As i’m looking out, my view is elevated up fifty feet high with the rest of the Santa Monica Pier behind me and get a front row view of the horizon, with where the ocean and the sky meet sitting right at eye sight level. As I look down, I see birds floating under me, Read More
Driving down a winding road through the mountains, we pop out of the Malibu hills to witness a 180-degree view of the coastline, aka the picturesque idea of paradise, laid right before of our eyes. Nestled between some shopping plazas and gated beach front homes, was Malibu Lagoon State Beach, also known as Surfrider Beach. As we walked down the lagoons dirt path through the spiraling pathways that were flanked with wildflowers popping out on both sides, we decide to enjoy one of the many scenic outlooks that were provided in the lagoon area. With the restoration efforts that have been taking place in the watershed, came the return of several species that created a little biodiverse haven full of various bird species and fishes that haven’t been seen in this location in decades, including snowy plovers, steel head trout, and goby’s.
I noticed that not only was there a lot diversity among the type of species found in the lagoon, but also a large diversity in people that came to enjoy this beach in their own unique way. We walked pass several people decked out with camera lens that were larger than my neck, snapping what seemed like a million clicks per minute of the birds, as they sat on egg shaped seats or camouflaged in the caged bird blinds to avoid disturbing the wildlife. There were clusters of guys lugging their surfboards straight down the path towards the beach to enjoy the surprisingly clear water and roaring waves.
Alongside, there were families with children running and screaming towards the beach in excitement to play in the sand and stick their feet in the water. There were multiple plaques along the trail where many could learn about the wildlife and restoration work that has taken place. There were also benches and wooden lounge chairs filled with people taking a nap or just posting up to take in the scenery.
As I continued to walk through the pathway, there were tiles that lined the end of the path that led to a spiraled path that was half sunken under the waterline, which seemed a bit odd at first. The tiles were labeled with different feet measurements that signaled how high the tide was and tuned the experiencer into the natural cycles and environment with showing how high the water levels reached during different times of the year as they walked down the pathway. Visiting this beach for the first time, made me think of the how protecting and preserving these these kinds of areas can in turn create a multitude of additional benefits to everyone through its natural beauty, resourceful ecosystem, and multitude of recreational activities generated.
In March 2017, my girlfriend Cristy and I went on our first trip to Hawaii. I am originally from the west side of the island of Oahu, a city called Waianae. Cristy has never been to Hawaii, so I was full of excitement to introduce her to all my friends and family, and to show Read More
California is known for its sandy beaches and beautiful coastlines. In particular, there is a well-known surfing spot in the Ventura County referred to by most as “Base” or “Mugu” since the surf spot is located on Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu. I have been bodyboarding Base since 2011, and the secret to the Read More
A particular beach that I love to visit and that has sentimental value to me is the Ellwood Beach located in Goleta, CA. Unlike the well known Goleta Beach which is visited by locals, tourists, and UCSB students alike for its popular fishing pier, upper scale seafood restaurant, children’s park, and bike trails. Ellwood Beach Read More
Silver Strand Beach, or typically referred to as “Strand” by the local surfing community, is located in Oxnard, California. It is a mile-long stretch of sand located between Channel Islands Harbor on the north and the ocean entrance to the Port of Hueneme on the south. Oxnard’s great weather during the summer months brings beach Read More
Growing up in Mukilteo, WA, it gave me the opportunity to explore the Washington Coast. There are many popular beaches like La Push and Greyland; however, we consistently went to a little beach town named Westport. This town was small with only a little over 2,000 residents and much unlike beaches in California. The surf Read More
Leo Carrillo State Beach is a very interesting beach with some of the best tide pools. It is a beach that can be classified somewhere between inner rocky tidal and sandy beach. The southern section of Leo Carrillo is where most of the tide pools are located, along with it’s famous large rock. The large Read More
Leo Carrillo State Beach upholds the theme that Malibu is a destination spot for endless summer. Despite heavy rains the day prior, Leo Carrillo was overflowing with surfers, beachgoers, campers, hikers, and naturalists. Leo Carrillo is a destination spot for individuals that crave summertime. During my visit, there were close to twenty surfers engaged in Read More
This is a beach that I have been to many time in my life, every time that my family would decide to go to the beach this was always the beach that we ended up at. This beach seems to be the most popular out of all the beaches that I go to. This beach Read More