During my recent trip to California I went a couple of times to blacks beach in San Diego. A beautiful beach if a little difficult to get to, the first time i went i went down the most direct route let by my son, the trail is locally known as the “Ho Chi Mihn trail”.
A passage carved through the cliff where each year many people fall and get into trouble. this visit i was on my own so thought i’d play it a bit safer so i took the service road, a long steep windy tarmac road.
On my way down there were lots of skateboarders practicing grinding their way down, leaving a trail of curved scrapes all the way down.
As i made it to the bottom a saw a skateboarder on the last stretch, he’d made it all the way down in one run.
The sun was starting to set as i made it onto the beach and i walked north watching the surfers enjoy the last of the sun as they caught the evening waves, the setting sun behind them made for some beautiful photography and i couldn’t help snapping away.
I continued to walk north along the beach watching and photographing the birds feeding along the waters edge, the fishermen and the setting sun looking back at my own footprints, the water was warm and beach had a real chilled out feel about it.
As i continued to walk watching the tide rolling in, the military helicopters coming back from exercises i stopped every now and then to take some photographs and soak up the atmosphere.
I walked as far as Torrey Pines Golf Course high on the cliff above me, i remembered when i went paragliding from this point a few years ago, what a fantastic experience and i hope to get to do that again here soon.
It was going to be a full moon that night and there is a tradition on Blacks Beach to have a “drum circle” as it was going dark a group had gathered on the beach and were lighting a fire, i took a walk over and sat taking in the evening as more people joined the circle and the group started drumming in the moon.
There was a familiar scent in the air as as the the revellers sat round the fire enjoying the view, the music and the each others company, I stayed for about an hour before leaving and trying to find my way back to the path in the dark at the other end of the beach.
A beautiful evening and a chance to take some lovely photographs, I’ll be heading back there next month and will definitely take a trip back to this beach.
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