Considering I live a few minutes from Port Hueneme beach, one would assume that I visit pretty often, but I hardly ever do. I am not entirely sure why it does not attract me as much as other beaches, especially to go into the waters so I prefer going to Mandalay Beach. The main difference that I notice from PH and Mandalay is that the water is slightly warmer on Mandalay, but many people disagree so I assume it is just me who feels the temperature change. Not only is the temperature different but it is a very calm beach, with very little people visiting since there is not a road directly along the beach like others in Ventura County. It was really warm the day I visited this beach and the main reason for my visit was to spend extra time I had on the weekend. Before I left, I captured this image because although I have seen this before, it is rare for me to catch. The clouds came over and make it a cooler since they were covering the sun, but it failed in letting some rays peek through the cloud. The amount of sun rays that were shining through varied within seconds and was so fascinating to watch. I am more than sure that those who read this blog do not see this as a big deal but I was generally amused because I do not see this often. It felt good to have a break from the sun for a few minutes since it was scorching hot, but as soon as the cloud left it was back to applying more sunscreen. As I view this image, I noticed that the Channel Islands are much clearer than on other days. I did not appreciate this sight of the islands while I was there but because it is not common to see them clearly, I wish I would have. I believe it was caused by the waves, but there was hardly sand near the shoreline causing my feet to be exposed to the tiny painful rocks. I hardly experience this at other beaches so I thought it was interesting that the sand was being deprived, causing the rocks to be exposed. Leisure time spent at the beach is always rewarding.
The entire state of California is aware of the wildfires that are currently damaging many homes, wildlife and its ecosystems and much more. Although this disaster continues to be an issue, I believe it is important that one takes time to relax and find a therapeutic way to forget the issue for a couple of hours. Personally, not only was the fire worrisome, but the stress of upcoming finals was catching up to the overall stress about what has been going on recently. Somehow, through all the studying, I managed to take a stress reliever and visit a beach I have not been to. It was a drive down the PCH, which as we all know is a very beautiful view even though there was some left-over smoke. Once I arrived to Point Dune State Beach I knew it was going to be very different from the ones I have visited, but in a very good way. It is an elevated beach where you can either stay near the sand or hike a bit to the top of the cliff-like are and oversee the ocean. A designated rail leads you through the top of the cliff and because it is fairly easy to go under it, my curiosity to see better views led me to go under the rail and to another trail. As I was carefully climbing down sandy areas and big rocks along with trees on the side, I was able to capture a sight of the rocks on the beach with the waves hitting the side of the cliff pretty roughly. I also saw a few brown bodies in the ocean and still do not know whether they were sea lions since I am not sure if they are out during the winter—whatever they were, it was interesting to see. Once I climbed back onto the trail, I continued to walk and came across a wooden board walk with a view of a cape-like area on the coast. Normally, I would not use much physical activity on a beach such as hiking and I believe that is why I enjoyed this beach, as well as being on an elevated part of the coast opposed to directly standing on the sand. If it is needed to take a break from school or other issues, it is always nice to use the beach as a stress reliever.
Similar to many of our classmates, I too volunteered to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day on a Ventura beach and although many of us had the same purpose, not everyone had the same impression. This was my second time being a part of a beach cleanup and it truthfully impressed me, both positively and negatively. I was very surprised and pleased to see so many people be part of the cleanup, acknowledging that this was only one beach of many that were hosting a cleanup. Being an ESRM major may sometimes make one feel hopeless because of how rapid our issues are catching up to our bad habits, and other days one feels like the human population is progressing- that day was one of those days. I had arrived only a few minutes after the time the event was supposed to start and people had already been on the beach cleaning; by the time I began there was hardly any noticeable trash at the start. People varied in skin color and ages making it more interesting. It was also a very nice morning which I believe is one reason that there were many volunteers. As expected, there was plenty of trash near the dunes, which is where I spent most of the time cleaning. Closer to the intertidal zone there were people recreating with their families or alone, and I see that as a part of “California culture” because we are known for our beaches and the time spent recreating on them over the weekends. Others who approached me to collect a survey I see as a part of culture as well because we take valuable information and science to collect data in order to progress as a community. It was pleasing to see how much trash was collected, and also seeing the hosts be so involved and helpful. Although there were not as many as adults, seeing younger generations helping with such an important event made me realize that it is a topic that is talked about and acknowledged at home. Engaging children in these activities is one way to ensure that our future on Earth may possibly better itself.