San Diego, CA
The beach towns along the Pacific in San Diego have been pretty busy during the holidays. We tolerate the crowds but look forward to a more peaceful time when people return to work and school. We have kept busy, despite the crowds, checking out the views along the ocean. One warm afternoon we rode our bikes along the coast from nearby Pacific Beach north a few miles into La Jolla.
The surf was unusually strong, even for this area, so the surfers were out in force enjoying the rides.
La Jolla is home to the famous Children’s Pool Beach. Local philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps paid for the sea wall project (built in 1931) to create a Children’s Pool, a place where children could play and swim that would be protected from the waves coming on shore. Over the years seals also found it a good place to play and swim. The pool has been a source of controversy for years over whether seals or people should have priority for its use. Apparently seals don’t have good toilet manners, so the water becomes a bit fecal challenged, making it unusable for humans. But environmentalists fight any attempt to move the seals.
The City has maintained a rope barrier from December 15 through May 15 (pupping season) so that pregnant seals can rest and give birth on the beach without humans coming too close and frightening them.
Low tides are at their lowest point right now, so one afternoon Lisa and Hans (Metamorphosis Road) took us to Sunset Cliffs near Ocean Beach to check out the tide pools.
They said the tide pools in this area aren’t as interesting as those found on the coasts of Oregon or Washington due to the warmer water temperature, but there are some cool things to see if you look carefully.
We don’t know what these guys are?
Our reward for a hard day’s work was dinner at the famous Ocean Beach landmark “OB Noodle House” where we enjoyed some great craft beers and a delicious bowl of Pho (Vietnamese soup pronounces Fuh).
Today, with clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70s, we drove a short distance to the north to visit the Torrey Pines Glider Port. Unfortunately the winds were so calm nobody was jumping off the cliff with their hang glider, so we just sat in our chairs enjoying the view of the calm water and the beach below us while doing some reading.
We had a pair of binoculars with us in case any whales or dolphins made an appearance, but apparently they were off on an excursion somewhere. There were a few people walking the beach far below us, with some even braving the cold waters (mid 60s) for a swim. One person looked like he was wearing a flesh colored suit, so the binoculars were utilized for a closer look. Turns out that flesh color was truly “flesh color!”
Turns out the area below us is a Nudist Beach. Who knew!
We have a little over a week remaining in our stay at Mission Bay before heading east into the desert. With much to do and see here, we know the time will fly by, but look for one more blog before we move on.
Oh my, you certainly did see some gross things during low tide, and I am not talking about the anemone!
Jim and Barb, thankfully, everyone was clothed while we looked into the tide pools:) The following day we went for a pleasant beach reading day and l low and behold we were quite surprised by what was way down below us!
Your pictures of the seashore on your bike ride are really wonderful. So are the tide pools. I love the anemone. I thought your spot to sit and read had lovely views and then………… Were all the folks on the nudist beach hopeful men or were there some women there too. LOL A nudist beach right by a hang glider spot seems rather exhibitionist. Hi to Lisa and Hans.
Yes, Sherry, it does seem like a very strange place for a nudist beach, but I believe it was quite isolated. We were quite a ways above. At first I was thinking it was only men but, oh, no, there were women, too, and all ages!! As I said on Facebook, most should have been clothed!!
Too Funny! You just never know what you will find on San Diego beaches! It is ALWAYS interesting! So glad we could share some of this great city with you two!
It did give us some interesting entertainment!!
the little unknown creature you saw is a chiton… we avoided the nudie beach for the very reason your photos depict 😉
Haha! Yes, I would avoid them, also! Thankfully, we were very high on the cliff. Many of those people should have had clothes on!!
Thanks for the name of the creature, John and Sharon! I’ll have to do a little research.
Looks like a great spot! We have friends that stay at the nudist section down the road here at La Posa South BLM in Quartzsite. They have to visit us…I wouldn’t know where to look!😳
Oh, boy, I hope they don proper attire while visiting!! You are right…where would you look! You will have to ask them if they have been to the nudist beach in San Diego!
Your site at Mission Bay is amazing – those views! Very fun pics at the pools – if Hans were just a little more green….. Tough call on the pool – glad I don’t have to make the decision between kids and seal pups! Maybe you were at Blacks Beach? A fairly well-known, although secluded, nudist beach. Gotta love folks with a strong self-image and no tan lines 🙂
Yes, Jodee, we are enjoying our site here in Mission Bay. I’m so glad we decided to choose a bay view site, so worth the extra money:)
What a hoot and a surprise! You just never know do you?
Love, love, LOVE the tide pools! Great photos…
Thanks, Gay! No, you never know, especially in CA:)
I was gonna say, When in Rome, but I don’t have the guts! Good for them! Beautiful pictures, looks like a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to some Southern CA beaches on our way back to NorCal.
Debbie, I was really surprised by how many people were enjoying this beach. Brave soles and many went in the freezing water! It wasn’t even that warm out, maybe low 70’s.
Thanks for joining us:)
We’ve seen lots of things on our travels, but not a nudist beach…you have that one on us! How funny!
Cathy, you most certainly didn’t miss anything. Most should have had clothes on!
A favorite fun thing to do is walk the beach at low tide! Love this. It looks like ya’ll are having a wonderful time in CA! Walking the beach, drinking good beer, eating great food and getting exercise while viewing amazing scenery.
Yes, Sheila, we are having a wonderful time here in Mission Bay:)
The blue sky + the gorgeous beach + the blazing sun = paradise!
Those seals are adorable.
Oregon and Washington do have fantastic tide pools. Yours look very interesting too!
Oh my gosh…you have brought back such a funny story. We were on a cliff just like you two and looked down and saw tons of naked people. We had no idea we were looking down on the famous Black Beach in California. No way would either of us EVER do that. Looks like you two enjoyed your beach time watching how the other half live.
Marsha, it has been gorgeous here with spectacular sunsets ever night.
Hans and Lisa were saying how neat the tide pools are in Oregon and Washington. I’ve seen photos from other bloggers which were wonderful. One day we will have to explore this area.
I just checked Google map and that was Black Beach were looking down on. It is right below the Glideport!! Lucky us!
Haha, your strategically placed hearts and stars are hilarious! Your weather looks absolutely gorgeous and it looks like you’re having lots of fun, as usual! We’ve been to the seal nursery but I never realized it was originally designed as a children’s pool. I learn all kinds of things from your blog. 🙂
Thanks, Laurel! It is a neat story about the Children’s Pool. The seals just love this little protected area. Watching them is great fun.
We are enjoying our time here in Mission Bay. It is nice to be able to ride your bike everywhere and it is flat:)
Your posts about San Diego have inspired me and after I read your last one I called my mother and told her we are going to go next January for a visit to see what our old stomping grounds look like…40 years later. I think we’ll skip the nude beach though. I’m sure we can find better things to look at than old naked guys along the coast. You’d think sunburn would be a concern, not to mention sand in unmentionable places!
After 40 years, Pam, you and your mother will probably be surprised with lots of changes. January seems to be a nice time to visit. Yes, skip the viewing of the nude beach:) As I told a few others, most of the people should have had clothes on. I have learned that it is Black Beach and very well known. Thank goodness we were way above on the cliffs!
I will admit to being at Black Beach many years ago and being quite shocked by the scenery. As you mentioned many should probably leave their clothes on or perhaps I should get more comfortable with my own body! We really love the tide pools and seeing all the unusual-looking creatures in them. I especially like the anemones and the star fish. Looking forward to seeing you both soon! 🙂
So many people knew about Black Beach, I feel out of loop! But we know all about it now:)
I’ll be in touch soon!
It has been 20+ years since I have been and it was quite the shocker for me. 😉
We love tide pools, and the unusual creature, the chiton, are hard to find – good for you. You’d definitely enjoy the tide pools in Oregon. We’re looking forward to returning to San Diego in February and will try the OB Noodle House, thanks for the tip. We love the seals, saw one giving birth last year! Glad you’re enjoying yourself, say hello to Hans and LIsa. Hector and I think we can stay a few extra days in Anza Borrego as long as tanks hold up. Looking forward to finally meeting the two of you!
There are two OB Noodle House’s. We were in the newer of the two. I understand Diner, Drive-ins and Dives was at one of them which has made them famous. I, personally, really enjoyed the outdoor seating with the heater over head and the beer the most.
We are looking forward to catching up with the two of you in the desert!! I’ll be touch!
Oh I have had my afternoon giggle! Hilarious! Oh wait… let me comment on the tide pool photos! Very cool as I have never seen tide pools such as these. Neat creatures. The seals must have been neat to see.
Yes, Nancy, I think we gave everyone a few laughs! It was quite a surprising discovery:)
Mr. David, the well known voyeur, asks John why he only showed pictures of nekkid men in his blog…..hmmmmmm?
Haha! John said it required too many stars to include the women!!
Wowza! That’s the view from your campsite??
No, Leigh! Thanks goodness it isn’t the view from our site. We were visiting the Gliderport and Black Beach (the nude beach) is below that as we found out.
Goodness me! What possesses old people to want to take all their clothes off in public? Your punishment for looking is to say ‘sea anemone.’
Love the sea anemone photo and the ocean and tide pool views. And, what a hoot! The nudist beach… I can only laugh as we stumbled on a nudist beach in Florida years ago, near Cape Canaveral. We were walking along the beach and I was photographing a fisherman only to realize he was fishing naked! We walked along further and came upon a sign warning us that it was a nude beach and saw many sunbathers. I took a few photos and we turned around and got out of there. But, what a laugh we had over it! There were no signs in the parking lot; it was just identified as Parking Lot # 6…
I can’t imagine walking with the nudes!! It was bad enough being way above on the cliff:)
I didn’t notice you were staying next to us until you guys packed up and left. We are in space 41. Sorry we did not get a chance to meet you guys. Maybe some other time. Scott and Norma.
Weee! I’ve been to all of those areas, including Black’s (nudist) Beach. La Jolla really is oddly picture-perfect no matter who snaps it. Where there plenty of birds when you were there? And I can already feel the good vibes OB has. So so happy you got there, and so so happy to see all these from your views. Can you record Pam pronouncing “anemone”? 😀
Yes, Rommel, there were many birds on the rocks in La Jolla but not as many as the last time we were in the area. The rocks were much cleaner.
No, you won’t be hearing me trying to say “anemone” any time soon.