park that is free or even one where you pay. Luckily, I visited this week so it was not nearly as busy. For this trip, I viewed the beach through a business oriented point of view because of how many times I have seen movies and tv shows being filmed at this beach. When businesses use a public beach to film movies they can make a large profit off the money they make from releasing these movies. There is also a seafood restaurant near Point Dume and Westward Beach that you can walk to from the sand. This business gets very busy and attracts people to the beach. The expansion of restaurants and other businesses near the beach will further populate the beaches because people will want to come eat at the restaurants as well. Parking lots that charge for parking also make large profits. PCH can get so busy that no matter how high prices get people will still pay. My friend owns a small business family owned furniture store on PCH that the city keeps trying to get them to get rid of because they want to build another parking lot for the beach to make more and more money. I think there are a lot of businesses that benefit the beach however some of them may change the feel of the beaches. I took the attached photo of my friend overlooking Pirate’s Cove. 🙂
Tonight I visited Point Mugu State Beach. Because I live in the dorms on campus, Point Mugu is very easy and convenient to travel to for short trips. When I arrived at the beach, I parked towards the top of the hill near the big rock. There were quite a few people there considering it was kind of windy and cold. It was still very nice and peaceful weather. I had a wonderful view of the rocks and ocean. Because I arrived in the evening, I was able to watch the sunset from the top of the hill. The sky was orange pink in color but blended throughout. I decided to view the beach tonight with an artistic lens because of the different colors the landscape consisted of during sunset. The moon was also visible in the sky which makes it a perfect scene to paint or sketch. Aside from painting and sketching, there were several different groups of people taking photos of the ocean. Ocean photography is commonly sold and some of the best decoration that you can add to your house. I took a lot of pictures today that I plan to print out and use to decorate my desk. Point Mugu is a somewhat rocky beach which makes the landscape a really pretty and peaceful view. Rocky beaches are my favorite to draw in my free time. I like to draw sandy beaches as well but rockier beaches such as Point Mugu are my favorite to draw because of the color contrast between the sand, rocks, and sky. I did not bring my sketchbook to draw tonight because I could not stay long and have a lot of homework to get done. I plan to visit Point Mugu a lot more often because I forgot how peaceful it is there and how awesome some of the views are from up by the rocks. In past trips that I have taken to Point Mugu, I have noticed a lot of people painting from the view above the rocks on canvas with an easel set up. Point Mugu is one of the best beaches to visit and so close to campus.
El Pescador Beach
By: Kylie Lesko
Last weekend I visited El Pescador Beach in Northern Malibu. A dirt trail and stairs provide access to the beach from PCH. There is a small parking lot and parking is also available on PCH. The stairs leading to the sand are becoming worn down over time from the weather, tide, and foot traffic over time. El Pescador is one of my favorite beaches that I have been visiting regularly for years. As time goes by I have noticed the sea level continue to rise higher as I notice the visible sand decreasing. There are properties on the beach that are getting closer and closer to the sea. A lot of houses have staircases down to the beach which are getting closer and closer to the waves. Because of the location of these properties, when visiting the beach it is easy to think about climate change and sea level rise. This is a small beach with rocks on both sides separating it from the other beaches. These rocks are full of crabs, sea enememes, and sea shells. I also saw three dolphins in the water swimming together. When visiting El Pescador this most recent time I focused on observing it through an environmental lens. Because it is the end of summer and the beaches have high traffic this time of year, I noticed a lot of trash on the sand. There were a lot of beer can/bottles, food/snack wrappers, plastic bottles, cigarette butts, etc. My friends and I pick up trash whenever we go to the beach so we tried to pick up as much as we could. I think more beach cleanups are necessary during the summer months when the beaches are so busy. This is one of my favorite beaches because it does not get as busy as the other beaches on PCH. It is a peaceful and makes it easy to focus on the nature surrounding you because there are not as many people there. El Pescador is a great beach to relax at if you want to avoid the crowds and focus on the scenery surrounding you.